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Dear G8: Issues NGOs Want Addressed

Yesterday InterAction launched a series of blogs on the Huffington Post.  This blog series shines light on development issues that must be addressed during the G8 Summit, an annual meeting where heads of state from the Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States gather to discuss issues of global concern. This year, the United States will host the G8 summit at the secluded Camp David from May 18th to May 19th.

New Tools in Mapping for Disasters and Development

“We are moving towards an era in which all donor activity around the world will be geocoded and overlaid with critical poverty indicators to spur both accountability and action.” – John Garrison, World Bank’s Civil Society Team

Put Nutrition and Hunger on G8 Table at Camp David

Dear G8 leaders,

When you sit down with President Barack Obama next week and enjoy an American BBQ in the rustic seclusion of Camp David, I'll be thinking back to a more modest meal a young Indian girl once shared with me.

In 1993, when I was working for the charity Plan International, I visited a small village inhabited by "untouchables" in Karnataka district in southwest India. The land was parched and dusty as the monsoon rains had not yet come, and food was scarce.

Why I support isolated aid workers across the globe and so should you!

Rich countries delivered $3.2 trillion of aid to poor countries between 1960 and 2008 (World Bank, 2011). Yet only 36% of aid workers think projects achieve their intended impact (McKinsey & Devex, 2011).

The Case of the Missing Tomato Cages

I've often said that it was easier for me to move to rural Zimbabwe than to Detroit. When people ask me why this farm-girl-turned-aid-worker devoted myself to placing community-driven development initiatives at the forefront of aid, here’s why:

Word got out, spread, and the situation was quickly resolved (within 12 hours). Whether the culprit chose to return the tomato cages by their own accord, or someone else's urging - does it matter?

As Conflict Continues, Keeping Focus on South Sudan’s Humanitarian Crisis

Originally published on the Action Against Hunger blog, May 4, 2012

Despite escalating tensions, ACF is hard at work fulfilling basic needs for thousands in the youngest nation in the world.

Where Are Donors Working in Malawi? A New Dataset Sheds Light

This week, the Strauss Center’s CCAPS Program and AidData published a first-of-its-kind geocoded dataset from the Government of Malawi's Aid Management Platform.

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