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Science for the Poor: Making Vaccines to Combat Poverty

Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D. | Posted 04.13.2014 | World
Peter Hotez, M.D, Ph.D.

Science can offer a lot to prevent these infections, thereby making poor people well enough to go back to work, children healthy and intellectually vibrant, and improving pregnancy outcomes.

Surprise! Foreign Aid Works and Other Good News

Spencer Critchley | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

It's all too easy to believe the worst about the world. In fact, research shows that our minds are wired to be much more sensitive to bad news than good -- it's called negativity bias.

Putting Women and Girls at the Center of Global Development

Melinda Gates | Posted 03.25.2014 | World
Melinda Gates

Over the next decade, nearly 1 billion women will enter the global workforce. This could be great for the world. If these 1 billion women are allowed to apply their ingenuity and skills and talent to their fullest extent, they will make everybody's lives better.

Another New Year -- And One More Chance to Choose the World We Want

Mariela Castro Espín | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Mariela Castro Espín

I joined the UN High-Level Task Force for the International Conference on Development to help make sure sexual and reproductive rights are specifically addressed in the UN's Post-2015 Development Agenda, and that the rights of women and young people receive the priority they deserve.

Transform Your Giving: Be an Everyday Philanthropist

Victoria Dunning | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

I'm no Rockefeller, but I am an everyday philanthropist. Some call it "charity," some "donating," some respond when asked to sponsor a friend's half-marathon effort for a good cause.

The U.S. Provides Plenty Of International Aid, But To All The Wrong Places

Posted 11.22.2013 | World

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the United States has launched a thorough and concerted relief effort that flies in the face of ...

The Not-So-Humble Backpack: Equipping Girls for Greatness

Victoria Dunning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

At the Global Fund for Children, we believe that the metaphor of the backpack -- a symbol of learning, mobility and independence -- and its contents could help girls control, and indeed transform, their own destinies.

On the Path to a More Resilient New York

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Superstorm Sandy was a reminder that we need to prepare our cities, New York included, to withstand crises and bounce back quickly and effectively.

Why Science? Why Now?

Mandana Arabi, M.D., Ph.D | Posted 12.16.2013 | Science
Mandana Arabi, M.D., Ph.D

Yes, we booked a science event during UNGA week -- but it's a decision we would repeat again -- because science conversations should not be separate from policy conversations; they should be intricately intertwined.

Islands of Hope Amid Flash Floods

BRAC | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
BRAC

A narrow dirt road starts where the paved roads of Bangladesh's Habiganj district end, leading to a land of dusty red silt that often completely blankets the sub-district of Baniachang, blocking outsiders from seeing in.

What Will The World Look Like In 50 Years?

Felicity McLean | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Felicity McLean

We need to make radical changes to the frameworks in which we operate. The world is now an interconnected neural network, where problems are considered shared and where solutions are crowdsourced -- we're no longer living in silos.

10 Global Health Tweets to Start Your Week

Jennifer James | Posted 10.18.2013 | Impact
Jennifer James

Information on Twitter flashes by in an instant making it inevitable that you'll miss important tweets and information from the most resourceful NGOs, foundations, and experts on Twitter.

Migrant Girls Can Accelerate Global Development

Kathy Bushkin Calvin | Posted 10.13.2013 | Impact
Kathy Bushkin Calvin

When a girl pursues a higher level of education, it can increase her wages and her ability to delay an early marriage. Migration can also expose girls to new ideas and norms and provide autonomy that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Urban Resilience for a New Century

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

We can't know for sure when or where the next crisis will hit -- only that it will. But despite these certainties, most cities are woefully unprepared to manage these shocks. Now is the time to help cities build resilience.

The Transformative Power of Philanthropy

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Amazing things happen when you bet on people -- including entire transformations. But with this ability comes great responsibility, in all of our work, to grapple with the big moral questions of our day.

Philanthropy as Backer of Brains

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

There is still no machine that can match the power of human ingenuity to solve truly human problems. And therefore, "backing brains" has always been a key part of philanthropy's strategy.

Sustainable Ecological Business Development in Haiti

Kevin Adair and Frantz Fanfan | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Kevin Adair and Frantz Fanfan

Haiti is over 95 percent deforested, largely due to the population's reliance on charcoal cooking fuel. Finding a sustainable alternative cooking fuel that is accessible and affordable for residential and commercial use is a top priority.

Philanthropy as Field Builder

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Last week, I discussed role of philanthropy as risk-taker – taking on the hardest parts of the work so that the private and public sectors can c...

Philanthropy Is the Go-To Partner for Risk

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Risk is philanthropy's calling card -- it's what our philanthropic dollars, at least in the United States, are now tax-advantaged to do. If we're not taking enough risk, we're clearly not doing everything in our power to maximize impact for the poor or vulnerable.

Guaranteeing Personal Security: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Guaranteeing Civil Rights, Political Rights, and Personal Security is a critical development goal. This post discusses indicators for personal security. 'Personal security' is an inherently context-specific issue, so at least some indicators should be designed from the bottom up.

Why I Want My Daughters -- and Son -- to Read Lean In

Nancy Birdsall | Posted 05.12.2013 | Women
Nancy Birdsall

Her book puts something new on the table. Women don't need to buy into the internal obstacles that the prevailing culture imposes. They can make themselves happier by leaning in at work and speaking up about the tough choices that the external obstacles create.

Civil and Political Rights: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.12.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Given that civil and political rights targets aim to hold governments accountable for fulfilling international human rights treaty obligations, assessment should be external to government authorities, impartial, and conducted by legitimate international bodies.

Rule of Law and Access to Justice for All: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Empowering individuals and communities to assert and realize their rights can ensure that the law protects against government corruption and discrimination, and gives a voice to the least politically powerful, who might otherwise be ignored.

Open and Accountable Government for All: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Open and accountable government is a crucial aspect of socioeconomic development. Although open and accountable government may seem an abstract and immeasurable goal, it is indeed feasible to assess performance on these critical governance issues.

Combating Discrimination and Inequality: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

A clearer focus on combating discrimination and inequality in the post-2015 development framework would help ensure that the most marginalized and vulnerable groups are not left out and left behind in the pursuit of macroeconomic growth.