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Latest Efforts Moving Us Closer to Global Polio Eradication

The world could soon witness what has been called one of the largest internationally coordinated public health efforts in history; the eradication of polio from the planet.

“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.

Why NGOs Need Investment Data in Their Fight Against Hunger

For NGOs, good data can mean the difference between successful programs and unsuccessful programs – or significant and negligible results in the fight against hunger and poverty. However, NGOs can find themselves in the dark when deciding where and how to spend their resources, as the information they need to make smarter investments is often difficult, time consuming, and expensive to find. Below are a few of the things NGOs need to know in order to make the best possible investments to end hunger and reduce poverty.

Cities with the smarts

There is an emerging trend the world over of building “smart cities” representing “hardwiring” and infusion of technology to meet the key needs in urban areas such as fighting crime, and increasing adequate and need based service delivery and an overall focus on fostering growth.

Honoring Michael Elliott – An Innovative Leader And Friend

Michael Elliott lived his life to the fullest. He was a friend, a colleague, and a dedicated champion in efforts to increase the collective ability of civil society to make the world a more peaceful, just, and prosperous place.

It is with a heavy heart that I learned of his passing July 14. He will be sorely missed within the InterAction community, but his legacy will live on. He left the world a better place.

Report: Working without Pay—Wage Theft in Zimbabwe

An astounding 80,000 Zimbabwe workers in formal employment—out of some 350,000 workers—did not receive wages and benefits on time in 2014, according to a new Solidarity Center report, “Working Without Pay: Wage Theft in Zimbabwe,” released in Harare.

Fragile peace at risk in South Sudan

The oars dip slowly into the barely moving waters of the Sudd, one of the largest wetlands on earth. It’s an idyllic scene. Nearly dusk, birds of all kinds alight on the swamp, looking for dinner and settling into their nests for the night. The tall grasses sway lightly in the breeze. The towering grey clouds overhead are remnants of an earlier downpour, and the air is thick with humidity. The light is just right – soft and tinged in sepia.

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