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Now, More Than Ever U.S. Must Lead

Today, roughly 20 million people in four different countries face the specter of starvation, including an already declared famine in South Sudan. This disaster puts an all too human face on one of the most morally compelling reasons the U.S. must retain its ability to be positively engaged with the rest of the world. 

For International Women's Day: 3 Ways to Boost Women's Opportunities

In fragile economies around the world, women continue to face barriers to their education, financial independence, and civic participation. Yet when women participate in the institutions of society, communities are enriched.

Here, Education Development Center (EDC) experts offer ideas for boosting women’s economic power and access to education around the world.

1. Challenge gender norms

Traditional gender roles remain one of the biggest barriers to women’s participation in civic, economic, and educational activities.

Expanding the Conversation to End Female Genital Mutilation

Last month, women’s rights advocates and development practitioners rallied together to make noise against and call for the eradication of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). The International Day of Zero Tolerance to FGM/C shed light on a practice that is devastating to millions of girls and women all around the world.

Location Data: We Can Do This the Easy Way or the Hard Way...

Location data matters. Despite being one of the least published pieces of data on the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard, it is consistently highlighted as one of the most important. Without information on where donors are spending their money, aid practitioners are less able to avoid project duplication or identify gaps in funding.

Oreos and the 3 keys to unlocking organizational agility: process, policies and governance

February 3, 2013: the Super Bowl lights go out, and Oreo dunks into the darkness with their marketing playbook and emerges with the greatest score of the night. A perfectly timed tweet, with pitch-perfect tone. As we all know, the Super Bowl is really about the ads--the night for brands (and their agencies) to shine or flop. As Ad Age noted, "[Oreo] won the evening and it wasn't even an ad".

What Trump Means for International Development

Last November’s presidential election in the United States was one of the most consequential and divisive in recent history. With both parties playing to very divided political bases and strong anti-establishment sentiments in many parts of the nation, the question of what role the United States should play as a global leader received scant discussion on the national stage.

The Humanitarian Community Is Counting on the Oslo Conference to Raise Awareness and Funds for the Neglected Lake Chad Crisis

The Lake Chad Basin of West Africa has long suffered from the mutually reinforcing effects of economic poverty, underdevelopment, and climate change. These challenges have been exacerbated by an unprecedented security situation since February 2015 – continuous cross-border raids by Boko Haram insurgents have created terror, mass displacement and miserable, precarious living conditions for millions of people.