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Fears of Famine as East Africa Drought Leaves Thousands of Animals Dead

As dead animals line the road, the Muslim Charities Forum is calling for urgent action before East Africa’s severe drought becomes a famine.

The goats were first to die, followed by the cows. Now even the bodies of drought-resistant camels lie by the side of the road.

The fear in Somaliland is that people will be next. Two years of below-average rainfall has pushed this self-declared independent state to the brink of famine and, after walking hundreds of miles and finding no water, nomadic pastoralists have watched their livestock die in droves.

NGO Consultations at MCC: Pull Up a Chair

Submitted by Lorelle Atkinson

Since its creation in 2004, MCC has reserved a seat at the table for members of civil society during compact development and implementation. Now, we are formalizing this process and actively seeking opportunities for our NGO partners to tell us what we need to know before we let the ink dry in the development of new projects.

Open Learning for Inclusive Development

Submitted by Abha Joshi-Ghani, the director of leadership, learning and innovation at the World Bank Group.

In his landmark book The Learning Society, the eminent economist Joseph Stiglitz made an important observation: that what truly separates developed from less developed countries is advances in technology and not the accumulation of capital. What separates developed from developing countries is the gap in knowledge and how quickly this gap is closed through learning.

Become a Better Problem Framer through Design Thinking

Submitted by Dominique Narciso, founder and president of AidWell.

Design thinking is making its entry into the international development mainstream, with big design companies such as IDEO and Acumen Fund promoting human-centered design to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. However, the actual process of doing design is sometimes hard to grasp.

Supporting Refugees’ Right to, Access to, and Conditions of Work

Submitted by Christina Tobias-Nahi, the director of public affairs at Islamic Relief USA.

Today, around 60 million people are displaced as a result of changing climate conditions, slow or onset natural disasters, and conflict around the globe. This is an unprecedented, historical number not seen since World War II.  About 20 million of these displaced individuals have been forced out of their home countries and are now classified as refugees. What is more, half of all refugees today are in “protracted refugee situations,” lasting for at least 25 years. 

A Data Revolution for Development

Submitted by Rupert Simons, CEO of Publish What You Fund. 

The Forgotten Crises

We must ensure that all people – regardless of where they are born – have the ability to live happy, healthy, and safe lives. It is critical for the media, governments, and individuals to focus on the massive scale of human suffering in Middle East and Europe. But we must not limit our focus. We must not ignore people in Africa who are forced to flee from their homes due to violence and conflict.

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