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Good Intentions Aren't Enough: Advice for Voluntourists

Nourish International | Posted 04.24.2015 | Impact
Nourish International

Illustration by Josh McDonald In 1968, while speaking to a conference on international student projects, Ivan Illich told those in attendance "the e...

Improving the Way We Access Humanitarian and Crises News

Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD | Posted 03.17.2015 | Media
Angélica Pérez-Litwin, PhD

It can be very deceptive. In the digital age, we feel inundated with news and information, and so it feels like we have more access to global news than ever before. As Caroline explains, that's actually not the case.

Combatting Inequality in Rural Guatemala Through Community Partnerships: A Roller Coaster to Success

Maxwell D. Dotson | Posted 03.12.2015 | Impact
Maxwell D. Dotson

By any physical, mental or spiritual measure, the journey to Aguacate, Guatemala, is daunting. It's a 10-and-a-half hour roller coaster ride, careening through the passages of the Cuchumatanes mountain range.

Hoshiyar Ali, Who Has Lost Both His Legs, Is Still Defusing Mines In Northern Iraq

Hans-Joachim Löwer | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Hans-Joachim Löwer

"As long as I still have my hands, I will not stop this work," he says, "not even for a moment."

This 15-Year-Old Is Changing The World One Soccer Ball At A Time

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.22.2015 | Good News

For one 15-year-old, a trip to Mozambique sparked an idea that has impacted children across the developing world. In 2009, Ethan King and his fathe...

Melinda Gates Speaks Out Against The Anti-Vaccine Movement

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.23.2015 | Healthy Living

Expanding the accessibility of vaccinations throughout the developing world has been one of the repeated goals of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundatio...

What Can NGOs Learn From the West's Response to Ebola?

Nourish International | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Nourish International

A "Sexy Ebola Costume" is a dumb joke, but it's also part of a broader attitude.

Living in Exile: Ethiopian Journalist Betre Yacob Struggles

Maura Kelly | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Maura Kelly

In April 2011, I traveled to Ethiopia on a humanitarian mission with non-profit organization Helping Other People (HOPe). While there we witnessed crushing poverty in cities and rural villages and encountered hope and strength in the people we worked with.

Puppies in the Mist

Lucas Spangher | Posted 11.29.2014 | World
Lucas Spangher

I turned to see them waddling towards me, and they resumed their place at my feet. I paused, I hesitated... and then, feeling like a stupid American tourist, I bent down, gathered them into my shirt, and walked the short distance back to my hut.

Islands of Safety: Libraries and Books, Part 2, Orphanages

James M. Lynch | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
James M. Lynch

Why you might want do this I don't know, but let's pretend anyway that you're a 3-year-old boy in Mumbai and your parents and sister just died, l...

With Fighting, There Will Be Too Much Famine

Crystal Wells | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

"If peace comes, we will go home," she says, wiping sweat from her brow. "We will rebuild our tukuls [homes] and send our children to school. If [peace does not come] we will stay here, because we have nowhere to go."

Somalia's Future Hinges On Its Youth

Crystal Wells | Posted 10.26.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

Jamel Egal was born the year it all fell apart. 1991. Somali President Siad Barre was overthrown and anarchy overtook the east African nation of Somalia. Warlords filled the void of a central government as lawlessness reigned and war became the norm.

Why the Ice Bucket Challenge Is Not Good for Philanthropy

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

Shouldn't we just focus on the fact that people are becoming aware and donating, disregarding why? I say no. In the bottom of my heart and in the back of my business-oriented mind, I want people to care.

Why Women and Girls Need the SEA

Angela D. Coleman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Black Voices
Angela D. Coleman

Inspired by Mother Nature, Sisterhood Agenda's Sisterhood Empowerment Academy (SEA) empowers women and girls as a female resource center. It is a place of knowledge, support, self-determination and healing.

The Strive for Five: In Support of Maintaining Foreign Assistance to Help Children Survive and Thrive

Anne Goddard | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Anne Goddard

This year, more than 6.5 million children will die before age 5. That is nearly 18,000 children each day.

Scaling the Infrastructure Built for HIV to Treat Even More of Our Global Diseases

Tamara Zakharia | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Tamara Zakharia

We expect our proposal to be sliced up and rearranged, looking very different to what it is now by the time we present our final business plan in September to Bill Clinton and Muhammad Yunus. Exciting times await us!

Contagion: The Costs of Global Panic

Lyric Hughes Hale | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Lyric Hughes Hale

Physician, do no harm. The same caution should be applied to philanthropists, public officials, and other well-meaning agents of globalization. In the realm of health care, quite ironically avoiding one risk could actually lead to a worse outcome overall.

We're All Liars: Creative Storytelling Is the Nonprofit Sector's Drug of Choice

Pippa Biddle | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Pippa Biddle

Just as professional athletes take steroids, it seems as if embellishing or even fabricating stories has become the stimulant of choice for nonprofit leaders looking to gain a competitive edge.

Lifesaving Convictions

Dagfinn Høybråten | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Dagfinn Høybråten

Though terrorism is an insidious threat, the biggest risk to Africa's children is disease, which often can be prevented through routine immunization.

The Biggest Worry About Transhumanism

Zoltan Istvan | Posted 07.21.2014 | Technology
Zoltan Istvan

Will technology and science that make our species more transhuman be used to create a deeper divide in society for the haves and have-nots?

Africa in the Eyes of Westerners

Audrey Cheng | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Audrey Cheng

Beyond being unfair to the third world, 'first world problems' also is cruel in that it offers no empathy to those in the first world suffering from problems we deem as 'third world problems.'

Flaunt Your Flaws: Why Transparency Can Boost Business for NGOs

Erin Ganju | Posted 05.28.2014 | Impact
Erin Ganju

Without trust and transparency, social enterprises would not be able to operate successfully and leverage their collaboration to ensure they are truly changing the world.

Why Restricting Foreign Funding of NGOs Is Wrongheaded

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 05.27.2014 | Politics
Danny Sriskandarajah

There is a new weapon of choice for governments that want to undermine bits of civil society that irritate them: restricting funding from foreign sources. These measures not only go against established international conventions and commitments, but they will not work.

Private Regulation: Risk or Opportunity for Global Business?

Harlan Loeb | Posted 05.17.2014 | Business
Harlan Loeb

As trust in government rapidly declines, expectations of global business to address and, in many cases, solve social problems are sharply escalating.

Marcos: The Father of the Mountain

Adam Pervez | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Adam Pervez

Volunteers meet Marcos at the metro station and ride a cable car up to the last stop. For many this would be as far as they'd go, as beyond it only gets poorer and more dangerous.