Young People Are Making Noise - and We Should Listen

Last month, Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Gakuo was invited to take a stroll down a red carpet at an event supporting local orphans and vulnerable children.

But the first lady was far from the star of the show.

Instead, the spotlight belonged to 150 young people who showed off their drawings, photography, sculptures, and paintings as a part of the event hosted by Pathfinder International, ChildFund Kenya, and USAID.

Celebrating World Poverty Day with a Bold Commitment

We live in a world where more than 1 billion people struggle to find enough to eat every day. More than 1 billion live in homes with inadequate roofs and no latrines. Basic services like schools and health centers are out of reach. For many individuals life remains a struggle to find the most basic human dignity.

This is our world today. But it does not have to be our world tomorrow.

What We’re Hoping to See in the Next Release of USAID Data

The fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 (FY2013) recently came to an end. This means that over the next few weeks, USAID will be working to put together its fourth quarter data for public release through the Foreign Assistance Dashboard. This summer, USAID posted information on more than 50,000 financial transactions for the first three quarters of FY2013.

Literacy Goal: 1 Million

In the Philippines, boosting literacy for 1 million students starts with teacher professional development.

Government Crackdown on Civil Society Threatens Global Progress

I bid farewell to my new friend fearing he might be in jail by the end of the week. That I cannot say his name underscores the gravity of the situation. All morning he had been on Skype seeking advice from family and colleagues back home. After his last call he turned to me in our little office in Washington and said: “That was Human Rights Watch and they also advised me not to go back.”

To Advance Development, Protect Civil Society

“The strength and success of all countries and all regions depends in part on protecting and supporting civil society.”

On Monday, September 23, President Obama convened a high level meeting on the margins of the 68th United Nations General Assembly to discuss the growing crackdown on civil society. He opened the discussion with the above statement.

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