Disater Risk Reduction: How Two Teachers Saved Their Village

On the eve of August 18, 2008, Chandra Kant was nervous and uneasy. He had been listening to the radio all day as torrential rain fell on his village — fearful that the worst was yet to come. He knew that if the rainfall did not stop, the nearby river would overflow and flood his village.

Outgoing InterAction Leader Reflects on Two Decades with Alliance

Suzanne Kindervatter, InterAction's outgoing Vice President of Strategic Impact and a 20-year veteran of the organization, sits down on her last day with InterAction's online coordinator, Erin Stock. She reflects on how the community has improved and passes along some of her insights on social change. 

Q. When you think of “the InterAction community,” what does that mean to you?

The Global Health Crisis You’ve Never Heard Of

When we talk about global health challenges, we often cite the ones that receive the most attention or funding. AIDS and malaria come to mind. You probably don’t think about injuries sustained from cooking fires or acid attacks. But the truth is, severe burns are a leading cause of mortality and morbidity in developing countries – a crisis afflicting the poor that hardly anyone is talking about.

Pitfalls and Promising Potential – Using Mobile Technology in the Fight against Extreme Poverty in India

India boasts one of the fastest growing economies in the world, with annual gross domestic product growth at 5 percent or higher for over the last 30 years. But while the country’s economy races ahead, social indicators – including those for basic health – languish. Extreme poverty persists at unacceptable levels.  As compellingly presented by Drèze and Sen in An Uncertain Glory – India and its Contradictions, India’s impressive economic growth has not benefitted its 1.2 billion people equally.

Empowering Entrepreneurs in Zambia

After 11-year-old Winnie and her two siblings lost both parents to HIV& AIDS, their Aunt Judith took them in. Judith was a single woman trying to make ends meet by selling small quantities of groceries, but lacked the capital to sustain her business. Judith struggled to provide for the girls’ basic needs like school, clothes and food, and began to lose hope that she would be able to care the three orphaned children on her own.

Working Together to Reduce Poverty

I had a nice surprise two years ago when my organization started implementing a new USAID Feed the Future project in Ethiopia. I traveled to Addis Ababa to help our team on the ground assess the capacity of farmer groups that could be viable Feed the Future (FtF) partners. This project applies a comprehensive market-system approach to priority value chains, improving agriculture to drive poverty reduction and build food security. Local partnerships are key to sustainable results.

Epicenters: Do Everything at Once

Researchers have recently documented what many practitioners have long believed – that single-sector interventions have very limited impact. Extremely poor women cannot escape poverty without access to a comprehensive package of services. Women’s multiple burdens and time poverty are so severe that only when all aspects of their lives improve concurrently, particularly the reduction of their drudgery, can they make economic progress.

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