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International Development

Partnerships Are Essential to Addressing Nutrition and Post-2015 Development Goals

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Marc Van Ameringen

There is a great deal to learn from the experience of multi-stakeholder partnerships in food and nutrition security. My answer to the question on their role in the post MDGs is that they are essential. Governments on their own don't have the funding, skills or reach to succeed.

Passion, Fashion and Development

Keneuoe Mphutlane | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Keneuoe Mphutlane

The objects were picked on the basis of their use to the young girls in their daily lives and conducted in different provinces of Rwanda. It revealed that the majority of the girls picked the sewing machine over the other objects.

10 Big Lessons We Learned In The Business of Intelligent International Development

Mark Charmer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Mark Charmer

Akvo means "water" in Esperanto, the international language. It felt like a good name. Seven of us started Akvo as a tech foundation that summer and returned to Stockholm World Water Week to tell the world we were something new -- an internet startup that could transform international development and help fix global poverty.

Kate Sheppard

Three-Quarters Of World Bank-Backed Projects Still Don't Evaluate Climate Risks: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- The World Bank is still failing to take climate change into account as it makes decisions about the projects it finances, according to a...

Are Genetically Modified Crops Good for Sub-Saharan Africa? An Overview

April Zhu | Posted 04.07.2014 | Green
April Zhu

The model itself is complex, incorporating the activities of multiple countries and goods, but the concept is simple: If all else remains equal, how much more money can we expect sub-Saharan Africans to make if they just switched to GM?

Human Ingenuity Is Part of Rwanda's Awakening

Tom Carver | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Tom Carver

After the genocide was over, I did not return to Rwanda for 18 years, but I have always kept an eye on what was happening from afar. Once you have been part of a seismic event in a country's history, you always feel connected.

A Tough Job: Tackling Poverty and Fragility in Afghanistan

Borany Penh | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Borany Penh

While the country's uncertain landscape presents new and evolving challenges, even a child (of war) can see the importance of our continued work to address poverty and fragility in Afghanistan. None of this will be easy to undertake but it is a job well worth finishing.

Higher Education: Warm Heart

Julia Cashen | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Julia Cashen

Fueled by their stories, coupled with the international misperceptions of the sex trade, he established Warm Heart with the vision to provide opportunities for the very poor, so that one day, brothels will no longer be an option.

The Last Walk for Water

Scott Harrison | Posted 03.22.2014 | Impact
Scott Harrison

It was still dark and cool when 13-year-old Letikiros walked out the door to get water. She never came home. At 4 p.m. a man found her lifeless body swinging from a tree, a rope tied around her neck.

The Best Buys in Global Health: Striking the Effective Balance

Karl Hofmann | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Karl Hofmann

To have real and lasting impact, we must step back from the intervention level of analysis to understand how we can mold entire ecosystems to better serve the health of broad populations.

Radically Peaceful: Humanizing Oakland's Youth

Lila Igram | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Lila Igram

Young men and women all over the world should be in charge of telling their own stories.

The Story Behind Girl Rising, the Most Powerful Film You'll See This Year

Christine Horansky | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Christine Horansky

"To me the common thread for the girls in the film, was that they each believed (against all evidence) that they deserved more. They just had a deep sense of their own power and potential."

Redefining Development: Locally-led, Expert-supported Partnerships are Creating Lasting Change

Barry Segal | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest post by Aliya Mughal, freelance journalist, on behalf of Spark MicroGrants What's the point of development when the majority of people in Sub-...

When Given the Opportunity, Extreme Poor Take Destiny Into Their Own Hands

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Tilman Ehrbeck

According to the International Labor Organization, only 20 percent of the world's population has adequate social security coverage such as a pension or health insurance and more than half lack any coverage at all.

Dare to Prepare: Taking Disaster Risk Seriously

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 03.03.2014 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

Two communities of practice have long characterized the international aid industry. On the one hand, the development community deals with long-term poverty reduction in order to support development and growth.

Can a Hollywood Bad Boy Do Good?

Denise Mattson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Celebrity
Denise Mattson

As the first major step in his Haiti mission is completed, he has emerged a statesman. It's a role that becomes him.

Unlocking the Benefits of Open Data

Ariel Smilowitz | Posted 02.25.2014 | Technology
Ariel Smilowitz

As a generation that has grown up working with computers and regularly connecting online with people around the world, young people in particular have the potential to provide a unique contribution within this space.

The Privilege of Doing Development Work: Voluntourism and Its Limitations

Mario Machado | Posted 02.24.2014 | Impact
Mario Machado

While I applaud the intentions of the voluntourists of the world, I think it is important for them to remain grounded in reality. They need to be constantly cognizant of their privileged positions to be doing development work in the first place and the limitations of both their time commitments and outsider status.

CVS Takes a Page From Development Playbook

Karl Hofmann | Posted 02.19.2014 | Impact
Karl Hofmann

CVS's decision to quit marketing tobacco products is getting lots of well-deserved attention. And, I'd imagine competitors will follow suit. But its ...

Africa's Mega Micro Hedgers: Why We Have a Lot to Learn From Smallholder Farmers

Liz Wilson | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Liz Wilson

We all know that life does not always turn out like you think it will. The concept of reducing the risk of an investment by making an offsetting investment is well understood. But what if your whole way of life was intensely vulnerable?

World Bank Hands Africa's Biggest Dam Project Over to the Private Sector

Peter Bosshard | Posted 04.13.2014 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Working with a Chinese company, the Bank now plans to develop the dam as a private investment through the International Finance Corporation (IFC), rather than as a public project. This is bad news for poor people and the environment in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

A Plan for Tackling Inequality: What's Needed Now

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 04.13.2014 | Business
Winnie Byanyima

Each nation and region has its own circumstances, and there is no one-size-fits-all solution. But we know that in countries which have successfully reduced inequality, progressive taxation has been an important tool, enabling governments to invest in good quality health care and education for their poorest citizens.

The Kardashian Index: On the "How" and "Why" of International Development Work

Ming Holden | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

I wondered what the tenuous connection was between Britney Spears the breathing human and the faded sticker bearing her image thousands of miles away.

The Gender-Friendly Classroom: Tips and Tools for Teachers

Randal Mason | Posted 04.01.2014 | Education
Randal Mason

As UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon noted recently, "Today, there are 57 million children out of school -- and most of them are girls." Teachers and ...

Sovereign Wealth Funds Are Coming Home

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 03.17.2014 | World
Otaviano Canuto

Followers of this blog have read several recent pieces on the changing landscape of investment finance in developing countries, particularly in natura...