Kolleen Bouchane
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Kolleen Bouchane has been working for more than a decade with advocates in the U.S. and around the world coordinating legislative actions and campaigns at the national and international level to achieve universal access to education, essential medicine, water, sanitation and other services necessary for the realization of economic and human rights. Ms. Bouchane is currently the Director of Policy and Advocacy for the A World At School campaign and Director of Policy and Research for the Global Business Coalition for Education.

Previously Ms. Bouchane served as the Director of ACTION a global partnership of advocacy organizations working to influence policy and mobilize resources to fight diseases of poverty and improve equitable access to health services based at RESULTS Educational Fund. During her tenure, ACTION played a key role in mobilizing billions for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and the Nutrition for Growth summit. In her role at Freshwater Action Network, then based at WaterAid UK, Ms. Bouchane supported partners from around the world to achieve the recognition of the rights to water and sanitation at the U.N. Human Rights Council.

Ms. Bouchane served with the U.S. Army from 1993-1997 in Somalia and South Korea. She has a BA in International Studies from the Jackson School at the University of Washington and an MA in War Studies with a focus on Conflict, Security and Development from Kings College London.

Entries by Kolleen Bouchane

Prioritising Education - A New Chance for the Children of Nepal

(1) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 4:54 AM

The story of the impact of the Nepal earthquake continues to unfold and deepen. There is death, fear and devastation. But there are also heroes, rescues, generosity and intense moments of hope as a few of those feared lost are miraculously found amid the rubble.

The world...

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Post-Ebola Sierra Leone: Leadership Needed to Keep Pregnant Young Girls in School

(0) Comments | Posted April 28, 2015 | 12:18 PM

2015-04-28-1430235660-5336637-sierraleonegirls.JPG Photo credit: Idris Kpange

When the Ebola crisis hit West Africa closing schools indefinitely, I know I was not the only person who slowly laid their head on the desk and sighed. I knew what education professionals have always known. This...

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Leaders Everywhere Are Failing the Most Vulnerable Children

(5) Comments | Posted April 17, 2015 | 10:30 AM

Around the world, politicians love to talk about the importance of education. They love it. All leaders agree on how important it is, how transformational it is, how it has changed their own lives and how it is the source of future progress.

And some of them believe it....

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Central African Republic: A Nightmare for Children, a Nightmare for the Future

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2015 | 2:02 PM

There is a devastating humanitarian crisis in the Central African Republic (CAR), a crisis now in its third year that has led to the internal displacement of nearly 450,000 people, and to the same number of people living as refugees in neighboring countries.

The crisis has been given...

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We Must Stand Up for Out-of-School Girls

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2015 | 1:16 PM

With marches, meetings, speeches and articles around the world, we celebrate and reflect today on the achievement of women around the world as we celebrate International Women's Day. It gives us a chance to focus briefly on how far we've come in achieving gender equality in all aspects of life....

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More Ambition Needed to Finish the Job for Out-of-School Children

(0) Comments | Posted February 25, 2015 | 11:13 AM

photo credit: OPEQ, DRC

This year is particularly important for our work on creating a more just and equitable world. It's the deadline world leaders set for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Among these goals was the commitment...

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Fight Ebola. Reopen the Schools.

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 10:34 AM

Photo: A World at School

The challenges of poverty are exponential. This truth means the same thing everywhere. The poor are less likely to be able to access even a basic education. Not having access to education means fewer...

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Start Small. But Start Now. Stand Up for Children.

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 4:52 PM


You can spend a lifetime screaming into the wind. And then, unexpectedly the wind changes. That's how it felt today as Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai shared the Nobel Peace Prize.

By now the whole...

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For Children of War, We Must Provide Education

(0) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 1:31 PM

In 2002 I moved to Damascus, Syria. Damascus was a beautiful city full of generous people who seemed charmed by my attempts at Arabic and eager to show me their city and country. Then came the Iraq war. I had to leave in March 2003 and I never made it...

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Are You #UpForSchool?

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 12:43 PM


It kicked off with the biggest climate change march in history. Opening with a boom heard around the world as hundreds of thousands of people poured into the streets calling for action and justice on climate change.

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Our Fathers, The Strident Feminists

(5) Comments | Posted August 15, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Click here to watch the TEDTalk that inspired this post.

My dad taught me to spit long distance. Lessons started when I was about 10. I was pretty good at it and understood it to be part of the process of setting up a good shot...

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The Global HIV/AIDS Community Can Take a Punch

(7) Comments | Posted July 19, 2014 | 3:58 PM

Yvonne Chaka Chaka raising her voice on HIV/AIDS & TB w/ @action_tweets at #AIDS2012 rally.

The first AIDS "activist" I knew was a man who cared for his partner until his death from HIV/AIDS. I learned quietly over...

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Bring Back Our Girls and Fund Education Now

(0) Comments | Posted June 24, 2014 | 11:59 AM


Photo: The girls of Chibok.

It's been more than two months since the kidnapping of nearly 300 young girls from their school in Chibok, Nigeria.

Headlines are now shifting...

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The Global Attack on Schools... and How We Fight Back

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 5:20 PM

Children assemble in the school yard at Kuje Primary School in Abuja, Nigeria. Credit: A World At School/Nick Cavanagh

The world is transfixed by the kidnapping of more than 230 girls from a school in Northern Nigeria by Boko Haram insurgents....

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Pneumonia: The Silent Killer of Children

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2013 | 12:40 PM

Each child is born with only one set of lungs with which to run around, laugh, sing, blow kisses, and throw the occasional (hopefully) temper tantrum.

But for all the beautiful things a child's lungs can do, they also provide a breeding ground for many of the deadliest diseases...

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Drug-Resistant TB Officially a 'Crisis' - Now What?

(8) Comments | Posted October 23, 2013 | 2:55 PM

Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared multi drug-resistant TB (MDR-TB) a "public health crisis" -- and released an evidence-packed report to prove it.

It was just a year ago that I wrote about what we can do to curb the spread of 'virtually untreatable...

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Welcome Back Congress, We're Hungry for Your Leadership

(1) Comments | Posted September 11, 2013 | 11:45 AM

At some point in the muggy slowness that is Washington DC, once Congress left town for August recess, I thought I was going to have time to walk a bit slower, think a little deeper and take stock of the year so far.

But August just isn't what it used...

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June 8, 2013: A Now or Never Moment on Nutrition

(0) Comments | Posted June 6, 2013 | 12:07 PM

I'm willing to bet many people learned about hunger the same way I did -- from startling, desperate images on the news. Images of crisis and famine that made us feel sad, confused and powerless were somehow linked to the duty of eating our vegetables.

We grew...

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Getting on the Same Page to End Child Deaths

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2013 | 11:25 AM

Nearly 30% of child deaths around the world could be prevented using tools we already have. That we fail to prevent these deaths is one of the single largest failures of humanity.

Can most of us even imagine a world in which two million less children die every year?...

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President Obama's Budget = History in the Making

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 7:58 PM

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind." - Rudyard Kipling

While Kipling may have been referring to flowery, impassioned words that can motivate or deceive us in literature, for me it is often seemingly dry or innocuous policy documents that can have an intoxicating...

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