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A Pioneer for Arab Internet Freedom: Nizar Zakka

Most friendships are made within the tribe. My friendship with Nizar was remarkably outside the tribe.

The first encounter had taken place one morning, back in 2005, as I noticed this stranger walking in circles outside the gate of my fledgling internet center in Khanaqin, Iraq, chatting to the sky with his handheld sat-phone and intermittently eyeing the center with something akin to avarice.

Civil Society Engagement at the G7 - Why it Matters

For over four decades, leaders from the world’s major advanced economies have gathered to discuss pressing global challenges at the annual Group of Seven (G7) Summit. Historically speaking, the informal, non-bureaucratic nature of the G7 has not lent itself to a well-structured relationship with civil society groups.

The 2016 G7 Summit: Successes Thus Far

As with most major international summits, real, change-affecting policy is written long before the heads of government arrive in the host nation. This year is proving to be no different.

Open Learning for Inclusive Development

Submitted by Abha Joshi-Ghani, the director of leadership, learning and innovation at the World Bank Group.

In his landmark book The Learning Society, the eminent economist Joseph Stiglitz made an important observation: that what truly separates developed from less developed countries is advances in technology and not the accumulation of capital. What separates developed from developing countries is the gap in knowledge and how quickly this gap is closed through learning.

Become a Better Problem Framer through Design Thinking

Submitted by Dominique Narciso, founder and president of AidWell.

Design thinking is making its entry into the international development mainstream, with big design companies such as IDEO and Acumen Fund promoting human-centered design to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. However, the actual process of doing design is sometimes hard to grasp.

Supporting Refugees’ Right to, Access to, and Conditions of Work

Submitted by Christina Tobias-Nahi, the director of public affairs at Islamic Relief USA.

Today, around 60 million people are displaced as a result of changing climate conditions, slow or onset natural disasters, and conflict around the globe. This is an unprecedented, historical number not seen since World War II.  About 20 million of these displaced individuals have been forced out of their home countries and are now classified as refugees. What is more, half of all refugees today are in “protracted refugee situations,” lasting for at least 25 years. 

A Data Revolution for Development

Submitted by Rupert Simons, CEO of Publish What You Fund. 

Top Ten Online Advocacy Mistakes

Submitted by Colin Delany, founder and editor of Epolitics.com

Do you want to succeed at online advocacy? Of course you do! Fortunately, thousands of us have been toiling away in this field for years. In the process, we've done just about everything wrong you can imagine. But you don't have to repeat our errors. Check out ten of my favorite mistakes nonprofits often make when they approach online advocacy.

Three Myths about Passion that are Keeping you Stuck

Submitted by Stacy Campesi, CPC, ELI-MP, SLC Coaching.

As a leadership coach, "passion" is a word I hear often in my conversations with clients. It shows up in in all sorts of ways, but most often sounds something like, “I have no idea what I want to do with my life, and I need someone to help me find my passion." After working with dozens of young professionals in the non-profit world, I've found that there are three big myths that keep them from feeling fulfilled and happy in their careers.

So, What Does It All Add Up To?

Submitted by Carlisle Levine, Sherine Jayawickrama, and Tosca Bruno-van Vijfeijken.

International NGOs have well-established practices for measuring results at the project and program level. But how to measure results at an agency level across numerous countries, sectors and projects? What does it all add up to? Are there meaningful, cost-effective ways to tell?

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