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NGOs Send Recommendations, Concerns Regarding Iraq to Secretary Kerry

On July 30, 2014, 36 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) sent a letter to U.S. Department of State Secretary, John F. Kerry. The letter “[called] for a stronger response from the United States, including a clear, long-term strategy for addressing what could become a protracted situation.” The letter capitalizes on the influence of the U.S. as a catalyst for justice, peace, and support of Iraqi civil society organizations’ development of institutions with greater accountability and capacity to protect their citizens. As stated in the letter, “U.S.

NGO Aid Map: Balancing More Data With Data Quality

This last blog post of the series delves into the challenge of balancing the demand for more data with the need to ensure a sufficient level of data quality. For NGO Aid Map to be successful, people must view it as a source of reliable and useful information, which suggests the need to prioritize data quality. On the other hand, if the initiative seems to lack forward momentum and starts to feel stale, this also invites failure. So what direction will NGO Aid Map be taking? For reasons we’ll explain below, we’ve chosen to go wide over going deep.

NGO Aid Map: We Built It. Have They Come?

The viability and success of NGO Aid Map, a mapping initiative that pools and shares data about the work of InterAction members around the world, depends entirely on whether InterAction members contribute data. Unlike an organization or donor that can require its staff or grantees to share certain information, participation in NGO Aid Map is completely voluntary.

Gulf Between "Experts" And Vulnerable Communities

In the United Kingdom, Lord Heseltine’s recently released review has once again pointed to the importance of shifting the focus of resource distribution, provision of services and ultimately decision-making to the community level [No stone unturned in the pursuit of growth, 31 October 2012]. Not for the first time are those concerned with sustained socioeconomic growth reminded that local communities need to be empowered and incentivised to achieve success.

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