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Evaluations Help Us Deliver on Our Promises

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

With goals as significant as the Sustainable Development Goals, it is of the utmost importance to have plans for determining progress and success -- or lack thereof -- toward the desired ends. Strong evaluation plans allow organizations and other players to gauge if what they are doing works, and if not, what they need to do to course-correct.

Sometimes, It Just Can't Wait - World Toilet Day

John Travis | Posted 11.21.2015 | Impact
John Travis

Toilets are one of the first steps towards better health and brighter futures. For us at DROP, water, sanitation, gender equality and education go hand in hand and we believe that this four pronged approach is the most effective way to reduce poverty in rural communities. It's never too late to change where we go!

What It Takes to Launch a Program in a Post-War Region

Andy Bryant | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Andy Bryant

During my time in Gulu, I experienced the warmth of the Acholi people, through tasting local foods and boda rides and conversation. I look forward to returning in 2016, when Educate! will implement our programs and help empower youth with skills to combat unemployment.

What Is the Church of Scientology Doing in Israel?

Julie Gray | Posted 11.13.2015 | World
Julie Gray

The Scientology Centre in Jaffa sticks out like a store thumb. Located in a richly renovated and cavernous theatre evidently from the 1930s, the centr...

Ensuring Sustainability for Philanthropic Investments With Data

Verna Eggleston | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Verna Eggleston

We all knew we were investing time and resources, but were funding and serving people and addressing critical issues with limited resource information -- and we didn't have access to information that could be shared to increase the impact we were making.

How You Can Help the Syrian Refugees: Solar-Powered Lights

MeiMei Fox | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Experienced international crisis volunteer and founder of the US-based non-profit Third Wave Volunteers, Alison Thompson, is currently bringing solar-powered lights to the refugees on the Greek island of Lesvos.

The Doctors Without Borders Air Strike: Beyond Obama's Investigation

Thomas Kenyon M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 10.20.2015 | Politics
Thomas Kenyon M.D., M.P.H.

MSF health workers are among the most savvy, quick-witted and selfless people in the medical profession, and the world must protect them and value their sacrifice. It is now up to our leaders to prove they do, too.

The Fight to End Hunger: The Role of U.S. NGOs and Global Leadership

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

This September, global leaders from 193 countries came together to agree on an ambitious set of universal goals to reduce poverty and inequality.

Tainted Fahrvergnügen: What the Volkswagen Scandal Tells Us About Achieving Climate and Clean Air Goals

Stefan Bößner | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Stefan Bößner

Public brouhaha aside, from a climate change policy perspective, what is most troubling about this scandal is not what the company did, but the vulnerabilities it exposed in environmental policy.

A New Era for Clinton Global Initiative and Founders

Maura Kelly | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
Maura Kelly

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) marked its 10th anniversary this September in New York and brought together more than a thousand leaders in phil...

The Post-2015 Agenda: A Global Call to Increase Civil Society Space

Lindsay Coates | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

Over the past 15 years, our thinking has shifted - the role of local agency and self-determination has become central to the policy discussion, though I would argue it has always been central to how humans make progress.

Twenty Years of Women's Financial Inclusion

Gayle Gatchalian | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Gayle Gatchalian

The types of financial services that low-income women are able to access have also changed. In 1995, we were still promoting the idea that low-income women entrepreneurs were optimal loan clients. Today, financial institutions are offering savings, microinsurance, digital financial services to rural families, women who work in factories, and women who run larger businesses.

Who's Your Tribe? The Multiple Hats and Helmets We Wear

Wayne L. Firestone | Posted 09.09.2015 | Religion
Wayne L. Firestone

During a respite from a recent international development conference in Mbale, Uganda I had a glimpse of a Jewish story that sounded like a Michael Chabon "What if" plot.

Building a New Role for U.S. NGOs as Active Global Citizens

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

In a meeting with a group of international nonprofit CEOs, one organization recently stated that all of its programs frequently impact 100 million peo...

What We Can Learn From Women Living in the "Saddest" Country on Earth

Andy Bryant | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Andy Bryant

How did the women of Togo become so isolated, even within Sub-Saharan Africa? I'll provide a bit of history; after all, this might be the first time you are hearing about this small country.

What We Mean by "Civic Space" and Where We're Pushing Back

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 08.07.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

What is civic space? It's the ability for health clinics to operate freely towards eradicating polio in Pakistan, it enables humanitarians to rapidly deliver shelter after a hurricane in the Philippines, and it is imperative to the fight for greater justice and equality in South Africa, and here at home.

100 years of Occupation in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Mark Schuller

Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the U.S. Occupation of Haiti. On July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the shores of Haiti, occupying the country for 19 years. Several have argued that the U.S. has never stopped occupying Haiti, even as military boots left in 1934.

The Future Of Social Movements

John Feffer | Posted 07.27.2015 | World
John Feffer

Social movements didn't disappear from Slovenia. Some groups became professionalized, like the Peace Institute. Other voluntary organizations continued, particularly among the younger generation. But they no longer had the prominence or influence they enjoyed during that brief period in the 1980s.

Providing Aid to the People, Needing Peace as the Crisis Continues

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 07.17.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

Since fighting broke out in December 2013, thousands of civilians have been killed, and an estimated 2 million people have been displaced, including more than 600,000 refugees fleeing to neighboring countries.

Measuring Success to Meet the INGO Mission

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 07.07.2015 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Global hunger and poverty are monumental issues with complex causes and solutions. The success of one organization should be viewed as the success of the sector. Additionally, the ultimate success is not of the organization, but of the project participants.

We Create Harmony: The Brand and Campaign That Kickstarts Careers

Sara Panagiotopoulou | Posted 06.30.2015 | Style
Sara Panagiotopoulou

One of the toughest obstacles new designers face is how to successfully market their label so that it produces a sustainable profit, allowing them to survive in the saturated marketplace.

What FIFA Can Teach NGOs -- And Vice Versa

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

Amidst all the sponsorship deals and the vast sums of money, it's easy to forget that FIFA is actually one of the oldest and biggest NGOs in the world.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad NGO?: The Hungarian Regime's War on Its Critics Opens Opportunities for Civil Sector Advance

Jon Van Til | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Jon Van Til

For some time now, the regime currently in control of Hungary has been waging war against a significant portion of its country's nonprofit organizations.

Ahead of Turkey's Crucial Election, Citizens Take Action to Protect Their Vote

Karabekir Akkoyunlu | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Karabekir Akkoyunlu

This is a historic moment where a single vote could possibly shape the course of Turkey's bloodiest conflict and its future regime type, with repercussions beyond the country's borders. With so much hanging on the outcome, this is also a crucial test for Turkey's embattled electoral system.

Breaking the Code: How Pencils of Promise Uses Tech for Social Good

Saeed Jabbar | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Saeed Jabbar

Pencils of Promise (PoP) is a passionate for-purpose organization that delivers quality education to impoverished children. They've built over 300 schools and impacted over 340,000 lives all while pioneering the for-purpose driven organization.