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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 12.23.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 12.16.2014 | 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 12.12.2014 | 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 12.08.2014 | 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.

Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda: A Missed Opportunity

Ulysses Smith | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Ulysses Smith

A noble exhortation to be sure, one that, it is safe to say, absolutely no one can argue with. But unfortunately the report falls short of making a valuable contribution to the wider discussion around the new development agenda, particularly when it comes to navigating the difficult road ahead.

Data Innovation in Africa

Travis Korte | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Travis Korte

While many commentators have focused on data-driven innovation in the United States and Western Europe, developing regions, such as Africa, also offer important opportunities to use data to improve economic conditions and quality of life.

International Development Is Selfish Work

Joan Hanawi | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Joan Hanawi

I think the challenge regarding development work lies in the fact that people with good intentions must cross not only borders, but they must also cross cultural backgrounds, histories, and realities in order to "help."

The World Halved Global Poverty In Just Two Decades. But Who Did It?

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Obadias Ndaba

The prevalence of extreme poverty is steadily shrinking and the world is slowly getting better. But is the MDGs framework responsible for this progress?

Indonesia: On Track for a Strong Recovery

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 01.27.2015 | World
Stephen P. Groff

The recent election that brought President Joko Widodo to power has taken Indonesia's democracy to a new level. Popularly known as Jokowi, the new president is seen as a man of the people. This image, coupled with his pragmatic reform programs, has made him immensely popular in Indonesia.

Let's Make Bitcoin the Biggest Humanitarian Tool the World Has Ever Seen

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Lorelei Kelly

As the information revolution continues to redistribute power from centralized hierarchies to individuals and communities, the impact of this redistribution is often unpredictable.

The Climate Change Conundrum: Light at the End of the Smog?

Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca | Posted 01.25.2015 | Green
Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca

You probably have heard this line before many times: "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe". But on matters of climate change, H. G. Wells' famous quote is never more apt.

Breaking the Cycle of Extreme Poverty Starts With a Focus on Children

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

Universal Children's Day takes place on Nov. 20. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to promote the welfare of the world's children, something I have dedicated a lifetime's work to.