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Confessions of a Forum Moderator

A funny thing happened to me on my way to the InterAction Forum last week: for the first time in a very long time, I was asked not to speak, but rather to moderate a session featuring three very capable colleagues: Jerome Lebleu of Global Communities, Luca Pupulin of the REACH Project, and Seki Hirano of Catholic Relief Services. I’ll confess that it was a pleasure to be asked to listen to them!

A Conversation with Ruth Messinger, 2015 Julia Taft Award Winner

Ruth Messinger will receive InterAction’s 2015 Julia Taft Award for her tireless leadership as an activist and social change visionary at InterAction’s Forum 2015.

Global development communicators: Stuck between fundraising and reality?

Jennifer Lentfer: What is the state of the "development discourse" in your opinion? How can communicators create a more robust dialogue, embracing criticism and inviting debate?

Remix your Role in Tackling Social Problems

Let’s be honest—the business-in-society space is filled with events big and small. Professionals working in development, sustainability, CSR, and related fields could hopscotch to a different conference every week. So why choose the 2015 Shared Value Leadership Summit? What’s different about this event? Here are the top five reasons to come to the Conrad New York this May 12-13—all ways in which you can jump-start a smarter strategy for your organization’s role in society:

Three key reasons why Ebola is also a food security crisis

“Ebola is not just a health crisis. Across West Africa a generation of young people risk[s] being lost to an economic catastrophe.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Build it and they will come? Yes, with creativity, evidence, and cross-sector coordination.

In many remote regions around the world, it is extremely difficult for women in labor to reach a hospital or a clinic, causing risks to their lives and the lives of their babies. The important role mobility plays in health in the developing world is well documented. In India, the convening of key stakeholders across many government sectors was critical to galvanize a statewide, lifesaving ambulance service. 

Learning in the Time of Ebola

Throughout West Africa, the widespread outbreak of Ebola has placed regular life on hold. In an effort to prevent the further spread of the virus, curfews have been put in place. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. And schools have been closed since August.

But for students in EDC’s USAID-funded Advancing Youth Project in Liberia, learning has not come to a full halt. In an innovative response to a humbling health crisis, classes are continuing over the radio.

And across the country, students are tuning in.

Community-Based Protection

Community-based approaches to protection (CBP) have largely been developed by NGOs in complement to the often more legalistic and state-centric work of mandated protection actors. NGOs have long worked within communities in crisis – including as implementing partners for the major UN agencies – so developing community-based protection work built on their pre-existing strength, experience and networks. Whilst there is anecdotal evidence of its success as an approach it does present some specific challenges in terms of demonstrating results.

Why the Global Push for Local Democratic Governance?

The current pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong is yet another example of a push for good, local, democratic governance. China’s move to limit the electoral freedom of Hong Kong might have served as an immediate cause, the protest is a reflection of the growing consensus for accountable governance. A movement that was witnessed in the Arab Spring, and currently in Ukraine and Syria.

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