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White Gold in Southern Chad

Shea nuts are indigenous to southern Chad, and have been traditionally pressed into a black oil to add to foods. While nutritious, it has an odor that many find unpleasant. Processing the Shea nuts into a white butter gives it all kinds of household and commercial applications, opening up new income streams for local women. This is southern Chad’s “white gold.”

What Works Best In Food Programs?

“Best practices” and “innovative programming” are terminology used a lot in the NGO community to promote successful, effective and easily-replicable projects.  But what really are “best practices” and “innovative programming”?

Spurred on by the urgency of food security issues, as price increases reduce access to food for millions of the world’s poor and most vulnerable, InterAction developed the Best Practices and Innovations (BPI) Initiative, which focuses on identifying and learning from “what works” in food security and agricultural programming. 

InterAction’s New NGO Aid Map

*As originally posted on Devex's Full Disclosure blog

Advances in technology have encouraged higher levels of transparency and paved new ways for information visualization among NGOs. Mapping, here meaning the display of information on a map, is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of organizations for showing off their work. Regardless of which continent, country, state or city, we have the ability to be there and see “who is doing what, where.”

Investing in Palestinian Children is Key to the Future

You don’t need to spend a lot of time in Palestinian communities to realize how difficult life is for our children. They are the innocent victims of the economic, social and health conditions around them.

Mothers' Index Shows Need for Maternal Health Funding

InterAction member Save the Children released its annual “State of the World’s Mothers” report today, reminding those holding the purse strings why it is so important to fund maternal and child health care programs worldwide.

World Malaria Day: Local Art and Music Pave the Way

In the developing world, malaria is a leading cause of death, affecting 3.3 billion people worldwide and causing almost 1 million deaths each year. In Africa alone, a child dies of malaria every 45 seconds. Not only is malaria deadly, it is also easily preventable and treatable.

New Approaches Signal Change in Malaria Fight

According to estimates from the United Nations and the World Health Organization (WHO), nearly one million children do not reach their fifth birthday because they die from malaria each year.