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Wealth, Violence, and a Changing Development Landscape

The world is talking about new broader and deeper goals to eliminate extreme poverty and decrease inequality. Middle income countries such as Brazil and India have increasing wealth and capacity to uplift the poor. Simultaneously, governments in conflict-ridden and war-torn states are struggling or simply unable to provide basic services for their people. What is the evolving role of international NGOs in the Brazils and Indias of the world? What is the role of international NGOs in areas with weak and fragile states?

Houses disappear into "puffs of dust”

Charikot, Nepal -- The ground didn’t just shake – it rocked back and forth violently. The earth groaned as rock and dirt crashed down the hillsides around us, consuming everything in its path. Across the foothills, puffs of dust rose to the sky, marking the collapse of homes into masses of mud and stone.

Three Reasons to Attend InterAction's Young Professionals Summit in June

Your inbox abounds in invitations to professional development seminars, webinars, and conferences. The challenge? Culling through them all to find a conference that delivers real support for young professionals in the international development field. I’m here to solve that problem; here are my three simple reasons why  Young Professionals Summit at InterAction Forum 2015 offers young professionals like us the conference we need.

Message of Hope from Kathmandu

Finally, came back to my workstation after few stressful days. The earthquake last Saturday drained everyone to the core. I spent three nights under the open sky with my family and community, and we were constantly hit by strong aftershocks.

It was hard to believe that this had happened – that we had lost our centuries-old heritage, our identity. I was crying with my family as memories of us roaming around the old city came flashing back. However, as hard it was living in that trauma of 72 hours, it made me realize how everyone who survived that disaster was given a chance.

After the Earthquake: Responding to the Nepal Crisis

Meet 12-year-old Nanu Tatya standing in front of the rubble in Bhaktapur in the outskirts of Kathmandu. 

Nanu was still scared from the earthquake. She was too afraid to speak about the massive quake and the aftershocks. Her relatives said her house had been destroyed and she was living in a plastic tent with her family.

Within 24 hours, the UN Refugee Agency emptied our warehouse in Damak, Nepal and delivered supplies to the areas that needed it most and were the hardest to reach – including the hilly, remote districts of Ramechhap, Okhaldhunga, and Sindhuli.

Nepal: A Call to Action

Six months ago many in the humanitarian system wondered if it was the worst it has ever been, with crises in Syria, South Sudan, and the Central Africa Republic. Then came Ebola. And Yemen. And now Nepal. The thing is, we are all part of a larger system. And that system is overstretched. It takes individual and institutional supporters to provide the flexibility demanded to quickly respond in these high-stakes situations.

A Picture of Nepal: The Land, the People, the Response

As a Program Officer at the American Red Cross, I understand the devastating impact disasters have on people and the immense effort it takes to implement a successful humanitarian intervention. In my role, I am responsible for South Asia, which includes some of the most hazard-prone countries in the world. In fact, my first trip to Nepal was unforgettable, not because I was traversing its idyllic countryside, but because I was seized by an absolutely paralytic fear of being in an earthquake (something hard for a California native to admit).

“Typical Kathmandu”