Demographics of Youth in Sub-Saharan Africa

July 11 was World Population Day and no region of the world is feeling the impact of demographic change like sub-Saharan Africa. More than half of the growth predicted by 2050 is expected in this region, where the number of people is set to more than double, from 1.1 billion to 2.4 billion. Within the same period, Nigeria’s population is expected to surpass that of [Read more]

Using Data to Tell Your Story with Impact: July’s Executive Director Roundtable Wrap-Up

Kevin Klingbeil knows data. As managing director of Big Water Consulting, a Global Washington member, he works with a range of clients, from small non-profits to government agencies to tribal groups, to assist them with incorporating meaningful data and visual data mapping into their daily operations.

“Big Water Consulting seeks to provide long-term, capacity-building solutions, rather than one-off projects and quick fixes to systematic [Read more]

Oxfam to Launch Global Initiative on Inequality This Fall

Most people know the big international anti-poverty organization Oxfam for its work on global food security and finding ways to feed the estimated 1 billion undernourished people on our planet. It brings its work on social justice, disaster relief and foreign aid reform to bear on this problem and others.

This November, Oxfam will add the broad topic of “inequality” to its global portfolio of [Read more]

Dreams for Orphans: Love, Safety and Security

How often should a seven-year old have to worry about their health or education? While these factors are often taken for granted, they can radically change the course of a child’s life. Dreams for Orphans, a new GlobalWA member, is a Seattle-based NGO that focuses on providing safe environments and educational opportunities for orphans in Accra, Ghana. Through improved education and stable living conditions, [Read more]

Nations Meet in UK to Take Strong Stance Against Sexual Violence in Conflict

The largest international gathering ever brought together on the subject of ending sexual violence during times of conflict was held June 10-13 in London under the auspices of the United Kingdom’s Foreign & Commonwealth Office. About 1,000 participants representing more than 120 countries attended the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict.

“Together, we committed to break the taboo around wartime rape and [Read more]

Things to Consider: Fossil Fuel Divestment

Photo Credit: CGP Grey via Flickr

Divestment – as in, divestment from fossil fuel industries – is a relatively hot topic nowadays. It’s sometimes difficult to determine whether the prevalence of the debate is limited to liberal-leaning groups or if the conversation is a broader one. But with the recent success of the divestment movement at Stanford University, it’s evident that momentum is gaining. [Read more]

Preparing For Your Next Trip Abroad? Don’t Forget a Contingency Plan

On June 12, Global Washington, in partnership with Emirates Airlines and Port of Seattle, hosted a panel discussion with representatives from four of its travel-savvy member organizations to talk strategy on how to effectively plan for a staff or donor trip abroad.

The conversation, moderated by Bruce Beckman, Senior Sales Executive of GlobalWA member Emirates, covered topics ranging from safety and security of travelers [Read more]

Calling all teachers, educators, agents of change—two fantastic opportunities are coming to Seattle this August!

Building upon the success of last year’s one-day educational workshop, Global Visionaries has partnered with Seattle University’s School of Education, Washington’s Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI), Seattle Public Schools, Global Weeks, and the World Affairs Council to develop the 2014 Global Leadership Summer Institute for Educators.

There are two opportunities available this year:

  • The five-day Institute from August 4-8.
  • The one-day workshop on Friday, August
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Targeting Success In The Post-2015 Development Agenda

Arguably, there is no other continent on the planet that has more at stake in the post-2015 development agenda discussions than Africa.

Africa is largely seen as having made the least progress toward the existing Millennium Development Goals, and much of the current discussion is focused on finding more meaningful, cross cutting, fair, and impactful goals and targets, and ways to measure them that are [Read more]

Global Health Law Summer Institute at UW Law

The University of Washington School of Law is pleased to announce that it is sponsoring a Global Health Law Summer Institute from July 14-18, 2014. Keynote speakers include:

  • Dr. Allyn Taylor, Georgetown University
  • Bruce Plotkin, International Health Regulations Secretariat Team Lead, World Health Organization
  • Juan Carlos Botero, World Justice Project
  • Thomas J. Bollyky, Senior Fellow for Global Health, Economics, and Development, Council on Foreign Relations
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Why Jeffrey Sachs Matters

SEATTLE – Bono calls the economist Jeffrey Sachs “the squeaky wheel that roars.” To me, Sachs is the Bono of economics – a guy with impressive intelligence, passion, and powers of persuasion who is devoting his gifts to speaking up for the poorest people on the planet. So it was no surprise to me that a journalist would find Sachs to be a compelling central [Read more]

Howard Behar: It’s Really Not About the Coffee

“You grow people, and people grow the business.”

On May 14, Howard Behar enlightened and inspired a packed room of Seattle-area leaders from the nonprofit, university and business worlds with his candid talk on leadership and the importance of putting people first. Behar, former president of Starbucks North America and former (and founding) president of Starbucks International, said he always knew it wasn’t about the [Read more]