Why the G8 'Commitments' Lacked Measurable Actions

Last month G8 leaders met at the exclusive Lough Erne golf resort in Northern Ireland, United Kingdom. Yet, what were the practical implications for those living in extreme poverty around the world or – for that matter – the 99 percent of people living in the G8 countries? Were concrete actions taken?

Before the summit, I wrote a piece about measurable actions the G8 should take that would bring meaningful change to people around the world. So, how did they do?

Youth and Media: Political Engagement in New Spaces

"Young people in development are both a project of reform and agents of change. This population is not static. They engage on multiple levels.” – Dr .Loubna Skalli-Hanna, Author, Editor and Professor at American University, School of International Service

In Lebanon, Refugees and Residents Alike Struggle to Survive

“Our neighbors provide us with bread – we are four families, 25 people. They have been letting us stay in this apartment even though we have not been able to pay rent for three months. They keep asking us, but we are not able. I don’t think they’ll kick us out, but we don’t know.”

A Syrian refugee in northern Lebanon

Supreme Court Stands With NGOs in Landmark Free-Speech Ruling

Today, NGOs scored a major legal victory when the Supreme Court ruled 6-2 that a USAID policy requirement infringed upon Americans’ right to free speech. The case, USAID v AOSI, challenges a 2003 law that requires all groups receiving U.S government funds for international HIV and AIDS work to have a policy explicitly opposing prostitution.

Urban Refugees Use Creativity on Road to Self-Reliance

(Nairobi) June 15, 2013 — The nephew and daughter-in-law of a refugee from Rwanda make sandals June 14, 2013, in the home the tree share in Nairobi. The hand-crafted sandals will be sold via the the Jesuit Refugee Service Mikono Craft Shop in Nairobi.

Hearts and Homes in Western Myanmar

What would you take if you had to flee? In Rakhine state, western Myanmar, everyone I asked said the same thing: Family. Many saw their homes burnt down in the communal riots of June and October 2012. They were so surprised by the attacks that they herded everyone out without stopping to take a single thing.

Meet InterAction's New Board Chairman: A Social Entrepreneur with a Strong Commitment to People

Should Mercy Corps buy an Indonesian bank? Neal Keny-Guyer was uncertain at first. It was a novel – even crazy – idea that brought huge risk for the NGO he leads.

“I imagined a newspaper headline saying, ‘Mercy Corps’ Bank in Bali Fails,’” he later told BusinessWeek. “I thought of the reaction of our donors to that bit of news.”

How Rap Music is Saving Lives in the Caribbean

The Caribbean is one of the most hurricane-prone regions in the world, killing people every year and making communities more vulnerable with each and every storm that hits. But it wasn’t a hurricane that put Yen Carlos Reyes at risk.

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