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How Empowering Women In STEM Can Spur Economic Development

Tae Yoo | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Tae Yoo

It's a startling pair of statistics: When women are able to earn an income, they typically reinvest 90 percent of it back into their families and communities. And, for every year a girl stays in school, her future earnings will increase exponentially.

Eradicating Energy Poverty through Solar Justice

Jacques-Philippe Piverger | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Jacques-Philippe Piverger

Light. It's something many of us in the developed world take for granted. We simply flip a switch and our homes, offices, hospitals, and schools are flooded with light, enabling us to lead safe, productive, and healthy lives.

Listen Up! Why World Leaders Must Take Seriously Young People's Views on What Should Follow the Millennium Development Goals

Angela Thigidi | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Angela Thigidi

What do I want to tell world leaders in New York? I want to tell them children and young people not only deserve an opportunity - but have the right - to be involved in the decisions that affect us.

Government Crackdown on Civil Society Threatens Global Progress

Federico Barillas Schwank | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Federico Barillas Schwank

I bid farewell to my new friend fearing he might be in jail by the end of the week. That I cannot say his name underscores the gravity of the situation.

All Politics Is Local: Building Grassroots Democracy from the Bottom Up

Dr. John Coonrod | Posted 11.26.2013 | Impact
Dr. John Coonrod

Nations can allocate budgets and launch national programs, but actually getting basic public services to work requires good local government.

The Funding is Commendable: But What About Coordination? Working Together to Save Children's Lives

Yehuda Benguigui | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Yehuda Benguigui

The three primary killers of children under 5 years of age -- pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria -- are both preventable and treatable with simple and cost-effective interventions. Efforts to end these preventable child deaths will only be successful when integrated packages of interventions are available to the population most at risk.

We Need More Women's Voices Influencing Our Future Global Goals

Laura N. Henderson | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Laura N. Henderson

Thirteen years ago, at the September 2000 United Nations Millennium Summit, the largest-ever gathering of world leaders pledged to work together over the next 15 years to cut hunger and poverty in half, achieve universal primary education, eliminate gender inequalities, and protect the environment.

Public-Private Partnerships: A Win-Win Solution

John Sanbrailo | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
John Sanbrailo

The promotion of development and more effective delivery of services remains a critical challenge for many governments around the world. Failure to respond successfully to society's most pressing needs can erode public trust in government institutions and have destabilizing effects.

The Way Forward

Kristin Duquette | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Kristin Duquette

The disabled community is being seen by the international community for their potential and worth, leaders, assets in society, agents of progress and contributors to the world.

A Little Less Luck and a Lot More Toilets

Willice Onyango | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
Willice Onyango

As I sit here writing this, I can't help but think about how lucky I am: lucky to have a good education; lucky to be able to travel extensively; lucky, in fact, to be alive.

How Can We Sustain The Gains In The Fight Against Malaria?

Rob Radtke | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Rob Radtke

This is what I typically hear from partners about NetsforLife®, Episcopal Relief & Development's comprehensive malaria prevention program. They express overwhelming gratitude for the change they are witnessing in their communities.

The Heart of the Matter in the Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

Deborah Derrick | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

The last century brought with it a landslide of medical breakthroughs, from penicillin to a polio vaccine. But scientific discovery is just the first step. Only when these tools move out of the laboratory and into the hands of people do we begin to feel their transformative impact.

After The Life Is Saved

Antony Duttine | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Antony Duttine

There's look of steely determination on his face. It's a look I've seen many times before. As a physical therapist I have the privilege of working alongside people in some of the most challenging - and vulnerable - periods of their lives.

Ensuring the Next Generation of Africans is HIV-Free

Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Leslie Mancuso, PhD, RN, FAAN

Cecily Wanyaga, an HIV-positive mother and fruit vender from Evurore, Kenya, clearly understood the potential risks of having another child given her compromised health status, but thankfully, she also knew exactly what she could do to prevent the transmission of this deadly virus to her newborn.

Transforming Health Through Technology: What Works - What Doesn't?

Caroline Shakwei Sawe Mbindyo | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Caroline Shakwei Sawe Mbindyo

Over 60 percent of Africans live in rural areas, far from any health facility or hospital. Most of them will never see a doctor in their lifetime. Instead, they depend on the care of community health workers, nurses, traditional birth attendants and midwives, if they are lucky enough to have one who lives nearby and is qualified to deliver effective health care.

She Counts

Shannon Trilli | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Shannon Trilli

We can't forget her. We can't forget any of them: the expectant mothers in still-developing nations who hope against long odds to make it through their pregnancies and safely deliver healthy babies. Despite global strides in improving maternal health, the journey of these women remains treacherous. Last July, I got an up-close look.

Reducing Maternal Mortality Means Increasing Access to Care

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Throughout our 75-year history, a legacy that traces back to caring for displaced orphans after the second Sino-Japanese War, our focus at ChildFund International has been on improving the lives of countless children throughout the developing world.

A Mother's Nutrition, Her Child's Future

Lucy Martinez Sullivan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Lucy Martinez Sullivan

When we talk about ways the world can help end preventable child deaths, we have to pay greater attention to malnutrition--the cause of almost half of all deaths of children under age 5. But as we think about how to tackle the pervasive and deadly problem of child malnutrition, we have to put greater focus on the nutrition of mothers.

Let's Give All Kids the Opportunity for a Healthy Life

Dr. Jonathan D. Quick | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Dr. Jonathan D. Quick

Thirty years ago, I was a young physician practicing family medicine in rural Talihina, Oklahoma. We saw unusual cases, including snakebites and a man who survived a gunshot through the heart. But what I loved most was delivering babies - bringing new lives into the world and great joy to parents.

Child Mortality: Progress, Yes, But Much More to Do

Chris Herlinger | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Chris Herlinger

Seeing children suffer is a horrible constant in the world. More than a decade ago, on an assignment for Church World Service, I visited a displacement camp in Mashlak, outside of the city of Herat, Afghanistan, and saw large numbers of malnourished children, some of them dying from diarrhea.

On the Road to Zero: Ending Preventable Child Deaths

Marissa Miley | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Marissa Miley

On a June morning in 2012, international power brokers, doctors, and at least one Hollywood movie star came together at Georgetown University to make a promise to children around the world.

Want Stronger Economies And Communities? Empower Women

Kathy Calvin | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Many women across the globe face extraordinary barriers as they seek better futures and fortunes. Generally, women have a harder time accessing credit and capital. They carry a heavier burden of household responsibilities and are more likely to work in the informal economy and at insecure jobs.

Recycling Key To A Sustainable Urban Future

Glaucia Barros | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Glaucia Barros

As the world becomes increasingly urbanized, the need to address the growing challenge of solid waste management has emerged as a critical part of the larger effort to build sustainable cities.

Tackling Youth Unemployment Is The Most Important Issue

Ruma Bose | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Ruma Bose

If we do not make this issue a priority, we risk seeing an entire generation of people cursed to be marginalized at work - and because so much else depends on having a decent job, marginalized in society, too.

If You Care About Children Join Our Effort to Save Four Million of Them

Ray Chambers | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Ray Chambers

We possess the collective will, the effective treatments and the combined assets to surmount the once-in-a-generation challenge of ending preventable child deaths. We now need the entire world to join us, led by those nations most affected.