Why Don’t We Spend More Money at Home? Breaking Down False Notions About U.S. Foreign Aid

Why Don’t We Spend More Money at Home? Breaking Down False Notions About U.S. Foreign Aid

Whenever I go to the Hill to advocate for continued and, more importantly, increased funding for foreign aid I always hear from staffers that their constituents perpetually call their congressperson’s or senator’s office telling them to stop spending money in other countries and use that money at home. What these concerned citizens and so many […]

We Cannot Stay Silent on the Central African Republic

We Cannot Stay Silent on the Central African Republic

As we watch the crisis in the Central African Republic unfold we cannot sit idly by and simply read the horrific news reports and witness the massive carnage during the evening news. We must raise our collective voices to pressure the international community to further intervene in the mass sectarian violence and ethnic cleansing that […]

Rwanda Leads the World in Women Lawmakers

Rwanda Leads the World in Women Lawmakers

By Elaine Tucci Elaine Tucci is the Co-Founder and CEO of Women Lead to Change http://www.womenleadtochange.org As the world learns more about the promise of women to bring peace, prosperity and economic well-being to nations, Rwanda has become a poster child of this promise. Thriving after one of the most brutal genocides in history, today […]

10 Facts About Female Genital Mutilation You May Not Have Known #EndFGM

10 Facts About Female Genital Mutilation You May Not Have Known #EndFGM

Today marks the UN’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation. It is vitally important that we raise our collective voices today and frequently throughout the year to help stop the violence against young girls who are literally mutilated in the name of culture and custom when they have to endure a lifetime […]

Focusing on Cervical Cancer on World Cancer Day

Focusing on Cervical Cancer on World Cancer Day

Today is World Cancer Day, a day to talk about and discuss cancer and the myths surrounding the global disease. On World Cancer Day we are focusing our efforts on cervical cancer and its effects on women in poor countries. Last year I met a cervical cancer nurse, Susan Banda, at the N’Gombe Health Clinic […]

Photographer Launches New Site for Maternal Health + Monday Reads

Photographer Launches New Site for Maternal Health + Monday Reads

Last week I wrote a piece for Impatient Optimists, Documentary Captures the Lives of Midwives in Southern Ethiopia, in which I shared the work of Italian  photographer Paolo Patruno. Patruno works with NGOs to document births across sub-Saharan Africa in order to highlight the current state of maternal health on the continent. Thus far he […]

ONE Calls on African Countries to Commit to Increased Agriculture Funding

ONE Calls on African Countries to Commit to Increased Agriculture Funding

One of the things you will hear often when you travel throughout Africa and visit with government officials is the amount of money they have committed to lifesaving programs from HIV/AIDs national programs to malaria, maternal health, and agriculture programs. What is often hidden, however, is whether or not those governments actually come through with […]

Upcoming Conference: Women Advancement Forum (Banjul, Gambia)

Upcoming Conference: Women Advancement Forum (Banjul, Gambia)

Over the next few months we will be helping to promote one of the largest women’s conferences in Africa – the Women Advancement Forum. The forum will be held May 24 – 29, 2014 in Banjul, Gambia at the Sheraton Hotel. The Women Advancement Forum (WAF) is Africa’s most attended global gender conference. WAF is […]

Bill and Melinda Gates Dispel Three Poverty Myths in Annual Letter

Bill and Melinda Gates Dispel Three Poverty Myths in Annual Letter

Like last year and in previous years Bill and Melinda Gates released their 2014 Annual Letter today. Their theme: 3 Myths That Block Progress for the Poor. Last year’s letter was all about the critical need to measure how programs work and this year’s letter explains how the data shows foreign aid does in fact […]

Monday Morning Reads: January 20

Monday Morning Reads: January 20

Happy Martin Luther King Day! To honor his legacy we support Save the Children’s The Real Awards that honors health workers around the world. Today we have several foreign policy as well as global health and development news stories that we found of great interest. If you have read any compelling pieces lately that you think […]

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