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Higher Education: Warm Heart

Julia Cashen | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Julia Cashen

Fueled by their stories, coupled with the international misperceptions of the sex trade, he established Warm Heart with the vision to provide opportunities for the very poor, so that one day, brothels will no longer be an option.

The Last Walk for Water

Scott Harrison | Posted 05.22.2014 | Impact
Scott Harrison

It was still dark and cool when 13-year-old Letikiros walked out the door to get water. She never came home. At 4 p.m. a man found her lifeless body swinging from a tree, a rope tied around her neck.

The Best Buys in Global Health: Striking the Effective Balance

Karl Hofmann | Posted 05.18.2014 | Impact
Karl Hofmann

To have real and lasting impact, we must step back from the intervention level of analysis to understand how we can mold entire ecosystems to better serve the health of broad populations.

Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland's Youth

Lila Igram | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Young men and women all over the world should be in charge of telling their own stories.

The Story Behind Girl Rising, the Most Powerful Film You'll See This Year

Christine Horansky | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Christine Horansky

"To me the common thread for the girls in the film, was that they each believed (against all evidence) that they deserved more. They just had a deep sense of their own power and potential."

Redefining Development: Locally-led, Expert-supported Partnerships are Creating Lasting Change

Barry Segal | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest post by Aliya Mughal, freelance journalist, on behalf of Spark MicroGrants What's the point of development when the majority of people in Sub-...

When Given the Opportunity, Extreme Poor Take Destiny Into Their Own Hands

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

According to the International Labor Organization, only 20 percent of the world's population has adequate social security coverage such as a pension or health insurance and more than half lack any coverage at all.

Dare to Prepare: Taking Disaster Risk Seriously

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Two communities of practice have long characterized the international aid industry. On the one hand, the development community deals with long-term poverty reduction in order to support development and growth.

Can a Hollywood Bad Boy Do Good?

Denise Mattson | Posted 04.26.2014 | Celebrity
Denise Mattson

As the first major step in his Haiti mission is completed, he has emerged a statesman. It's a role that becomes him.

Unlocking the Benefits of Open Data

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 04.27.2014 | Technology
Ariel Smilowitz

As a generation that has grown up working with computers and regularly connecting online with people around the world, young people in particular have the potential to provide a unique contribution within this space.

The Privilege of Doing Development Work: Voluntourism and Its Limitations

Mario Machado | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Mario Machado

While I applaud the intentions of the voluntourists of the world, I think it is important for them to remain grounded in reality. They need to be constantly cognizant of their privileged positions to be doing development work in the first place and the limitations of both their time commitments and outsider status.

CVS Takes a Page From Development Playbook

Karl Hofmann | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Karl Hofmann

CVS's decision to quit marketing tobacco products is getting lots of well-deserved attention. And, I'd imagine competitors will follow suit. But its ...

Africa's Mega Micro Hedgers: Why We Have a Lot to Learn From Smallholder Farmers

Liz Wilson | Posted 04.19.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

We all know that life does not always turn out like you think it will. The concept of reducing the risk of an investment by making an offsetting investment is well understood. But what if your whole way of life was intensely vulnerable?

World Bank Hands Africa's Biggest Dam Project Over to the Private Sector

Peter Bosshard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Working with a Chinese company, the Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as a public project. This is bad news for poor people and the environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A Plan for Tackling Inequality: What's Needed Now

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Winnie Byanyima

Each nation and region has its own circumstances, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But we know that in countries which have successfully reduced inequality, progressive taxation has been an important tool, enabling governments to invest in good quality health care and education for their poorest citizens.

The Kardashian Index: On the "How" and "Why" of International Development Work

Ming Holden | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

I wondered what the tenuous connection was between Britney Spears the breathing human and the faded sticker bearing her image thousands of miles away.

The Gender-Friendly Classroom: Tips and Tools for Teachers

Randal Mason | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Randal Mason

As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon noted recently, "Today, there are 57 million children out of school -- and most of them are girls." Teachers and ...

Sovereign Wealth Funds Are Coming Home

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Followers of this blog have read several recent pieces on the changing landscape of investment finance in developing countries, particularly in natura...

Should International Aid to CSOs End After Graduation?

Fron Nahzi | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

The economic and political development of the country does not necessarily lead to the development of its philanthropic sector. But what can be done in a time when the need for Western support across the globe far exceeds the availability of funds?

Higher Education, Global Health and the Middle East: An Opportunity for Global Leadership

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Muhammad H. Zaman

The last decade has seen an unprecedented interest and massive growth in higher education in the oil rich Middle East. In particular, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the UAE have invested substantially in creating or attracting higher education institutions from the U.S., Canada and Europe to set up local campuses.

Top 10 Global Health Moments of 2013

Karl Hofmann | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
Karl Hofmann

Drug-resistant TB, slowing donor funding, new outbreaks of polio and a devastating typhoon showed how easily progress can stall. Amid these challenges emerged a changing global health landscape.

The Lay of the Land for Social Entrepreneurs

Mitchell Kutney | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Mitchell Kutney

State governments took the right step by introducing social enterprise legal structures, but have been dragging their feet on providing the necessary supports for the effective implementation.

Banking on Entrepreneurs: Why an American Development Bank Makes Investment Sense

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The U.S. government stands to reap substantial benefits from launching an American development bank that could invest directly and without current constraints in entrepreneurs in some of the world's toughest economies.

Lessons From the Past: Securing Land Rights in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Yuliya Neyman

In America, land ownership is usually well-documented and formalized. We own deeds to our land, and have clear legal ways to sell it, rent it or otherwise transfer it. But that's not the case in many countries, including in the Philippines.

A New Approach to the Global Power Crisis

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.11.2014 | World
Peter Bosshard

Development finance has focused on big power plants that destroy the environment and bypass the rural poor. This week civil society groups are making a push for a new approach to the global energy crisis.