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OpenAg at IATI Technical Advisory Group

Jambo! Last week OpenAg joined many other members of the IATI Community (over 150!) in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to participate in TAG 2017, the meeting of the Technical Advisory Group.

How cutting lifesaving foreign aid could hurt the U.S.

The International Rescue Committee has called President Trump’s proposed cuts to United States government foreign aid as "counterproductive and ill-timed."

Such steep cuts—roughly one third—send a clear message to the world’s most vulnerable: you are not welcome in America, and America will not help you where you are.

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.