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Lebanon's Uprising Could Shake The Country's Sectarian Foundations

Kareem Chehayeb | Posted 09.04.2015 | World
Kareem Chehayeb

This isn't just about garbage; it's about everything. For many years, people complained about the country. But aimlessly and without hope for any meaningful change. I believe they've come to the realization that democracy isn't a spectator sport.

From Hiroshima to Marshall Islands: Nuclear Weapons Must Be Banned

Beatrice Fihn | Posted 08.28.2015 | World
Beatrice Fihn

Just a few weeks after the 70th anniversary of the nuclear bombs over Hiroshima and Nagasaki, August 29th marks the International Day against Nuclear Testing.

Fighting Corruption in Mauritania's Iron, Gold, Oil and Fisheries Sectors

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Ba Papa Amadou has played a leading role in the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) in Mauritania for over eight years.

Is an Emerging Patriotism Driving Good Governance in Africa? Views from Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

With less than four million inhabitants, widespread illiteracy and a long history of authoritarian rule by military strongmen, Francophone Mauritania seems an unlikely breeding ground for think tanks.

Building a New Role for U.S. NGOs as Active Global Citizens

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

In a meeting with a group of international nonprofit CEOs, one organization recently stated that all of its programs frequently impact 100 million peo...

What If We Are Not All Created Equal?

Cody Cain | Posted 08.19.2015 | Politics
Cody Cain

One little detail in the fine print is that even though you can be anything you wish to be, in order to actually achieve it, you must compete against and beat out everyone else in the world who is also vying for that very same position. And of course only one person will win, and everyone else will lose.

What We Mean by "Civic Space" and Where We're Pushing Back

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

What is civic space? It's the ability for health clinics to operate freely towards eradicating polio in Pakistan, it enables humanitarians to rapidly deliver shelter after a hurricane in the Philippines, and it is imperative to the fight for greater justice and equality in South Africa, and here at home.

Communicate with Clarity & Leave No One Behind: How the UN Is Scaling Sustainability in a Post-2015 World, Part 1

Mark Coleman | Posted 08.06.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

On July 8th I had the unique opportunity and pleasure to speak with Ms. Mohammed about the post-2015 development process and agenda.

Communicate With Clarity & Leave No One Behind: How the UN Is Scaling Sustainability in a Post-2015 World, Part 2

Mark Coleman | Posted 08.05.2015 | Green
Mark Coleman

Part 2 of 2: A Conversation with Ms. Amina Mohammed, UN Special Advisor of the Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning The fate of humani...

Greenpeace Calls for End of Private Fishing Deals in West Africa, Questions E.U. Food Security Claims

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.03.2015 | Green
Till Bruckner

Lawlessness at sea is a hot topic this summer, with the New York Times running an investigative series on the issue and the nascent Fisheries Transparency Initiative (FiTI) beginning to pick up steam. Two experts from Greenpeace connected the dots for me and explained why we should care.

Overcoming the Israeli-Palestinian Psychosocial Barrier

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 07.15.2015 | World
Alon Ben-Meir

The current young generation of Israelis and Palestinians need to see each other through a different lens and adjust psychologically to accept that coexistence is irrevocable, and they must choose to either live in constant violent hostility, or in peace.

State Department's TechCamps Provide Strategic Digital Tools for Journalists, NGOs

Sarah Granger | Posted 07.08.2015 | Technology
Sarah Granger

I first visited the quaint Eastern European city of Riga, Latvia in the summer of 1989. Nestled between the Baltic Sea, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Estonia, Latvia represented the second stop in our People to People delegation of Kansas high school students touring the USSR.

Kenyan Corruption Undermines Fight Against Extremism

Brian Dooley | Posted 07.06.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

Since 2012, at least 600 people have been killed in Kenya by terrorist group al Shabab, including at least 67 at Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall in 2013 and 148 at Garissa University College in April 2015. There have been attacks in the coastal area and in other parts of the country. However, police corruption destroys trust in the government's ability to fight terrorism properly.

