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Global Development

Renewing Our Commitment To Global Development

Susan Rice | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Susan Rice

From the very beginning of this Administration, President Obama has elevated sustainable development to a core pillar of American foreign policy. In a world that is growing increasingly interconnected, we recognize that development is not charity -- it is a prudent investment in the security and prosperity of us all.

On World Population Day Let's Do More For The World

Pape Amadou Gaye | Posted 07.12.2016 | Impact
Pape Amadou Gaye

The international family planning community knows "what works." What have been lacking, however, are political will and adequate financial and human resources to enable wider provision of family planning services.

Five Ways Digital Payments Are Coming to the Rescue in Emergencies

Ruth Goodwin-Groen | Posted 05.21.2016 | Impact
Ruth Goodwin-Groen

The ability to make and receive payments electronically has emerged, in recent years, as a technology hero during natural disasters and health pandemics. At a time when more people than ever are affected by conflict and crisis, there is good news.

How U.S. Policy Continues to Threaten Women's Reproductive Rights Globally

Françoise Girard | Posted 05.17.2016 | World
Françoise Girard

This week, government officials, advocates, policymakers, corporate leaders, journalists, and others are in Copenhagen for Women Deliver, a major international conference focused on the health, rights, and well-being of women and girls.

Connectivity for the Bottom Billion: A Call for Collective Action

Steve Schmida | Posted 05.11.2016 | Business
Steve Schmida

In the developed world, we take the universal availability of the Internet largely for granted. That connectivity in turn creates tremendous opportunities and benefits for individuals and businesses alike. What we often forget is that less than half of the world's population has access to the Internet.

Using Virtual Reality for Social Change Work

Caroline Avakian | Posted 05.05.2016 | Impact
Caroline Avakian

(photos courtesy of Trickle Up) Virtual reality is a newer medium that has the potential to revolutionize the way many global development and human r...

To Sell More Smartphones, Change How They're Bought and Sold

Hippo Reads | Posted 05.03.2016 | Business
Hippo Reads

By Mark Heynen, CBO of PayJoy Back in Guatemala, Juan Alvarado* would never have been able to afford a Galaxy S6. Few vendors near his rural hometo...

The New Road to Development: Paving the Way to Global Connectivity

Catherine A. Novelli | Posted 04.14.2016 | World
Catherine A. Novelli

The Internet holds the potential to become the most equal-opportunity platform for economic empowerment the world has ever known. Yet the only way to realize this goal is for the entire planet -- yes, every one of the world's nearly seven-and-a-half billion inhabitants -- to gain affordable Internet access.

How Global Problems That Feel Overwhelming Could Actually Be Solvable

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact

The world today faces some daunting challenges: climate change, gender inequality, food scarcity. And the problems are so widespread, what can one ind...

Fewer Pilots, More Scale: Making Digital Development Work

Ann Mei Chang | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Ann Mei Chang

Over the past two decades, the digital revolution has transformed almost every aspect of our lives. Smartphones have become a virtual extension of our...

This Take On ‘Cards Against Humanity’ Is Pure Genius

The Huffington Post | Sarah Grossman | Posted 06.10.2016 | Impact

“My only real accomplishment in the Peace Corps was _____________.” “Whispering under your breath that the US is not the center of the world.”...

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.