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A Call to Action: Transform the Way We Communicate Global Development

Nicole Schiegg | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Nicole Schiegg

We are at a turning point, the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the adoption of a new agenda to end extreme poverty by 2030. The new global goals will be approved in September at the United Nations.

WASH And Environmental Sustainability: The Need For Integrated Objectives

Loan Diep | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Loan Diep

Universal WASH coverage cannot be achieved without considering services in a context of environmental sustainability. The consequences of poor water and sanitation management will only lead to social, economic and political issues further down the line.

Eliminating Diseases By Investing In WASH

Neeraj Mistry, M.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Neeraj Mistry, M.D.

It is evident that WASH interventions have a multiplier effect and positively impact other health issues and development goals. As the window to achieve the MDGs comes to a close this year and we grow closer to confirming the goals and targets that will shape the next 15 years, we must emphasize the important synergies between WASH and the control and elimination of NTDs.

New Development Goal Falls Short of Protecting Those Most at Risk

David J. Olson | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
David J. Olson

The only way to make HIV prevalence go down and end AIDS once and for all is to ensure that the needs of such groups are addressed explicitly in health policies, especially with the Sustainability Development Goals which will guide international development efforts for the next 15 years.

Celebrating Midwives, Givers of Life

Isabella Lövin | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Isabella Lövin

Although maternal and infant mortality rates have dropped by half since 1990, about 800 women still die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications around the world every day. Of these, 99 percent are women and girls in developing countries.

No Maternal Health Without Clean Water

Katie Millar, MPH, RN | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Katie Millar, MPH, RN

What does the water in your glass have to do with the health of mothers and babies around the globe? Quite a lot actually. Without access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation -- like safe toilet facilities -- women face dangerous health risks in pregnancy, during childbirth and in the postpartum period.

5 Takeaways From the Latest SDG Negotiations

Lucien Georgeson | Posted 04.20.2015 | Green
Lucien Georgeson

The SDGs will require huge global monitoring and reporting efforts. This is a pivotal moment for international development; the current negotiations could change the lives of billions of people.

Zambia's Eastern Province Schools Help Girls Stay In School Through WASH

Sergio Ramírez-Mena | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Sergio Ramírez-Mena

In the case of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the Mambwe primary school is evidence of the latest paradigm: Improving student achievement in schools and respective literacy tests depends on having a "safe environment" in the school, including water and sanitation.

Looking Local: Addressing Hunger, Poverty And WASH

Dr. John Coonrod | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Dr. John Coonrod

Why does hunger persist in a world of plenty? In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting extreme poverty in half by 2010, why has it not yet cut hunger in half?

WASH And The MDGs: The Ripple Effect

Needa Malik | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Needa Malik

Water is life, and sanitation and hygiene are the basis of health. Yet worldwide, 748 million people don't have access to safe drinking water and 2.5 billion people don't have basic sanitation. Each MDG can be advanced by greater inclusion of proper WASH practices, and there is more work to be done.

Central African Republic: A Nightmare for Children, a Nightmare for the Future

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Nearly 1.5 million children are out of school, rapidly losing any hope of rebuilding their lives and their country. Out-of-school children are at greater risk of violence, rape, recruitment into militias, and prostitution. It looks bleak now, and it looks bleak in the future.

We Must Stand Up for Out-of-School Girls

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Women's equality -- as any woman anywhere will tell you -- will never be achieved as long as girls are subject to the threats, abuse and marginalization that still happens in many places around the world.

Let's 'Make It Happen': No Woman Should Die Giving Life

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

As we commemorate International Women's Day, it is crucial to take stock of progress and outstanding challenges that confront women and girls and rededicate ourselves to making a difference in their lives.

Why Millennials Can and Will Revolutionize International Development

The Youth Assembly at the United Nations | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
The Youth Assembly at the United Nations

The importance of young people engaging with the MDGs, SDGs, and the international development community more broadly stems from the fact that these initiatives will impact our generation and the world that future generations will inherit.

The Story Of My Daughter's Birth

Julia Wiklander | Posted 04.12.2015 | Parents
Julia Wiklander

It felt like I was in a movie -- one of those scenes where the woman in labor screams in pain and squirms as each contraction kicks in. Never had I imagined that giving birth would feel like a thin line between life and death -- both for me and my baby.

Giving Every Child A Fair Chance In Life Is A Defining Challenge For Our Generation

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

All over the world, children's chances of seeing their fifth birthday depend on where they are born, the wealth of their parents and their ethnic identity -- factors that, for them, are purely a matter of chance.

Gates Annual Letter's Big 2030 Health Goals: How Do We Get Them Done?

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

We see the most effective way to reach these goals is to put authentic, humble, and proactive cause-based collaboration at the center of how we work. We've seen this work well in the case of malaria.

Let's Build on Our Success

Jasmine Whitbread | Posted 03.23.2015 | Impact
Jasmine Whitbread

We've proven we can do it -- even in the face of great obstacles and with less than 400 days to go before the MDG deadline we need to redouble our efforts and make good on our promise.

If You Could Imagine a Better World, What Would it Look Like?

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 03.17.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

For me, it's a world where no one goes hungry and everyone has the means to provide for themselves and their families. It's a world where we can be confident the environment will be clean and healthy for future generations.

The Peaks Unclimbed: Former President Joyce Banda on the Unmet Goals for Girls and Women

Adam Lewis | Posted 03.16.2015 | Impact
Adam Lewis

If the MDGs are Mount Everest, we're currently sitting on a plateau somewhere halfway up: Progress is as undeniable as it is unprecedented, yet most of the goals remain unfulfilled.

Women, Newborns And Health: Today's Evidence, Tomorrow's Post-2015 Agenda

Petra ten Hoope-Bender | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
Petra ten Hoope-Bender

In 2015, our way forward is to empower women to ensure they get the health care they need and deserve.

Smart Ways to Tackle Poverty

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 02.18.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Poverty is a complex issue with no simple solutions, but experience in the recent past shows that plenty can be done.

Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda: A Missed Opportunity

Ulysses Smith | Posted 02.07.2015 | Impact
Ulysses Smith

A noble exhortation to be sure, one that, it is safe to say, absolutely no one can argue with. But unfortunately the report falls short of making a valuable contribution to the wider discussion around the new development agenda, particularly when it comes to navigating the difficult road ahead.

The Power Of Women In The Face Of Climate Change

Ariana Childs Graham | Posted 02.04.2015 | Impact
Ariana Childs Graham

Sustainable development, climate change, population, and reproductive health are interconnected and the solutions must match this complexity. A successful climate action plan must include a strong commitment to women's empowerment and reproductive health as one of the pillars to address the great climate change and environmental challenges of our generation.

World Prematurity Day: Something To Celebrate

Holly Curtis | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Holly Curtis

World Prematurity Day is a day to honor the mothers, grandmothers and young girls who have endured a premature birth. It is a day that gives a voice to the one million lives lost too soon in 2013.