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International Development

The Season of Giving Back

Barry Segal | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

A Guest Post by Rich Segal, Segal Family Foundation Board Member The holiday season is all about giving. It reminds us to be thankful for what we h...

Mormon Service Advocates Launch New Faith-Themed Website, Podcast

Joseph Peterson | Posted 12.18.2014 | Religion
Joseph Peterson

From that website they affirm that "No Poor Among Them is a project devoted to education and inspiration in the art of service and the passion to end poverty."

Laughing, Dancing and Learning with Swazi Girls

Blythe Terrell | Posted 12.18.2014 | Impact
Blythe Terrell

I served as a community health volunteer in Swaziland from 2012 to 2014, finishing in August. I had my share of long, dull days, and I had a few extremely busy ones. But much of my time went to a girls-empowerment program.

2014 in Impact Investing: The Big Bang and its Aftermath

Ben Thornley | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

From its origins in the closed circles of community finance, philanthropy, and international development, 2014 was a Big Bang for impact investing.

A New Narrative for the Middle East: Told by Its Children

Maysa Jalbout | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Maysa Jalbout

One minute, one camera, and one boy... is all it took to convey the tragedy of millions of childhoods lost to conflict in the Middle East.

Green Roadmap; Not Silk Road: Kazakhstan's (renewed) Role in World Affairs

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Kazakhstan can offer a much more visible contribution to international peace and prosperity. This country needs to be called upon to play a stronger and more active role in the mediation of interests between the United States (U.S.) and the European Union (E.U.), on one side, and Russia and the Middle East, on the other.

Kate Sheppard

Congress Stuffed Some Coal In Its Omnibus Package

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- The 1,000-page omnibus spending package released Tuesday night is reigniting a fight over rules for U.S. financing of coal plants abro...

The Toilet Business

Anoop Jain | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Anoop Jain

The unique opportunity to end outdoor defecation in India by favoring the strengthening of public institutions over market based approaches should not be passed up. Doing so would amount to yet another injustice hundreds of millions of Indians would be forced to endure.

Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on Post-2015 Agenda: A Missed Opportunity

Ulysses Smith | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Ulysses Smith

A noble exhortation to be sure, one that, it is safe to say, absolutely no one can argue with. But unfortunately the report falls short of making a valuable contribution to the wider discussion around the new development agenda, particularly when it comes to navigating the difficult road ahead.

Data Innovation in Africa

Travis Korte | Posted 12.05.2014 | Impact
Travis Korte

While many commentators have focused on data-driven innovation in the United States and Western Europe, developing regions, such as Africa, also offer important opportunities to use data to improve economic conditions and quality of life.

International Development Is Selfish Work

Joan Hanawi | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Joan Hanawi

I think the challenge regarding development work lies in the fact that people with good intentions must cross not only borders, but they must also cross cultural backgrounds, histories, and realities in order to "help."

The World Halved Global Poverty In Just Two Decades. But Who Did It?

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Obadias Ndaba

The prevalence of extreme poverty is steadily shrinking and the world is slowly getting better. But is the MDGs framework responsible for this progress?

Indonesia: On Track for a Strong Recovery

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 12.01.2014 | World
Stephen P. Groff

The recent election that brought President Joko Widodo to power has taken Indonesia's democracy to a new level. Popularly known as Jokowi, the new president is seen as a man of the people. This image, coupled with his pragmatic reform programs, has made him immensely popular in Indonesia.

Let's Make Bitcoin the Biggest Humanitarian Tool the World Has Ever Seen

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Lorelei Kelly

As the information revolution continues to redistribute power from centralized hierarchies to individuals and communities, the impact of this redistribution is often unpredictable.

The Climate Change Conundrum: Light at the End of the Smog?

Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca | Posted 11.26.2014 | Green
Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca

You probably have heard this line before many times: "Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe". But on matters of climate change, H. G. Wells' famous quote is never more apt.

Breaking the Cycle of Extreme Poverty Starts With a Focus on Children

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

Universal Children's Day takes place on Nov. 20. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to promote the welfare of the world's children, something I have dedicated a lifetime's work to.

Give the Gift of Education on Giving Tuesday

Tom Valentine | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Tom Valentine

Without the opportunity to learn, people -- especially youth -- are less likely to feel secure, hopeful for the future or invested in their community.

Economic Empowerment Is Needed to Fight Terrorism

John Sullivan | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics
John Sullivan

Creating an environment where entrepreneurs and their businesses can succeed is a key tool in fighting poverty, providing economic opportunity and defeating terrorism, and one that must not be ignored.

Learning Today for a Sustainable Future

Irina Bokova | Posted 11.10.2014 | World
Irina Bokova

The international community has been striving to shape a safer and richer future for the world. This was the purpose of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) adopted by the United Nations in 2000 for the first 15 years of the new millennium.

Haiyan, One Year Later: From Relief to Reconstruction

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 11.08.2014 | Politics
Stephen P. Groff

The Philippines must keep the recovery process moving smoothly until the job is done. Building back better from Haiyan won't erase the pain. But the safer and sustainable communities it delivers might leave a legacy that will be more lasting.

How Not to Measure Poverty

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 11.05.2014 | World
Obadias Ndaba

Poverty is a combination of many things, none of which is reducible to a few quantifiable dollars. It is also about human experiences, feelings, relations with others, humiliations, exclusion and of course lack of basic economic needs.

Working For Humanity

Kieran McConville | Posted 11.05.2014 | Impact
Kieran McConville

For those on the front line it's a difficult, and potentially deadly, task. The body of an Ebola victim can be highly contagious in the hours after death.

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

Now Is a Time for Action, Not Celebration

Hibaaq Osman | Posted 10.30.2014 | World
Hibaaq Osman

The United Nations' own commitment to the principles of 1325 must also be scrutinised and called into question. Women have been all but absent from the ongoing peace efforts in Syria.

LGBTIQ Rights in Africa: One Step Forward, One Step Back

Fareen Walji | Posted 10.29.2014 | World
Fareen Walji

While the recent Ugandan and Kenyan court rulings are two victories to celebrate, we know there have been many battles quietly lost.