People are beginning to understand that women and girls hold the key to eradicating poverty. Countries that support women frequently show a better rate of economic and social development, as well as other measures of societal progress, than countries that lag behind when it comes to women and girls’ rights. Consequentially, there has been an increase in “investing” in women and girls all over the world. [Read more]
So you want a career in global development. What does that mean to you? It’s an extremely competitive field, especially in Washington State, so whether you are a soon-to-be-graduate, recent graduate, or someone trying to make a change in career fields, here are five golden tips to make sure you end up in the right place for you and are getting the most out of your efforts. [Read more]
“I left Burundi, but Burundi never left me,” explained Deogratias “Deo” Niyizonkiza, the founder of Village Health Works. Deo, the opening keynote speaker for the 5th Annual Global Washington Conference: Catalyzing Collective Impact, described his childhood in and his home country of Burundi. Situated south of Rwanda, west of Tanzania, and east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi is one of the poorest countries on earth. [Read more]
Founder and President of RESULTS, Sam Daley-Harris sat down with Carol Welch from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at the Global Washington Conference on November 13, 2013.
Daley-Harris had an interesting transformation from his educational background to where he is now at RESULTS. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Music and never really considered a career focused on global poverty or climate change until he was invited to attend The Hunger Project in the late 70’s. [Read more]
A Conversation with Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, and Katherine Cheng, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship and Community Relations at Expedia
An audience of close to 450 gathered at the 2013 GlobalWA conference to hear the always-engaging Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, talk with Katherine Cheng, Head of Global Corporate Citizenship and Community Relations for Bellevue-based Expedia.
The conversation began with talk of the recent destruction in the Philippines.
“I know everyone here has been following the news. What’s really important now, and for people to understand is that there is going to be fog and chaos. [Read more]
In the conference’s closing keynote titled “The Battle for the Soul of the Nonprofit Sector,” Charity Navigator CEO Ken Berger spoke on a wide variety of issues influencing monitoring and evaluation of nonprofits in the United States. Berger was forthright and honest about the potential divisiveness of his speech, and presented a number of interesting points for debate. His address was essentially divided into two sections; first, he addressed the existing problems with monitoring, evaluation, and reporting in the nonprofit sector and enumerated many of the problems that nonprofit staff face when applying for and soliciting funding. [Read more]
Global Washington sent out a press release today announcing the work that organizations in Washington State are doing in the Philippines after the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, the strongest ever to make landfall on the planet.
Organizations such as Oxfam America, Mercy Corps, UNICEF, World Vision, Save the Children, Peace Winds America, International Rescue Committee, and OFFERS-Panay are looking for much-needed donations to provide aid to those affected by the typhoon. [Read more]
Send money or dedicate a few days of volunteer work? Which is more effective in fighting extreme poverty?
ONE posed these questions on their website, and then asked for feedback. Opinions were varied with most people believing that, because volunteerism is here to stay, there needs to be an efficient model to help get the most out of volunteers’ short time abroad.
“There are well-intentioned organizations that offer trips to Africa that include mountain-climbing, wildlife safaris, even trips to see volcanoes, paired with a few days spent passing out rice packets to those in need,” said Joe Mason from ONE. [Read more]
Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects millions of people each year. This type of violence is perpetrated by a current or former partner or spouse. It includes violence that is physical, psychological, or sexual in nature. Women are more likely to experience IPV and to be negatively impacted by it than men. About one-third of women will experience IPV in their lifetime.
“I feel reassured about having this baby,” said Nepalese woman Lalita in her fourth month of pregnancy. Several years ago, you would be hard pressed to find an expectant mother who felt this way.
For years, Nepal has been plagued with poor economic and living conditions. This is reflected in its high rate of maternal and infant mortality. On average, Nepalese women give birth to six children over their reproductive years, and complications are extremely common. [Read more]
Habitat for Humanity, a Global Washington member, has recently received the FedEx Award for Innovations in Disaster Preparedness to honor the work they have done in the earthquake zones of Tajikistan. Using cost effective supplies such as locally sourced timber, the organization has worked to build houses that will withstand earthquakes. In addition, the project has led to the establishment of new building codes, and citizens in eight communities throughout Tajikistan are now trained to build these houses. [Read more]
A much overlooked casualty in the government shutdown debacle was foreign aid. How was it affected, and what are the future ramifications?
For the most part, foreign aid was left untouched by the government shutdown. As the New York Times explains, USAID functions off of a multi-year funding program, therefore it is not tied to yearly appropriations. So, all future contracts and grants made prior to October 1, 2013 should still be running and will be paid for. [Read more]