In April 2011, I traveled to Ethiopia on a humanitarian mission with non-profit organization Helping Other People (HOPe). While there we witnessed crushing poverty in cities and rural villages and encountered hope and strength in the people we worked with.
A growing body of evidence suggests that social protection measures -- with cash grants leading the way -- are, in fact, an innovative, efficient way of reducing poverty. Are they the most effective? Perhaps. What's certainly clear is that, far from being a cost, they have become an investment.
Women entrepreneurs lead the way in fueling Africa's economic expansion. They are a dynamic force in transforming their communities and driving growth, both on the continent and elsewhere in the world.
Lord Loomba, CBE, receiving his lifetime achievement award from Abid Qureshi, President, UNA-NY Photography by Melanie Quinn Photography; Used with...
This week Algeria has convened long-stalled negotiations for a settlement of Mali's two-year political crisis.
November marks seven months after the abduction of 276 schoolgirls by Boko Haram in Chibok, Nigeria. Despite the widely received global #BringBackOurGirls Twitter campaign, the girls remain under the control of the extremist group.
Three years after the Libyan people and NATO overthrew Muammar Qaddafi, Libya is being dragged apart at the seams by two governments.
By 2050, the world's population will reach 9 billion -- and all will need nutritious diets. Yet despite the intrinsic relationship between the food we grow and the food we eat, the agriculture and nutrition sectors are only just now beginning to overcome decades of mutual isolation.
While no human rights treaty is more widely ratified than the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and while governments are required to report on their compliance on children's rights once every five years, little is done in practice to end the violation of children's rights. It is time for an International Children's Court.
It knows no socio-economic boundaries. Blind to race, gender and religion, it's infected thousands and infiltrated public consciousness like nothing in recent memory.
There is nothing inevitable about gun violence. And while the scandalously high rates of murder in both Brazil and South Africa are treated by many as "normal," there are encouraging signs of change. Targeted crime prevention measures and public health interventions pursued in both countries are cause for cautious optimism.
"There's a lot of stigma in the general population," says Tampose Mothopeng, a human rights defender from Lesotho, who's been described by NPR as "young, idealistic, and transsexual."
This is a guest post by David Auerbach, co-founder of Sanergy, based in Nairobi, Kenya. Sanergy is a Segal Family Foundation partner.
While the feeling of urgency to respond to the Ebola threat continues to decrease, improved contact tracing, connected mobile diagnostics and crisis protocol for telecommunications should remain priorities. Not only will these areas better prepare us for the next Ebola outbreak, but they can be applied to other slow and fast-moving diseases.
The riot explodes at my feet. I scream and tear for any exit, through arms and faces and sweat. With the next pound of my heartbeat, I suddenly understand the fight for life or death. Ah yes. I have seen this before.
Farmers working in rain-fed agricultural systems notice when the rains are late. Standing in unexpectedly dry fields in 42 degrees Celsius heat in early November, this is just one of many variables for Zambian smallholder farmer Veronica Banda to manage.