Countering Violent Extremism and Bridging the Security-Development Gap

Dr. Khalid Koser | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
Dr. Khalid Koser

There remains in many administrations a gap between those government agencies charged with security, and those with responsibility for overseas development. Countering violent extremism depends on bridging this gap.

A Bad Year For Yara Sallam In Egypt's Republic Of Fear

Brian Dooley | Posted 06.18.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

June 21 will mark one year since Egyptian human rights defender Yara Sallam and 22 others were arrested in the Cairo. Yara and the others with her shouldn't be in jail. They should be helping to build a better future for the country -- not passing their days making bookmarks or perfecting their origami skills.

What FIFA Can Teach NGOs -- And Vice Versa

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

Amidst all the sponsorship deals and the vast sums of money, it's easy to forget that FIFA is actually one of the oldest and biggest NGOs in the world.

Why We Exist and How We Can Evolve

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

We live in a globalized world. Corporations work across national boundaries and government policies continue to be shaped by international norms. Local civil society working on its own is no match for these forces. This is where nonprofits that work globally come into the picture.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad NGO?: The Hungarian Regime's War on Its Critics Opens Opportunities for Civil Sector Advance

Jon Van Til | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Jon Van Til

For some time now, the regime currently in control of Hungary has been waging war against a significant portion of its country's nonprofit organizations.

After Ebola: How Civil Society Can Help Mitigate the Next Crisis

Randal Mason | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Randal Mason

After a period of intense national suffering, Liberia has just been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organization. In addition to thanking the dedicated health care workers in her country, President Sirleaf acknowledged the key role civil society played in helping to turn the tide.

The Predictable Disaster in Nepal

Blair Glencorse | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

Despite the challenges, Nepal has huge amounts of social capital, diaspora engagement, international goodwill and access to regional resources. It is time for all of us to capitalize on these and make sure the earthquake response is timely, fair and accountable. This is the very least the people of Nepal deserve.

How Can Iran and the United States Normalize Their Relationship After 36 Years of Mutual Satanization?

Bahman Baktiari | Posted 05.05.2015 | World
Bahman Baktiari

After thirty-six years of mutual satanization, it is easy to advance pessimistic arguments and to be doubtful about a future in which Iran and the United States will no longer be enemies. However, the nuclear negotiations and the prospect of a final nuclear accord demonstrate the fiction of the idea of permanent enemies destined to be in conflict with each other.

Saudi Leadership Changes Highlight Contradictions in U.S. Middle East Policy

Neil Hicks | Posted 06.29.2015 | World
Neil Hicks

King Salman of Saudi Arabia has issued decrees removing his half-brother, Prince Muqrin, as Crown Prince and replacing him with Mohammed bin Nayef. Bin Nayef has been described as "America's favorite Saudi official." It is a description that points to a contradiction at the heart of U.S. policy in the region.

Trouble in Paradise: How U.S. Ally UAE Crushes Dissent

Brian Dooley | Posted 06.28.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

When they meet next month, President Obama should look beyond UAE's fancy PR campaign and ask Sheikh Mohammed why peaceful critics are in jail, why their lawyers are intimidated from representing them and their witnesses harassed, and why the UAE thinks the best way to fight terrorism is with repression.

Infographic: How to Respond to an Outbreak - Success Factors for Fighting off Ebola

Yana Watson Kakar | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Yana Watson Kakar

Over a year has passed since the Ebola outbreak in West Africa began. In that narrow window of time, the disease has claimed more than 10,000 lives, stalled economic growth, and hampered -- if not reversed -- gains the region had made in strengthening public health infrastructure and service delivery.

Giving Rights to Future Generations -- Why It's Needed and How it Can Be Done

Jakob von Uexkull | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Jakob von Uexkull

The post-2015 framework is about development justice in our immediate future but also about building a new framework for many generations to come. The problem, however, is that people cannot think and act long term if their daily life is an existential struggle.