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Transformations in Haiti

Michaele was 18 and pregnant with her first child when the earthquake hit. Within minutes, she was buried alive beneath concrete rubble unsure if she and her unborn child would live or die. 

That was four and a half years ago. Michaele was among the fortunate ones to survive the devastating 7.0-earthquake that shattered Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Her home destroyed, she traveled north to a small, rural town called Saut d’Eau and tried her best to eke out a modest existence. 

Do we need more risk-taking in international development communications?

According to many “horizon scanning” reports for international civil society over the past few years, there are major disruptions ahead in the aid sector. Many predict that if large international organizations are not prepared to adapt, they will not survive.

With fighting there will be "too much famine"

Chol, 22, barely spoke for four days for fear that even a single word could make her a target.

In early August, Chol, her husband and their two children, ages 1 and 3, decided they could no longer live knee-deep in rain flood water in the camp on the U.N. base in Bentiu. Outside the base, clashes sporadically continued in Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity State and a key battleground in South Sudan’s now eight-month-long conflict. 

Pushed & Pulled: Central America and the Youth Migration Crisis

According to 2013 UN estimates, today there are approximately 232 million international migrants, of which around 12% (roughly one out of eight) are youth (between 15 and 24 years of age). A global challenge, recent headlines have brought a heightened focus on the issue here in the United States: since October 2013 the U.S.

Moving U.S.-Africa Relationships Forward

In 1990, I boarded a plane for Sierra Leone as a wide-eyed college graduate ready to change the world. I had never been to Africa, did not know much about Sierra Leone, and not being a detail person, had never even looked for or located the country on a map. In many ways, I represented the worst of bad development practice: well-meaning outsiders without a clue about anything foisting themselves on problems and proposing solutions.

NGOs Send Recommendations, Concerns Regarding Iraq to Secretary Kerry

On July 30, 2014, 36 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) sent a letter to U.S. Department of State Secretary, John F. Kerry. The letter “[called] for a stronger response from the United States, including a clear, long-term strategy for addressing what could become a protracted situation.” The letter capitalizes on the influence of the U.S. as a catalyst for justice, peace, and support of Iraqi civil society organizations’ development of institutions with greater accountability and capacity to protect their citizens. As stated in the letter, “U.S.

Stepping down-the-aisle in a cross-sector partnership? Know your partners’ strengths and weaknesses – know yours. By Jessica Long – Washington DC

It seems that in ten years a lot has changed in the international development landscape. Perhaps the most significant change has been a growing pragmatism over which individuals and organisations have the specific skills to tackle specific social and economic challenges. Cross-sector partnerships between governments, the private sector and NGOs are becoming the norm and a cadre of new leaders is emerging bringing skills and expertise from each of the sectors – you could even say we are witnessing the emergence of a 4th sector.

NGOs Further Democratizing Aid and Development

InterAction members spending over $4 billion in private resources for community-driven efforts in Africa

Making African Civil Society A Priority

National Endowment for Democracy Conference Explores Civil Society Challenges

“All humans, not some humans.”


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