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Keeping Perspective During Turbulent Times

David Blumenthal | Posted 02.10.2017 | Politics
David Blumenthal

At times of dramatic change in a nation’s history, fear and anxiety can become pervasive and overwhelming. Troubling visions of authoritarianism or ...

2017: The Beginning of the Era of Disruption

Daniel Wagner | Posted 01.01.2017 | World
Daniel Wagner

In this era of dramatic, rampant, and incessant political change, predictions about the future can no longer be based either on conventional wisdom or...

Strike By Syrian Organizations And Syrian Staff Working In International Organizations And Corporations For Aleppo

Sabreen Shalabi | Posted 12.23.2016 | World
Sabreen Shalabi

Last night, the regime raided Eastern Aleppo and committed mass field executions, killing entire families and burning civilians alive. The internation...

Poland's ruling party continues its march towards authoritarianism

The Conversation Global | Posted 12.09.2016 | World
The Conversation Global

Nationalist protests will be more welcome than anti-government protests from now on. Kacper Pempel/Reuters Veronika Pehe, European University Institu...

Thankful for Partners, Thankful for Progress in the Fight Against Global Hunger

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 11.23.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

As the holiday season begins in the U.S. with families and friends gathering around tables for Thanksgiving, I am beginning to reflect on this past ye...

News Media's Role In Conflict

Philip Seib | Posted 11.18.2016 | Media
Philip Seib

Do the news media enjoy the confidence of anyone these days? In the United States mistrust was on the rise even before the recent presidential campaign.

Muddling Through in Mauritania: The Long, Long Road From Revenue Transparency to Government Accountability

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.15.2016 | World
Till Bruckner

What do iron and fish have in common? Answer: Mauritania, a largely desert country of less than four million people in north-western Africa, is immens...

Prioritizing Maternal And Newborn Survival: Time To Look To The Developing World For Affordable Solutions

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 10.03.2016 | Women
Susan M. Blaustein

With America unique among developed and most developing countries in its rising maternal mortality, it's especially encouraging to see significant progress in mothers' and newborn survival in sites across the developing world.

The Key to Our Development Challenges? Empowered Women

HRH Princess Lamia bin Majed AlSaud | Posted 09.28.2016 | Women
HRH Princess Lamia bin Majed AlSaud

Tackling gender inequality is one of the most important challenges the world faces in the twenty-first century. In recognition of this, world lead...

This El Niño Is A Huge Humanitarian Crisis - But It Didn't Have To Be

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 09.23.2016 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

This blog is co-authored by UN Secretary-General's Special Envoys on El Niño and Climate: Mary Robinson and Ambassador Macharia Kamau; and Oxfam Inte...

American Support For Humanitarian Assistance Reflected In $1.2 Billion Pledge

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 09.20.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

On Sept. 15, InterAction announced that 31 of its member NGOs had pledged to collectively invest over $1.2 billion in private resources on global humanitarian assistance efforts over the next three years.

The War Against Poverty in Malawi Fights the Wrong Enemy

Ken Wong | Posted 09.19.2016 | Impact
Ken Wong

This summer, the World Atlas ranked Malawi as the poorest country in the world. Just last month, the Center for Strategic & International Studies reported that Malawi is facing its worst humanitarian crisis in its history as widespread maize harvest failures have created massive food shortages.

George Bush And Hosni Mubarak's Make-Believe Reforms

Yehia Ghanem | Posted 08.30.2016 | World
Yehia Ghanem

In the years following the events of September 11, 2001, the image of the US in the Middle East was at its lowest. There were demonstrations against the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq in Egypt and elsewhere, along with calls to boycott US products.

Obama Should Put Human Rights on the G20 Agenda In China

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 08.30.2016 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The G20 summit is an opportunity to make clear - to China and to all the G20 nations - that continued economic and other forms of cooperation with the U.S. government depends on their willingness to do the same.

Still Fighting for the Truth About Argentina's Disappeared

Brian Dooley | Posted 08.29.2016 | World
Brian Dooley

In June 1993 I attended the U.N. World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, the largest ever gathering on human rights, involving 171 governments and...

The Human Face of the Global Refugee Crisis

Pamela Hamamoto | Posted 08.19.2016 | World
Pamela Hamamoto

His eyes caught my attention...playful, innocent, and curious about this group of strangers in his neighbourhood. I was immediately drawn to this youn...

Why We Need To Make The Next Olympics 'The People's Games'

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 08.08.2016 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

As the world tunes into the Rio 2016 Olympics, I feel ambivalent: torn between hoping the Games will deliver for Rio and for Brazil and knowing that, without radical reform, the selection processes for Olympic host cities will continue to have serious negative consequences, often for the most disadvantaged in our societies.

The Poverty of Play

Anne Goddard | Posted 07.28.2016 | Impact
Anne Goddard

With summer comes the real work of children: play. The simple act of playing, whether an organized game or spur-of-the-moment frolic, sets free in chi...

Agora for Good: Let’s Democratize Donations

Linch Zhang | Posted 07.05.2016 | Impact
Linch Zhang

The nonprofit sector occupies a surprisingly large proportion of the US economy. In 2014 alone, nonprofits received over $250 billion in individual do...

Syrian NGOs Lament ‘Dreadful Silence’ At World Humanitarian Summit

Syria Deeply | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 05.31.2016 | World

After the United Nations lavishly highlighted its achievements during the World Humanitarian Summit, Syrian NGOs have expressed their dismay that the ...

Civil Society Engagement at the G7 - Why it Matters

John Ruthrauff | Posted 05.27.2016 | Impact
John Ruthrauff

For over four decades, leaders from the world’s major advanced economies have gathered to discuss pressing global challenges at the annual Group of ...

Fractured Narratives & Common Goals in Israel/Palestine

Julie Gray | Posted 04.18.2016 | World
Julie Gray

When I grew up in America, you were either a Democrat or a Republican. Over the course of my life that has come to include more pinpointed terms like ...

The Forgotten Crises

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 04.12.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

We must ensure that all people -- regardless of where they are born -- have the ability to live happy, healthy, and safe lives. It is critical for the media, governments, and individuals to focus on the massive scale of human suffering in Middle East and Europe. But we must not limit our focus.

To Improve Human Wellbeing, It's Time to Get Serious About Transparency

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 03.23.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

Community and collective action matter. The dream is for all civil society organizations to look beyond their individual projects and work collectivel...

How I Got There: Simon Panek

Lan Anh Vu | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact
Lan Anh Vu

Simon Panek is the cofounder and director of the People In Need humanitarian organization, the largest nongovernmental organization in Central Europe....