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International Development

Five Glimpses of Hope for the Global South's Homeless

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

Many children in Cairo run away from abuse and neglect at home to seek refuge in the city's streets. The Hope Village Society has been working for the past 30 years to give these children an opportunity to reclaim their lives and their futures.

Close to My Heart, Habitat for Humanity Launches IndiaBUILDS

Jim Luce | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

Habitat for Humanity International was very important to my father. He had been a college professor and loved to build houses during the summer as his...

The Ismaili Community Upholds Values, Supporting Education, Health and Development

Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Shahnaz Taplin-Chinoy

On a spirited and sunny Sunday morning on October 13, 2013 in Fremont, California, 650 men, women and children enthusiastically participated in The Pa...

Targeting the Ultra-Poor: A Conversation About Ending Extreme Poverty

BRAC | Posted 12.25.2013 | Impact

The ultra-poor are global development's last mile -- the last remaining households that have yet to reap any benefits from widespread economic growth, or from existing development interventions like microfinance, community health workers or community-based schools.

Big Seven African Aid Species -- Capitalists and Documenters

Alexander Wooley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Alexander Wooley

Type 3: The Capitalist. Occasionally one still spots, skulking in the high grass, the leather-skinned Westerner in multi-pocket safari jacket. His pas...

Made in USA: How Are We Doing as an Export Nation?

Dominik Knoll | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

Out of the top 100 metros, 76 registered record volumes in export. Interestingly, 28 percent of total U.S. exports was attributed to the top ten metropolitan areas in 2012 -- Los Angeles, New York and Houston being the top three respectively.

Living on Four Liters of Water

Mark Dearn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Dearn

Four liters of water. It sounds a fair amount. So just how challenging can it to be to survive on this amount for a day? It's a challenge almost 1 billion face on a daily basis -- with no choice in the matter.

At Clinton Forum, Western Union Highlights 'NGO GlobalPay'

Jim Luce | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Jim Luce

I was delighted to breakfast with my friends at Western Union (WU) at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, including its President and CEO H...

What Development Types Mean When They Say 'The Real Africa'

Alexander Wooley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Alexander Wooley

Some though regard Nairobi as too soft. For them, DRC is 'the real Africa.' Aid workers fantasize about 'the real Africa'. According to this lexicon, 'real' is a synonym for 'bad' or 'hardship' or 'Darwinian'.

The Big Seven African Aid Species -- Financiers and Conservationists

Alexander Wooley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Alexander Wooley

It is a chaotic mixture of tribes large and small. Artificial man-made borders cannot contain historic conflicts and rivalries. Inter-marriage is rare, incest within the group common, as are predatory raids.

The Big Seven African Aid Species

Alexander Wooley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Alexander Wooley

Western aid workers are convinced the two areas of African life in most dire need of reform are governance and genitalia. Too long, both have been left in private hands.

John Celock

Foreign Lawmakers Say Congress Should 'Get Their House In Order' | John Celock | Posted 09.30.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Women from four foreign governing bodies said Monday that they think Congress should come together to prevent a government shutdown, whi...

Chasing Misery or Unleashing Hope? Transforming Poverty in Africa

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Recent research in Ethiopia suggests that a very simple and extremely low-cost approach to development is transforming poverty. And the approach represents a paradigm shift in the way that we deliver aid, by changing our view of the poor from helpless victims to agents of positive change.

The Power of Mindfulness

Zubin Sharma | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Zubin Sharma

I walked into the classroom and there was pin drop silence. All of the first graders in the Koseli School that serves children from the slums in Kathmandu, Nepal were deep in meditation.

United Gala for Orphaned Children in Developing World

Jim Luce | Posted 11.25.2013 | New York
Jim Luce

Orphaned children--especially in poor countries--face daunting odds against succeeding in life. In many countries they have little, if any, opportunit...

Peace-building From the Bottom up

Deogratias Niyizonkiza | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Deogratias Niyizonkiza

If patients -- women and men, Hutus and Tutsis -- could move past their differences in the depressing confines of a patient detention room, why couldn't they similarly build peace in their home communities?

Service as Diplomacy: The Faces of the US Abroad

Mario Machado | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Mario Machado

There is no way to reconcile these two immediate faces of America to millions of people across the world; the military and the Peace Corps will always serve their own distinctly different purposes and for many reasons it is better that it remain this way.

Restoring Peace to Syria's Children Through Play

Johann Koss | Posted 11.20.2013 | World
Johann Koss

As the world searches for a solution to the fighting in Syria, we must remember that peace is not only measured by the absence of war. For child refugees, who are among the most vulnerable bystanders of conflict, peace is about having the opportunity to be a kid again.

We Can Read, But Are We Financially Literate?

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 11.13.2013 | Business
Stephen P. Groff

There's no question that financial illiteracy in advanced economies -- and the lack of consumer protection for those who suffered -- contributed to the global financial crisis. But what about Asian economies?

Haiti's Unsung Heroes

Joseph Cahalan, PhD | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Joseph Cahalan, PhD

We tend to focus on what is wrong with relief and aid, and in some cases it is justified. But it is time we recognize the people who are dedicating their lives, long after the world has moved on, to chipping away at the work that remains to be done in Haiti.

What Hollywood Tells Us About War And Poverty

The Guardian | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact

International development is just about at the bottom of the list of things that the average westerner thinks about each day. News organisations are c...

Live With Purpose

Dave Santulli | Posted 10.30.2013 | Impact
Dave Santulli

Whether you are a student just setting out on your life's path, a professional who might be struggling in a job you may or may not love or a retiree looking to start again, find your purpose -- find your passion and follow it.

Can Storytelling Affect Social Change?

Joseph Peterson | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

The power of storytelling is indisputable. Stories make us laugh, cry, hope, love and feel compassion. Stories can inspire action as they're shared across dinner tables and computer screens around the world. And particularly in the realm of social enterprise, this sharing of stories is key to any venture's success.

Young People Will Invent Their Futures

Ravi Kumar | Posted 10.21.2013 | Impact
Ravi Kumar

Kelvin Doe found that batteries were too expensive for a project he was working on in 2009. He used acid, soda, and metal parts that he found in trash...

Three Text Messages That Are Changing Africa

Lex Paulson | Posted 10.15.2013 | Technology
Lex Paulson

Mobile phones -- chiefly the cheap, unsmart variety -- are used by at least three times as many people in developing countries as in the industrialized world. Could the most transformational technology in Africa also be the least sexy?