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Dependency Is Like a Walking Stick

Amy Russell | Posted 04.11.2012 | Impact
Amy Russell

I don't use a walking stick. I would become too dependent on one. When you learn to become dependent on something, not having that "thing" makes whatever task you are facing immensely harder, mentally.

Joshua Hersh

Egypt Military Delegation Cancels Meetings With Senators Amid NGO Controversy | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A delegation of Egyptian military officials in town for high level meetings with their American counterparts canceled a series of meetin...

Joshua Hersh

After Egypt NGO Raids, Visiting Military Delegation Can Expect Icy Welcome On Capitol Hill | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.06.2012 | World

A visiting delegation of Egyptian military officials, in the United States for a routine tour and consultations, are likely to receive a rough welcome...

Joshua Hersh

Egypt Military Council's Crackdown Reminds Americans Who's In Charge | Joshua Hersh | Posted 01.31.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- A recent crackdown on American pro-democracy organizations in Egypt has observers of the country's military regime shaking their heads o...

Is Haiti Doomed to Be the Republic of NGOs?

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

Haiti's challenges are enormous and there are no easy answers. However, a two-pronged strategy --- registration and monitoring of NGOs and a governmental and donor focus on "core governance" -- may be a good start.

Did You Drink Soup? Strains on Solidarity in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 03.07.2012 | World
Mark Schuller

As an NGO representative said, "This is the single biggest disaster that came, and it came after the earthquake: the way aid was distributed destroyed the family."

Companies and Causes Need Each Other Big Time

David Hessekiel | Posted 03.04.2012 | Impact
David Hessekiel

A decade of dramatic societal, technological and economic changes have moved many nonprofit leaders to elevate their opinion of marketing from a black art to a critical survival skill.

C Plus: China's Civil Society Groups Stand Up and Get Counted in Durban

Lucia Green-Weiskel | Posted 01.31.2012 | Green
Lucia Green-Weiskel

With greenhouse gas emissions hitting record levels, a new group of Chinese activists traditionally silenced by an authoritarian government is making its voice heard at the United Nations climate talks in Durban, South Africa.

WATCH: One Marine's Quest To End Ethnic Violence & Poverty In The Slums Of Nairobi

Rehema Trimiew | Posted 01.10.2012 | Impact

It started with a small seed, $26, and an idea. The seed took root and grew into Carolina for Kibera. What has blossomed in the fertile grounds of Ken...

Technology Leaders from Leading Global NGOs Gather in Ireland for NetHope Summit

William Brindley | Posted 01.08.2012 | Impact
William Brindley

Once a year, technology leaders from more than 30 of the world's leading international NGOs convene for a week with one main purpose: to share.

Joanne King Herring in Afghanistan: From Her Mouth to God's Ears

Jim Luce | Posted 01.03.2012 | World
Jim Luce

You must know the story of Joanne King Herring, whether you realize it or not. She is the woman portrayed in the movie Charlie Wilson's War, played by Julia Roberts opposite Tom Hanks.

How the Global 1% Shape the World's Development Agenda

Peter Bosshard | Posted 12.28.2011 | World
Peter Bosshard

Key decisions about the sector cannot be left to undemocratic, non-transparent institutions. Civil society groups have started to pry open the echo chambers of the G20 and its cooperation with other powerful actors.

Reflecting on Eight Years of Community Investment Worldwide

Akhtar Badshah | Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact
Akhtar Badshah

As Microsoft approaches the eighth anniversary of its Community Technology Skills Program (CTSP), I have been taking some time to reflect on the oppor...

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.