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Contemplating Disappointment

Hayden Bixby | Posted 04.29.2012 | World
Hayden Bixby

It is precisely when a child's independence asserts itself most strongly that he or she needs the most loving and careful guidance but what happens when your commitment is to 50 kids, and one insists on an alternative path?

Egypt Trial On US Democracy Activists Set For Feb. 26

Reuters | Posted 04.19.2012 | World

CAIRO, Feb 18 (Reuters) - An Egyptian court will start the trial on Feb. 26 of activists from mostly American civil society groups accused of workin...

Joshua Hersh

Congressmen Confront Bahrain Over Recent NGO Visa Restrictions | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.03.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- With the first anniversary of the popular uprising, and subsequent suppression, in Bahrain fast approaching, a number of human rights or...

Finding HOPE In the Slums of Kolkata

MeiMei Fox | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
MeiMei Fox

This past December, I returned to Kolkata for the first time since 2004, this time with my husband, Kiran. Here is our story -- Kiran's photographs, my words -- of poverty, inspirational people, and, ultimately, hope.

Oasis in the Drought

Anne Goddard | Posted 12.13.2011 | Impact
Anne Goddard

When I visited the village of Kalemunyang a few weeks ago, I was astonished by what I saw. Emerging from the barren terrain that dominates the landscape beyond the village was an expanse of green, an oasis of vegetation glistening in the mid-day sun.

In the Famine Zone, Preventing History From Repeating Itself

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 11.09.2011 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

I was in Ethiopia during the "global food crisis" in 2008, and witnessed a tremendous amount of starvation, pain and suffering. And yet, that crisis was not nearly as severe as what's happening today.

Cambodia's Bill to Limit NGOs Threatening Land Rights

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 10.24.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

If Cambodia passes a law to regulate NGO activity, what influence will it have on the work of land rights activists? The Cambodian government is on its way to passing a law that critics say threatens the country's lively civil society groups and NGOs.

The Life Out Loud: Mama Hope Wants to Change How Aid Is Delivered

MeiMei Fox | Posted 10.04.2011 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Most NGOs operate according to a top-down model, Nyla and Amy explain. Officials decide what the locals need. The NGO builds the project and then leaves. But Mama Hope works in just the opposite way.

Whither Civil Society?

Jonas Rolett | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
Jonas Rolett

The NGO model has proved relatively sturdy but has also inhibited experimenting with other approaches to promote social change. As we move into new regions and issues, we must develop fresh ways of engaging with local actors.

Andrea Stone

NGOs In Afghanistan React To Obama Drawdown, Worry About Security | Andrea Stone | Posted 08.23.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Humanitarian aid groups in Afghanistan reacted to President Barack Obama's plan to begin pulling U.S. troops out of that country this su...

Gender Gaps Exist In the Very NGOs that Address it Internationally

Tom Murphy | Posted 08.07.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

There are many problems within the very NGOs that attempt to address gender-related problems related to the issue of poverty.

How NGOs Are Using Data Maps to Communicate Problems

Andrew Turner | Posted 07.23.2011 | Impact
Andrew Turner

With their international reach, abundance of data, and lack of access to data scientists, NGOs can benefit greatly from being able to employ easy to use data analysis and mapping technologies.

Haiti: Seeding "Reconstruction" or Seeding Destruction?

Jane Regan | Posted 07.01.2011 | Green
Jane Regan

About a month ago, a team of journalists in Haiti released a nine-article study of a massive seed distribution that took place after the earthquake la...

Bringing Art To Haiti's Children

Lysa Heslov | Posted 06.16.2011 | Impact
Lysa Heslov

While I'm well aware we don't live in a cave, strong partnerships and alliances will be the only way to exact a true measure of change.

What International NGOs Do Marketing Right?

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

It is really easy to point out how campaigns are wrong. The worst part of all of this is that I cannot come up with any real good example of something done well.

A Marshall Plan for the Middle East?

Glenn Hubbard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Glenn Hubbard

All prosperous countries of the world got that way not through government infrastructure, food aid, or NGO projects, but through the growth of a domestic business sector.

And You Wanna Know Why Iraqis Walk (and Protest) Like an Egyptian?

Greg Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Greg Barrett

As an American it's not my place to say what's best for Iraqis. Never was. But if money talks, a fortune of dinars and dollars tell us that Iraqi democracy is rife with thievery and corruption.

Ambassador Blasts U.S. Militarization of Foreign Policy and Development

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Hughes

Ronald E. Neumann, former ambassador to Afghanistan, delivered a refreshing allocution on Wednesday denouncing the progressive militarization of U.S. foreign policy and underlining the perils it has wrought.

Demonstrators Overthrow Al Jazeera

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

(Doha, Qatar) - In the latest twist to the wave of protests spreading across the Middle East, demonstrators have overthrown the Al Jazeera television ...

A New Mandate for Development in Haiti

Chad W. Bissonnette | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Chad W. Bissonnette

With the overall situation in Haiti getting worse, it is time for NGOs to work harder at understanding the complexities of poverty and the importance of community-driven development.

Winning the Future: Can Americans Put Their Passions to Work?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Curtis Valentine

Winning the future may not only begin with our children asking themselves what they want to be when they grow up, but also making sure America can actually work to make it so.

Silly Season 2.0

Jim Barrett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Barrett

For the clean economy to work, it needs to work in places like the Southeast, which, despite cheap energy, desperately needs to find new sources of economic development and job creation.

Capacity Building: A Continuous Learning Process

Carol Peasley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carol Peasley

As the donor community continues to debate foreign aid reform and the importance of "capacity building," I hope we remember that all elements of society have the potential to lead the development process.

Not enough colère against cholera

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jane Regan

Now they are saying we have 3,481 killed by cholera. It is doubtless many more... But in any case, these are just numbers to newspaper readers and ra...

Beyond Optics: Why Board Diversity Really Matters

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Lucy P. Marcus

Clearly, it looks odd these days for a board to be comprised of only white men, but does diversity make a difference in real economic terms? Does it actually affect the bottom line?