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Teach a woman to fish

Teach a woman to fish

Ritu Sharma is the Co-founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide, an organization that advocates for change at the U.S. and global levels so that women and men can share equally in the enjoyment of opportunities, economic prosperity, voice, and freedom from fear and violence. She is also the author of the book,  Teach......
Disease detectives respond to the Ebola outbreak

Disease detectives respond to the Ebola outbreak

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) disease detectives are the real-life scientists and health professionals who fight disease outbreaks worldwide. Kelsey, a disease detective working to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, recently traveled to the epicenter of the outbreak.
The Data Revolution: Orwellian nightmare or boon to people power?

The Data Revolution: Orwellian nightmare or boon to people power?

This post was originally published on post2015.org. ‘Algorithmic regulation’ – a new term coined by Silicon Valley tech pioneer Timothy O’Reilly is an equally fascinating and terrifying notion. O’Reilly, (who also coined the term ‘Web 2.0’) describes the way in which the so-called ‘internet of things’ – th......
Shedding light on energy poverty: One Ugandan woman’s perspective

Shedding light on energy poverty: One Ugandan woman’s perspective

Irene Namaganda is a BeadforLife field coordinator in Uganda. Bead for Life invests in women and help them become successful entrepreneurs in their communities. Irene knows how harmful a lack of electricity can be to the health of girls and women, but she also sees first-hand the positive effects that access to electricity ca......
PODCAST: Get your facts straight on Ebola with Dr. Dan Bausch

PODCAST: Get your facts straight on Ebola with Dr. Dan Bausch

By Jaclyn Schiff, director of communications at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Follow on Twitter at @J_Schiff.  If you’ve been paying attention to the news surrounding the West Africa Ebola outbreak, chances are you’ve either heard from Daniel G. Bausch, MD, MPH&TM, or read his analysis (see ......
Interview: Tarik Jasarevic on WHO response to Ebola outbreak

Interview: Tarik Jasarevic on WHO response to Ebola outbreak

By Chelsea Hedquist. This post was originally posted on the UN Foundation’s Global Connections blog.  Tarik Jasarevic, a spokesperson for the World Health Organization (WHO), has been deployed to West Africa twice in the past few months to manage communications around the Ebola outbreak that has now killed more than ......
VIDEO: He shouldn’t have died

VIDEO: He shouldn’t have died

By Prakrit Nepal, ONE Campus Leader and student at Colby-Sawyer College. When I was in 11th grade, I had a friend at school in Nepal named Sameer. He was up all night studying for a test, but his house had no power. So he used a kerosene lamp to read. The next day, Sameer died of…...
Numbers count. So should girls.

Numbers count. So should girls.

Girl Up , an innovative campaign of the United Nations Campaign, envisions a world where all girls, no matter where they live, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders. So, it’s pretty obvious to us: girls should count. Duh. But 1 in 3 children&helli......
This month’s curator: Dana Perino

This month’s curator: Dana Perino

One of the best things that ever happened to me was having my heart opened to the needs of the people of Africa by President and Mrs. Bush. During the administration, I travelled to Africa and learned more about their passion and policy advocacy. Seeing the problems — from health, hunger, education, and empowerment –&......
Redefining masculinity in the Balkans

Redefining masculinity in the Balkans

Ibadet Dervishaj is a communications specialist at ICRW. I shaved my head when I was 10 years old, and it opened a whole new world to me. Growing up in Kosovo, I started noticing gender roles at a very young age. Men could be masters of their own fate and women had to accept their…...
Ramadan hunger is fading – are its lessons fading too?

Ramadan hunger is fading – are its lessons fading too?

By Lina Hashem, Islamic Relief USA  Ramadan is complete, alhamdulillah. We have met our challenge, and it feels good. We celebrated our achievement on Eid, and now we’re easing back into everyday life. Hunger is fading back into a memory. Not so for Leila in Haiti. “We are in an eternal Ramadan,” she said in July&hell......
If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem

If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem

Nick Evans is a ONE Campus Leader at the University of Iowa.   I’ve never considered myself an activist. I’ve never gone to a big protest with signs and chants, I’ve never “occupied” anything, and I’ve never gone to a far-away place to help a group of people and hopefully inspire the worl......
Help South Sudan survive hunger and malnutrition

Help South Sudan survive hunger and malnutrition

This blog post was written by Aimee Ansari, Country Director, CARE South Sudan. The U.N. recently reported a startling statistic: without a change in the conflict in South Sudan or to the amount of humanitarian aid being delivered, 50,000 children under the age of five years old will die by the end of the year,…...
Picture this: A tale of two babies

Picture this: A tale of two babies

Lack of electricity should not dictate whether you live or die. By Kelly Lippi and Ari Hoffman A premature baby is born by emergency cesarean section in southwestern Uganda. He is cold. Mom can’t keep him warm while recovering from surgery. Power is out. Not out from a storm or downed wire, not out during the 36 hours&he......
Creating limitless horizons for girls

Creating limitless horizons for girls

Catherine Connors is an executive with the Walt Disney Company, the mother of two amazing children, and the author of the award-winning blog Her Bad Mother.  When I was 11 years old, I stole a horse. Actually, it’s probably more accurate to say that I borrowed the horse — I had every intention of returning it —&helli......
We will not banish AIDS until we banish stigma

We will not banish AIDS until we banish stigma

This blog post was written by David J. Olson, Global Development Communicator and Advocate for Olson Global Communications. I met Eugene and Dominique at a drop-in center for men who have sex with men (MSM) outside Nairobi, Kenya. Eugene, 23, comes to the center regularly to get condoms, lubricants, and HIV counseling and te......