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Young People on Frontlines of Humanitarian Response

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 09.02.2015 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

We can no longer afford to leave young people behind. It is time to make the humanitarian system work for young people by engaging them, addressing the particular risk factors they face, and maximizing their ability to drive a local response.

The Jesus We Love

Richard Stearns | Posted 08.19.2015 | Religion
Richard Stearns

I find there is a Jesus who everybody loves, the Jesus who modeled what it means to show compassion to the stranger, care for the widow, bind up the wounds of the hurting, and heal the sick. This Jesus continues to attract admirers and followers.

The Path from Personal Transformation to Societal Change

Matthieu Ricard | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Matthieu Ricard

I myself am deeply convinced that love and compassion--the two faces of altruism--are the cardinal virtues of human existence and the heart of the spiritual path. Loving kindness is the wish that all beings experience happiness, while compassion focuses on eradicating their suffering.

CRS Cares for Migrants in Serbia

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Imagine, for a second, your favorite public park. Now imagine that park as a temporary home to thousands of people fleeing war, violence and poverty.

Education in Emergencies: Why Now is the Time to Act

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 07.13.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

There is a HUGE piece missing in making it possible for these women and men to save as many lives and support the rebuilding of as many families and communities as possible. That missing piece is education.

On Bangui's Once Blood-Stained Streets, Delicate Signs of a Slowly Returning Peace

Crystal Wells | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Crystal Wells

For people in Bangui, December 5, 2013 was a day so horrific it does not need a month or year to identify it. Instead, it is referred to simply as 'le cinq' or 'the fifth.'

Frontline Civilians: It's Time We Honor All Who Serve

Matt Zeller | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Matt Zeller

Instead of advocating for the return of the draft, Moulton was joining prominent leaders such as President Obama and General McChrystal (who is leading the Franklin Project) to call on all Americans to engage in some act of public service in their lifetime -- just as the civilians who I served with had done.

Celebrating the Humanitarian in Sport

Eli Wolff | Posted 06.30.2015 | Sports
Eli Wolff

Just as we celebrate the athletes who score amazing goals and bring us fantastic finishes, it is equally important to celebrate the humanitarians who utilize the platform of sport to champion social issues and social change.

Recommitting to the US Refugee Protection System on the 35th Anniversary of the Refugee Act of 1980

Donald Kerwin | Posted 06.26.2015 | Politics
Donald Kerwin

The US refugee protection system has long been a centerpiece of the international refugee regime and US humanitarian programs. US protection policies and practices -- for better and worse -- have immense human consequences and influence on other states.

You Can't Do Everything for Everyone

Melissa Heisler | Posted 06.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Melissa Heisler

Recently I watched a TED talk by Marla Spivak about why bees are disappearing. I learned a lot about how intertwined we are with nature and how some o...

Sharad in Dialogue With Novus Conference Co-Founder, Kunal Sood

Sharad Khare | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Sharad Khare

I recently was invited by the Co-Founder of the Novus Conference, Kunal Sood to attend and play a very special role in capturing the digital stories of the keynote speakers at the first Novus Conference held in San Francisco, at the Battery.

Still the Beautiful Game: How Soccer Can Help Defeat ISIS

Atif Choudhury | Posted 06.08.2015 | Sports
Atif Choudhury

If properly utilized, the Beautiful Game can not only be a crucial ally of some of the most pressing humanitarian crises of our time, but can actively defeat the forces of hate and fear while forging peace, respect and understanding.

'Save The Children' Works To Rescue Migrant Children In Italy

Isabella Ferrari | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
Isabella Ferrari

A sea of fear divides Europeans from migrants. Migrants fear death on the sea. For Europeans, there was, and still is, the fear of accommodating, of sharing. There's a lack of courage in not putting these people -- who have risked their lives -- first.

Escalating Humanitarian Crisis on the Aegean Sea: A Yogi's View

Becky Thompson Ph.D. | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Becky Thompson Ph.D.

Now, in Greece, he and the 120 others who arrived yesterday will continue on their arduous journey, first to Molyvos, a coastal town that is about an hour's uphill walk from the shore, then on a bus to a locked detention facility in Mytilini, then to Athens where they will receive authorization for a temporary stay in Greece.

How Technical Communities Are Helping Engineer Better Responses to Global Crises

Jennifer Chan | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Chan

Agility is a fundamental requirement for working in the humanitarian sector. The requirements don't end there however. As the sector has learned the hard way, "good intentions" don't always equate to the best outcomes. There is a great need for a formalized system to better train people who are interested in digital volunteerism. Investment in onboarding digital volunteers with different types of skills and backgrounds is needed.

Time to Answer Romero's Call to Action

Rep. Jim McGovern | Posted 05.21.2015 | Politics
Rep. Jim McGovern

As a Catholic, I am proud of my Church for finally recognizing this man of God who lived his faith. As a politician, I continue to be inspired by Romero's example -- his total commitment to the poor and his unwavering commitment to the dignity of every human being.

Chasing Refugee Crises, Then Forgetting

Gabriel Stauring | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Gabriel Stauring

We keep chasing crises. The international community -- humanitarians, journalists, funders, and general public -- go from one emergency to another, forgetting the ones left behind, until we end up back at an old one because... it's again a crisis!

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.

Make It Happen for Women Affected By Torture and War

Curt Goering | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Curt Goering

Make It Happen, the theme for 2015's International Women's Day, is an aspirational call to act. The message going out from organizations and government groups around the world is to take steps to advance women's rights and celebrate women's achievements.

Zanzibar, a Lesson in Generosity

Martina Buchal | Posted 05.02.2015 | Impact
Martina Buchal

Maybe there's something we can learn from Tanzania. When we have less, we can give more. Smile more. When we have more, we can give more. Smile more.

A Humanitarian Crisis Is Unfolding in Ukraine

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

The international community hasn't ignored Ukraine, but the focus is invariably geopolitical: What is Putin's end game? Should the West arm the Ukrainian forces? Will Ukraine be absorbed by a reborn Russian empire? Interesting and important questions, all of them, but what remains unsaid is the hideous human drama that is playing out.

Family Reunited With Son Forced Into Child Slavery After Haiti Earthquake Tore Them Apart

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.03.2015 | Impact

Chantale's life was turned upside down when the devastating 2010 earthquake in Haiti tore her family apart. Not only was she forced to move out of...

Horyou TV: Can Social Good Videos Go Viral?

Ron Mwangaguhunga | Posted 03.21.2015 | Good News
Ron Mwangaguhunga

High above the west fifties in Manhattan overlooking Fifth avenue the people at Horyou -- pronounced OR-YOW -- are attempting to make social good videos viral. When one thinks of viral videos, social good does not immediately come to mind.

Beyond Paris : What Now?

Karen Berg | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Karen Berg

Sunday's event in Paris in response to this reality was incredible and unprecedented: millions of people coming together in the name of unity. Perhaps its most important aspect was to show us that our world leaders can indeed walk hand-in-hand together in common cause.

Taiwan's 30-Day Medical Release of Former President: A Joke or Continued Vengeance

Jack Healey | Posted 03.13.2015 | Impact
Jack Healey

The decision of Taiwan's Ma administration to release former President Chen Shui Bian brought joy and relief to many of Mr. Chen's followers. But joy quickly turned to grief when the public learned the release was for 30 days only.