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Advocating for Civil Society Space in 2015

Lindsay Coates | Posted 02.19.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

As civil society organizations continue as donors and educators, implementers and advocates, we must ask the tough questions about financing, governance, and systems that perpetuate poverty and exclusion and deny dignity.

Invest to Save Lives and Build Sustainable Communities

Lindsay Coates | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

To prevent future crises and help build resilient communities, it is necessary for the U.S. to continue investments in programs that help the world's poor and vulnerable populations obtain access to health care, clean water, nutritious food, and basic education, as well as promote economic growth and democracy and human rights.

Congress Sets Politics Aside for Critical Development and Humanitarian Issues

Lindsay Coates | Posted 02.26.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

2014 saw an unprecedented number of humanitarian crises around the globe. At the same time, this year's mid-term congressional elections brought partisan tensions to new highs inside the Washington Beltway.

Ebola Crisis: We Are in This for the Long Haul

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

Immense support, funding and collaborative efforts are required to stop Ebola. However, our support must not end there. It is necessary to build more robust local healthcare infrastructures and diminish the negative ripple effects the virus has generated.

Can G20 Leaders Pull Together in Brisbane to End Financial Secrecy and Curb Corruption?

John Ruthrauff | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact
John Ruthrauff

The world will be watching the G20 leaders in Brisbane this weekend (November 15-16) to see if they can address the world's slow economic growth, the problem of anonymous companies, and global inequality.

Progress on World Food Day: Food Security Legislation Moves Forward

Katie Lee | Posted 12.15.2014 | Impact
Katie Lee

Thursday, October 16, is World Food Day -- an important occasion to reflect on the significant progress that has been made over the past decade toward fighting global hunger and malnutrition. The job, however, is far from done.

Civil Society Engagment Crucial at IMF-World Bank Meeting

Lindsay Coates | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

In our media moment, even the smallest demonstration, charitable effort or advocacy campaign can go global in an instant. Yet, the sum of modern civil society is more than a collection of breaking news headlines, viral videos or hashtags trending on Twitter.

Ebola -- A Fragile Health Care System's Ripple Effects

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

The health care systems in the countries most affected by the virus -- Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea -- have collapsed. Even before the Ebola outbreak, these countries had very low doctor-to-patient ratios; Liberia had one doctor for every 100,000 people prior to the outbreak.

Honoring the Fallen Aid Workers Among Us

Lauren Rajczak | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Lauren Rajczak

Many do not realize the deliberative, complex process that goes into addressing the needs of those suffering while balancing the need to protect the lives of international and national staff.

InterAction's Development Forum: Reflections and Anticipations

Joseph Peterson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

It's that time of year again where some of the biggest personalities in international development head to Washington, D.C., for the preeminent confe...

Stand With the People of Syria

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

March 15 marks three years since Syrians knew life like this, and after unrelenting civil war, their country today is nearly unrecognizable. The biggest humanitarian crisis of our day demands the biggest global call to action and relief effort we can muster. You can help.

The Gift of American Engagement and Global Generosity

Dianne Sherman | Posted 01.29.2014 | Impact
Dianne Sherman

Americans should feel good about our generosity and our joint successes. We are compassionate people, helping support millions of people whether here at home or in distant places we will never know or visit.

The Gift That Can't Be Gift Wrapped

Ernest Randriarimalala | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Ernest Randriarimalala

Never could I have imagined the huge differences between life in Madagascar and life in England. In the same way that I never really thought twice about not having clean water and a toilet while growing up; people in London don't think twice about having it. That is just the way it is. Imagine, though, if poor communities had that same gift, that same opportunity!

Giving the Gift of Yourself: Juliet's Story

Suzanne Ehlers | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Suzanne Ehlers

Whenever I wear the earrings, they are a tangible reminder of Juliet's generosity and selflessness in telling her story despite the backlash and stigma she knew she could face as a result. Her story is a gift that touched thousands of people, inspiring action.

Education Provides Refugees Hope for a Better Future

Christian Fuchs | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Christian Fuchs

(Washington, D.C.) November 25, 2013 -- "Education is a key in combating the evil of hatred, violence and war. I'm ever more convinced of that," says ...

A Simple Dress That Transformed a Life

Renee Stearns | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Renee Stearns

As I returned home from visiting these young women, I was determined never to forget their beautiful faces, their tragic stories. And yet, as I stand in line for the door-buster special at my local big box store on Black Friday, it's easy for me to be carried away by the excitement of the season, to let my holiday gift list get in the way of remembering these extraordinary girls.

A Dollar a Day

Ritu Sharma | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Ritu Sharma

Since I started my Dollar-a-Day trips, women around the world have opened their homes to me. They've offered me a place to sleep. They've allowed me to work alongside them in the fields and sit at their tables and talk with their families over dinner.But most importantly, they've taught me important lessons about generosity, perseverance and community.

How My Family Transformed Our Christmas Giving

Rod Robison | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Rod Robison

Two years ago, my son Jordan -- a freshman in high school at the time -- launched a chain of events that transformed an entire village half a world away. It also transformed the way our family gives during the holidays.

Turning Nonprofit Beneficiaries Into Donors

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Imagine you're among the world's poorest: you've never had enough for your family, let alone to spare. But today, for the first time, you will become a giver, and you will give your neighbor roughly half your wealth.

A Great Gift: Community Fortitude in the Face of Disaster

Ciony Ayo-Eduarte | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ciony Ayo-Eduarte

I have to tell you, as a disaster responder, the greatest gift I have ever experienced was the time -- just last September -- when, our arms full of those bright yellow bags, the volunteers and I were actually turned away. That's right: a storm-impacted community turned us away and told us to take the supplies to another neighborhood, as they were able to care for themselves. What a gift!

Small Acts of Kindness When Everything Was Lost to War

Crystal Wells | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

For some of the most vulnerable Syrians, like Nasra, 80, and her husband, Abdul, 95, basic survival would be close to impossible without the kindness of others.

We Need to Build Community Resilience to Conflict With Livelihoods

Beenish Kanwal | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Beenish Kanwal

I am a simple woman. I didn't finish school. But I believe the real causes of conflict, in Pakistan and everywhere, are ignorance and poverty.

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.

This Simple Innovation Could Save Hundreds of Thousands of Newborn Lives

Patricia Coffey | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Patricia Coffey

Cutting the umbilical cord at birth marks a baby's first step toward independence. But in developing countries, that simple act too often creates an entry point for bacteria, leading to a more generalized infection. And that's a very dangerous thing for a newborn.

Building Resilience, Saving Lives

Dennis Walto | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Dennis Walto

International Medical Corps' Dennis Walto details the organization's approach to delivering sustainable, humanitarian support in the field. Having wor...