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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 Epolitics.com

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.

Three Myths about Passion that are Keeping you Stuck

Submitted by Stacy Campesi, CPC, ELI-MP, SLC Coaching.

As a leadership coach, "passion" is a word I hear often in my conversations with clients. It shows up in in all sorts of ways, but most often sounds something like, “I have no idea what I want to do with my life, and I need someone to help me find my passion." After working with dozens of young professionals in the non-profit world, I've found that there are three big myths that keep them from feeling fulfilled and happy in their careers.

So, What Does It All Add Up To?

Submitted by Carlisle Levine, Sherine Jayawickrama, and Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken.

International NGOs have well-established practices for measuring results at the project and program level. But how to measure results at an agency level across numerous countries, sectors and projects? What does it all add up to? Are there meaningful, cost-effective ways to tell?

Think small: What is the future for small NGOs?

Submitted by Bill Abrams, president of Trickle Up

In December 2013, I attended an InterAction CEO Retreat presentation on a study by consulting firm FSG called “Ahead of the Curve: Insights for the International NGO of the Future.”  It was an interesting, thoughtful study but, frankly, I was annoyed.  Its sole focus was big NGOs; all of the consultants’ interviews were with representatives of the 50 largest U.S. NGOs.

The Coming Revolution in Development

The prospects for a majority of people in the developing world have radically altered over the last 25 years. Never before has so much changed for so many. Average income doubled and female illiteracy declined by 50%. Six billion people gained access to cellphones and the percent of people living in extreme poverty dropped below 10% for the first time in recorded history.

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