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Two More Reasons for Preemptive Contract Sanctions in Syria

Kimberly Ann Elliott | Posted 01.27.2013 | World
Kimberly Ann Elliott

As government officials from the Friends of Syria sanctions working group prepare to meet in Tokyo on November 30, we thought we'd highlight two new developments that reinforce the case for using preemptive contract sanctions in Syria.

Connecting News and Raw Video to Social Action

Caty Borum Chattoo | Posted 11.09.2012 | Impact
Caty Borum Chattoo

Malala Yousufzai's story is important not only as a news story, but as a human rights impact story -- and what it can inspire about our desire to get involved and "take action." When we see and hear a story like hers, we want to do something.

From Recipient to Resource Partner: China's Changing Role in Global Development

Steve Davis | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Steve Davis

Over the last few decades, China, once regarded mainly as an aid recipient, has become an influential partner in global health and development.

Keeping Our Promises to Women and Children: Roadblocks to Ending Maternal and Child Deaths

Carole Presern | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
Carole Presern

Working together through the Global Strategy, we have seen how sound planning, sufficient resources and political will, can make a significant difference in the lives of millions. But the global community can still do much better.

From There to Here: Social Enterprise and Reverse Innovation

Thane Kreiner | Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact
Thane Kreiner

The vast growth it has seen is proof that the Grameen Bank's brand of group lending -- which relies on peer pressure rather than collateral to ensure that debts are repaid -- can work in America.

Empowering Women Farmers Is Key To Ensuring Global Food Security

Roger Thurow | Posted 07.18.2012 | Impact
Roger Thurow

bringing the benefits of agricultural development to the farmers at the end of the road, is the challenge within the challenge.

Raising Global Citizens

Ana Roca Castro | Posted 06.30.2012 | Impact
Ana Roca Castro

I don't want you to think that you need to pack and fly abroad to raise global citizens. It still is the ideal, but there are so many local opportunities you can find where your kids can engage in social good.

Can A Rat Change The World? The Unusual Players In Social Innovation

Caty Borum Chattoo | Posted 05.21.2012 | Impact
Caty Borum Chattoo

Electric soccer balls, life-saving sleeping bags, and water on as usual? Well, it depends on who you ask.

A Diamond in the Rough? Africa's Newest Central Bank Opens in an Unexpected Location

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 04.16.2012 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

This post was co-authored by Ross Thuotte. Last week, lawmakers in Somaliland (Somalia's northern, semi-autonomous region) reportedly established Som...

Collaboration at the Base of the Pyramid Through Patience and Innovation

Tom Murphy | Posted 03.25.2012 | Books
Tom Murphy

Countries in the global south are still seen by many as charity recipients. This long-held view is beginning to shift as nations move to middle income status and people understand that innovation and growth are possible at all levels.

Is Haiti Doomed to Be the Republic of NGOs?

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

Haiti's challenges are enormous and there are no easy answers. However, a two-pronged strategy --- registration and monitoring of NGOs and a governmental and donor focus on "core governance" -- may be a good start.

Outflows, Not Aid, Must Be Curtailed to Fight Poverty

Raymond Baker | Posted 03.12.2012 | World
Raymond Baker

A shadow financial system consisting of tax havens, secrecy jurisdictions and anonymous corporate vehicles makes it easy for corrupt dictators, terrorists, drug traffickers and tax evaders to quietly shepherd their funds out of the developing world and around the planet without notice.

A Bold New Idea for Infrastructure in Africa

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 03.05.2012 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

The premise is that by increasing transparency, the pool of investors will expand and a network of investors will be created -- something that we have yet to see in Africa.

Global Development as a Vital Export: Changing Lives, Creating Opportunity

Akhtar Badshah | Posted 12.26.2011 | Impact
Akhtar Badshah

Investing knowledge, resources, time and technology abroad not only betters the lives of others around the world, it also strengthens our community culturally and economically.

How I'm Helping Others By Joining Twitter

Melinda Gates | Posted 11.21.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

There is not a moment to waste when millions of people's lives and futures are at stake. This impatience is why I'm happy to be joining Twitter officially today as @melindagates. After all, what's more impatient than a tweet?

Harnessing The Power Of Religion For Good

Ajarat Bada | Posted 11.13.2011 | Religion
Ajarat Bada

Religion's potential transcends Marx's opium theory. Religion is not simply a panacea for the psychological imbalance of the masses. It has the power to unify people.

Freedom and Development: Something Worth Fighting For

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 08.09.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

The protests that swept through the Middle East and North Africa over the past six months have shown us what people will do to have their voices heard...

Answering the Challenge for Small Farmers

Bill Gates | Posted 08.06.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

The vast majority of the poorest people in the world get their food and income from farming small plots of land. Helping these farming families grow and sell more helps them become self-sufficient and build better lives.

Building A Better World By Supporting Farming Families

Sylvia Mathews Burwell | Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact
Sylvia Mathews Burwell

Supporting farming families makes sense on many fronts. It not only helps farmers become self-sufficient, but it helps increase the prosperity and stability of countries in the developing world.

The Real Successes of Foreign Aid

Bill Gates | Posted 07.23.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

Stepping into the public square to announce that foreign aid is important and effective can be lonely work.

Small Farmers Are the Answer

Bill Gates | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

Many people don't realize it, but most of the world's poorest people are small farmers, and they can play an important role in cutting hunger and poverty.

Moms In Mind: A Look Into The Lives Of Mothers Around The World

Caty Borum Chattoo | Posted 07.09.2011 | Impact
Caty Borum Chattoo

In many parts of the developing world, the day a woman becomes a mother is a day too often obscured by terrible tragedy and danger. She will face losing her baby and losing her own life.

Aid Agencies Must Listen to the People They're Helping

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 06.21.2011 | Impact
Nicholas van Praag

Over the years, we have seen a marked increase in the focus on accountability in what is now a $10 billion a year industry. But there is no systematic approach to assessing humanitarian operations through the eyes of recipients.

The Hardest Workers

Melinda Gates | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Melinda Gates

I am filled with tremendous optimism mostly due to one fact: while we here at the foundation might be working hard to help lift people out of poverty, the poor are working harder.

U.S. Budget Woes Threaten MCC Money and Model

Sarah Jane Staats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Jane Staats

The prospect of a U.S. government shutdown over the FY2011 budget still hangs over Washington.