December 2013 Newsletter

Welcome to the December 2013 issue of the Global Washington newsletter. If you would like to contact us directly, please email us.

IN THIS ISSUE

Special Feature

Public Health Challenges in the Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan

By Katie Wollstein

The Philippines was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest tropical storms to ever make landfall, on November 8, 2013.  18 million people were estimated to have lived in the worst-affected regions which were left without water, power, and communications in the weeks following the typhoon.  In addition to severely damaged infrastructure and economic consequences likely to follow, disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan can create an environment ripe for outbreaks of infectious diseases.

Current Concerns

As of the end of November, 14.4 million people were reported to have been affected by Typhoon Haiyan and 3.62 million people were displaced (Government of the Philippines, Department for Social Welfare and Development).  According the World Health Organization (WHO), health needs in the Philippines have shifted from immediate trauma care to broader health issues.  For example, the WHO Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM) cluster reported that only 35 temporary shelter sites in Tacloban have latrines, 77 percent have no solid waste removal system, and there is on average only one latrine per 61 persons.  Because of overcrowding, poor shelter, exposure, lack of drinking water, sanitation and hygiene facilities, and poor nutrition, health officials are anticipating the following developments:

Additionally, in a recent report, WHO and the Philippines Department of Health listed the five main public health concerns in the wake of the storm:  acute respiratory infection; fever; diarrhea; hypertension; and skin disease.  Other public health concerns include the lack of health facilities (including those that can deliver obstetric care for pregnant women), chronic diseases including interruption of treatment for diseases needing long-term treatment (e.g., diabetes), disruption in cold chain and medical provisions (i.e., vaccines), and malnutrition, especially in infants and young children.

Current Efforts

In Tacloban, a mass vaccination campaign for measles and polio recently began for children less than five years of age.  The children will also be checked for malnutrition and given Vitamin A drops to support their immune systems.  The campaign is supported by the Department of Health, WHO, and UNICEF and will start at the main displacement centers before medical staff venture into more remote affected areas in the coming weeks.

UNICEF, a member of Global Washington, has already helped to restore access to over 30,000 water locations in Tacloban, benefiting an estimated 200,000 people or 80 percent of people in Tacloban and six surrounding districts.  Oxfam America , a Global Washington member, has four aid teams on the ground in Northern Cebu, Leyte, and Samar, providing household-level water purification, hygiene kits including soap, toothbrushes, underwear, and blankets, as well as 1,000 communal temporary latrines, cleaning kits, and hand-washing stations.  World Vision, also a Global Washington member, has distributed emergency food, water, and hygiene kits to an estimated 24,000 people.  More than 500 local staff members have been mobilized to help distribute food, blankets, mosquito nets, tarps, hygiene kits, and emergency shelters.  Another Global Washington member, Save the Children, has provided humanitarian relief for Filipino children and families including distributing 500 newborn kits which include diapers, lotions, and baby clothes.  With a high mortality risk among children ages six months to two years old, Save the Children is prioritizing procuring supplies for feeding infants and young children.  Other Global Washington members involved in the Philippines aid effort include Global Impact, Mercy Corps, Peace Winds America, Habitat for Humanity, and the JP Morgan Chase Foundation.

What’s next?

In response to Typhoon Haiyan, Scott Jackson, president and CEO of Global Impact, described how major disasters require both short-term disaster relief and long-term international support to fuel recovery efforts.   Next steps outlined by WHO and the Department of Health include estimating infrastructure damage and health service availability in detail, better defining affected populations and needs (including for pregnant and lactating women and patients with chronic diseases), evaluating resources currently available and what will be required in the short to midterm, and better understanding the needs for longer term relief and recovery in the next six to twelve months.  WHO also specified immediate priorities in their November 16th Public Health Risk Assessment and Intervention Report.  These priorities included:

Global Washington has put together a list of organizations in Washington State that are working in the Philippines and are asking for donations to aid their efforts.  These organizations can be found here.

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question-of-the-month
GlobalWA will ask you a question every month and synthesize the responses and make available to our member organizations. Please take a moment to respond to the question for this month:

Which session was your favorite at the Global WA conference last month?

