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Drenching Rains Bring Fresh Misery to South Sudanese Camps

After what seemed like a slow start to a mild rainy season, the rain and all the chaos it entails came to Bentiu’s Protection of Civilians (POC) camp on Friday.

We’d been expecting the rainy season for a while, but we’d begun to hope we might get off light. Just last week, a colleague asked, “Is it just me, or is this rainy season really not that rainy?” 

The Human Side of Ebola

An Ebola outbreak unprecedented in terms of its deadliness and its geographic reach has been sweeping through West Africa, hitting Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. According to the World Health Organization, over 800 people have so far been infected and more than 500 have died, with the numbers steadily climbing. Initial flu-like symptoms develop quickly into vomiting, diarrhea and sometimes internal and external bleeding. There is no vaccination and the mortality rate can be up to 90%. 

Connecting Efforts to Protect Children and Empower Women Economically

We walked to the Tuesday market in Lusaka, Zambia and I stopped to buy some avocados. The woman who sold them had a horribly disfigured face that made it hard for her to speak. When she handed me my change she struggled to grip the money with her twisted and lame arm.

After we walked away I asked my Zambian friend who accompanied me if he thought her injuries were the result of a cooking accident, a common cause of injury for women in Africa. He said no. Her boyfriend’s wife had doused her with acid.

Conflict and Late Rains Drives Thousands from their Homes in Somalia

Shukri Sheikh Ali thought this year would be different. It was to be a time of rebuilding, of recovering, of returning home. Instead, she is starting over once again from scratch, her land thirsty for rain and her village emptied by conflict as Somalia once again faces the threat of a cascading and critical food shortage.

Pact Mourns Loss Of Former Leader

Former Pact president and CEO Louis Mitchell, who oversaw Pact’s transition from a membership organization to an international development NGO, passed away Tuesday.

Mitchell served as Pact’s leader from 1989 to 2001 and helped to pioneer capacity-building of local organizations into an important sector of international development. Capacity development still serves as a linchpin of Pact’s integrated approach to local solutions in the 30 countries in which Pact works today.

Letter from the President: Wow... What a Forum!

Dear Friends:

Forum 2014 came to a close Friday after four days of invigorating discussion, vibrant community-building, and some exciting new developments:
1. InterAction’s NGO Aid Map went global – our members are now mapping projects in all countries and all sectors.

As World Refugee Day Approaches, a UPSer Recalls Her Visit to Dadaab, the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

From the air, Dadaab doesn’t appear – it slowly comes into focus. The huge empty expanse of red dust looks like a terracotta platter dotted with pepper. As you draw closer, the black specks grow and change color, and the bare platter fills, resembling a generous helping of githeri, the beans and maize dish that is a Kenyan staple.

Only as you begin your descent does it become clear that this arid expanse of white is actually a vast expanse of tents – row upon row, both man-made and manufactured. An area designed for 90,000 now houses five times that many.

Investing in 5th Birthdays

Fifth birthday celebrations in the USA are one of many during early childhood, but five years also means a child is ready to begin formal education and a new phase of life.  But a fifth birthday celebration is a major accomplishment in many parts of the world, and this was especially true in 1984 when 1 in 4 children died before age 5.    In response to this tragic situation, a partnership was launched that has resulted in saving hundreds of thousands of lives and improving the health of millions of women and children in the past 30 years.   In 1984, with bipartisan action in both Houses of

Re-thinking Poverty in Light of Climate Change

334 species of plants. 693 different kinds of animals, including 49 species of mammals, 59 reptiles and 315 water birds. 1,600 square miles of land and 725 square miles of water. Three wildlife sanctuaries. The Sundarbans, the world’s largest, contiguous mangrove forest located along the coast of India and Bangladesh in the Bay of Bengal, is home to all of this. Just outside, 1.7 million people live along the forest's outskirts, with many depending on its resources.

How can data end global poverty? Looking through the lens of the post-2015 agenda

By Judithe Registre, program director for Because I am a Girl Campaign at Plan International USA. Registre is speaking at Gender and the Data Revolution: What's Next? on Friday, June 13 at InterAction's Forum 2014. 


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