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Open Data and Agricultural Aid: The Next Step in Tackling Hunger

In 2011, Publish What You Fund’s chief executive, Rupert Simons, was working in Ethiopia on a program to get better seeds to farmers. His program was one of several run by different government agencies, NGOs and donors. Despite great effort, the results were disappointing. It took several years to fully understand why – the seeds from government farms had been contaminated by inter-breeding.

Even “Snowflake” Foundations Collect and Share Data on Agricultural Investments

Sometimes we hear philanthropic foundations described as “snowflakes.” They each have their own unique set of strategies, their own orientation towards change, their own impact measurements, their own proposal formats, and even their own unique language for describing the work they do, (as one foundation so succinctly told me, “ag funding isn’t just ag funding”).

Renovating and Revitalizing InterAction’s Space

Throughout 2016, InterAction has contemplated ways that our sector must adapt and evolve to remain effective. In these considerations, we began to realize that there were ways we could adapt – on a much more immediate scale – to better align with our mission as a convener. With this in mind, we have some exciting news to share.

“Data Doesn’t Grow On Trees,” And Other Insights Into The Agriculture Data Needs Among Development Partners

The planning and design of any development project is an extensive, intricate, and often laborious process. Thus, it’s no surprise that development partners desire the best available information when it comes to deciding how to allocate funds.

The 2016 G7 Summit: Successes Thus Far

As with most major international summits, real, change-affecting policy is written long before the heads of government arrive in the host nation. This year is proving to be no different.

Open Learning for Inclusive Development

Submitted by Abha Joshi-Ghani, the director of leadership, learning and innovation at the World Bank Group.

In his landmark book The Learning Society, the eminent economist Joseph Stiglitz made an important observation: that what truly separates developed from less developed countries is advances in technology and not the accumulation of capital. What separates developed from developing countries is the gap in knowledge and how quickly this gap is closed through learning.

Become a Better Problem Framer through Design Thinking

Submitted by Dominique Narciso, founder and president of AidWell.

Design thinking is making its entry into the international development mainstream, with big design companies such as IDEO and Acumen Fund promoting human-centered design to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. However, the actual process of doing design is sometimes hard to grasp.

Supporting Refugees’ Right to, Access to, and Conditions of Work

Submitted by Christina Tobias-Nahi, the director of public affairs at Islamic Relief USA.

Today, around 60 million people are displaced as a result of changing climate conditions, slow or onset natural disasters, and conflict around the globe. This is an unprecedented, historical number not seen since World War II.  About 20 million of these displaced individuals have been forced out of their home countries and are now classified as refugees. What is more, half of all refugees today are in “protracted refugee situations,” lasting for at least 25 years. 

A Data Revolution for Development

Submitted by Rupert Simons, CEO of Publish What You Fund. 

Top Ten Online Advocacy Mistakes

Submitted by Colin Delany, founder and editor of

Do you want to succeed at online advocacy? Of course you do! Fortunately, thousands of us have been toiling away in this field for years. In the process, we've done just about everything wrong you can imagine. But you don't have to repeat our errors. Check out ten of my favorite mistakes nonprofits often make when they approach online advocacy.


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