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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”).

“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.

A Pioneer for Arab Internet Freedom: Nizar Zakka

Most friendships are made within the tribe. My friendship with Nizar was remarkably outside the tribe.

The first encounter had taken place one morning, back in 2005, as I noticed this stranger walking in circles outside the gate of my fledgling internet center in Khanaqin, Iraq, chatting to the sky with his handheld sat-phone and intermittently eyeing the center with something akin to avarice.

Civil Society Engagement at the G7 - Why it Matters

For over four decades, leaders from the world’s major advanced economies have gathered to discuss pressing global challenges at the annual Group of Seven (G7) Summit. Historically speaking, the informal, non-bureaucratic nature of the G7 has not lent itself to a well-structured relationship with civil society groups.

International Medical Corps Ready to Respond to the Resurgence of Ebola in Guinea

Conakry, Guinea — It was a regular Wednesday afternoon and everyone at the International Medical Corps office in Conakry was involved in meetings, reports, and calls to ensure the post-Ebola program ran smoothly. Then, a call disrupted that routine at 4:23 p.m.: three Ebola cases were confirmed. Another two were suspected.

Learning Best Practices to Better Serve Urban Refugees

The InterAction Urban Learning Initiative’s call for applicants in Sept. 2015 could not have come at a better time for Kenyan NGO Heshima Kenya.

Instability and assault on the poor require us to respond

In his clarion call to action on climate change, Pope Francis echoes the statements and sentiments of many religious leaders and church bodies.

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. 

From the Frontlines: Lessons from Ebola

As the Ebola outbreak in West Africa appears to have receded from the deadly highs of the past year, there are many lessons that we can all learn from this tragedy -- from the need to strengthen health systems, to the importance of coordinated responses at all levels, from the local to the international. But for me, from my experience spending the last year on the front lines against the disease, the lessons of the past year are far more simple.

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