Please click here to respond.

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Recap of Global Washington’s 5th Annual Conference

Last month, Global Washington hosted our 5th annual conference — Catalyzing Collective Impact. We convened over 450 members of the global development community in Washington (and beyond) for a day of high-caliber speakers and sessions, and numerous opportunities for networking and partnership-building.

We were inspired and challenged by our amazing keynote speakers:  Deogratias Niyizonkia, Village Health Works; Neal Keny-Guyer, Mercy Corps; Sam Daley-Harris, RESULTS; and Ken Berger, Charity Navigator.

We also hope you found the panels and breakout session informative and useful for your work going forward.

If you missed the conference or want to take a closer look at a particular session, we have included some resources below:

Want an overview of the day?  Download the full recap report here.

Want to see what everyone is talking about?  Check out some videos from the day here.

Want to check out those photos you took at the booth?  Click here and use the code “GW111313” to gain access.  We also posted photos from the day on flickr.

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Announcement

After two years of dedicated service, Amanda Bidwell’s tenure will come to a close as Global Washington’s Special Projects Assistant. Amanda began her work with GlobalWA as an intern, and was then hired to work on a wide variety of projects. She managed social media and event communications, coordinated marketing and advertising initiatives, and has been instrumental in the success of GlobalWA’s annual conferences. Amanda’s passion is soil ecology and she will be continuing her work as a Research Technologist for the School of Environmental & Forest Sciences at the University of Washington. Her last day with GlobalWA is December 20th. Please join us in wishing Amanda the best of luck in her future endeavors.

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Sakena Yacoobi wins 2013 Opus Award

By Sandy Lam

yacoobi-awardSakena Yacoobi, founder and president of the Afghan Institute of Learning and keynote speaker at the 2012 Global Washington Annual Conference, was announced as the winner of the 2013 Opus Prize, an award that “honors unsung heroes of any faith tradition with a $1 million award for efforts to solve today’s most persistent and pressing global issues, including poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and injustice.”

Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs presented Yacoobi with the award.  Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia stated, “Dr. Sakena Yacoobi has demonstrated an inspiring commitment to the promotion of education and health services for women and children in Afghanistan. She is an eminently deserving recipient of this faith-based humanitarian award—for her disproportionate contributions to the betterment of our global family.”

Last year, Yacoobi opened the 2012 GlobalWA Conference retelling her experience in Afghanistan and her mission to bring education to the women and children of the country. “As soon as I arrived, I saw how much the women and children suffered. What could I do? How could I help them? What about education? How could they improve?” said Yacoobi. She founded the Afghan Institute of Learning in 1995, which began by helping refugee camps. Now the institute aims to provide teacher training, support education for children, and to deliver health services and education to women and children with over 40 learning centers and schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Yacoobi said she is thankful and honored to receive the award and intends to use the prize money to increase the capacity of her organization. The award, specifically seeks out people of faith who are making changes in the world, and Yacoobi believes that the Quran guides the principles of the institute. In a country where war still ravages the land, Yacoobi believes the power of education can help change the future.

“Afghan people are kind. They are smart. They really need a chance to really be different,” said Yacoobi. “Our religion is constantly telling us that we are peaceful. The first word “shalom” is peace. We say peace upon you. That is the meaning of Islam.”

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Featured Organization

Seattle BioMed: Putting Together Pieces of the Puzzle to Tackle Infectious Disease Worldwide

By Sandy Lam

featured-org-randy-hasslerA pioneer in Seattle’s thriving global health sector, Seattle BioMed is a non-profit biomedical research institute dedicated to eliminating the threat of the world’s most devastating infectious diseases, including malaria, tuberculosis (TB) and HIV. The institute’s faculty works out of the Seattle headquarters in South Lake Union but collaborates with research teams worldwide at both public and private entities. I sat down with Seattle BioMed’s Chief Operating Officer, Randy Hassler, to discuss the organization’s 2013 accomplishments, and to inquire about what we can expect next from the Institute.

