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Afghanistan Earthquake: Homeless Families face bitter winter

The world has moved on, but on the ground in northern Afghanistan, we still sharply feel the impact of the October 26 earthquake, especially as the cold sinks in and families huddle together in tent shelters.

G20 2015: Agreements without Actions?

Given the current Syrian refugee crisis in Turkey and throughout Europe, it seemed fitting that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan set the agenda of the 2015 G20 summit.

NCBA CLUSA embraces InterAction’s NGO Aid Map

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) was one of the first organizations to join InterAction’s Global NGO Aid Map when it launched in June 2014. Compiling information for the initial batch upload of project profiles was a lengthy process that required a lot of coordination amongst NCBA CLUSA’s program management team and consultation with InterAction’s Mapping team, but once this first wave of projects made it to the map, it was smooth sailing from then on.

The U.S. Commits to the Right Things in Foreign Aid Transparency: Increasing Quality and Use

Last week, the U.S. government released its third National Action Plan for the Open Government Partnership (OGP). Included in the plan is a strong commitment to improving foreign aid transparency. The commitment focuses on what matters most in aid transparency at this point: improving the quality of the data published, and increasing the use of that data.

“One-Click” Publishing to IATI

InterAction has just published information on its grant-funded activities to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) for the third time. Since first publishing in March 2015, we’ve considerably improved our publication process. It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that we can now publish to IATI with just one click of a button. In case it might be of use to others, here’s how we did it.

A New Tool to Help Funders Coordinate and Grow Early Childhood Investments in East Africa

Coordinating investments is a challenge all funders face. How do we avoid duplicating investments in some areas while other areas are overlooked and underfunded? How do we identify potential synergies and opportunities to collaborate with others who have similar interests, and align our investments to be more impactful? These questions arise frequently for my colleagues and me at Bernard van Leer Foundation. As the range of actors investing in early childhood development (ECD) in East Africa grows, so does the challenge of understanding who is investing in what, and where. 

What's killing the children of Freetown? Because it's not Ebola.

Mahommad Samba Kamara stands outside a small tin shack in the pouring rain, watching his team suit up in protective gear to collect another body in the back streets of Freetown, the capital of the West African nation of Sierra Leone.

This time it’s 9-month-old Aminata Samura. According to local social worker Claudia Fofana, she was sick with a fever for three days and had attended a hospital, but died early this morning. Aminata’s mother is staying with relatives – too upset to attend her little girl’s funeral.