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Civil Society Must Push Governments On Risk Reduction

This week I am participating in the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Geneva. Government delegations, UN reps, NGO workers, academics, and others have gathered to assess progress in efforts to reduce the exposure of communities to disasters.   

The news isn’t good.


Originally posted by Nicole Mlade on USAID Impact on May 5, 2011.

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World Malaria Day: Local Art and Music Pave the Way

In the developing world, malaria is a leading cause of death, affecting 3.3 billion people worldwide and causing almost 1 million deaths each year. In Africa alone, a child dies of malaria every 45 seconds. Not only is malaria deadly, it is also easily preventable and treatable.

Global Governance: The Need for Security

Back at the University of California, Davis, we learn that one of the challenges international organizations face, particularly the United Nations, is implementing international law. The Rwandan genocide instantly comes to mind. The neglect and abandon that nations portrayed showed an ugly truth about global governance. It took the United States more than two years to reach internal consensus to intervene and stop the killing.

The Sphere Project: Holding Ourselves Accountable

*Excerpt of blog originally posted on AlertNet*

As a new aid worker in the late 1990s, I thought the Sphere Project was awesome.  I’m a huge music fan and for me, Sphere was like having all your favorite bands do a compilation album, but one that teaches you how to play music too.

Global Health and American Moral Power

“After all we had been through, it reminded me that there were still good people in the world.”

Working Together to Rebuild Haiti

Even before the earthquake, Haiti was not equipped to provide adequate healthcare services to its disabled population. When the earthquake struck, need for these services increased dramatically.

My Next Journey

Thank you to everyone for making the first couple of months of AidBuzz eventful. Your blogs have been insightful and heart-felt, informative and empowering.

New Education Resource for Tuberculosis

By Alison Cohen

Unveiled for World TB Day (March 24th) a new online tool that teaches students about tuberculosis is now available to middle and high school educators. The website,, offers resources, such as interactive curriculum units, for use in social studies and health settings.


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