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.
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.
President Obama's second inaugural may well be most remembered for the words he said rather than the policies he promoted. To friend and foe alike, the President has announced the new terms of the 21st century political discourse.
NGO accountability is far from a dull subject, and the sector can learn about accountability from smaller, younger NGOs. Soliciting feedback from clients and maintaining openness, which doesn't necessarily have to be a function of size, are musts.
The success or failure of Egypt's transition will have a significant effect on the rest of the Arab world, and the country's current economic, social, and political challenges are all but overwhelming.
Easily the most important aspect of joint ventures for good is combining passion, expertise and impact, an effective technique towards optimizing results. No one organization can do everything on its own, nor should they.
It was a stuffy, windowless broom closet like any other -- replete with empty cardboard boxes, threadbare rags, mops, and of course brooms. "This is where we counsel rape victims," said the center manager.
While nobody would argue that the government shouldn't take all necessary and justifiable steps to prevent terrorism, what rational person would argue that turning extremists away from violence runs contrary to that goal?