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Global Development

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.

A Plan to Empower More Than One Million Women

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

There is a story that persists around the developing world, to the detriment of families and entire economies: Women are being sidelined from economic progress because of limited access to financial services.

Girls and Women Must be at the Center of the Global Development Agenda

Katja Iversen | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

For an optimist like me, this is an exciting time to be a global health advocate. I am confident that with resolve, global commitment, true collaboration, and action, the lives of girls and women in 2030 will be dramatically improved. Everywhere.

Tracking Immunizations One Fingerprint at a Time

XPRIZE | Posted 04.05.2015 | Science
XPRIZE

Immunizations given to children at an early age have been instrumental in helping curb vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles and whooping cough, but keeping track of those immunizations over the long term can be challenging in the best of circumstances.

It Takes Us All

Jane Wales | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Jane Wales

These challenges are the result of broken, even malign systems that can be replaced by the soft infrastructure of effective governance. But no individual, entity or sector can do that alone. It takes us all.

Ebola and Pregnant Women: A Tragedy to Be Addressed in Recovery Plans

Anika Rahman | Posted 03.09.2015 | Impact
Anika Rahman

We know that the Ebola pandemic is causing a social and humanitarian crisis in several West African nations. What is now emerging is that it is a catastrophe, perhaps even a death sentence, for pregnant women.

The Gift That Keeps Giving and Benefits Us All

Katja Iversen | Posted 02.22.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

Investing in the health, rights and wellbeing of girls and women is truly a gift that keeps on giving. Providing women with education, access to health care and opportunities for employment, comes back tenfold as they tend to invest a higher share of their earnings back into their communities.

Orders of Magnitude and the Human Cost of Illicit Financial Flows

Raymond Baker | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Raymond Baker

All of us would like better data -- better financial flows data, better financial stock data, better health data. But, a lack of perfection in the data that we have cannot become an excuse for failing to accept the linkage between resources and survival.

International Development Is Selfish Work

Joan Hanawi | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Joan Hanawi

I think the challenge regarding development work lies in the fact that people with good intentions must cross not only borders, but they must also cross cultural backgrounds, histories, and realities in order to "help."

Reimagine the Future: The Power of 1.8 Million Young People

Katja Iversen | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Katja Iversen

I have said it before, and I will say it again: Young people are not only the future, they are very much the present. And they are the ones who will define the world as we know it and as we want it.

Bathrooms: A Necessity Denied to Too Many

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

November 19th is World Toilet Day, a day to raise awareness about the 2.5 billion people who do not have access to improved sanitation. Unfortunately it is a bit of a broken record to talk about the 21,000 children that die around the world each day, as shocking as it is.

Are We Disenchanted With Women's Empowerment?

Kate Roberts | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Kate Roberts

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a room full of women philanthropists at the Women Moving Millions Summit in New York where the theme was 'power' and how it can be used to transform the lives of girls and women worldwide.

Global Development's Latest Challenge: Conference Fatigue

Adam Lewis | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Adam Lewis

They say those who can't do, teach. But those who can do neither? They attend conferences.

Brazil Can Put Safety and Justice at the Heart of Global Development

Robert Muggah | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Robert Muggah

The Sustainable Development Goals are about much more than achieving a diplomatic consensus. Starting next year, they will serve as a road-map for driving development around the world, including the world's poorest countries.