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Famine Is Manmade. So Is Resilience.

Drought is natural. Famine is manmade. 

 This is the resounding lesson of today’s crisis in the Horn of Africa, and one that the world must learn. The documentary ViewChange: Africa’s Last Famine by Oxfam America and Link TV's ViewChange.org brings that lesson home, exploring ways for poor people to increase their food security while educating viewers on why famine is caused by more than drought.

Want To Shape The Conversation At The 2012 Forum?

It may seem like the 2011 Forum just ended, but the next one is right around the corner! April 30 through May 2, 2012, over 1,000 NGO professionals from around the globe will be gathering at the Marriot Crystal Gateway in Arlington, VA. Attendees will get the opportunity to participate in conversations around the most pressing issues facing our community.

Yemen Campaign Encourages Students To Go Back To School

Yemen’s education officials faced a two-pronged crisis. Political instability and street protests caused parents to doubt that schools would open in September, compounding an existing problem of low levels of enrollment, particularly among girls.

As the new school year approached, the Education Ministry asked Counterpart and other non-governmental organizations to help with a back-to-school campaign informing parents that the academic year would start on schedule.

Give This Your Stamp Of Disapproval

You might have heard that legislation being considered in Congress could have devastating effects on nonprofits’ ability to do urgently needed work. If passed, the Postal Reform Act (H.R. 2309) would mean the near elimination of the nonprofit rate discount -- from 40 percent to 10 percent over six years. This would equate to an immediate postage rate increase on the order of 10 percent.

Combating Illegal Logging: Why the U.S. Should Stand Behind “Lacey”

A recent investigation into whether or not the Gibson Guitar Company illegally imported wood into the U.S. has led some politicos to call the entire “Lacey Act amendments of 2008” into question. This is a mistake, as the law both makes common sense and is in the U.S. national interest.

Reduce, Reuse & Recycle Efforts Recognized In Northern Guatemala

Ever looked at an empty plastic soda bottle as you’re throwing it away and wondered where they all end up? In Guatemala, they may become a sturdy wall in a new school.

Students, teachers and parents in the northern municipality of Raxruhá joined an innovative program that creates “eco-bricks,” in which plastic water and soda bottles are filled with inorganic plastic trash that can be used to create a variety of structures, from trashcans to classrooms.

Keyhole Garden Nurtures Ethiopians And Their Ecosystem

Carrots, beet root, leafy greens and other vegetables will finally be produced up to four times a year in a new environmentally friendly initiative involving raised-bed gardens in Central Ethiopia.

Called a “keyhole garden,” it is a circular raised soil bed about four-feet high and 6.5 feet wide with a small break in its round shape for access (the keyhole) to a composting basket in the center. The garden's circular keyhole shape makes all sections very accessible to tend.

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