Hassler explains that what makes Seattle BioMed unique is the integration of scientists with areas of expertise that range from how different pathogens that cause disease behave to how the human immune system responds to infection all under one roof. Systems biology also plays a key role in Seattle BioMed’s work, enabling scientists to use data collected and analyzed at a massive scale in order to create models of how pathogens cause their devastation—and how best drugs and vaccines will work to counter them.

Seattle BioMed’s accomplishments span across the diseases that together kill more than 14 million people worldwide each year. This year, research teams shared critical breakthroughs in the fights against malaria, HIV and tuberculosis.

Malaria is the leading cause of death and disease in many developing countries, with 3.3 billion people living in areas at risk of malaria transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Children under the age of 5 are among the most vulnerable to the disease, and as many as a million children die each year, mostly from a form of malaria known as cerebral malaria, characterized by small blood clots in the brain. “Despite the fact that malaria has been around for centuries, the mechanisms of the disease have been enormously challenging to untangle,” says Hassler. This year, an international team including Seattle BioMed’s Joe Smith, Ph.D., has helped to uncover a crucial piece of knowledge about how cerebral malaria kills. “Joe Smith and his team were able, for the first time, to pinpoint the lock and key mechanism for how red blood cells infected with the malaria parasite stick to the side of blood vessels, leading to the kinds of clots that kill victims of cerebral malaria.” Understanding the way in which malaria causes its damage is an essential part of creating a new drug or vaccine, Hassler explains. “If you know what the mechanism that allows disease progression actually looks like, you can begin work on how to prevent that mechanism.”

featured-org-slu-officeAnother disease that is benefitting from breakthrough scientific discovery at Seattle BioMed is HIV. Because HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is so well-adapted to evade the human immune system, a vaccine for the disease remains elusive. In the United States alone, nearly 50,000 people become newly infected with HIV each year. Seattle BioMed’s Leo Stamatatos, Ph.D., is leading a team of collaborators who have already made great strides in 2013 by shedding light onto why previous attempts at HIV vaccines have all failed, and by designing HIV shells that can activate the robust immune response needed to keep the virus at bay. The next step, says Hassler, is to move this research into clinical trials, and Seattle BioMed has already applied for a grant from the National Institutes of Health to do just that.  “It’s still early, but we’re hopeful that this entirely novel approach will lead to a new, effective HIV vaccine.”

Seattle BioMed’s researchers are also making strides toward new treatments for tuberculosis (TB). With one-third of the world’s population carrying a dormant form of the TB bacterium, and new forms of drug-resistant TB emerging each year, TB is already a major a global health issue. Researchers led by David Sherman, Ph.D., from Seattle BioMed have created a “regulatory map” of TB’s genome: essentially a blueprint for how each of TB’s 4,000 genes is connected to the others. With this blueprint, researchers can now meaningfully investigate how to create the next generation of drugs to fight even strains of the bacteria that do not respond to any of our current drugs. “We want to know what triggers a gene to become active,” says Hassler. “The thread between all of these examples of our work is that they are fundamental discoveries that will help us create newer, smarter interventions for these diseases,” says Hassler. “Our vision is to take these ideas into the next phases of research and early clinical testing. We want to keep moving forward.”

By taking a collaborative and integrated approach to research and science, Seattle BioMed will continue to tackle complex problems in the biology of infectious diseases and be a leader in the field of global health, improving lives and communities all over the world.

Seattle BioMed offers lab tours throughout each month. If you are interested in attending a one-hour “Lab to Life” tour, please contact Brooke Longacre at brooke.longacre@seattlebiomed.org

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Changemaker

Transforming Science into Global Heath Solutions: A look at IDRI with Erik Iverson

By Mark Olmstead

changemaker-iversonWhen working in Brazil in his early years with the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI), founder Steve Reed saw firsthand the agony children regularly went through to get a leishmaniasis diagnosis.  This involved a bone marrow or spleen biopsy, both procedures so painful that patients had to be forcefully held down.  Upon returning to the United States, Reed focused his research on finding new diagnostic techniques for infectious diseases likeleprosy, Chagas disease and leishmaniasis.

