The Coming Revolution in Development

The prospects for a majority of people in the developing world have radically altered over the last 25 years. Never before has so much changed for so many. Average income doubled and female illiteracy declined by 50%. Six billion people gained access to cellphones and the percent of people living in extreme poverty dropped below 10% for the first time in recorded history.

Afghanistan Earthquake: Homeless Families face bitter winter

The world has moved on, but on the ground in northern Afghanistan, we still sharply feel the impact of the October 26 earthquake, especially as the cold sinks in and families huddle together in tent shelters.

Telebriefing: Will G20 Leaders Act Decisively on Syrian Crisis?

November 15-16, leaders from the world's major advanced and emerging economies will meet in Antalya, Turkey. It remains uncertain, however, how prominently the historic crisis in Syria will feature on the official agenda. This follows a recent call by EU leaders for the G20 to develop a more effective global response to the current Syrian refugee crisis.

What the bipartisan budget agreement means for foreign aid

A U.S. delegation visits the Islahiye Refugee Camp for Syrians in Turkey. U.S. President Barack Obama’s recently signed budget act includes an appropriation of $15 billion in “overseas contingency operations” funding for each of the next two years. Photo by: U.S. State Department

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 includes a heavy dose of funding for the state and foreign operations account that bankrolls U.S. aid programs. That’s great news for U.S. development programs, right?

NCBA CLUSA embraces InterAction’s NGO Aid Map

The National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA) was one of the first organizations to join InterAction’s Global NGO Aid Map when it launched in June 2014. Compiling information for the initial batch upload of project profiles was a lengthy process that required a lot of coordination amongst NCBA CLUSA’s program management team and consultation with InterAction’s Mapping team, but once this first wave of projects made it to the map, it was smooth sailing from then on.

“One-Click” Publishing to IATI

InterAction has just published information on its grant-funded activities to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) for the third time. Since first publishing in March 2015, we’ve considerably improved our publication process. It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that we can now publish to IATI with just one click of a button. In case it might be of use to others, here’s how we did it.

A New Tool to Help Funders Coordinate and Grow Early Childhood Investments in East Africa

Coordinating investments is a challenge all funders face. How do we avoid duplicating investments in some areas while other areas are overlooked and underfunded? How do we identify potential synergies and opportunities to collaborate with others who have similar interests, and align our investments to be more impactful? These questions arise frequently for my colleagues and me at Bernard van Leer Foundation. As the range of actors investing in early childhood development (ECD) in East Africa grows, so does the challenge of understanding who is investing in what, and where. 

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