Tag: best practices

The Sexy Disaster Effect

Since 2003, the conflict in Darfur has been in and out of the international public’s awareness. Over the years, governments all around the world have hesitated to label the loss of life happening on the ground as a genocide, since that would have certain ramifications that could involve military intervention and technically breaching Sudan’s sovereignty. …

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Making Community Health Programs Sustainable

Last week in my blog post I discussed the limitations that prevent community health programs from becoming fully effective. The majority of these problems revolved around the issue of sustainability- many programs aren’t able to remain functional and effective after the initial stages of program implementation. So the question is, how do you increase the …

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Millennium Consumption Goals for the Rich?

Most of us are familiar with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)., but for those who are not, the MDGs include a set of eight (8) goals that about 192 United Nations member states and at least 23 international organizations have all agreed to achieve by the year 2015. The goals include eradicating extreme poverty, reducing …

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Skipping Class

Public Education System in America 671,616. This was the number of international students studying in the United States higher education system in 2008. While America continues to attract thousands of students from all over the world to its prestigious undergraduate and graduate colleges, it is the public school system that is being put under a …

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Successes and Failures of Community Health Programs

In 2006, the World Health Organization estimated a shortage of 4.2 million health workers, making the lack of health care professionals a global problem.  In 57 countries, there are less than 23 doctors, nurses and midwives for every 10,000 people. In addition, these workers are often concentrated in cities and areas inaccessible to the rural …

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SMART Aid

In my research on sustainable development programs, I have always been interested in organizations that focus on efficient and effective aid strategies in their work. I was particularly impressed with The ONE Campaign’s clever acronym explaining what “SMART” Aid means to them: S – Sufficient in scale to achieve its intended goals. M -Measurable so …

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Increasing Hospital Births in India

In 2005, India introduced Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), an innovative program intended to reduce maternal and neo-natal mortality by providing women with cashincentives to give birth in a health facility. Currently, India ranks first in the number of maternal and under-5 deaths, with 68,000 women dying each year due to complications during or after childbirth. …

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Delivering as One

Imagine you have chest pains, you are light headed, you are nauseous and you have aches in all of your joints. In the Emergency Room, a doctor comes out to evaluate you, and then informs you that no less than four doctors will be operating on you for your illness. Each one has staked a …

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“Poverty Trap” or “Dead Aid”?

For decades, economists, historians, scholars and the like have studied economic development on the continent of Africa, seeking to explain what factors account for the region’s slow growth. From my own research, two interesting schools of thought have emerged: the concept of the “Poverty Trap” as purported by venerated economist and director of the UN …

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Prove Your Worth – 10 Commandments for Social Entrepreneurship

So if you have been following the series, you know that we are providing tips assisting would-be social entrepreneurs in the development of new ideas, programs and organizations. This next tip is something that is often developed after work has already occurred and when it is to late to make major organizational changes. So this …

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