Erik Iverson, IDRI’s Executive Vice-President of Business Development & External Affairs, shares Reed’s passion for wanting to make an impact in the global health sector.  I had the opportunity to sit down with Iverson, a life science attorney who gained insight into the world of global health as Associate General Counsel at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation before joining IDRI in 2011, as he shared with me both the broader mission and finer details of IDRI, and how his team is working hard to innovate.

As IDRI’s founder first developed a finger prick test for leishmaniasis, he then expanded into tuberculosis research after he was faced with a close family member’s death from the disease.  Additionally, one of IDRI’s Board members saw the tragic effects of leprosy from the Korean War and was able to expand the organization’s research into that field, as well.  IDRI now researches vaccines, develops drugs and creates adjuvants, which help make vaccines more effective.  They were recently featured in the New York Times for their development of a diagnostic tool which can detect leprosy infection up to one year before symptoms appear, and are moving into clinical trials with a promising tuberculosis vaccine candidate in South Africa.

The above are just some of the things that Iverson and everyone at IDRI are very proud of, particularly as the organization celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2013.  Like many non-profit independent research organizations that focus on diseases of poverty, the biggest challenge facing the organization, however, is funding. There is still no market for the final product seeing that the consumers of these vaccines are living in some of the most impoverished regions of the world.  Iverson states that a challenge is to create a product that is both accessible to the right people and also affordable for them.  Is it possible to create an effective yet inexpensive vaccine?  As IDRI discovers the answers, they are highly dependent on grants, which are particularly tough to secure in bad economic conditions.  However, Iverson mentioned that one of the perks of being based in Washington State is the global health-friendly environment, promoting funding support from local organizations, individuals and businesses.

IDRI has only been around for 20 years and has already accomplished a great deal.  They plan to continue expanding into emerging markets and partnering with pharmaceutical companies to create effective and inexpensive vaccines and drugs to eradicate infectious diseases that occur worldwide.  IDRI continues to impact global health research and has become a leader in the targeted field of infectious disease research and product development.  Erik Iverson’s pride in this comes through loud and clear.  Here in Seattle, we are lucky to have IDRI in our own backyard.

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Welcome new members

Please welcome our newest Global Washington members. Take a moment to familiarize yourself with their work and consider opportunities for support and collaboration!

Champion Members:

Amazon: Founded in 1994 and headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Amazon has grown to be a Fortune 100 company and is the world’s largest online retailer.  With a mission “to be Earth’s most customer-centric company, where customers can find and discover anything they might want to buy online, and endeavors to offer its customers the lowest possible prices,” Amazon.com and its sellers offer millions of unique new, refurbished, and used items. Amazon has separate retail sites for the United States, United Kingdom, France, Canada, Germany, Italy, Spain, Australia, Brazil, Japan, China, India and Mexico, with international shipping to other countries for some of its products. www.amazon.com

Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry: Combining the study of leadership theory and practice, peace building, ethics and spirituality, the Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership program offered at Seattle University helps students become leaders for positive change. https://www.seattleu.edu/stm/degrees/matl/

Leadership Members

Emirates Airlines: A fast-growing international airline with one of the youngest fleets in the sky and more than 400 awards for excellence worldwide. http://www.emirates.com/us/english/index.aspx

Supporting Members

Theo Chocolate: Theo Chocolate is dedicated to making our world a better place by bringing out the best of the cocoa bean. As the first organic and Fair Trade chocolate factory in the country, Theo Chocolate’s founding principle is that the finest artisan chocolate in the world can (and should) be produced in an entirely ethical, sustainable fashion. All of its ingredients are carefully screened and 3rd party verified to ensure they meet our standards for social and environmental responsibility. www.theochocolate.com

IMEC America: IMEC provides equipment solutions for health care, agriculture, and education projects in developing countries.  http://www.imecamerica.org

Advocate Members

3 Phase Energy Systems Inc.: Since 2007, 3 Phase Energy Systems, Inc. (3PESI), has engaged in the design, manufacture, sale, and service of renewable energy solutions to a rapidly growing global market. Its flagship product, Powersails™, and its delivery/deployment platform, are manufactured in Auburn WA, USA and offer the only sustainable advertising solution engineered for urban areas. http://www.3pesi.com

