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International Development

Learning Today for a Sustainable Future

Irina Bokova | Posted 01.10.2015 | World
Irina Bokova

The international community has been striving to shape a safer and richer future for the world. This was the purpose of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2000 for the first 15 years of the new millennium.

Haiyan, One Year Later: From Relief to Reconstruction

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Stephen P. Groff

The Philippines must keep the recovery process moving smoothly until the job is done. Building back better from Haiyan won't erase the pain. But the safer and sustainable communities it delivers might leave a legacy that will be more lasting.

How Not to Measure Poverty

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Obadias Ndaba

Poverty is a combination of many things, none of which is reducible to a few quantifiable dollars. It is also about human experiences, feelings, relations with others, humiliations, exclusion and of course lack of basic economic needs.

Working For Humanity

Kieran McConville | Posted 01.05.2015 | Impact
Kieran McConville

For those on the front line it's a difficult, and potentially deadly, task. The body of an Ebola victim can be highly contagious in the hours after death.

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

Now Is a Time for Action, Not Celebration

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 12.30.2014 | World
Hibaaq Osman

The United Nations' own commitment to the principles of 1325 must also be scrutinised and called into question. Women have been all but absent from the ongoing peace efforts in Syria.

LGBTIQ Rights in Africa: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Fareen Walji | Posted 12.29.2014 | World
Fareen Walji

While the recent Ugandan and Kenyan court rulings are two victories to celebrate, we know there have been many battles quietly lost.

For Post-2015, International Community Should Focus on Enabling Sustainable Development

Ulysses Smith | Posted 12.28.2014 | World
Ulysses Smith

It is time for the international community to roll up its sleeves and get to the business of deciding the world's new development agenda, known as the Post-2015 Agenda, the successor to the Millennium Development Goals which expire at the end of next year.

Communication Across Continents

Barry Segal | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Alyssa Mesich, Communications Manager at Segal Family Foundation and based in New Jersey.

Are We Disenchanted With Women's Empowerment?

Kate Roberts | Posted 12.21.2014 | Impact
Kate Roberts

A few weeks ago, I was sitting in a room full of women philanthropists at the Women Moving Millions Summit in New York where the theme was 'power' and how it can be used to transform the lives of girls and women worldwide.

Fast-Tracking Myanmar's Reform

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 12.20.2014 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Myanmar needs strong institutions to safely navigate its return to the global economy. Incomplete institutional frameworks, hamstrung by weak human resource capacity, are arguably Myanmar's biggest hurdle.

An Important Day in the Fight Against Poverty

Vicki Escarra | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Vicki Escarra

The statistics often feel overwhelming especially when it's something as immense as ending global poverty and creating gender equality. But this is where we start; we start with one person, in one community -- and we're changing the world.

Ebola Is Not the Only Story About Africa: An African Technological Renaissance

Nathaniel Manning | Posted 12.17.2014 | Technology
Nathaniel Manning

What is exciting is building manufacturing capacity in Africa might be one of the biggest opportunities for pulling millions of people out of poverty.

Malala's Ultimate Prize

Julia Gillard | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Julia Gillard

I was impressed that Malala Yousafzai decided to stay in school last Friday -- the day that she and Kailash Satyarthi were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

A Food System Fit for the Future?

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

For the first time in history we believe that it is possible to eradicate malnutrition in our lifetimes. But to achieve this we need to build a food system that is fit for the future.

U.S. "vs." China in Africa: A Message to President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang: you don't need to be so competitive because you're not actually competing. A more formal collaborative approach could be in your mutual interest.

Life-Changing Mini-Marts in Northern Kenya

Barry Segal | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

This is a guest post by Kathleen Colson, founder and CEO of The BOMA Project, a partner of Segal Family Foundation. On September 19, Ntiriswa Lesurku...

We Need the Humanities As Much As Science to Solve the World's Problems

Paul_Smith | Posted 12.10.2014 | Education
Paul_Smith

Scientists and artists -- there are no two cultures. There's one human culture with myriad manifestations. Let's get it together, approach the world as one and see that world in a grain of sand once more.

The HeartString: Counting Where it Matters for Maternal Health

Barry Segal | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Imagine it is pouring rain. You are deep in a village, it is nighttime with no electricity, no phone, and you are miles from a road. These are often the circumstances when Ato Rose, a traditional midwife in Northern Uganda, attends a birth.

7 Techniques on How to Tell Real Stories That Will Make People Connect With Your Mission

Suzanne Skees | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

How do you make people CARE about your mission? This is what I do every day: I work with nonprofits to tell stories that make people care about their...

Small NGOs Are the Core of Systemic Change

Barry Segal | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Besides measuring graduation rates and enrolment in university, I measure our success in how students give back to their communities, by starting girls' empowerment programs, mentoring younger students and actively participating in the EFAC community service program.

Fulfilling the US and India's Extraordinary Promise Through Public Health

Akash Goel | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Akash Goel

Now is a defining moment of leadership between the U.S. and India. Any strategic partnership must include engagements on public health in order to fulfill the extraordinary promise of the world´s two largest democracies.

Unethical Clinical Trials Still Being Conducted in Developing Countries

Michael Carome, M.D. | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Michael Carome, M.D.

A rotavirus vaccine study in which infants received a placebo would never have been permitted in the U.S., and it should not have been permitted in India. The continued conduct of such trials reflects a persistent, troubling disregard for international ethical principles for human subjects research, particularly research involving disadvantaged subjects in the developing world.

When Bad News Gets Really Really.......Good

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 11.29.2014 | Business
Olayiwola A. Alara

No matter how bad any situation is that affects us personally or professionally, it is always the catalyst that fertilizes a fresh opportunity.

Heirloom Health Care for the Poor

Barry Segal | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Heirloom tomatoes are an important counter-point to large-scale production. They are not grown to challenge the conventional tomato market but to create a local alternative of higher quality. Now let's apply the same logic to global health care.