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Simple Truths: We Will Only Win This - and Other Conflicts - with Allies on the Ground

Marjan Ehsassi | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Marjan Ehsassi

President Obama has signaled a "new phase" in the fight against the Islamic State as we send 1,500 additional Americans into Iraq to train and advise the Iraqi army to "start going on some offense." Doing so will be no small task.

Big Job, No Rules?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 11.21.2014 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

At the national level all over the world, we are witnessing protests driven by a rejection of political and economic systems that serve and entrench elite interests.

The Top 6 Qualities to Unleash a Great Leader in You

Umesh Mukhi | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Umesh Mukhi

In my career of international youth affairs, I have met many leaders and change makers who have accomplished something commendable in their lives and ...

David vs. Goliath?

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

We hope that we can all fully recognize and support the hard work by citizen and civil society leaders which is still very much needed to ensure these promises truly make a difference.

How State Failure Is Deepening Class Tensions in Egypt

Sara Khorshid | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Sara Khorshid

Pressure on the lower and middle classes is increasing in view of the state's continued failure to deliver at an acceptable level of efficiency as well as the absence of the rule of law, which results from the deeply rooted corruption and the weakening of the state after three years of protests and political turmoil.

Civil Society Engagment Crucial at IMF-World Bank Meeting

Lindsay Coates | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

In our media moment, even the smallest demonstration, charitable effort or advocacy campaign can go global in an instant. Yet, the sum of modern civil society is more than a collection of breaking news headlines, viral videos or hashtags trending on Twitter.

Mobilizing Civil Society Against IS

Edit Schlaffer | Posted 10.06.2014 | World
Edit Schlaffer

Even if USA and their allies have declared war on IS there is an additional tactic in dealing with the problem that has been overlooked: the mobilization of a carefully planned and generously supported social response as the first line of defense.

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 09.30.2014 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

Without Peace, Can There Be Development?

Bonian Golmohammadi | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
Bonian Golmohammadi

Some governments think that peace and security should not be tackled within the agenda because it detracts from the agenda's goal: sustainable development. On the contrary, a development agenda that helps prevent conflict will free up resources to promote and enhance sustainable development.

The Hummingbird and the Climate Summit

Mia MacDonald | Posted 11.23.2014 | Green
Mia MacDonald

Climate change will not be mitigated, let alone stopped or reversed, unless all the countries of the world become serious about systemic, total, and orchestrated reorientations of their economies and societies' ways of living on the Earth.

Are Political Debates Dying?

Daniel Moulthrop | Posted 11.13.2014 | Politics
Daniel Moulthrop

Declining to debate, especially when it's an incumbent who is declining, continues the erosion of trust between the people being served and the person in the elected office. It is a sign of disregard for democracy, and the voters who pay their salaries and finance their campaigns.

Can NGOs Build People's Power or Have We Lost Our Way?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

My hope is that the dialogue we have begun will help to re-connect us to an understanding of civil society as a deeply human construct, as a facilitator of empowering social relationships. In this, it will be crucial to reflect on the role of our own organisations. For only solutions that are at once pragmatic and radical will be sufficient to meet the challenges we face.

Taking Partnerships to the Next Level

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

When the mission of a nonprofit is well-aligned with the social impact goals of a for-profit partner, together they can help to develop innovative and sustainable solutions to the most pressing social and economic problems.

Human Rights Must Be on the Agenda

Steven W. Hawkins | Posted 10.04.2014 | World
Steven W. Hawkins

In 2012, the Obama administration issued a US strategy toward sub-Saharan Africa with a stated objective to promote and protect "human rights, civil society and independent media" as an integral part in strengthening democratic institutions on the African continent.

When Donor Driven Programs Work

Fron Nahzi | Posted 09.27.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

Ideally, USAID and other donors should make sustainability an umbrella aspect of their political, social, and economic development programming.

Governance Matters: Civil Society Voice and Performance at the World Cup

Daniel_Kaufmann | Posted 09.17.2014 | Politics
Daniel_Kaufmann

These days, a soccer World Cup is a multi-billion dollar project, with a number of financial "winners," such as FIFA, and many losers, given the development priorities that are sacrificed to build gleaming stadia. Does this also mean that one can explain a nation's success at the cup largely by money?

The End of Thinking?

Henry Mintzberg | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Henry Mintzberg

History did not end in 1989, but for too many of the people who bought into Francis Fukuyama's influential "End of History?" article, what ended then was thinking. A failure to understand that successful countries of the West maintain a balance of power across the public, private, and plural sectors of society has been throwing the U.S. and many other countries out of balance ever since.

The Power of the Mural

John M. Eger | Posted 09.08.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

Before the matches of the World Cup began, the Brazilian people were protesting in the streets because they knew they could not afford the $13 billion it cost to host the games. In Greece, similar concerns about public mismanagement was the issue and like Brazil, street artists reflected those concerns.

'Tunisian Spring' Continues, But Challenges Remain

David Tolbert | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
David Tolbert

The launch of the Truth and Dignity Commission in June marks a turning point in Tunisia's transition -- a groundbreaking step toward justice in a country that has experienced many human rights abuses, particularly during the reign of its last dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

One Thing Americans Should Know About Iraq

Nan Levinson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Nan Levinson

So it's 10 years later and Iraq is splintering, probably regardless of what the U.S. does. Does it matter who screwed the pooch? Yes, for a number of reasons, and the sweetness of saying, "I told you so," is the least of them.

Even the Ruler of Hungary Needs an Independent Third Sector

Jon Van Til | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Jon Van Til

In both the long and short run, Hungary is likely to suffer from the majoritarian zeal of Orban's desire to run it all. Even the strongest ruler stands to benefit from citizen interest in resolving society's problems.

Dr. Kim of the World Bank Must Walk the Talk on Climate

Nezir Sinani | Posted 08.13.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

The World Bank has not yet addressed climate issues systematically. Most notably, its Safeguard Policy framework does not require climate change risk assessments for Bank projects. This gap in policy has allowed the World Bank to continue financing projects with serious implications for our climate and to essentially ignore the issue completely.

Fixing the Double Democratic Deficit

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 08.02.2014 | Politics
Danny Sriskandarajah

Governments and international institutions both need to listen to and include these voices -- radical reform is necessary to make decision-making processes open and governance more democratic, and less susceptible to elite manipulation.

Europe Is Turning an Ear to the Southern Mediterranean Countries

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Filippouli

The initiative announced by the Commissioner in Brussels is expected to boost social dialogue in the countries of the southern Mediterranean, i.e. Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Morocco. And it is much anticipated.

Social stability

China Hands | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics
China Hands

Wang Xingzui, the head of one of China's largest NGOs, argues for a stronger Chinese social sector Geometry teaches us that at least three points are...