Evans School of Public Affairs – University of Washington: The Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs is a graduate school of public policy and administration. Our programs prepare students for public service careers. Our graduates and faculty provide expertise and produce research that guides local, national, and global nonprofit organizations and government agencies. http://evans.uw.edu

MovingWorlds: A registered Social Purpose Corporation with global headquarters in Seattle, WA, USA, and Santiago, Chile whose focus is on accelerating social progress while connecting people to life-enriching experiences.  http://www.movingworlds.org

Partnering for Progress:  The mission of Partnering for Progress is to help provide access to health care, education, sanitation, and clean water to residents in developing countries. http://partneringforprogress.org

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Upcoming Member Events

World Affairs Council // Transnational Trivia Night

Interested in testing your knowledge of current events, history, geography, and world cultures? Our transnational trivia night is back! Join us for this fun and informal evening at Spitfire in Belltown. Assemble a team of six (or let us place you on a team), and compete in six rounds of international trivia. Topics range from pop culture to geopolitics, from current events to ancient history. This is a great opportunity to meet and socialize with Seattleites who share a passion for all things international!  Register here.

Date:
December 19, 2013

Time:
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:
Spitfire
2219 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98121


Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation // Family Day: The Give Effect

A full day of hands-on activities, live performances and speakers that celebrate ways we can give back to our communities.  Show support to local organizations that serve families and communities with creative hands-on activities that inspire others to give back.  For more information, see our event page on Facebook.

Date:
December 28, 2013

Time:
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Location:
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center
440 5th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109


Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington // Human Rights and Disability Symposium

Paul Steven Miller Memorial Symposium: Exploring the Intersections of International Human Rights and Disability. Join the University of Washington School of Law for a day of discussions about national and international disability legislation and implementation. Topics focus on the use of human rights conventions to advocate for persons with disabilities, with an emphasis on women, children and youth. Speakers include national and international scholars, policy makers, practitioners and activists. Paul Steven Miller (1961- 2010) was the Henry M. Jackson Professor of Law at UW School of Law, a Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and a special assistant to President Obama. He was a leader in the disability rights movement and an expert on anti-discrimination law. Registration information, including a working agenda can be found here.

Date:
January 10, 2014

Time:
9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Location:
William H. Gates Hall – Room 138
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195


World Affairs Council // The First Globals with John Zogby

Join the World Affairs Council for an evening of discussion and conversation with acclaimed author and pollster, John Zogby, who will speak to his newly published book, The First Globals: Understanding, Managing, and Unleashing Our Millennial Generation. In his book, Mr. Zogby asserts that young professionals are naturally seeking ways to engage in global affairs by showing interest in speaking foreign languages, being globally aware and choosing careers that build a better world.  First Globals is a reflection of who First Globals are, what they have to offer, and how they are the best equipped of all to thrive and solve the problems of our shared world today and tomorrow.  It is a call to action, a handbook for those who lead and want to lead, and a more holistic depiction of an outstanding group with so much potential. Join us as we explore the importance of the “first globals” in shaping today’s world. Please go here for more information.

Date:
January 13, 2014

Time:
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:
City University of Seattle
521 Wall Street
Seattle, WA 98121


Jackson School of International Studies, UW // Putin & Resurgent Russia: implications for the US

Jill Dougherty is the foreign affairs correspondent for CNN. Dougherty previously served as U.S. affairs editor for CNN International, a role in which she covered political, cultural and business stories in the United States for CNN’s international network. Dougherty, who joined CNN in 1983, has also served as CNN’s Moscow bureau chief, named to that post in 1997. She has covered many significant news events in Russia and the former Soviet Union for CNN, including the presidencies of Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, Russia’s post-Soviet economic transition, the Beslan school massacre, the conflict in Chechnya, the arrest and trial of Yukos Oil company founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Georgia’s Rose Revolution and Ukraine’s Orange Revolution.  For more information about the presentation, email reecas@uw.edu.

