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Reckoning international social development as a discipline

Careers in the overall non-profit industry are coveted especially for those inclined to work on the frontlines of social development. These profiles require working at the community level in direct contact with constituents and establishing workable solutions for change. Others allow venturing across political borders addressing the “social” aspects such as reducing poverty, increasing literacy, improving access to health and education - and that makes it all that much more attractive.  In which case international social development emerges as the discipline of choice.

Diversity Makes America Great: We Are a Nation of Immigrants

Two and a half years ago, the world was arrested by an image—the body of three-year-old Alan Kurdi on a Turkish beach.  He and his family came from the northern Syrian town of Kobani, the site of fierce fighting between Islamic State insurgents and Kurdish forces at the time. Many Americans saw both the pain and the unnecessary suffering caused by dangerous and unsupported migration. Compassion and horror flowed in equal measure, though still not enough is changing today. As evidenced by recent U.S.

The Need for More Nonprofit Voices in Innovative Finance for Development

This January, world leaders gathered in Switzerland to take part in the annual World Economic Forum. One of the topics of discussion was innovative finance for international development. While there were a few exciting and positive takeaways from the interviews, reports, and presentations on this issue, too few of them included voices from the nonprofit community.

The Global Compact on Refugees: A Long Way to Go in Breaking the Status Quo

One definition of a compact is an agreement among states or between nations on matters in which they have common concern. As the last few years have borne out—with refugee numbers reaching 22.5 million globally—responding to refugee needs and the communities and countries that host them is truly a matter of common concern.

Together Project Hosts Solidarity Breakfast

The inaugural year of the Together Project was a success and the members are gearing up to continue growing and advocating on behalf of the most vulnerable organizations in the sector. InterAction launched the Together Project to be a hub of advocacy and solidarity for U.S.-based NGOs that provide vital development and humanitarian relief around the world, and confront discrimination or targeted prejudicial regulations in the U.S.

How Global Sporting Events Can Encourage Human Trafficking

The 2018 Winter Olympics convene in Pyeongchang, South Korea this month. But the biennial assembly of the world’s greatest athletes may also feature a seamier gathering — of human traffickers and their victims.

Niger: Four faces of hope

Niger consistently ranks as one of the world’s poorest countries, despite enjoying relative peace. But why? Niger’s struggle with poverty is a complex issue, but can be boiled down to a number of factors. Its population is the fastest growing in the world, which puts pressure and and strain on food production and social services. The country is also incredible vulnerable to climate shocks. Drought has caused harvests to fail, triggering food crises that make it hard for already struggling families and communities to catch up.