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Poverty and Disability: Why Those on The Margins Can't Be Left Behind

Sagar Prasai | Posted 12.10.2013 | Impact
Sagar Prasai

Those living in poverty make up the majority of the world, but their voices are all too often ignored. And few groups of the world's poorest are more marginalized than those with a disability.

"The Time Is Now": An Interview With UN Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi

ZP Heller | Posted 12.01.2013 | World
ZP Heller

The #2030NOW Twitter hashtag of this year's Social Good Summit, held in New York during the UN General Assembly week, was meant to be a rallying cry f...

Who Sets the International Development Agenda? We do!

Weh Yeoh | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

I wonder if we could collectively put disability back on the agenda: if ordinary people could show those that are in positions of power that this is an important issue that cannot afford to be overlooked again and again.

All Politics Is Local: Building Grassroots Democracy from the Bottom Up

Dr. John Coonrod | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Dr. John Coonrod

Nations can allocate budgets and launch national programs, but actually getting basic public services to work requires good local government.

The Funding is Commendable: But What About Coordination? Working Together to Save Children's Lives

Yehuda Benguigui | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Yehuda Benguigui

The three primary killers of children under 5 years of age -- pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria -- are both preventable and treatable with simple and cost-effective interventions. Efforts to end these preventable child deaths will only be successful when integrated packages of interventions are available to the population most at risk.

Can The Success Of Empowering Women Be Measured With A Yardstick?: Seven Questions For Helene Gayle

Joy Marini, MS, PA-C | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Joy Marini, MS, PA-C

A few years ago in Nairobi, Kenya, I met Helene Gayle, President and CEO of CARE. Helene's vision and passion for improving the lives of women and girls were evident. Each woman that we encountered told a personal story of creating a better life for her family as a result of CARE's work. It was clear that Helene is leading the charge of "Defending Dignity. Fighting Poverty."

Making Women And Girls A Priority At The UN General Assembly

Betsy McCallon | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Betsy McCallon

At White Ribbon Alliance, we firmly believe that women's health must stay at the heart of the post 2015 goals, not only to save lives and advance economic development, but to protect environmental sustainability, and to advance wellbeing, equity and social justice.

Keeping Promises to Women and Children: PMNCH 2013 Report on Global Strategy Commitments

Carole Presern | Posted 11.22.2013 | Impact
Carole Presern

A new report gives us hope. More organizations, governments and the private sector are making commitments to improve women's and children's health every year, and those commitments are being followed up with real action.

Want Stronger Economies And Communities? Empower Women

Kathy Calvin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Many women across the globe face extraordinary barriers as they seek better futures and fortunes. Generally, women have a harder time accessing credit and capital. They carry a heavier burden of household responsibilities and are more likely to work in the informal economy and at insecure jobs.

Recycling Key To A Sustainable Urban Future

Glaucia Barros | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Glaucia Barros

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the need to address the growing challenge of solid waste management has emerged as a critical part of the larger effort to build sustainable cities.

Tackling Youth Unemployment Is The Most Important Issue

Ruma Bose | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Ruma Bose

If we do not make this issue a priority, we risk seeing an entire generation of people cursed to be marginalized at work - and because so much else depends on having a decent job, marginalized in society, too.

Infectious Disease: A Preventable Tragedy

William Lin, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
William Lin, Ph.D.

As a child growing up in the rural outskirts of Hong Kong, "wash your hands" was a frequent -- and wise -- admonition. The simple act of eating a piece of fruit or a chocolate bar with soiled fingers and licking those delicious flavors off already dirty hands may have resulted in a stomachache, or so much worse. I was lucky. Even today, intestinal worms caused by lack of access to water for handwashing affects nearly a quarter of the people on this planet.

Put the Frontline Health Worker into the Post-2015 Framework

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Millions of people in impoverished countries are alive today because a midwife was by their side when they gave birth, or they were vaccinated as infants by a nurse, or because their families learned from a community health worker to adopt healthy behaviors like breastfeeding, hand washing, birth spacing, and sleeping under a mosquito net.

Voices Of A Silent Majority

Chris Underhill | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Chris Underhill

The problem of mental illness has long been ignored. In the fast paced and complex world we live in, the time has now come that it cannot be neglected anymore.

We Need To Rethink How We Measure ‘Improved Sanitation'

John Kluge | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
John Kluge

Yes, improved sanitation has improved the lives of billions of people all over the world, and it's important to note that success. But we need to make some course corrections. The stakes are just too high. Leaving billions of people to live with "improved sanitation" that includes untreated sewage--that's an economic, environmental, and humanitarian catastrophe.

10 Shocking Statistics About Maternal And Child Health

Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

We mark the milestones of our lives in years — birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, holidays — years until one event and years since another. Bu...

Why We Cannot Deinstitutionalize Orphanages

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

In an ideal world, the issues of poverty would never play a central factor on a child's right to a loving home. Until that day happens, what about the children now? As the call to deinstitutionalize grows louder and spreads faster than alternative solutions, we risk losing a generation of children who for now don't have an alternative to living in an orphanage.

Upload A Photo Of Your Child, Instantly Help Keep Moms and Babies Healthy Around The World

Posted 09.12.2013 | Parents

Have a special child in your life? Want to help save the lives of countless others? Later this month, the UN General Assembly will be meeting to ta...

Making Education for All a Priority in the US - Toward a Tipping Point

Ed Gragert | Posted 11.09.2013 | Politics
Ed Gragert

While being realistic that it will be an uphill struggle, there are some reasons to feel that Congressional action on education may be more likely in this session. Here are some reasons.

21 Inspiring Portraits Of Frontline Health Workers Around The Globe (PHOTOS)

Michael Bzdak, Director, Corporate Contributions at Johnson & Johnson | Posted 09.04.2013 | Impact

For millions of people in remote and rural areas around the world, frontline health workers are the only link to health care. Often based in the commu...

Quantity Too Often Outweighs Quality in Africa's Education Push

Regina Agyare | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Regina Agyare

The U.N. Millennium Development Goals have a strong focus on ensuring that by 2015, children everywhere will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.

The World Needs More Midwives

Esther Madudu | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Esther Madudu

Once trained, a single midwife can provide care for 500 women every year, including safe delivery of 100 babies. An estimated that 350,000 more midwives are needed around the world to help reduce maternal and child deaths -- but training is prohibitively expensive for most women in the developing world.

Standing With Malala on Education (Part 2)

ZP Heller | Posted 09.21.2013 | World
ZP Heller

Malala used her global spotlight to elevate her advocacy, appealing to her "brothers and sisters" -- both in the General Assembly and throughout the world -- to stand up for universal access and gender equality regarding education.

Standing With Malala on Education (Part 1)

ZP Heller | Posted 09.17.2013 | World
ZP Heller

Achieving universal primary education is a Millennium Development Goal and is now central to the post-2015 development agenda as well. The InterDependent interviewed Amina Mohammed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's special advisor on post-2015 development planning.

We Must Close Gaps in Inequality and Poverty

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 09.14.2013 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

The conversation lately has centered on what the MDGs will be beyond 2015. Could we reduce extreme poverty from 21 percent to 3 percent by 2030?