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Reflecting on the First Decade of The Charles Bronfman Prize

The Charles Bronfman Prize | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
The Charles Bronfman Prize

Ten years ago we founded The Charles Bronfman Prize. The intent was to create an early recognition of endeavor, rather than a lifetime achievement award, as a way to amplify important work and make a difference in the careers of those working for social change.

Counter-Terrorism: Counter-Humanitarianism?

Chris Lockyear | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Chris Lockyear

As international troops leave Afghan security in the hands of their domestic counterparts, ISAF will let its "clear, hold, build" counter-insurgency mandate fade.

A New Party for the Global Era

Indra Adnan | Posted 12.08.2014 | Politics
Indra Adnan

How can those of us who feel like global citizens already -- which is not everyone, granted -- begin to act like global citizens?

Changing the Face of Lebanon's Population

Mimo Khair | Posted 12.02.2014 | World
Mimo Khair

Humanitarian organizations work tirelessly to find solutions to what could be a humanitarian disaster in a region that is weary of endless years of war and struggle. It hurts to see my home in pain.

Cubs' Rizzo Baseball Humanitarian of the Year

Ken Reed | Posted 11.19.2014 | Sports
Ken Reed

As Branch Rickey once said, "It is not the honor that you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind." Anthony Rizzo is all-in with that sentiment.

A Year After Typhoon Haiyan, 3,000 People Are Still Homeless

Associated Press | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact

TACLOBAN, Philippines (AP) — Four months after she lost her husband and home to Typhoon Haiyan's fury, Agnes Bacsal gave birth to their sixth child ...

Somalia: Conundrum of an Activist

Sadia Ali Aden | Posted 11.04.2014 | World
Sadia Ali Aden

In order to genuinely win the hearts and minds of the ordinary citizens, the Somali leadership must not hasten making decisions on their behalf or self-interest by signing any treaty at a disadvantaged position with countries that have more negative record than positive.

Syria: The Vortex of Violence and Despair

A View from the United Nations | Posted 10.31.2014 | Politics
A View from the United Nations

The crisis in Syria has unleashed political and armed forces in the region that will take years to stabilize and neutralize. In the wholesale destruction of some of its towns and cities, the war has also decimated one of the world's cradles of civilization.

Ebola in Africa, Fears in the US: Let's Get Hard on Issues, Soft on People

Blair Forlaw | Posted 10.29.2014 | Impact
Blair Forlaw

It's not the virus that's spreading rapidly in West Africa that makes me anxious about my family's health and safety. It's the fear that's spreading rapidly across America, which threatens to recast global humanitarians as risks, rather than assets.

Grateful for a Gift That Is Repairing the World

The Charles Bronfman Prize | Posted 10.27.2014 | Impact
The Charles Bronfman Prize

What I could not have imagined at the time, and what continues to amaze me still, is how this gift has continued to pay dividends, year after year, as we welcome each new laureate into our prize family.

Bosnia Muslim Community Urges Safety and Release of Hostages

Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey | Posted 11.08.2014 | World
Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey

Let there be no doubt that those who commit such horrific acts in the name of the "Islamic State" or Islam will be judged by the Muslim community of BiH (traditionally also Sunni) as violating Islamic values as well as inconsistent with our experience.

An Expedient and Dishonest Trade-Off by the UN in Darfur

Eric Reeves | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact
Eric Reeves

The world has decided that attention is more warranted elsewhere than in Darfur and the other deeply impoverished and malnourished populations of Sudan. But it is shameful in the extreme for the UN to make it impossible for us to judge just how living conditions in Darfur really are -- statistically speaking.

Combatting Ebola: Quarantine Is Vital, But Also Cultural Education

Robert Klitzman, M.D. | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Robert Klitzman, M.D.

We must learn from responses to such epidemics in the past if we are to succeed today. Such lessons will be difficult to craft, requiring expertise in culture as well as medicine, but need to be integral parts of our global response.

Robin Williams: Oh Captain, My Captain in Life and Death

Maya Mathias | Posted 11.03.2014 | Entertainment
Maya Mathias

I didn't get to meet Robin. Yet, like so many of you, I felt like I knew him. I'd had the privilege of peering into those sensitive blue eyes on TV or in the movies, and I believed that I'd plumbed the depths of his soul.

With Fighting, There Will Be Too Much Famine

Crystal Wells | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Crystal Wells

"If peace comes, we will go home," she says, wiping sweat from her brow. "We will rebuild our tukuls [homes] and send our children to school. If [peace does not come] we will stay here, because we have nowhere to go."

Friends and Diaspora of South Sudan Urge Leaders to Choose Peace

Pam Omidyar | Posted 10.23.2014 | Impact
Pam Omidyar

This week, friends of South Sudan and members of the Diaspora wrote a letter to the leaders of South Sudan reminding them of the vision and the determination that inspired their struggle and achieved their success.

Assaults On Aid Workers Have Spiked 66 Percent Since 2012: Survey

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

A survey released on the eve of World Humanitarian Day shows a dramatic increase in the number of attacks on civilian aid workers around the globe. ...

Why Do We Have A Passion For What We Do?

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 10.12.2014 | Good News
Olayiwola A. Alara

If you have ever developed one for a vision, a dream, a purpose, a cause where the struggle to see it through seems challenging and overwhelming but you do not know how to stop fighting, you have not lost your mind, your passion is intentional and deliberate, it is what keeps the engine running.

A Parent's Courage

Julieta Garibay | Posted 10.11.2014 | Latino Voices
Julieta Garibay

I saw firsthand the pain of refugees knocking at our nation's door trying to stay alive. We can't forget that this debate must be centered on the simple fact that they're human beings.

Children in the Desert

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

This crisis needs a compassionate response from every city and our entire nation. I shudder when I see the angry outbursts about these helpless children coming from some communities.

Poop-Eating Worm

Claire Bernard | Posted 09.17.2014 | Impact
Claire Bernard

Oxfam is testing the Tiger Worm Toilets, aka the poop-eating worm toilets, with several West Point residents. But judging from the smell, the construction of a toilet wasn't working well enough to keep the community healthy.

How to Achieve Israel's Stated Goal of Long-Term Quiet

HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal | Posted 09.14.2014 | World
HRH Prince El Hassan bin Talal

There are too many wounds and grievances on either side to make bilateral negotiations between Israel and Palestine a success. By calling for a pact between Israel and Hamas, the United Nations is only postponing the next inevitable round of violence to another day.

LeBron James and the Return of the Role Model

A. B. Wilkinson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Black Voices
A. B. Wilkinson

We need to get rid of this idea that African American men need to constantly show deference to avoid vilification. This idea is deeply connected to the expectations held of African Americans both in slavery and the Jim Crow South.

June 26 -- Honoring the Strength and Spirit of Torture Survivors

Curt Goering | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

The International Day in Support of Victims of Torture is a testament to the power of healing and the resilience of torture survivors. It is a day to show our respect for and solidarity with them. It is a day to let them know they are not forgotten.

On World Refugee Day, Let's Commit to Make the Prevention of Violence Against Women and Girls in Conflict a Priority

Sarah Costa | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Sarah Costa

From physical and psychological abuse, rape and genital mutilation to exploitation and human trafficking, gender-based violence (GBV) has profound and long-lasting consequences for individuals, families and communities.