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Civil Society Must Push Governments On Risk Reduction

This week I am participating in the Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in Geneva. Government delegations, UN reps, NGO workers, academics, and others have gathered to assess progress in efforts to reduce the exposure of communities to disasters.   

The news isn’t good.

Getting Mental Health On The Global Agenda

Sometimes it takes a public figure to drive home the suffering an illness can cause. This time, it was Kjell Magne Bondevik, former prime minister of Norway, who shared his personal struggle with depression at the Sixth World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders, co-hosted by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC).

“I was sad all the time. I was not able to get out of bed,” he said. By 1998, he felt ashamed and thought he wanted to step down from office.


Originally posted by Nicole Mlade on USAID Impact on May 5, 2011.

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White Gold in Southern Chad

Shea nuts are indigenous to southern Chad, and have been traditionally pressed into a black oil to add to foods. While nutritious, it has an odor that many find unpleasant. Processing the Shea nuts into a white butter gives it all kinds of household and commercial applications, opening up new income streams for local women. This is southern Chad’s “white gold.”

What Works Best In Food Programs?

“Best practices” and “innovative programming” are terminology used a lot in the NGO community to promote successful, effective and easily-replicable projects.  But what really are “best practices” and “innovative programming”?

Spurred on by the urgency of food security issues, as price increases reduce access to food for millions of the world’s poor and most vulnerable, InterAction developed the Best Practices and Innovations (BPI) Initiative, which focuses on identifying and learning from “what works” in food security and agricultural programming. 

InterAction’s New NGO Aid Map

*As originally posted on Devex's Full Disclosure blog

Advances in technology have encouraged higher levels of transparency and paved new ways for information visualization among NGOs. Mapping, here meaning the display of information on a map, is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of organizations for showing off their work. Regardless of which continent, country, state or city, we have the ability to be there and see “who is doing what, where.”

Investing in Palestinian Children is Key to the Future

You don’t need to spend a lot of time in Palestinian communities to realize how difficult life is for our children. They are the innocent victims of the economic, social and health conditions around them.