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Ugandan Happiness

Nourish International | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

This post was written by Nourish International student interns from Penn State University and Duke University, currently working with Community Concer...

FIFA's Responsibility to World Cup Host Nations

Arnal Dayaratna | Posted 08.20.2014 | Sports
Arnal Dayaratna

The time has come for FIFA and the world to expect a deeper dialogue about how a nation and a powerful multi-national organization can work together to synergistically support each other.

Kate Sheppard

World Bank Staff Anxious About Major Changes, According To Internal Survey

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An internal survey of World Bank Group employees obtained by The Huffington Post indicates a significant portion of employees have conce...

Borlaug Institute Program Offers Optimism and Stability in Democratic Republic of Congo

Sharon Kitchens | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Sharon Kitchens

The community and the soldiers themselves look at their lives differently -- they are not just soldiers, but farmers.

Dr. Kim of the World Bank Must Walk the Talk on Climate

Nezir Sinani | Posted 08.13.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

The World Bank has not yet addressed climate issues systematically. Most notably, its Safeguard Policy framework does not require climate change risk assessments for Bank projects. This gap in policy has allowed the World Bank to continue financing projects with serious implications for our climate and to essentially ignore the issue completely.

Making Sure Haiti Aid Helps the Most Vulnerable

William F. Schulz | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
William F. Schulz

Haitians continue to face tremendous challenges. It's not too late to make a difference.

Empowering Women, Ending Violence

Catherine Russell | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Catherine Russell

The ultimate task for our generation is to make women and men equal partners in building peace, security and prosperity. This is a question not just of individual rights but also of international security. After all, history shows that a society can only reach its potential when women are allowed to reach theirs.

An Update From Uganda

Nourish International | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

This post was written by Nourish International student interns from Penn State University and Duke University, currently working with Community Concer...

InterAction's Development Forum: Reflections and Anticipations

Joseph Peterson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

It's that time of year again where some of the biggest personalities in international development head to Washington, D.C., for the preeminent confere...

Schools in Slums: A Surprising Number of the Poorest Kids Are Enrolled in Private Preschools

Maya Ziswiler | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Maya Ziswiler

There are many things a person expects to see when walking through Mukuru, a vast expanse of sheet metal and mud located just to the southeast of the Kenyan capital of Nairobi and home to an estimated 270,000 people.

What Have You Achieved #BecauseOfSchool?

Julia Gillard | Posted 07.28.2014 | Home
Julia Gillard

The more people share their stories, the more we can push global leaders towards taking action and making substantial financial pledges for education on June 26, 2014.

How One Simple Move Changed The Course Of An Orphan's Life In Rwanda

T.P. Allen | Posted 07.24.2014 | Fifty
T.P. Allen

By the time Justus was 8, he had meandered more than 100 kilometers, ending up in the garbage dump for Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Amid that stench was the buffet he ate from every day. His home was a stripped out, tireless car, in which he slept on and under pieces of cardboard.

The Trials and Triumphs of Aiding Africa

Bill Gates | Posted 07.22.2014 | Home
Bill Gates

In the world of venture capital, a success rate of 30 percent is considered a great track record. In the world of international development, critics hold up every misstep as proof that aid is like throwing money down a rat hole. When you're trying to do something as hard as fighting poverty and disease, you will never achieve anything meaningful if you're afraid to make mistakes.

Nigeria's Peace Path: Can Lessons from the Oil-Rich South Defeat Boko Haram?

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 07.19.2014 | Home
Saleem H. Ali

The human development indicators that are beginning to improve in the Niger Delta appear to transcend short-term political cycles. Of course, there is still no room to be sanguine about Southeast Nigeria.

Necessary and Sufficient: Protecting Syria's Children

Hardy Vieux | Posted 07.16.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

A refugee crisis is anything but fair, though. Donors want results; the media wants stories; the government wants greater support; and refugees want effective assistance. But, it is the children that need protecting. If we bungle protecting them, what else could possibly matter?

Mixed Messages: Homophobia, Transphobia and the Media

Randal Mason | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Randal Mason

Whether it's new funding for monitoring coverage of LGBT issues or incorporating LGBT awareness in current media development initiatives around the world, we can make it so that the stories of LGBT individuals and communities are told with the accuracy and dignity that all people deserve.

Taking The Lead On Women's Public Health

Saundra Pelletier | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Saundra Pelletier

At WomanCare Global, we empower women to choose whether and when they'll have children. We want to ensure that every aspect of the supply chain has been audited and addressed.

When Philanthropists Give Directly, Are Climate Dividends Next?

Mike Sandler | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Mike Sandler

The debate over unconditional cash transfers remains unsettled. It parallels a debate in climate policy over how to spend the revenues from a carbon price.

250 Million Reasons to Invest in Global Education

Julia Gillard | Posted 07.12.2014 | Home
Julia Gillard

The United Nations Millennium Development Goals are the promises the global community made to the poorest in the world. One of those promises was to the world's children. We said that by the end of 2015, every child would be able to go to primary school.

Saying Thank You to Heroic Moms From Around the World

Vicki Escarra | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

At Opportunity International, we recognize the remarkable power of women to change the world. That is why we work hard to remove barriers like a lack of access to the basic financial tools they need to be successful, including access to loans.

UN Millennium Development Targets for Water and Sanitation Will Expire in 2015... So What's Next?

Mackenzie Klema | Posted 07.07.2014 | Green
Mackenzie Klema

While there is a role for international financial institutions and the private sector in the fight for clean water, there is no justification for international agencies and corporations to continue promoting water privatization.

Celebrating Mothers' Role in Building a Healthier Future for Families and Communities

Barry Segal | Posted 07.07.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest Post by Jessie Cronan, executive director of Gardens for Health International, a partner of Segal Family Foundation When Naomi Musabyimana fir...

Environmental Secretary Victor Alvarado Champions Both Nature and the Poor

Daniel Moss | Posted 07.05.2014 | Green
Daniel Moss

Dozens of local natural resource and watershed management projects will be awarded funds, a new way of working in community-led environmental protection and community development in Veracruz.

Calestous Juma On Why Africa Needs GM Crops

April Zhu | Posted 05.02.2014 | Green
April Zhu

Sub-Saharan African countries have been slow to adopt modern agricultural tools like GM seeds. To date, commercial GM crops can only be planted in three countries on the continent.

Forget the Magic Bullets: We Can Save Millions of Lives With Basic First Steps

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Craig and Marc Kielburger

There is still much to do -- millions of lives to save and people to make healthy. Bill Gates believes his beloved downward red line can dip below "well below a million" in his lifetime, and we agree.