Tag: Strategic Initiatives

Water Changes Everything

Yesterday, on the 22nd of March 2011, was World Water Day. It was a day to raise awareness for something most people in developed nations take for granted – clean drinking water. Right now, almost a billion people don’t have access to clean and safe drinking water. That’s about one in every eight people.  Only …

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Understanding Lenses

On Tuesday I wrote about the “Sexy Disaster Effect,” but during the editing process, it came to my attention that portions of my piece could imply several things, which were unintentional, about the residents and countries I was describing. With more thought on the subject, I would like to add additional points to continue the …

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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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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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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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Development Innovation Ventures Fund

In October 2010, USAID announced that they had awarded 8 organizations with Development Innovation Ventures Grants. These grants seek to work with a variety of partners to create innovative scalable solutions to core development challenges. Here are a brief profile of some of the awarded organizations and how they plan to use the funding:

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