Canada has regained its international development mojo. Fact-based Approaches in the Toughest Places PSI works in the fields of infectious disease and reproductive health in some of the poorest countries in the world. Canada has a long tradition of development activism, and its leaders historically knew the world where we work well.
Whether out of a desire to help those in need or by accident, readers share their reasons for working as humanitarians – despite near death experiences.
How can young people influence more development decisions? The Guardian's panel of experts offer 11 ideas for leveraging the skills of the next generation of leaders.
A well-functioning civil registration and vital statistics system — including birth, death, marriage and divorce registration — is important for both a country and its citizens. CRVS provides basic demographic and health data for governments that inform policy and investments in programs. It also enables individuals to prove legal status and access rights, which is why a solid CRVS system can have disproportionately positive benefits for girls and women who traditionally have fewer rights than boys and men.
With years of experience in attempting to effect large scale educational change using technology, Jim Teicher, founder and director of CyberSmart Africa, has come up with six "game changing" topics (and I don't use the phrase lightly) we need to address in order to really make a difference.
Harvest and post-harvest loss of India's major agricultural produce is estimated at Rs 92,651 crore ($13 billion), according to data published by the ministry of food processing industries.
The Chinese proverb that it is better to teach a man to fish than give a man a fish is not quite true when the fish is replaced with cash. A new analysis of 56 programs and 165 studies in 30 countries shows that giving people money is effective and does not discourage work. It builds on the growing evidence that cash just might be king when it comes to the fight against poverty.
The issue of how farmers from Africa can gain access to financial support through loans took centre stage at a meeting that attracted experts in rural and agriculture finance in Kigali.
Humanitarian PR is a moral minefield. It’s important to remember the people behind your stories are more than just case studies to bring in fundraising.
Providing a safe and plentiful food supply for a growing population poses a critical challenge to agriculture in the United States and around the globe. In the face of challenges that include population increase, changing climate, excess nutrients, and invasive species, the world will need more productive, sustainable, and profitable farming systems. These farming systems must meet future societal needs, as well as maintain biodiversity, mitigate or adapt to climate change, and improve the quality of air, soil, and water.
The 19th century American scholar and educator Anna Julia Cooper’s prophetic words “when and where I enter” are a call to leave no one behind in the struggle for equality. When she wrote this, in her seminal work A Voice from the South, Cooper understood that progress and equality in the US could not be achieved until African-American women, who faced multiple forms of oppression, were put front and centre.
Happy World Breastfeeding Week! Many mothers who have or are breastfeeding find they have quite a bit in common. When you add work to the equation, it can be a recipe for potentially awkward and memorable moments. Here are a few of them in all their GIF-glory.
Health officials have declared the Zika epidemic over in Colombia, but microcephaly and Guillain-Barré syndrome, which have been linked to the mosquito-borne virus, remain concerns in the South American country.
More people are dying from viral liver disease than ever before, scientists have found. While much progress has been made to curb the spread of infectious diseases like HIV, TB and malaria, hepatitis-related deaths reached an alarming 1.45 million in 2013.
In today's world, technology is everywhere and enables everything – except education. For the most part, education is still shackled by the 19th century sausage machine that at its best takes in children and spits out adults trained to work in factories, obediently following orders and never thinking for themselves.
UNITAID and the World Health Organization (WHO) released the second edition of the landscape report on HIV Self-testing which shows that 16 countries have adopted HIV self-testing policies, while many others are currently developing them. Released at the International AIDS Conference in Durban, the report summarizes latest technologies for HIV self-testing, including estimates for demand, supply, and pricing.
Higher education in Africa is as old as the pyramids in Egypt. But the continent’s ancient institutions have long ago disappeared. The type of higher education that’s delivered in Africa today, from curriculum to degree structure and the languages of instruction, is rooted in colonialism. This has led many to question whether African universities are still suffering from a sort of colonization – of the mind.
Doing business at the base of the pyramid is not easy; the 4 billion people in the developing world who earn less than $1,500 a year have difficulty buying durable goods. Yet, there are a few business models that have proved to be profitable and sustainable and can be a source of inspiration for other companies entering this promising market.
There is evidence that digital learning and courseware is becoming increasingly adopted by students and institutions across the nation. Let’s take that conversation a step further and explore how we can collectively improve the impact, scale, and quality of digital learning implementations in U.S. undergraduate education.
Development impact bonds (DIBs) have generated a great deal of buzz in recent months, but until now, there has been little evidence of if and how well they work. Today, one of the first DIBs is releasing data from its first year that points to signs of success.
In the international development field, bespoke ICT solutions may seem like a better idea on the surface because they are tailored to a specific use case and thus have a higher probability for success, there are several reasons why a platform solution is actually better for successful implementation of projects. Indeed, they are better also for the development process overall and, most importantly, the intended beneficiaries.
Access to water and sanitation is a basic human right. No one, whatever their circumstances, should be forced to live in conditions where these services are not made available. And yet this is the case for many inmates in overcrowded prisons around the world.
Smallholder farmers across the globe face a barrage of forces — from globalization, technological advances, and market liberalization, to privatization and climate change — that are disrupting and realigning their livelihoods. Purchase for Progress (P4P) was launched by the World Food Programme in an effort to help smallholder farmers better cope with these drivers of change and vulnerability. Here are three key lessons P4P has learned.
Before the internet was as globally accessible as it is today, many aid workers in lower-income countries were, in some ways, off the map. Now, more of the world has web access (although the majority still don't ), and aid workers in the field can more easily access critical information that saves time, money and lives.
The first is the last when it comes to funding for education. Only 1.15 percent of official development assistance directed at education goes to support pre-primary learning - a small sum considering less than 8 percent of all official development assistance goes to education.
Democratic Republic of Congo has almost run out of yellow fever vaccine in Kinshasa, in the same week that the government declared an epidemic of the disease in the packed capital and two other provinces.
Failure to provide adequate healthcare for transgender people is holding back development in Africa and the Middle East, a study reveals. Transgender people whose healthcare needs are not met experience high rates of HIV and mental health problems such as depression, say a series of three research papers published in The Lancet.
The global push for universal primary education increased school enrollment in the past decade, but there are still more than 120 million young people who are not going to school. This major gap has created an "education deficit," according to Human Rights Watch.