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Beyond #GivingTuesday: Supporting Long-Term Relief Efforts

Later this month, we will celebrate Thanksgiving, a day when Americans pause and express gratitude for our blessings and good fortune in life. This day exemplifies for me some of the best of America, demonstrated by our generosity and celebrations of our unity.

Agricultural development, transparency and co-operation: The Nigerian perspective

Agricultural investments in Nigeria are critical to transition our agricultural sector from largely subsistence small holder farming to commercial agriculture enterprises. The sort needed to stimulate local economies and enable Nigeria to reduce its food import bill.  While Nigeria’s agricultural sector has seen an unprecedented flow of development aid in the last decade, a great concern has risen with regard to the effectiveness of this aid.

World’s Response To Haiti A 'Disgrace' Says Concern CEO

MacSorley, who was recently in Haiti working alongside the Concern team as they distribute essential aid, urged donors around the world to “wake up” and meet the UN’s flash appeal for $120 million after it emerged that only 20 percent has so far been donated nearly two weeks since the disaster.

Speaking from Haiti — where 1.4 million need immediate aid and the death toll continues to rise — MacSorley said, “Nobody should be dying for a lack of money."

Civil Society Collaboration: the Key to Long-Term Success

On October 12 the French Embassy, the Society for International Development, and SOS Sahel hosted a panel discussion on cultivating natural resources for more sustainable agriculture in the Sahel region of Africa. Though the Sahel is one of the poorest and most undeveloped regions of the world, the panel noted that partnering with the local civil society development actors is key to effective development and sustainable programs.

Habitat III and the New Urban Agenda: What Role Will Civil Society Play?

As our world grows and global migration increases, humanitarian and development organizations are increasingly acknowledging the challenges associated with rapid and unplanned urbanization.

From a Liberian Village to the White House

Eight young women, participants in the USAID Liberia Advancing Youth Project run by EDC, were in Washington, D.C., this month as guests of First Lady Michele Obama. Their visit was part of Let Girls Learn, the U.S. government education initiative.

New joint initiative launched to build the next key piece of open data infrastructure

A group of leading open data standards bodies have announced an exciting new collaboration to tackle a shared problem: how to accurately identify organizations.

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