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The Battle for Bentiu

Bentiu, South Sudan—The battle for Bentiu, the capital of oil-producing Unity State, started around 6:30 am Tuesday as I sat beneath a tree sending emails to colleagues a half a world away.
 

Racing to Help South Sudan

Bentiu, South Sudan — The signs of warring between government and opposition forces are fresh in South Sudan, the world’s youngest country. Scorched earth marks where homes recently stood in Bentiu, and abandoned cars and tanks along with the remnants of two crashed airplanes litter the roads like some giant child’s abandoned toys.

A Farewell to Peter Bell, an NGO Leader and Dear Friend

Last week the U.S. NGO community lost a friend and leader, Peter Bell, who in his lifetime helped shape the concept and direction of global NGOs. As the president and CEO of CARE for a decade, Peter had the opportunity to steer an organization that makes a difference in the lives of countless people, and for years after he continued to influence the work of NGOs as a thought leader. I was fortunate to know him as both a mentor and dear friend.

Frontier Cities: Forging Paths for Partnerships and Learning

As the world urbanizes, cities are poised to take the lead on many global issues like climate change, economic development, and poverty reduction. And the world will increasingly look to cities to take the lead.

Massive Open Online Cities: Can Technology and Democracy Create Revolutionary Solutions from the Bottom Up?

As an urban planner working in the field of international development, I have spent my career working with cities around the globe to solve problems, plan for their aspirations, and help them learn from other cities in the process. Recently, at Global Communities, we partnered with five cities across India and Ghana to improve slum conditions and livelihoods.

How Much Does Foreign Aid Cost? (And 4 Other Things You Might Not Know)

Few Americans would disagree that the aim of U.S. foreign assistance to developing countries must be to help people help themselves. But did you know…?

Innovating at the Intersections of Cities

If we stand tall it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors. – Yoruba Proverb

Generation 1.0: The Mega Cities Project - We Cannot Wait Another Generation

The 1612 Monitoring and Reporting Mechanism (MRM): A Resource Pack for Non-Governmental Organizations

The Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict (Watchlist) in March launched its new Resource Pack for Non-Governmental Organizations on civil society engagement in the UN-led monitoring and reporting mechanism (MRM). The launch took place at the United Nations’ Headquarters in New York, and was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations.

Smartness in Three Flavors: Accelerating Innovation in the Internet of Cities

Several years ago in Beyond Smart Cities*, I wrote about cities on the prowl. By the thousands, cities from around the globe are flying every which way, searching like so many hunters and gatherers to learn and share information. By one estimate, the 1,000 cities on the planet that have more than half a million people are engaged in many thousands of exchanges every year. Why so much prowling?

Not Your Typical Hot Spot - But One the Humanitarian Community Must Monitor

For international security analysts, humanitarian operations planners, and humanitarian logisticians, the ability to identify emerging global hot spots is crucial. Over the coming months, areas such as Syria, the Crimea, Venezuela, Sudan, and the Central African Republic will no doubt make a list of potential shatter belts, complex emergencies, and geopolitical flashpoints worth monitoring.

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