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Five things you should know about children in armed conflict

The first thing that may come to mind when thinking about children in armed conflict is the use of child soldiers. Images of small boys and girls with faces covered in dirt and war paint, awkwardly hugging rifles close to their bodies that seem almost as tall as them, fill our minds.

NGOs Must Evolve, Realign, and Reinvent

In a meeting with a group of international nonprofit CEOs, one organization recently stated that all of its programs frequently impact 100 million people per year worldwide. This is indicative of the significant influence one large U.S. NGO has amongst thousands. So what is the role of U.S. NGOs in addressing critical global challenges over the coming decades?

Scaling NGO Impact Through Collaborations and Mergers

The theme of collaboration topped Bridgespan’s 2015 Nonprofit Management Tools poll of nearly 500 CEOs on how best to grow their organizations’ impact. And it makes sense: the right sort of collaboration can help small organizations spread their evidence-based solutions across NGO partners with greater reach; and it can help big NGOs avoid reinventing wheels. 

What We Mean by “Civic Space” and Where We’re Pushing Back

What is civic space? It’s the ability for health clinics to operate freely towards eradicating polio in Pakistan, it enables humanitarians to rapidly deliver shelter after a hurricane in the Philippines, and it is imperative to the fight for greater justice and equality in South Africa, and here at home. Or, for that matter, it is the ability of people-based organizations to fight against injustices or for human well-being anywhere.

The Youngest Syrian Refugees Find Comfort in Tent Classrooms

Nearly two million Syrian children are refugees and many of them now live in makeshift camps in Lebanon. Concern has been responding to the refugee crisis in Lebanon since 2013 and now supports the education of over 1,850 registered students — including some Lebanese students — in 25 learning spaces.

A Job for Social Enterprise? Poverty and Education in the Philippines

Completing the mandatory 10 years of education is out of reach for many of the Philippines’ 34 million children aged 14 and under.

China's Green Leap Forward

Gray, smoggy cities and black manufacturing wastelands – these are the images that dominate international headlines about China’s environment. Heavy industry, the pressing need to generate energy and jobs for more than 1.3 billion people, and the systematic failure of adhering to operational standards has led to dangerous levels of pollution and environmental degradation. However, the need for more sustainable practices has not gone unrecognized by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

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