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Business Leadership, Governance, and a Victory for Adam Smith

Judith Samuelson | Posted 05.11.2014 | Business
Judith Samuelson

It's been a big travel month, speaking in Phoenix at GreenBiz--where oxymoronic ideas like "Sustainable Beef" took the stage; in Evanston, IL to drill...

A Global Perspective on America's "War on Poverty" Anniversary

Anne Goddard | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The most effective way to maintain progress over time is to educate children so that they have their own set of skills, skills that can ensure a sustainable tomorrow, provide economic security and create a future.

Reflections On 30 Years of Corporate-NGO Bridge Building

Bill Shireman | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Bill Shireman

For over 15 years, I battled corporate giants over nuclear power, open space protection, and the throwaway society. I campaigned with Ralph Nader for...

Irish Charities Need Our Support More Than Ever

Ruairí McKiernan | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Ruairí McKiernan

Irish charities are entering 2014 in the midst of an unprecedented crisis. According to Fundraising Ireland, donations to charities were down 40 percent over the Christmas period.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 3: Tanzania

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.15.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

In the United States, obstetric fistula is virtually unknown. This isn't the case in in the developing world, where obstetric fistula affects more than two million poor women and girls, Some 50,000 to 100,000 new cases occur each year.

All Health Care Is Local, Part 2: Guatemala

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.09.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

The late Tip O'Neill, former speaker of the U.S. House, coined the phrase "all politics is local," by which he meant that politicians become successfu...

All Health Care Is Local, Part 1: Uganda

Eric Silfen, M.D. | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Eric Silfen, M.D.

This groundbreaking technology is changing lives in Uganda. And it is affordable -- with a cost equivalent to about $1 per patient visit.

Transparency Is a Two-Way Window

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

While it is important to root out corruption in developing countries it is also worth remembering that by definition transparency should work both ways; that it is equally about holding wealthy nations and aid organizations to account.

A Promise Is a Promise

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

In 2011 my organisation the GAVI Alliance held its first ever pledging conference in London, an historic meeting where we committed to help developing countries immunize an additional quarter of a billion children by 2015, and prevent four million future deaths in the process.

Living on Four Liters of Water

Mark Dearn | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mark Dearn

Four liters of water. It sounds a fair amount. So just how challenging can it to be to survive on this amount for a day? It's a challenge almost 1 billion face on a daily basis -- with no choice in the matter.

Key Nonprofit Metrics: Trust and Results

Rick Parnell | Posted 12.07.2013 | Impact
Rick Parnell

Confession: I love my job. Some people don't, I get that, but in my job -- working with the United Nations to improve the lives of people around the world -- I get to work every day with people who are making a big difference on big issues.

The Engagement Manifesto

Alan VanderMolen | Posted 11.25.2013 | Business
Alan VanderMolen

To make progress, we have to move to broad-scale engagement. The Engagement Manifesto is a roadmap for more inclusive action. The business world is ready to make this kind of bold move to embed sustainability into the mainstream.

Broadband's Unfinished Business

Robert Pepper | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Robert Pepper

A new report, "State of Broadband 2013: Universalizing Broadband," highlights how mobile broadband is "growing faster than any technology in human history" and how over 70 countries have Internet penetration levels of over 50 percent. Current global Internet penetration is at 40 percent, but in emerging countries more than two-thirds of the population is still unconnected -- many in rural areas.

The World Needs You to Come Alive

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

I think of all my passionate, socially conscious peers who are doing data entry in a cubicle or working at a bank, and wonder what happened to their passion to change the world, to help others. I'll go ahead and take a guess: fear.

As Afghan Girls Become Women, Their Dreams Hang in the Balance

Kieran McConville | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Kieran McConville

Upon puberty, it becomes generally unacceptable for girls to be taught by a man unless women are present. This means that for millions of girls in rural Afghanistan, their entry into womanhood results in their exit from the education system.

Sending a Positive Message on Civil Society to Russia at G20 Summit

Elena Panfilova | Posted 11.05.2013 | World
Elena Panfilova

If the government was serious about valuing the input of civil society -- and it should be -- it would amend the anti-NGO law and create a safe space for civic organizations to do what they do best.

Syria: With the Greatest Respect Mr President "Keep Calm and Pursue Diplomacy"

Michael Kay | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Michael Kay

With or without a credible UK or US foreign policy, military strikes serve no purpose besides compounding an already desperate humanitarian problem, destabilizing a delicate and fragile political landscape, and weakening a security structure that confronts the objectives of Al Qaeda head-on.

The Life Out Loud: A Peanut Butter That Saves Lives

MeiMei Fox | Posted 09.01.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Moyo is Swahili for "heart and soul." That makes it a terrific name for a brand of nutritionally enhanced peanut butters that are healthy (and delicious) for you and me, while also helping to save the lives of severely malnourished children across the globe.

Economic and Ecological Transformation for Jamaica and Haiti

Pascal Robert | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Pascal Robert

During the weekend of June 7-9, 2013, I had the honor to participate on a panel at the Left Forurm 2013: The largest annual intellectual conference of...

Rebuilding Education From Turmoil: The Spitler School in Cambodia

Laura Cococcia | Posted 08.09.2013 | Impact
Laura Cococcia

"Parallels can always be found between children everywhere in the world. Children are open vessels waiting to be filled. "

No Aid for Syrian Refugee Survivors of Rape

Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Helen Ouyang, MD, MPH

International aid money and donor priorities need specifically to allocate resources to target sexual violence, instead of camouflaging it under other programs or outright ignoring it.

Time for a Humanitarian Solution to Iran Sanctions

Jamal Abdi | Posted 06.22.2013 | World
Jamal Abdi

In the past week, Iran has been struck by two earthquakes that have killed dozens of people and leveled hundreds of homes. And because of the political standoff with Iran's government, Americans are largely unable to provide any help.

Failure Rising: Stories We Learn From

Anya Cherneff | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Anya Cherneff

Like most difficult undertakings, the field of International Development is rife with failure. Sites like Admitting Failure and events like FailFaireDC 2012 have attempted to bring together stories of projects gone wrong.

My Miserable Week in North Korea as a VIP Guest

Richard Walden | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Richard Walden

After more than 30 years of humanitarian aid operations in some of the world's most dangerous and/or autocratically-run places, I felt that it was at least worth a try to see what access an international NGO could have to people in need.

The Promise of a Plant in the Fight Against Malaria

Crystal Wells | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Dora Joseph, 31, is raising four children in a tin-roofed, two-room house nestled in the remote green hills of northwestern Tanzania. Her eyes are tired and dampened with worry.