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Global Development

Taking Lessons from Silicon Valley to End Extreme Poverty

Ann Mei Chang | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Ann Mei Chang

To address these realities, we must work faster and harder to ensure the world's most vulnerable are empowered and served. We must apply the insights of innovation communities like Silicon Valley to find new, more effective ways to reach the very poor.

Our Struggles for a Better World Are All Threatened by the Inequality Crisis

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 01.20.2016 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

The world faces an inequality crisis that is spiralling out of control. Across the world we are seeing the gap between the richest and the rest reach extremes not seen in a century.

Harnessing the Internet of Things for Global Development

John Garrity | Posted 01.20.2016 | Technology
John Garrity

As world leaders gathered in late 2015 to adopt the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), there was much recognition that the tools for eliminating ab...

Celebrating NGO's Commitment to Quality Data

Lindsay Coates | Posted 01.15.2016 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Ideally, all who are working to build a better world - citizens, NGOs, governments, academia, donors, the media, and the private sector - would have data available for use however and whenever they need it.

5 Nonprofit Predictions for 2016

Caroline Avakian | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact
Caroline Avakian

Predictions are a tricky thing. They're mostly comprised of strong currents of the present, past habits and a big dose of educated guessing. When it comes to nonprofits, there's also an element of hopefulness that's thrown in, at least in my list of predictions for 2016.

Reflecting on 2015: What Images Inspire You?

Lindsay Coates | Posted 12.18.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Images can accomplish in a glance what we try to persuade others of every day. We, who fight to end global poverty and promote human dignity, can quickly get into the minutia of microfinancing in Iraq or improving food security in Togo - and that is important.

Our Most Powerful Force: Empowered Girls Transforming Our Planet

Jin In | Posted 12.28.2015 | Impact
Jin In

Are there more males or females in our world today? The answer - males - surprises most people, even those in global affairs and development working...

Focusing on Efficiency in the AIDS Fight

Mathieu Lamiaux | Posted 11.29.2015 | World
Mathieu Lamiaux

The context today is very different. We are already spending record amounts of money and treating record numbers of patients. But the needs are increasing rapidly while the funds available for treatment have all but flatlined. The fight needs to focus on deploying our limited resources more efficiently.

The New Millennial Opportunity: Doing Good is Good for Business

Mikkel Vestergaard | Posted 10.14.2015 | Impact
Mikkel Vestergaard

There are so many opportunities for technological innovation to drive global development. The ability to collect and analyze data, made possible by the digital age, can transform how diseases are monitored and treated.

If You Care About the World, You Need to Be Here

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Mark Horoszowski

No matter where you are on your "change the world journey", learning about developing yourself, developing your team, and developing your partnerships will empower you to be more effective and connected in your efforts.

17 Ways to Support Grassroots Change Led by Women and Girls

Diane Fender | Posted 10.12.2015 | Women
Diane Fender

In honor of the women and girls I have worked with over the past ten years, I want to share 17 ways we can continue to support grassroots change and ensure women, girls and communities are supported. Let's call these HER goals.

The "Developing" World, You, and Your Role On Our Connected Planet

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Mark Horoszowski

The Sustainable Development Goals ratified by the United Nations last week cemented an idea that a lot of people have been talking about for a long time: There is no such thing as the "developed world" and the "developing world". There is no "first world" and "third world". There is no such thing as "us" and "them".

5 Ways to Empower Young People

Diane Fender | Posted 09.10.2015 | Impact
Diane Fender

An empowering leader must be open and willing to accept new ideas and encourage change from the bottom up. Several years ago, while attending graduate school I remember meeting with the Executive Director of the nonprofit I was working for at the time.

Time to Make the New Sustainable Development Goals Matter Most for Girls and Women

Katja Iversen | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Imagine a world where no woman dies giving life, where no baby is born with HIV, where every girl is able to attend school and get a quality education, and where everybody--and that includes girls and women --can fulfill their potential and help accelerate progress for all. That world is within reach -- and it is time for global action.

Youth as Catalysts of Change

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

We are crossing a path of crucial moment as youth, and it is our duty as young leaders to continue working for social welfare, where there are opportunities of success for all and where poverty, marginalization, inequality, or any form of discrimination doesn't exist.

Addis Financing for Development Conference Failed in Many Ways, But the Fight for Tax Justice Continues

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Oxfam went to the UN's Financing for Development Conference in Addis Ababa with the sincere hope that the governments of the world would take the bold steps necessary to rebalance the global development financing system. Instead, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda only confirms that the rules of the game remain the same.

Education in Emergencies Requires Long-Term Support

Tariq Al Gurg | Posted 07.22.2015 | Impact
Tariq Al Gurg

As the record-breaking numbers of children deprived of opportunity in crisis situations continues to grow, the investment and attention to these issues has not kept pace.

The SDGs Are Our Opportunity to Tip the Scale on Poverty

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

This month the journal Science published the first-ever randomized controlled trial of 21,000 cases of poverty reduction efforts around the globe. This landmark study by the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor proves the effectiveness of a multi-pronged, multiyear approach that can help end global poverty by 2030.

Global Partnership and the Three Dimensions of Sustainable Development

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

Global governance needs recalibrating so it works in the public interest of all the world's citizens - not just for the few.

Heeding the Call to Serve Humanity

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

As a young boy in my early teens, I was awakened to my calling of service to humanity. It was still veiled from total revelation as it should be at that time in life. However, the core principle that my life was created to serve was instilled then and is still very prevalent today.

The Hard and Necessary Work of Investing in the World's Most Vulnerable Places

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.14.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

When I first visited Afghanistan in 2002, the country was boldly opening a new chapter in its history. Ashraf Ghani was Minister of Finance, the Taliban had been toppled and the initial pillars of a democratic government were being put in place.

Breaking Convention to Fight Extreme Poverty: Why I'm Releasing the FXBVillage Methodology

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

Can an "open-source" approach move us closer toward the growing movement to end extreme poverty by 2030? I believe it can. That is why, after 26 year...

A Life-Changing Trip to Dharavi

XPRIZE | Posted 06.07.2015 | Impact
XPRIZE

During a trip to India with XPRIZE, I had the opportunity to experience Mumbai from the perspective of a local, yet through eyes of foreigner. I say "foreign" not because of where I live, but because of what I had never seen, or could ever have imagined.

Got Gravity? Get Clean Water

XPRIZE | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
XPRIZE

From massive desalination plants that turn saltwater into tap water, to carbon nanotubes that suck moisture out of the air, to a machine that burns human waste at 1,000 degrees Celsius to produce water and electricity, there's no shortage of high-tech solutions to address the world's water problems.

Improving the Way We Access Humanitarian and Crises News

Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD | Posted 05.17.2015 | Media
Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD

It can be very deceptive. In the digital age, we feel inundated with news and information, and so it feels like we have more access to global news than ever before. As Caroline explains, that's actually not the case.