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Can NGOs Build People's Power or Have We Lost Our Way?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

My hope is that the dialogue we have begun will help to re-connect us to an understanding of civil society as a deeply human construct, as a facilitator of empowering social relationships. In this, it will be crucial to reflect on the role of our own organisations. For only solutions that are at once pragmatic and radical will be sufficient to meet the challenges we face.

What to Know and What to Do About the Ebola Outbreak

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 08.21.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

There are some points to consider in the Ebola outbreak, whose first case dates back to December 2013, when a two years old child died in Guéckédou, Guinea.

Prioritizing Chaos: The Challenges Humanitarians Face When Responding to Crises

Joel R. Charny | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Joel R. Charny

As Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan demonstrate, the reforms do not address the core challenges of providing assistance and assuring the protection of vulnerable people in the midst of unrelenting conflict.

Preparing for Impact

Tamara Belinfanti | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Tamara Belinfanti

True impact requires systems thinking -- in order to change some aspect of our society we have to understand as best we can the inter-connectedness and function of the various parts.

How Tech Innovation Leads To Sustainable Solutions In Developing Nations

Lauren Woodman | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

It seems as if the days of manually doing routine tasks such as shopping and health care are slowly fizzling into obsolescence. People in both developed and developing countries are reshaping their daily lives and interactions as digital technology becomes intertwined with their everyday activities.

Why Tech Innovation Should Matter To NGOs

Lauren Woodman | Posted 08.26.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

Every industry, sector, and market goes through times of transformation and innovation. Whether you're selling smart phones or automobiles, technological change is a powerful force that drives industry innovation and disruption, shaking up traditional industry leaders and establishing new companies.

U.S. NGOs Investing to Help Children Reach Their 5th Birthday

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

In 2012, 6.6 million children died before their fifth birthday. While this represents huge progress over past years, in far too many communities parents simply assume that half of their children will not make it.

Through the Looking Glass: The Tactics and Importance of Transparency

Epaminondas Farmakis | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Epaminondas Farmakis

Publicizing clear guidelines and selection processes translates to better grant requests, and sharing of internal data and reports with other funders results in a more efficient philanthropic practice. Foundations and donors need to make a choice: Will they continue to do their business behind closed doors or share their practices with the community?

InterAction's Development Forum: Reflections and Anticipations

Joseph Peterson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

It's that time of year again where some of the biggest personalities in international development head to Washington, D.C., for the preeminent confe...

Myself in Their Shoes

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 08.06.2014 | Food
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

During the recent Live Below the Line campaign I opted to eat rice and beans for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Having lived in poor countries in Afr...

Girls Run the World By Writing It

Jill Di Donato | Posted 07.28.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

n a media culture that often dictates, demeans and disenfranchises girls and women, that pits us against one another, infantilizes or downright ignores our imprints on culture, the power of women telling stories should not be underestimated.

Europe Is Turning an Ear to the Southern Mediterranean Countries

Elizabeth Filippouli | Posted 07.28.2014 | Politics
Elizabeth Filippouli

The initiative announced by the Commissioner in Brussels is expected to boost social dialogue in the countries of the southern Mediterranean, i.e. Lebanon, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Tunisia, Libya, Algeria and Morocco. And it is much anticipated.

Social Movements and Power: Change From Below in the Dominican Republic

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An Interview with Pedro Franco From Santo Domingo, Pedro Franco is an organizer of social movements and mutual-aid cooperatives. He is also a member ...

Lessons, Guns and Money: Why Bloomberg's War on the NRA May Change the Face of the Non-Profit Industrial Complex

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 07.11.2014 | Impact
Zachary Dominitz

The ease with which one can acquire automatic weapons and cop-killer bullets in the United States has created a very violent country. It makes sense, then, that rational citizens would want practical regulations limiting access. For NRA supporters, though, this isn't about reason.

One Night in Katmandu

Nevo I. Shinaar | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Nevo I. Shinaar

For Passover is not merely a celebration of the triumphant emancipation of the Hebrew slaves of old, it is also a time for contemplation of the basic human phenomena that seem to recur time and time again throughout history.

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

Marc Van Ameringen | Posted 06.16.2014 | 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.

Non-Profits and Social Media: Believe it or Not, Your Non-Profit Is a Brand

Tulani Elisa | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Tulani Elisa

Brand seems to be a dirty word in the nonprofit/NGO space. Organizations shy away from it because "it's a private sector thing" or "it only applies to organizations that have money for marketing."

Marcos: The Father of the Mountain

Adam Pervez | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Adam Pervez

Volunteers meet Marcos at the metro station and ride a cable car up to the last stop. For many this would be as far as they'd go, as beyond it only gets poorer and more dangerous.

Fethullah Gulen: From Izmir to the Global Hizmet Movement

Emre Celik | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Emre Celik

Gulen's name has progressively reached a wider Western audience. From the New York Times to 60 Minutes, there are thousands of references to his name in the world media. Attention is being paid.

Non-Profits & Social Media: Keys to Successful Content Creation, Tone & Approach

Tulani Elisa | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Tulani Elisa

If you're creating a strategy, writing copy, designing sharable images, or producing content for digital engagement, ask yourself these four questions.

A Wish List of 10 Global Good Headlines for 2014

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

I present you with a wish list of global good headlines. The list, in no particular order, is a starting point for a dialogue and by no means complete.

Romania's Fraying Social Safety Net

John Feffer | Posted 04.27.2014 | Politics
John Feffer

One of the reasons why such a large portion of the Romanian population remains mired in poverty is the relative indifference of the government to the needs of the poor.

Non-Profits and Social Media: 3 Steps to Defining Your Audience

Tulani Elisa | Posted 04.23.2014 | Business
Tulani Elisa

An understanding of your audience should drive your entire social strategy. It will help you determine your goals, messaging and tone, and help give a better understanding of social analytics.

Becoming a Leader

John Feffer | Posted 03.27.2014 | World
John Feffer

Bela Racz grew up in a small village in Hungary with a mixed Roma and non-Roma population. In 2009, far-right-wing groups targeted his village. "We blocked the village with cars so that they couldn't enter."

No Sustainability Without Dignity

Runa Khan | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Runa Khan

Dignity cannot be given or taught. Dignity arises from a reciprocal action and emotion of giving and taking. It is one of the most needed elements of true and everlasting sustainability in development work.