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NCBA CLUSA embraces InterAction’s NGO Aid Map

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) was one of the first organizations to join InterAction’s Global NGO Aid Map when it launched in June 2014. Compiling information for the initial batch upload of project profiles was a lengthy process that required a lot of coordination amongst NCBA CLUSA’s program management team and consultation with InterAction’s Mapping team, but once this first wave of projects made it to the map, it was smooth sailing from then on.

A New Tool to Help Funders Coordinate and Grow Early Childhood Investments in East Africa

Coordinating investments is a challenge all funders face. How do we avoid duplicating investments in some areas while other areas are overlooked and underfunded? How do we identify potential synergies and opportunities to collaborate with others who have similar interests, and align our investments to be more impactful? These questions arise frequently for my colleagues and me at Bernard van Leer Foundation. As the range of actors investing in early childhood development (ECD) in East Africa grows, so does the challenge of understanding who is investing in what, and where. 

Women and bicycles - the solution for those left behind in the wake of the Mediterranean human tsunami

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance.” – Susan B. Anthony

When Things Go Sideways…

In 2012 Plan was awarded a large grant to improve government delivery of basic services in a war-ravaged region in Africa.  Plan, although one of the world’s oldest international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) operating in 72 countries and with a large diversified funding base – mostly from individuals donating via almost two dozen countries – was not built for managing large institutional government grants.

Built for the dying - Now it’s bringing new life

How one Ebola treatment center underwent a dramatic change of purpose

Sam Holder led us up a narrow bush path towards John Logan Town, a small city deep in the forests of Grand Bassa County in northern Liberia. It took two hours driving to get here from the main road, along a deeply rutted and often flooded dirt track. Eventually the water was too deep for even a Land Cruiser to get through and the only passage was on foot, using slippery logs to cross the swollen streams.

We're Not Done Yet: The Road to Eliminating Mother to Child Transmission of HIV

Less than a decade ago, HIV positive women like Martha Cameron from Kitwe, Zambia, had little hope of having healthy children. Today, Martha and others like her are not only staying healthy, but also having healthy babies.

Refugee crisis: We must not forget where needs are greatest

We have all seen the heartbreaking imagery of refugees desperately trying to escape war and persecution for the safety of Europe. Some, like the now infamous photograph of Syrian man Laith Majid in tears clutching his two children just off the Greek Island of Kos, have ended happily. Others, notably the lifeless body of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi on the shores of Turkey, ended tragically.

An Opening and an Opportunity in Central America

Ambassador Daniel Speckhard, president & CEO of Lutheran World Relief, wrote this op-ed that was published by The Hill on Sept. 3, 2015.

InterAction Forum Inspires New Thoughts On Development

The InterAction Forum, held recently in Washington, D.C., explored solutions to improve the lives of the world’s poor and marginalized. I was able to participate as a panelist on the session, “Mind the Gap: Creating Economic Opportunities for Youth.”

As a consultant who works on youth employment issues for FHI 360’s Workforce Connections project, spending time with like-minded peers from the development community helped me to gain a fresh perspective on my work.

Rising to the Challenge of Local Ownership: Are We Adapting Fast Enough?

When it comes to local ownership and local solutions, we are well past the point of asking whether we can or should do this.  As USAID’s Counselor to the Agency Susan Reichle has said, for USAID to remain a leading development agency, “we have to put partnering locally front and center.”


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