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Fostering Grassroots Innovation and Resilience in Tajikistan

Tajikistan is an earthquake-prone country located in mountainous Central Asia, where almost half of the population lives on less than $2 a day. Numerous seismic events damage the homes of the rural poor, which are usually their only asset. Retrofitting homes using rebar and concrete to make them withstand tremors and earthquakes is far too expensive for these low-income families.

A Little Boy Gives Us Hope in Liberia

To quote Dickens, my experience in Liberia over the past six months has been the best of times and the worst of times. I have loved and lived in this remarkable country for two years now, and previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer here for five, and the resilience and beauty of the people has always been an inspiration to me. The Ebola outbreak has proven this to be true again.

The epidemic has started to reach a crescendo, and help from the international community is already providing a fresh hope. But we have a long way to go.

Why Transparency Matters Part 6: One piece of advice

“Why Transparency Matters” is a six-part blog series featuring AidData, Development Initiatives, Foundation Center, Open Aid Partnership, Oxfam America, and Publish What You Fund. These organizations are coming together with InterAction to discuss transparency – why it matters, what it means to be transparent, what impact transparency has on aid effectiveness, and more. In this final blog, we asked for advice from our contributors. At InterAction we tell our members to publish what they can and then build on that. Be patient – it takes time to see results, but it is well worth the wait.

Why Transparency Matters Part 5: Where do we go next?

“Why Transparency Matters” is a six-part blog series featuring AidData, Development Initiatives, Foundation Center, Open Aid Partnership, Oxfam America, and Publish What You Fund. These organizations are coming together with InterAction to discuss transparency – why it matters, what it means to be transparent, what impact transparency has on aid effectiveness, and more. In this fifth blog, we focus on the future. What’s next for transparency? How do we continue to build buy-in or momentum around this issue? How do we better coordinate efforts? What are the challenges we have to overcome?

Why Transparency Matters Part 4: Does it really make a difference?

“Why Transparency Matters” is a six-part blog series featuring AidData, Development Initiatives, Foundation Center, Open Aid Partnership, Oxfam America, and Publish What You Fund. These organizations are coming together with InterAction to discuss transparency – why it matters, what it means to be transparent, what impact transparency has on aid effectiveness, and more. In this fourth blog, we asked contributors to share one example in which being transparency has made a positive impact in international development and humanitarian response.

Why Transparency Matters Part 3: How does one be transparent?

“Why Transparency Matters” is a six-part blog series featuring AidData, Development Initiatives, Foundation Center, Open Aid Partnership, Oxfam America, and Publish What You Fund. These organizations are coming together with InterAction to discuss transparency – why it matters, what it means to be transparent, what impact transparency has on aid effectiveness, and more. In this third blog, we asked contributors to share their ideas on what has to be in place for an organization to mainstream transparency.

Why Transparency Matters Part 2: What does it mean to be transparent?

“Why Transparency Matters” is a six-part blog series featuring AidData, Development Initiatives, Foundation Center, Open Aid Partnership, Oxfam America, and Publish What You Fund. These organizations are coming together with InterAction to discuss transparency – why it matters, what it means to be transparent, what impact transparency has on aid effectiveness, and more. In this second blog, we asked organizations to tell us about what it means to be transparent.

Why Transparency Matters

“Why Transparency Matters” is a six-part blog series featuring AidData, Development Initiatives, Foundation Center, Open Aid Partnership, Oxfam America, and Publish What You Fund. These organizations are coming together with InterAction to discuss transparency – why it matters, what it means to be transparent, what impact transparency has on aid effectiveness, and more. In this first blog, we asked contributors to tell us why transparency is important to their organizations and why someone should care about this issue.

Transformations in Haiti

Michaele was 18 and pregnant with her first child when the earthquake hit. Within minutes, she was buried alive beneath concrete rubble unsure if she and her unborn child would live or die. 

That was four and a half years ago. Michaele was among the fortunate ones to survive the devastating 7.0-earthquake that shattered Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince. Her home destroyed, she traveled north to a small, rural town called Saut d’Eau and tried her best to eke out a modest existence. 

Moving U.S.-Africa Relationships Forward

In 1990, I boarded a plane for Sierra Leone as a wide-eyed college graduate ready to change the world. I had never been to Africa, did not know much about Sierra Leone, and not being a detail person, had never even looked for or located the country on a map. In many ways, I represented the worst of bad development practice: well-meaning outsiders without a clue about anything foisting themselves on problems and proposing solutions.

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