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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.

How the Internet Mobilizes People and Movements

Nancy Gofus | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Nancy Gofus

Because .ORG is open to individuals, companies and organizations of all kinds, registering for a .ORG domain is less about who you are, and more about what you do. What .ORGs do, most of all, is bring people together online in support of a common cause.

Embodying a New Era: Models for NGOs in the 21st Century

Tim Lehmann | Posted 05.06.2013 | Impact
Tim Lehmann

Today's era is unique in its trend of disruptive technologies, new tools-driven objectives of single purpose ventures, and emerging social movements. These are the trends to which NGOs need to develop a response.

Predicted Decline in Charitable Giving Could Have Devastating Consequences for Children

Anne Goddard | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Our government may have averted sending us over the fiscal cliff, but the precipitous fall facing these children could be even more devastating. Rest assured that we will be working hard to see that it does not happen.

Nursing Transparency in Former Soviet Republics

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Kenneth F. Bunting

In this email response to the director of a freedom of information NGO in the Republic of Georgia, Giorgi Kldiashvili, civic-minded and engaged Americans may see little that is new to them. But, perhaps, it will serve as a reminder about the derivation of some of our precious freedoms.

Building Rural Libraries Close to Heaven

Adam Pervez | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Adam Pervez

How do you bring the world to a remote Andean village? More than the world, how do you give kids in your birth village access to knowledge beyond the school curriculum and local folklore?

Hats Off to the Aid Workers

Janice Kamenir-Reznik | Posted 02.09.2013 | Impact
Janice Kamenir-Reznik

It is these workers who not only breathe life back into the bereft genocide survivor, but who also help that survivor re-ignite her own spark.

Move Over, China and India -- Meet the Third Billion

Leslie Hendry | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Leslie Hendry

When women are successful it can be universally felt. No country or border changes the way a woman feels about caring for her children. When women band together under these objectives with the ability to earn a living, serious changes can take place.

A Thai Woman's Quest To Save The Asian Elephant

HUMANITY.TV | Posted 01.30.2013 | Travel

Lek Chailert fell in love with Thai elephants at five years old.

Corporate Partnerships: Breaking the Stereotypes

Matt Crook | Posted 01.12.2013 | Business
Matt Crook

What we associate with brands, regardless of whether we buy the products, is often negative because the for-profit world is stereotyped as greedy. But perhaps it's time to rethink the way we view these global corporate giants and their national equivalents.

Emma Diab

J.D. Lewis: 12K Race, 12 Months, 12 Countries | Emma Diab | Posted 12.03.2012 | Impact

J.D. LEWIS FELT like a big loser. He was quite sure his two sons were going to think he was the worst dad in the world, and quite possibly in the ...

Back to School

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Education lays the foundation from which dreams grow, and those dreams are no less ambitious for children in developing countries. But as is often the reality, those whose hopes are the highest will have the most challenging path toward achieving them.

Reactions to Uganda's Health Scare Should Ring True for Americans

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.07.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

While we should be able to relate to the fear that Ugandans are experiencing, what is difficult to imagine is confronting a potentially deadly disease with information about it so elusive.

From Antonovs to Frisbees

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 10.09.2012 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

It almost makes you forget this is a refugee camp and its inhabitants have endured -- and will continue to endure -- a tremendous amount of suffering. How long will they remain here? No doubt years.

Opportunities to Support Marginalised Groups in Thailand Must Be Seized

Matt Crook | Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact
Matt Crook

As we near the 2015 target for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, there is a great need to ensure the rights of women and girls are at the forefront of the minds of everyone, from government to civil society.