What Can Balloons Teach Us About Development?

Last week, I came across an article in The Atlantic on North Korean defectors who have been launching balloons from South Korea into North Korea to provide citizens with information on the outside world. These vinyl balloons contain brochures on life outside of North Korea, DVDs, transistor radios, and other items.

Looking Back – and Moving Forward – on Tackling Neglected Tropical Diseases

I am fresh with the recent memories of the holidays, and images of children playing and for the most part, enjoying being children. But always at the back of my mind is the knowledge that moments like these are luxuries out of reach for millions of children infected with intestinal worms, or soil transmitted helminthes (STH).

A 30th Anniversary Wish List of Headlines for 2014

This is a critical time for those of us working toward a more equitable, peaceful and sustainable world. 2014 marks the run-up to reaching the anti-poverty Millennium Development Goals, setting a new global development and sustainability agenda for post-2015 and achieving an accord to counter climate change. As we push for continued positive and lasting global change for the world’s poor, U.S. NGOs have an increasingly important role to play – one that is vastly different than 30 years ago when InterAction was established. 

A Good Year for U.S. Foreign Assistance

If you had told me a year ago that 2014 would be a good year for U.S. foreign assistance funding, I would not have believed you (no matter how much I may have wanted to). It’s not that efforts to reduce global poverty and meet humanitarian needs were being singled out for cuts – the whole federal budget was being axed. Sequestration was about to take a 5% chunk out of every account in the government and Congress was threatening to spend the rest of the year careening from one debt limit crisis to another government shutdown.

The Children of Typhoon Haiyan: Tales of Resiliency, Heroes and Recovery

Part 1: Mass graves, widespread losses, and begging children

Two main issues weighed heavily on my mind as the plane landed in Tacloban five days after Typhoon Haiyan ripped through Eastern Visayas.

Firstly, it was the prospect of unaccompanied and separated children. With dead bodies lining the streets, we assumed that we would be documenting many cases of children unaccompanied or who have lost their parents in the storm.


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