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International Development

Every Student Needs to Have a Meaningful Cross-Cultural Exchange During Their Education

Chris Plutte | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Chris Plutte

Across every continent, thousands of youth are going online and connecting with each other, and not simply to share the latest viral video or to tweet the latest craze. Thousands of our young people are harnessing technology to take their cross-cultural education into their own hands.

The True Cost of Food Waste

Dan Glickman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Green
Dan Glickman

A new report by the UK Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) projects that reducing food waste by 20 to 50 percent per year by 2030 could save $120 billion to $300 billion annually and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 200 million to 1 billion tons, which is more than the annual emissions of Germany.

The Quiet Global Transformation of Global Development

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

Decades ago, private capital flowing into developing countries was a small fraction of aid dollars. Since then, that private capital investment has grown roughly 100-fold and the ratio of aid to investment has flipped. Today, every $1 in aid to developing nations is dwarfed by nearly $7 in private investment.

More Ambition Needed to Finish the Job for Out-of-School Children

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

This year is particularly important for our work on creating a more just and equitable world. It's the deadline world leaders set for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The United States and Malaria: A Long History of Smart Investments That Benefit All

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré

For the first time, some African nations are on the way to eliminating malaria, and fewer people on the continent are being infected than ever before. This means healthier children, more vibrant economies and stronger, less burdened health systems.

A Model for the Future: Funding the End of Childhood Illness Together

Chip Lyons | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Chip Lyons

This unprecedented sum will fully fund the immunization efforts supported through Gavi from 2016 - 2020, and put implementing countries on track to immunize 300 million children in the next five years, preventing between 5 and 6 million premature deaths in the process.

World Bank's Peru Consultation Ends Early With a Walkout

Nezir Sinani | Posted 02.13.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Like previous consultations, Lima was draped in a sense of secrecy with a total lack of transparency from the get go. This is not the way to start out on the right foot.

5 Powerful Stories About FGM/C You Need to Hear

Catherine Russell | Posted 02.05.2015 | Impact
Catherine Russell

Female genital mutilation / cutting is not an easy subject to talk about. After all, it involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia.

I'm All in On Women

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

Sandwiched between the State of the Union address and the anniversary of Roe v. Wade is another January tradition: the release of Bill and Melinda Gates' Annual Letter.

Hottest Year on Record: What Universities and Aid Agencies Can Do

Fron Nahzi | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Fron Nahzi

Providing the next generation with the skills and experience that could begin to reverse an impending global-scale ecologic crisis and bring us a bit closer to putting the planet and its population on a trajectory towards sustainability.

Climate-Induced Migration: A Looming Crisis

Anika Rahman | Posted 01.22.2015 | Green
Anika Rahman

Climate change is an immense and multifaceted global challenge likely to change the planet. In some of the most industrialized settings in the world as well as in the most vulnerable areas, people may find they can no longer live in places they have called home for generations.

An Entry-Level Pay-As-You-Go Lamp is the First Rung of the Energy Ladder

Victoria Arch | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Victoria Arch

What is the role of the solar lantern in energy access? In July of last year, I attended an Engineering for Change Webinar called "Off Grid Technology...

An Untold Story: Learning to Fail Forward

Mary McVeigh | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
Mary McVeigh

A herd of goats lazily wandered through, and the fact that the town's water had gone out coupled with the blazing heat made us wonder who would come. Cora would be one of them.

5 Years Later, Haiti Is Embracing Its Potential

John Groarke | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
John Groarke

This shift encourages us to keep an eye toward the future. Working closely with Haiti's Education Ministry, USAID is helping schools introduce proven methodologies for teaching kids how to read. This will help diversify and expand Haiti's labor pool to compete for 21-century jobs.

What Is Brazil Really Doing in Africa?

Robert Muggah | Posted 01.04.2015 | World
Robert Muggah

If Brazil is to make a dent in Africa, it needs to get ahead of the curve. Future economic and demographic projections indicate that African investment opportunities are changing. Foreign policy experts and investors should take note, and plan accordingly.

The Business of Success -– You Gotta Hustle

Hung Vo | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business
Hung Vo

For other young people, I offer you this advice: capitalize on your passion and energy. Success is about having an idea and putting in everything you have, and more, to make it happen.

Obama Administration Brings Global LGBTI Community Together to Advance Human Rights and Development

Todd Larson | Posted 02.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Todd Larson

The resounding international LGBTI-affirming commitments in the communique are a direct result of strong U.S. Government support to organize as inclusive a convening as possible.

The Season of Giving Back

Barry Segal | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

A Guest Post by Rich Segal, Segal Family Foundation Board Member The holiday season is all about giving. It reminds us to be thankful for what we h...

Mormon Service Advocates Launch New Faith-Themed Website, Podcast

Joseph Peterson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Religion
Joseph Peterson

From that website they affirm that "No Poor Among Them is a project devoted to education and inspiration in the art of service and the passion to end poverty."

Laughing, Dancing and Learning with Swazi Girls

Blythe Terrell | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Blythe Terrell

I served as a community health volunteer in Swaziland from 2012 to 2014, finishing in August. I had my share of long, dull days, and I had a few extremely busy ones. But much of my time went to a girls-empowerment program.

2014 in Impact Investing: The Big Bang and its Aftermath

Ben Thornley | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Ben Thornley

From its origins in the closed circles of community finance, philanthropy, and international development, 2014 was a Big Bang for impact investing.

A New Narrative for the Middle East: Told by Its Children

Maysa Jalbout | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Maysa Jalbout

One minute, one camera, and one boy... is all it took to convey the tragedy of millions of childhoods lost to conflict in the Middle East.

Green Roadmap; Not Silk Road: Kazakhstan's (renewed) Role in World Affairs

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Kazakhstan can offer a much more visible contribution to international peace and prosperity. This country needs to be called upon to play a stronger and more active role in the mediation of interests between the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (E.U.), on one side, and Russia and the Middle East, on the other.

Kate Sheppard

Congress Stuffed Some Coal In Its Omnibus Package

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The 1,000-page omnibus spending package released Tuesday night is reigniting a fight over rules for U.S. financing of coal plants abro...

The Toilet Business

Anoop Jain | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Anoop Jain

The unique opportunity to end outdoor defecation in India by favoring the strengthening of public institutions over market based approaches should not be passed up. Doing so would amount to yet another injustice hundreds of millions of Indians would be forced to endure.