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International Development

Innovation for Development

Michael Møller | Posted 02.07.2016 | Business
Michael Møller

Innovation was the buzzword of the World Economic Forum. Not only was it used by political and business leaders alike. But, also pivotal leaders in the development sector as well.

"My Business Is Partnerships"

Andrew O’Brien | Posted 02.03.2016 | Impact
Andrew O’Brien

"Public-private partnership" is seemingly one of the "it" terms in diplomacy and development these days. While the federal government is embracing and formalizing public-private partnerships like never before, they aren't a new concept.

Lesotho Development Aid Needs New Direction

Jack Healey | Posted 02.03.2016 | World
Jack Healey

A recent blog post, "Can Lesotho survive more development?" by John Aerni-Flessner and Charles Fogelman points out that "Despite post-Millennium development programs..., most Basotho still live in poverty, and average life expectancy is 49 years."

Chronicles of a Toilet Crowdfunder

Jasmine Burton | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Jasmine Burton

2016. It's a new year for all, including Wish for WASH. Founded in December 2014, it has officially been 1 year of this social startup's existence. An...

A Philanthropy Of Books: What I Learned Through Donating K-12 Books To Schools In Sri Lanka

Arnal Dayaratna | Posted 02.01.2016 | Education
Arnal Dayaratna

When I decided to donate some books to schools and libraries in Sri Lanka, the country where I was born, as part of a trip from December 2015 to Janua...

A Crystal Ball for Global Development: What Will Happen in 2016?

Yana Watson Kakar | Posted 01.28.2016 | Impact
Yana Watson Kakar

True to hopes, 2015 was a landmark year for global development. What is 2016 going to bring? Predictions are a tricky business, but we think these are going to be defining themes for the coming year in global development.

Taking Lessons from Silicon Valley to End Extreme Poverty

Ann Mei Chang | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Ann Mei Chang

To address these realities, we must work faster and harder to ensure the world's most vulnerable are empowered and served. We must apply the insights of innovation communities like Silicon Valley to find new, more effective ways to reach the very poor.

Has the Global Trade-Development Link Peaked?

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 01.26.2016 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Developing countries and emerging market economies have benefited from opportunities to transfer technology from abroad and to undergo domestic structural transformation via trade integration.

Giving Patients a Chance in Rural Uganda

Andy Bryant | Posted 01.28.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Thanks to the ongoing support of organizations like the Segal Family Foundation, Soft Power Health can continue to provide quality inexpensive healthcare and health education to those who need it most.

If It's Broken, Let's Fix It

Justin van Fleet, Ph.D | Posted 01.19.2016 | Education
Justin van Fleet, Ph.D

Not only is the education of 65 million children disrupted today because of emergency, crisis and conflict -- but new projections we are working on at the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity show that these children will continue to fall behind.

Want to Eliminate Poverty? Check Your Behavior

David Weiss | Posted 01.16.2016 | World
David Weiss

It should not be surprising that Ugandan farmers have different thoughts on what is important to them than we might assume. Understanding why certain behaviors are formed is essential, as is understanding what incentives to build into program design.

The Drug Resistant Killers

Nana Taona Kuo | Posted 01.13.2016 | Impact
Nana Taona Kuo

Every five minutes a child in Southeast Asia dies from an infection caused by drug-resistant bacteria -- a situation that is likely to get worse.

A Duty to Help One Another

Andy Bryant | Posted 01.11.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

As you meander through the hills of the Kanungu District, amid the dusty roads dotted with potholes, you can't believe that someone would have thought to lift up the health and social well-being of this remote community. HIV/AIDS has ravaged families here, and vulnerable children go without many basic human needs.

When Your Fate Is Decided by the Results of One Exam

Andy Bryant | Posted 01.06.2016 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Our organization, Jifundishe, has been supporting girls with opportunities of attending secondary school for eight years. We help bright, vulnerable girls living in poverty to have that chance, which also provides a chance for that family lifting itself out of the cycle of poverty.

The social bad in selling social good

Adora Svitak | Posted 12.22.2015 | Impact
Adora Svitak

March 2014: I'm at Seattle's We Day, the flashy event celebrating youth public service that happens in stadiums in various big cities every spring. ...

Health and well-being for all

Nana Taona Kuo | Posted 12.22.2015 | Impact
Nana Taona Kuo

Nobody should go bankrupt when they fall sick. That is the simple, but urgent, call of Universal Health Coverage Day, which was marked across the worl...

Teaching the Need for Gender Equity in Peru

Randal Mason | Posted 12.18.2015 | Education
Randal Mason

In Peru, women face a number of inequalities and barriers, including a large gender pay gap, early marriage and pregnancy, sexism in the media, and attitudes that they should only care for children and do housework. But chief among the challenges these women confront daily is domestic and gender-based violence.

Asia-Pacific Sex Workers Speak Out About Violence

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.30.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

On December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers [APNSW] released a video series h...

Ketamine: We Speak to Top Relief Agency Pharmacists About the Effects of International Control

WFSA | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact

"Any level of scheduling poses a risk that supplies of quality ketamine will not be available when it's needed to treat patients in the field." - St...

Are We Missing (Half) the Point?: Two Things COP21 Negotiations Cannot Overlook

Johannes Jütting | Posted 01.20.2016 | Green
Johannes Jütting

More than 140 heads of state and leaders gathered at the beginning of this week in Paris for COP21. Their challenge is to agree on a new climate accor...

10 Reasons Why Large Hydropower Is a False Solution to Climate Change

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.03.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Support from climate initiatives is one of the reasons why more than 3,700 hydropower dams are currently under construction and in the pipeline. Yet large hydropower projects are a false solution to climate change. They should be kept out from national and international climate initiatives for the following reasons.

A Call for Funding Grassroots Women's Organizations

Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D. | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D.

The voices of women and girls living in poverty - their needs, preferences, priorities, interests, ideas, recommendations, and solutions - are rarely included in policy deliberations that result in goals, funding, and programs purported to be designed for them.

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.