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International Development

What Is the Real Meaning of Development and How Can We Achieve Sustainable Results?

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 11.29.2015 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

As Palms for Life Fund implements its second development project in Swaziland, we are constantly faced with questions that give us tremendous pause for thought.

On Gender, Violence, and the Right to Education

Randal Mason | Posted 11.30.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

The threat and reality of violence hinders girls' access to education and undermines their ability to learn. Children and youth of all genders have a right to inclusive, quality education--the foundation to improving people's lives.

Women in FIFA Is for Girls Everywhere

Mary McVeigh | Posted 11.25.2015 | Sports
Mary McVeigh

Following a FIFA Women's World Cup marred by a lawsuit over artificial turf, unequal prize money, and a corruption scandal, 2015 was on track to leave us with more questions than answers about what will come next to bridge these gaps.

Behind the Refugee Crisis, the Internally Displaced Wait Their Turn

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

By Abraham Leno At last, the world has woken up to one of the biggest challenges of our age. We are witnessing massive movements of people on an unpr...

Happy Thanksgiving to Pilgrims and Puritans Alike!

Mark Moore | Posted 11.19.2015 | Religion
Mark Moore

We need a few more Squanto's, learning other's languages, planting seeds, being patient, feeding people. Even if you feel like the last survivor of your people, those type of meals may well save you.

Kigali's Secret Shame

Darcy Ataman | Posted 11.22.2015 | World
Darcy Ataman

This unofficial prison of Kigali was recently the focus of a report released by Human Rights Watch, which details the practice of randomly arresting the poor and disenfranchised of the city, including petty thieves, street workers, suspected political dissidents and orphaned children.

What It Takes to Launch a Program in a Post-War Region

Andy Bryant | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Andy Bryant

During my time in Gulu, I experienced the warmth of the Acholi people, through tasting local foods and boda rides and conversation. I look forward to returning in 2016, when Educate! will implement our programs and help empower youth with skills to combat unemployment.

In Ethiopia, a Hunger for Science

Stella Salvo | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Stella Salvo

There are hundreds of stories I could tell from my recent trip to Ethiopia four months ago-- stories of similarities and differences, of opportunity and challenges. But I want to focus here on the reason for my trip and what I hope I accomplished.

Future Tiger: Bangladesh and the Need for STEM Education

Randal Mason | Posted 11.10.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

A teacher and a vocal advocate of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, Siddiqa points to the successes of tiger economies like India, China, Malaysia, and Singapore as examples of how investment in STEM has led to overall economic improvements.

The Internet: An Opportunity for Sustainable Development

Kathy Brown | Posted 11.11.2015 | Technology
Kathy Brown

The greatest challenge facing the world today is the need to achieve sustainable development--development that will bring economic and social progress...

Africa, Moving Into the Light

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

This past July, a Boeing 777 headed toward take-off from the main international airport in Lagos, Nigeria crashed into another plane on the tarmac. Th...

Technology For Democracy

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

We found three particularly salient models for how technology might improve democratic transparency and legitimacy. These included: 1) truth based advocacy 2) political mobilization and 3) social monitoring.

Fixing Democracy: Global Efforts to Tackle Poverty and Climate Change

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

At the end of this week, the U.N General Assembly will vote on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next decades. The SDGs are a set of goals and targets on international development that range from eradicating poverty, building sustainable cities, and combating climate change.

How China's Anti-Graft Purge May Shake Its Global Health Work

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

Chinese President Xi Jinping's pledge to spend $12 billion over the next 15 years to help the United Nations achieve its goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 signals that Beijing is eager to claim a bigger role in the world of international development.

Emerging from the Field: Women and the Global Fight Against Hunger

Asma Lateef | Posted 11.02.2015 | Women
Asma Lateef

Traditionally, we have simply considered hunger the lack of food. Our development efforts have reflected that idea by focusing much of our food aid on providing sufficient calories to survive. Just as important, however, is the need for food that provides necessary nutrients for healthy lives.

4 Innovative Ways to Keep Poor Children in School

Rhema Hokama | Posted 10.28.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

Children who live in the world's poorest regions are most likely to be deprived educational opportunities. In the developing world, children from the poorest households are four times less likely to be enrolled in school than those from the richest.

Living Passionately: 21 People Who Found Their Purpose -- And How You Can Too

Jim Luce | Posted 10.26.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Jim Luce

In our hearts, we all wish for a life filled with meaning and purpose, but how many of us are meeting this goal? Life seems to continually throw obsta...

When a Dictator Falls

Todd Moss | Posted 10.22.2015 | Books
Todd Moss

From inside the thick walls of the State Department headquarters on the western edge of Washington DC, I watched a country I love come within a whisker of democracy. The southern African nation of Zimbabwe was on the brink of finally getting rid its longtime dictator.

Paying the Piper: 3 Things Donors Can Do to Drive Real Change

Patrick Moriarty | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Patrick Moriarty

There's not enough charitable or aid money in the world, and outsiders lack the skills and local market knowledge to ever create something sustainable. So the solution lies not in building new toilets as charitable outsiders, but in building the local systems that can provide sanitation services.

The Positive, Creative Power That Emerges When Ideas Are Shared

Andy Bryant | Posted 10.21.2015 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Photo credit: Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust This is a guest post by Michele Ostertag, co-founder and director of Rafiki wa Maendeleo Trust. "Tell me ...

Hellenic Fund Launching to Help Kids, including Refugees, in Hellas

Jim Luce | Posted 10.29.2015 | New York
Jim Luce

I am pleased to announce that our Foundation will launch our Hellenic Fund to support children in Greece at a reception on November 4 on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. We can no longer watch children wash up on the shore and not respond.

How USAID's Secret Think Tank Funding Hurts the Poor

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Till Bruckner

Over the past two decades, support by USAID and other Western donors has led to an explosion in the number of think tanks in developing countries. However, much of this money is still being given and taken behind closed doors, threatening to hurt rather than help the world's poor.

Does the World Bank's "Success Story" on Dams Still Hold Water?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 11.09.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

As the World Bank again invests in large dam schemes with the promise of "sustainable hydropower," it has unfortunately failed to learn from its past mistakes.

How to Save Lives From Beyond the Grave

Joey Savoie | Posted 10.04.2015 | Impact
Joey Savoie

Perhaps the most important fact you'll ever learn is that some charities are hundreds or even thousands of times better than others, and that an excellent charity evaluator called GiveWell identifies the very best based on solid evidence.

No More Excuses: Evidence and Action on Education

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 09.27.2015 | Education
Kolleen Bouchane

The goal to get all children everywhere access to at least a basic education was supposed to be achieved this year, yet now the deadline has been pushed out to 2030, and numbers of out-of-school children are on the rise.