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UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

For Children of War, We Must Provide Education

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Damascus was a beautiful city full of generous people who seemed charmed by my attempts at Arabic and eager to show me their city and country. Then came the Iraq war. I had to leave in March 2003 and I never made it back.

We Can't Have A Post-2015 Agenda Without Sexual And Reproductive Health And Rights

Elisabeth Epstein | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Elisabeth Epstein

When the leading cause of death among adolescent girls aged 15 to 19 is pregnancy and childbirth; when two-thirds of new HIV infections in sub-Saharan Africa are among adolescent girls; and when 200 million women want to use family planning methods but lack access, the young girls and women of the world do not have a promiscuity problem -- they have a human rights problem.

Commitments For Women Take Center Stage At 69th U.N. General Assembly

Casey Santiago | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Casey Santiago

Nearly 90 percent of maternal deaths are preventable with access to appropriate care, all of which can be provided for as little as $250 per woman.

We Know It Works, So Let's Keep Women's Health Central in Global Development

Ann M. Starrs | Posted 09.25.2014 | Impact
Ann M. Starrs

As the governments of the world convene this week to discuss them, they need to look at the evidence. But they also need to listen to the voices of the millions of girls and women around the world for whom access to contraception and safe abortion is integral to their survival, to their health and to their well-being.

Midwives Are The Cornerstone To MDG 4 And 5 Success

Girls' Globe | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Girls' Globe

A universal increase in midwifery (including family planning) in 78 of the world's most resource-poor countries could result in up to 83 percent fewer maternal, fetal and newborn deaths.

Expanding Sexual, Reproductive Health to Score Development Goals

Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin | Posted 10.18.2014 | Impact
Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin

There is no time for complacency when 800 women and girls continue to die each day of pregnancy and childbirth complications, and more than 220 million women who want to plan their births continue to lack modern contraception.

How Many Lives Can We Save In 500 Days?

Ray Chambers | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Ray Chambers

Let's approach the remaining 500 days fully aware of how our hard work can add up to millions of precious lives, and bring our ambitious goals closer than ever to the finish line.

Where's the B-12? Include Animal-Based Foods in the Global Malnutrition Agenda

Pierre Ferrari | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Pierre Ferrari

Calcium, protein, vitamin B-12 and iron are essential to human health. Animal-based foods are an important source of these micronutrients, and where we at Heifer work, they're sometimes the only source readily available.

What the World Food Programme, Hillary Clinton, Women and Nutrition Have in Common

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

I got the chance to be in an inspiring place where you can actually breathe knowledge and engagement for social-economic and human causes, namely poverty eradication and food access ( or accessibility) to all.

The Devil, the Detail, and the Future of Development

Dana Wilkins | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Dana Wilkins

Corruption is a disaster for development. It wastes the resources that can build sustainable economies, guts confidence in government, and fuels inequality and conflict.

Emma Watson Wants More Men To Speak Up About Global Gender Equality

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact

After years of fighting evil on-screen, Hermione Granger is becoming a force for good in the muggle world. Emma Watson, who skyrocketed to stardom...

African Legislatures in African Democracies: The Need to Be Both Transformative and Transactional

Amb. Robin Renee Sanders | Posted 06.13.2014 | World
Amb. Robin Renee Sanders

A FEEEDS blogspot Discussions about African democracies have generally focus on good governance, leadership, and transparency of the executive branch...

Running Toward a Goal -- Margaret Kenyatta at the London Marathon

Abbas Gullet | Posted 06.21.2014 | Impact
Abbas Gullet

Maternal health in Kenya needs vast improvement. Each day, 15 women and 290 children die as a result of pregnancy complications, giving birth, HIV and other curable and preventable childhood diseases.

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.

Human Ingenuity Is Part of Rwanda's Awakening

Tom Carver | Posted 06.06.2014 | 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.

Why Adolescent Health And Why Now?

SickKids Centre for Global Child Health | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
SickKids Centre for Global Child Health

At a time when the world is focused on addressing the core MDG targets for maternal and child mortality, why did the iERG raise the issue of adolescent health? The reasons are multiple.

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.

A Tale of Two Reports: Global Inequality According to Bill Gates and Oxfam

Philippe Douste-Blazy | Posted 03.29.2014 | Impact
Philippe Douste-Blazy

Two reports on global inequality made headlines recently, putting a spotlight on an oft-neglected topic. As the world's movers and shakers flock to Davos for the World Economic Forum, these reports describe two different situations, in essence "the best of times" and the "worst of times."

Making Her Mark at Davos: Prime Minister Erna Solberg of Norway

Ray Chambers | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Ray Chambers

Goals as ambitious as the Millennium Development Goals stay relevant only when inspiring leaders champion them. You might be surprised to learn that one of the most important MDG champions has been Norway.

Addressing Mortality of the World's Mothers

Rep. Karen Bass | Posted 02.05.2014 | Women
Rep. Karen Bass

Nearly 20 years ago, then First Lady Hillary Clinton declared to the United Nations that "it is no longer acceptable to discuss women's rights as separate from human rights." A core component of women's rights is ensuring that all women have access to quality healthcare.

Hunger: Measuring Progress Amid a Tangle of Contradictions

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Frances Moore Lappe

At least 842 million are suffering severe hunger, lasting longer than a year. Sounds terrible. So how do we untangle the apparent contradictions?

Seizing the Mobile Opportunity

Kathy Calvin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

We are in the midst of a mobile revolution. By next year, there will be more mobile subscriptions than humans on the planet, and mobile phones are creating change in communities throughout the world.

Ghosts, Goblins, Candy and Vaccines: How Trick-or-Treating Saves Lives

Ray Chambers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ray Chambers

What a privilege it is to be a kid who can dress up in a scary costume on a late October night and call on friendly neighbors for a handful of candy. This year I hope you're adding to your children's Halloween experience by sending them to the streets carrying that iconic orange UNICEF box.

Poverty and Disability: Why Those on The Margins Can't Be Left Behind

Sagar Prasai | Posted 12.10.2013 | Impact
Sagar Prasai

Those living in poverty make up the majority of the world, but their voices are all too often ignored. And few groups of the world's poorest are more marginalized than those with a disability.

A Common Passion for Ending Extreme Poverty

Hugh Evans | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Hugh Evans

Even though we grew up two generations apart, our separate experiences set off a common spark of inspiration within us to end poverty in our lifetime. We are tied to the conviction that we can end extreme poverty by engaging governments, civil society and everyday global citizens.