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Rainforest Crunch... Brazil Tags NGOs With Amazon Corruption

Eric Ehrmann | Posted 10.18.2011 | World
Eric Ehrmann

Tacit approval for "Operation Voucher" indicates a healthy level of support for the actions government is finally taking to define what the free wheeling NGOs and faith-based groups can and can't do inside Brazil.

African Famine, Wall Street and All of Us

Richard Walden | Posted 10.11.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

It's more than a bit disconcerting to look at the low level of the African famine relief response -- especially when you've been around long enough to remember the 1984 Ethiopian famine and its massive tug on the hearts of the world.

Joshua Hersh

Somalia Famine: Confusion Reigns Over New U.S. Policy For NGO Aid | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.08.2011 | World

The Obama administration is facing more hurdles in its efforts to expedite aid to Somalia, as humanitarian workers remain confused about a week-old U....

Bananas: The Seeds of Hope Find Fertile Ground on a Zambian Banana Plantation

Anne Goddard | Posted 10.04.2011 | Impact
Anne Goddard

The youth of Chongwe offer an instructive story - not just one of self-sufficiency and innovation, but of sowing the seeds of opportunity and growing them into the fruits of hope. The kind that can change lives. For good.

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.

The Life Out Loud: Alison Thompson, an Angel in Action

MeiMei Fox | Posted 09.12.2011 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Ten years ago on September 11, most New Yorkers fled lower Manhattan in horror as the first World Trade Center tower collapsed in a paroxysm of glass, metal and fire. Not Alison Thompson.

Social Impact Evaluation: Useful? Utopian? (Part 4 of 4)

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.12.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

In the real world, decision-making is based on imperfect information. Decisions are time dated. Complete information is preferable, but tomorrow relentlessly produces countervailing facts and perspectives, not to mention Monday morning quarterbacks.

Time to Lift Ban on Conflict Resolution Programs, Humanitarian Aid Operating in Hot Spots

Kay Guinane | Posted 08.30.2011 | Politics
Kay Guinane

Like Batman's enemy Two-Face, the United States government has two sides when it comes to national security and the work of charities and other nonprofit groups.

Kia Makarechi

Revolutionizing Student Aid Projects | Kia Makarechi | Posted 08.29.2011 | Impact

Growing up, Michelle Milee Chang went on several intensive, one-week trips to places such as Cambodia and Bangladesh. She says the trips were aimed at...

Kia Makarechi

Greatest Person Of The Day: Vaccinating In The Dominican Republic | Kia Makarechi | Posted 08.23.2011 | Impact

Mercedito Martir Delbus, whom everyone calls Lilo, is a 25-year-old man saving lives in his community in the Dominican Republic. Lilo, the son of a...

The US Isn't the Only Donor in Afghanistan

Jordan Dey | Posted 08.22.2011 | World
Jordan Dey

Nearly every donor country has a similar set of priorities: improve agricultural development, train the police, develop the energy sector, improve health care -- and, quite frankly, many are tripping over each other as they attempt to help Afghans.

The Life Out Loud: 'America The Angry'

MeiMei Fox | Posted 08.17.2011 | Healthy Living
MeiMei Fox

As unemployment, gas and grocery prices are on the rise, so are people's levels of anger, anxiety and frustration.

Madhav Chavan on Universal Education in India: An Inside Look at Pratham

Rahim Kanani | Posted 08.10.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

Chavan is co-founder, president and CEO of Pratham, the largest nongovernmental organization working to provide quality education to the underprivileged children of India.

Rainy Season Exposes Precariousness of Haiti's Homeless Camps

Mark Schuller | Posted 08.10.2011 | World
Mark Schuller

The rain is adding fuel to an open flame of cholera. Health experts are registering an increase in cholera cases; in Carrefour, the cholera clinic saw an average of 300 per day this week, when it had been 300 cases per week.

An Interview With Alexandra Almore, Harvard University Class of 2012

Rahim Kanani | Posted 08.03.2011 | College
Rahim Kanani

I spoke with Harvard senior Alexandra Almore, who serves as the president of the multinational NGO, the African Development Initiative and director of the College Bound Mentoring Program.

Lucas Kavner

24-Year-Old Builds Orphanage And School In Nepal | Lucas Kavner | Posted 08.01.2011 | Impact

After finishing high school in Mendham, N.J., Maggie Doyne wasn't sure what she wanted to do. She'd been an ambitious and driven student -- the editor...

Kenya Dispatch: Foggy Ideas

Ming Holden | Posted 07.26.2011 | World
Ming Holden

I am in Nairobi for seven weeks to do creative work with young women who are refugees. But that's all I know; of paramount importance to this work is a willingness not to define it too clearly going in.

An Interview With Tom Tierney, Co-author of Give Smart: Philanthropy That Gets Results

Rahim Kanani | Posted 07.16.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

Tom Tierney: Giving money away is easy. Giving money away smartly, so that it not only gets results but also gets better results over time, is hard.

A Most Meaningful Birthday Gift From Pakistan

Susan Davis | Posted 07.11.2011 | Impact
Susan Davis

BRAC's Ultra Poor program starts with asset transfers, but the main intervention is two years of continuous ongoing support.

PHOTOS: How To Sustain A Pro Bono Design Practice

An Xiao Mina | Posted 07.10.2011 | Arts
An Xiao Mina

In the two years since Matthew Manos founded A Very Nice Design Studio, the firm has worked for clients as diverse as a Canadian high school and the UN. About 3/4 of their work is pro-bono.

Aleem Walji of the World Bank Institute's Innovation Team on the Future of International Development

Rahim Kanani | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business
Rahim Kanani

Walji and I discussed the intersection between innovation and development, the future of social enterprise, current initiatives and efforts underway in the Innovation Practice, and much more.

A Parade of Humanity - HIV/AIDS in Ethiopia

Reporters Uncensored | Posted 07.06.2011 | World
Reporters Uncensored

By Maura Kelly In mid-April I traveled to Ethiopia and zigzagged 1000 miles across the rolling hills and towns of the northern Amhara region with the...

Donor: Mortenson's Charity Financials 'So Messed Up'

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 07.05.2011 | Impact
Virginia M. Moncrieff

"Who can be troubled to read financials? I have to admit, I didn't until this whole thing broke open. Basically, people are saying, 'Don't trouble me with facts and numbers, I like Greg, and I like the story.'"

Google Exec Kidnapped In Revolution Plans To Start Tech NGO In Egypt

Posted 06.25.2011 | Impact

It’s been quite a year for Wael Ghonim, the Google marketing executive who became an icon for the Egyptian revolution: he was kidnapped by security ...

Aid Agencies Must Listen to the People They're Helping

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 06.21.2011 | Impact
Nicholas van Praag

Over the years, we have seen a marked increase in the focus on accountability in what is now a $10 billion a year industry. But there is no systematic approach to assessing humanitarian operations through the eyes of recipients.