Response to Polio Outbreaks Shows Global Eradication Plan Is Working

Just as we were seeing record-low cases of polio worldwide and coming closer than ever to eradication, 105 new cases of wild polio have been identified in Kenya and Somalia, raising new concerns about low coverage and inaccessible populations in that area. While the outbreaks are undoubtedly a setback, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) had anticipated that sporadic cases would occur in vulnerable settings during the final push for polio eradication, and it's noteworthy that the situation has been met with one of the quickest and most effective emergency responses to date.

Happy to be Drowning in U.S. Aid Data – Keep it Coming

Last week, it would have been much, much harder to answer questions like, “Who is USAID funding to do work in Kenya? What is that funding for?” Or more generally: “Who is getting funding to do what and where?” With the latest update to the Foreign Assistance Dashboard, finding the answers to those questions has gotten easier.

Restoring Sight as a Step Toward Ending Extreme Poverty

A recent cover of The Economist featured a compelling story about how nearly 1 billion people have lifted themselves out of extreme poverty in the past 20 years, and also called on the world to make an even greater effort to lift another 1 billion people out of extreme poverty by 2030.

Online Education for Refugees

(Washington, D.C.) July 26, 2013 — Jesuit Refugee Service and our partner Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins, have a unique program providing higher education to refugees in the Kakuma Refugee Camp in northwestern Kenya.

Applications for $100,000 ONE Africa Award 2013 Now Open

I’m excited to announce that we have started taking applications for the 2013 ONE Africa Award, a $100,000 USD prize that ONE annually gives to an Africa-based, Africa-founded organisation campaigning for progress toward meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Keep Calm and Test a Protocol: Improving Humanitarian Response

Do you know the old joke about the rushed cellist who flags down a taxi and asks how to get to Carnegie Hall? Rather than “take a right and walk two blocks,” he was told to “Practice, practice, practice!”

Living in the Age of Malala

"Malala Day is not my day. Today is the day of every woman, every boy, every girl who has raised their voice for their rights." So began 16-year-old Malala Yousafzai as she stood before the UN General Assembly, wearing a shawl of the late Benazir Bhutto on what is now known as the Malala Day: UN Youth Takeover. The sight of Malala standing before world leaders in the vast, hushed hall – her voice strong and steady – is nothing less than extraordinary.

Latest Budget Development in U.S. House Threatens Progress on Global Poverty

The House Appropriations subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations (SFOPs) today approved their proposed  fiscal year 2014 spending plan for the Department of State and the U.S.

Survey Shows Americans Severely Underestimate Number of Child Laborers

The number of children and youths who work – whether they’re paid or unpaid – is notoriously hard to pin down. Many countries have laws against employing children, but industries still continue to use child laborers despite legal and social consequences.

What number would you guess is accurate? A million? Six million? Ten?

Not even close.

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