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Bottlenecks and Dripfeeds: How Much Has Changed?

At the upcoming XIX International AIDS Conference here in Washington D.C., I'll be joining REPSSI (the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative) as they celebrate their decade-long work to lessen the devastating social and emotional (psychosocial) impact of poverty, conflict, HIV and AIDS among children and youth across East and Southern Africa.

Refugees Flee Somalia Seeking Security

The Ethiopian Administration for Refugee and Returnee Affairs (ARRA) told Jesuit Refugee Service recently that the flow of refugees from Somalia into the Dollo Ado area has increased from about 300 a week to 1,000 a week. The influx is blamed on the al-Shabaab militant group. Refugees told JRS last month that the militants force rural Somalis to make a harsh choice: give up a son to join the fighters, or pay the militants off with camels or cash.

Alek Wek's Journey Home

This July, supermodel and former Sudanese refugee Alek Wek will make her first journey home since South Sudan gained independence last year.

Giving Students in Honduras a New Chance at Success

Students who aspire to enter the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH), one of the major institutions of higher education in Honduras, have three chances to pass the admissions exam. But a novel collaboration between EDC and UNAH is opening doors to many students who have struggled to pass the admissions test.

Does your organization unleash demand-driven development?

Aid funders tend to think too much about the supply side of development, and very little about where the demand is coming from. More and more international actors are focusing on building their own skills to accompany, support, and relate more effectively to local institutions and organizations, rather than overpower or co-opt them.

Private Sector Also Plays Role in Responding to Sahel Crisis

Governments worldwide are struggling under massive debt, which means there is often less left over for international relief and humanitarian efforts. NGOs like those which belong to InterActionrely on the generosity of the public and increasingly turn to the private sector as a source not only of funding but also for logistical support and expert advice.

Women and Sustainability: What You Want to Know About Rio+20

Rio+20 is a key moment for advocates of reproductive health and rights to ensure that leaders understand and support the central role of reproductive health and voluntary family planning in sustainable development.