Date:
January 14, 2014

Time:
7:00 pm

Location:
Kane Hall 210
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98191


Skagit Valley College – Global Fest

Skagit Valley College invites Global Washington members to participate in its annual Global Service Fair on February 5, 2014, at its Mount Vernon campus, 10am-2pm. The Fair is an opportunity for NGOs to promote their development work and engage college students and community members in supporting or participating in that work. We have had a number of Global WA members participate in recent years and we invite all members who might be interested to join us in 2014! Opportunities to give seminar-style presentations are also available. The Global Service Fair is one of the college’s GlobalFest events featured during February.

To participate, or for more information, contact Ted Maloney, ted.maloney@skagit.edu, 360-416-7774.

Date:
February 5, 2014

Time:
10am – 2pm

Location:
Skagit Valley College
2405 E College Way, Mt Vernon, WA
(360) 416-7600


World Justice Project // World Justice Challenge

The World Justice Project (WJP) is pleased to announce the launch of the World Justice Challenge—an open competition designed to strengthen the rule of law. The competition provides an opportunity for individuals to identify areas where the rule of law needs improvement in the country in which they live or work and test practical solutions on the ground. Initiatives are supported by:

The World Justice Challenge is open to all individuals, organizations, and entities from any country. The deadline for applications is January 15, 2014. Grantees will be chosen by a Selection Panel using the criteria listed in the application.

Since its founding, the competition (formerly known as the Opportunity Fund) has provided over $1,000,000 in financial, communications, and network support to initiatives on five continents, from improving food security in Haiti to access to health care in Cameroon to tackling corruption in India. These initiatives—led by artists, engineers, athletes, business leaders, and more—show the diversity of approaches to advancing the rule of law. All initiatives are catalogued in the WJP’s online program library, where visitors can learn more about initiatives in their countries, or find inspiration to replicate or adapt an idea.

To apply, or to read profiles of previous grantees, please visit our World Justice Challenge web page.


Partners Asia // Bike in Burma

10 days of Adventure and Beauty

Experience a journey of a lifetime on Partners Asia 3rd Annual Donor Bike Trip in Burma.
Take an unhurried cycling adventure through the countryside of Burma-Myanmar. Meet local people and experience rural culture while cycling through heritage sites.
For more information, click here.

Date:
Feb 4 – 14, 2014

Location:
Burma

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Announcements

Hands On – One Note at a Time: Typhoon Haiyan Relief Concert

The Filipino community in Seattle has been moved by the images of the devastation in the homeland.  In response, by local performers and activists Aleksa Manila and Karl Marx Reyes are hosting a benefit concert consisting of Seattle classical musicians and theater performers.  Local and international performers are coming together to share their talents through song and theatre with all proceeds benefitting relief efforts in the Philippines.  Please see the Facebook page for the list of performers and click here to purchase tickets.  In addition to ticket sales, the Filipino Community Center will be providing concessions for a donation to raise additional relief funds.

Date:
December 15, 2013

Time:
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Location:
Filipino Community Center of Seattle
5740 Martin Luther King Jr. Way South
Seattle, WA 98118

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Career Center

Highlighted Paid Positions

Emergency Food Security and Vulnerable Livelihoods Officer, Oxfam

Trips Director, williamsworks

Grant Writer, Clear Path International


Highlighted Volunteer Positions

Various volunteer opportunities, West African Vocational Schools

Volunteer with Smiles Forever


Highlighted Internship Positions

Rule of Law Index Internship, World Justice Project

Volunteer and Community Partnerships – Campus Initiative Internship, U.S. Fund for UNICEF

Internship with World Affairs Council


For more jobs and resources, visit http://globalwa.org/strengthen/careers-in-development/

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GlobalWA Events

January 15
New Member Orientation

January 16
Change-Up with Friends of Global WA & Humanosphere

January 28
Experience Girl Rising at First Free Methodist Church (Seattle Pacific University)

February 6
Global Social – Central America

February 13
Monthly Roundtable for Executive Directors

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Contributors: Sandy Lam, Mark Olmstead, Katie Wollstein