GlobalWA Members Develop Mobile Health Software to Improve Access to Healthcare Information in Developing Countries

“I have no idea how I’d manage without it” is a sentiment often heard when speaking of our connection to handheld devices. Our smartphones tell us when to get out of bed in the morning, keep us connected with friends and family, help us navigate directions, and now have the ability to provide us with round-the-clock health advice from medical professionals.

One Global Washington member, Grameen Foundation, along with several other mobile health (mHealth) implementers, and core sponsor Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, another valued member of Global Washington, are tackling a project to help people living in the developing world have similar access to healthcare information. [Read more]

Awareness Campaigns the Focus of GlobalWA’s April Executive Director Roundtable

Running an effective awareness campaign was the topic at last week’s Global Washington Executive Director Roundtable. Jennifer Norling, Director of Development and Communications for Seattle-based Water 1st, was the presenter. She was speaking to the group in the aftermath of the organization’s successful World Water Day campaign that took place in March.

Water 1st chose to use Facebook to launch its World Water Day campaign. [Read more]

Commentary Series, Part I: Measuring Global Goals in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and GlobalWA member Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and Poverty Conference taking place in Washington, DC. Follow the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #landrights.

As discussions continue around the shape of the post-2015 development agenda and how to measure progress towards achieving new global goals, it is useful to step back and consider the story of the drunkard and the streetlight. [Read more]

Commentary Series, Part VII: The Case for Land Rights

This post is part of a series developed by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and GlobalWA member Landesa to highlight the importance of securing land rights for smallholder farmers. This series is running concurrently with the World Bank’s 2014 Land and Poverty Conference taking place in Washington, DC. Follow the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #landrights.

More than one billion of the world’s poorest people share three traits: they live in rural areas, rely on the land to survive, and they lack secure legal rights to the land on which they depend. [Read more]

Dubai’s Educational Initiatives Praised at the Second Annual Global Education and Skills Forum

Former President Bill Clinton, His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, were among senior world officials who attended the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF) in Dubai on March 15. Shaikh Mohammad personally thanked Clinton for Varkey GEMS Foundation’s significant donation to Dubai Cares to support educational initiatives and programs in developing countries. [Read more]

We Day Seattle: Rockin’ the Arena to Celebrate Youth Activism

If you were near the Seattle Center last Friday, you might have felt the collective energy of the 15,000 students and educators packed into Key Arena.

we-day-seattle-1They screamed at the top of their lungs to break the world record for the loudest We Day ever with help from someone who knows a little something about being loud at a stadium, Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll. Carroll, along with several of his players from the 2014 championship team – Russell Wilson, Derrick Coleman, Bobby Wagner and Jermaine Kearse – and a jaw-dropping lineup of actors, singers, activists and community leaders, participated in Seattle’s 2nd annual We Day, a one-day event culminating Free the Children’s We Act program, a year-long initiative which offers curricular resources, campaigns and materials to help harness the energy and passion of young people and turn it into sustained activism. [Read more]

Nonprofit Communication: Building an Effective Strategy with Limited Resources

Whether you’re engaging donors, volunteers, members of the media or community leaders, effective communication could be the key to your organization’s success. Ineffective communication, on the other hand, could quickly derail the organization. The latter often holds nonprofits back from the success they deserve.

While organizations of all types and sizes face communication challenges, those with limited resources are typically forced to make tough choices as they prioritize the use of limited budgets and staff time. [Read more]

And the 2014 Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition Winners Are . . .

Thursday, Feb. 27 – the day most Global Social Entrepreneurship Competition (GSEC) teams were nervously anticipating – had finally arrived. After four days of coaching, judging and presenting, the competition prize winners were announced during the University of Washington’s GSEC Award Banquet at the Grand Hyatt Seattle.

This year’s competition was the 10th annual GSEC, hosted by the Global Business Center at the UW Michael G. [Read more]

Uganda Adopts Bigoted “Anti-Gay” Law

uganda-adopts-bigoted-anti-gay-law-1When Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni signed an anti-gay law in late February that effectively criminalizes the LGBTI community of over half a million people and any who support it, he sent a strong message to the world. Now, one of his spokespersons is tweeting provocative responses to the world’s reactions, including such missives as “The West can keep their ‘aid’ to Uganda over homos; we shall still develop without it.”

A law promoting bigotry of this magnitude and forcing the opinion and compliance onto its citizens is a sad step backwards for a country that has had a recent history of promising growth. [Read more]

Learn a Language and Help Fund Your Study Abroad

Studying overseas can provide an opportunity to gain valuable experience in the field of international development. However, the experience often comes with a high price tag, one that many college students cannot afford.  Also, many schools lack study-abroad programs in developing countries.

Help is available through several federally-funded grants, including the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) and the Foreign Language and Area Studies Program (FLAS). Each provides full or partial funding for students studying languages and volunteering in a variety of countries.  [Read more]

Mission Africa’s Ndudi Chuku Inspires at Executive Director Roundtable

Global Washington recently hosted its monthly Executive Director Roundtable featuring Ndudi Ikoro Chuku, Executive Director of Mission Africa. The organization aims to empower children and families in the remote villages of Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya by providing support in three core areas: education, healthcare and poverty alleviation.

Ms. Chuku talked about her work in Africa and the challenges of running a small NGO, and she shared insights on her strengths and weaknesses as a leader. [Read more]

Success of INGOs Tied to Overcoming “Innovator’s Dilemma”

FSG, a GlobalWA member and nonprofit consulting firm, recently evaluated 50 of the largest U.S.-based international non-governmental organizations (INGOs). The findings, published in the report Ahead of the Curve: Insights for the International NGO of the Future, provides systematic direction on how to be a more effective INGO.

The main focus of FSG’s report is the “innovator’s dilemma,” which suggests that INGOs are saddled with an outdated organizational model that will fail to meet the demands of the future.  [Read more]