Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."
Too many girls around the world reach adolescence and find their future is already mapped out. They never have a chance to finish school or get a job, or an opportunity to travel and experience life. It's time to give these girls the chance to write their own future.
While it is important to root out corruption in developing countries it is also worth remembering that by definition transparency should work both ways; that it is equally about holding wealthy nations and aid organizations to account.
I come from a country where 1 in 23 women are at risk of not surviving during childbirth, where 1 baby dies every 46 minutes. A grim reality perhaps, but I also work on a project that chooses to focus on the possibilities of survival.
At least 1/3 of all child deaths -- almost 3 million every year -- are linked to chronic undernutrition. No war, no flood, no coup necessary -- these are the children who fall through the cracks between food and nutrition.