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Wednesday, August 19, 2015 — South Asia

Implementation, budget changes needed for Swachh Barat to work

Source: Devex

Nearly a year into India’s ambitious plan to end open defecation by 2019 and nongovernmental organizations fear it’s being derailed by an overwhelming focus on building toilets instead of changing behavior.
Wednesday, July 29, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Nigeria's Ministry of Health Accuses Okonjo-Iweala of Making Questionable Payment to Global Health NGO

Source: Sahara Reporters

ficials of Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) are questioning how former Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala handled payment of the sum of $2.2 million that was the subject of a dispute between the Health Ministry and a global non-governmental organization called the Global Alliance for Vaccine and Immunization (GAVI). Former Nigerian Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
Friday, July 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ghana: Bamboo Bike Ambulances for Dawea Community Health Center

Source: allAfrica

The Bright Generation Community Foundation (BGCF), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), has scored a first in its effort to utilise locally available and sustainable materials to manufacture an easier means of transport for the health sector.
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — No Region Specified

This 'Emergency Floor' Is Going to Make Life Easier for Millions of Refugees

Source: Forbes

Humanitarian innovation is something of a hot topic, in philanthropic circles. NGOs, governments, and other private and public institutions are trying to findnew solutions to the growing number of emergencies taking place in our troubled world: in the last 10 years, the number of people affected by humanitarian crisis has almost doubled.
Monday, June 1, 2015 — South Asia

Nepal government grows wary of foreign aid

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

International relief organizations are intensifying efforts to distribute aid in Nepal a month after the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Nepal's government, however, seems intent on rejecting the help.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 — Latin America

How NGOs Can Help Unleash Cuban Remittances

Source: Devex

Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean set a new record high last year, at a total of $65.4 billion, the Inter-American Development Bank revealed Tuesday.
Friday, May 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Is This the Big Solution to Failing WASH Projects We've Been Waiting for?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Water and sanitation projects often go something like this: NGOs show up with equipment, money, and people on hand, drill a well or install sanitation systems and then leave. A handful of locals are typically trained on upkeep and minor infrastructure repairs, but this isn’t always the case. If the wells need to be repointed or major leaks or breaks occur in the pipes, the communities are out of luck. As a result of the dig-and-dash approach, well-meaning projects end up abandoned and communities go back to contaminated water, which can lead to enteric illness and death, as well as economic setbacks.
Friday, May 8, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Top Philanthropy Board and Staff Are Paid Over $600 Million a Year. Is That Too Much?

Source: Inside Philanthropy

Not long ago, I wrote about the Ford Foundation's overhead expenses, pointing that it had spent over $1 billion in the past decade on personnel and office space. That's a shocking amount of money that never made it to poor people or starving artists or struggling students or others in need.
Thursday, May 7, 2015 — South Asia

After cracking down on Greenpeace, Ford Foundation, Indian gov't could focus on Gates Foundation

Source: Economic Times

After turning the screws on Greenpeace India and the Ford Foundation, the home ministry has now turned its gaze to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 — South Asia

I’m seeing the most progress in Bihar, says Melinda Gates

Source: The Times of India

At a time when foreign-funded NGOs are under the government's scanner, Melinda Gates, Padma Bhushan awardee and co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, says NGO activism is needed for society to thrive. She was speaking to Sagarika Ghose of The Times of India.
Monday, March 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Traditional Divisions Between NGOs, Charities, and Businesses Are Blurring With New Collaborative Projects on Water

Source: psfk

The problem of global water access is as intransigent as they come. Some 768 million people – more than the population of Europe – still lack access to clean water. Likewise, this year’s Millennium Development Goal target of halving the number of people without sanitation will be missed by 8% – that’s half a billion people.
Thursday, February 26, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Big Pharma, NGO Square the Circle on Access to Vaccines

Source: EurActiv

One would expect a multinational pharmaceutical group and a leading humanitarian NGO to hold radically opposed views on access to vaccines.
Wednesday, January 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Three NGOs Fighting Tuberculosis with Mobile Tech

Source: Forbes

Tuberculosis kills over a million people each year, mostly in developing countries, where poor public health systems hamper efforts to diagnose and treat it. But NGOs are now embracing new mobile health technologies that could help fight the disease more efficiently and cost-effectively.
Monday, January 5, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

How Companies and NGOs Can Work Together to Tackle Food Security

Source: Devex

While the year of agriculture and nutrition, as declared by the African Union, may be over, those issues will undoubtedly remain top development priorities and can present unique opportunities for collaboration with business.
Friday, January 2, 2015 — South Asia

How 'Desh' Deshpande Is Helping Indian NGOs Scale Up

Source: Forbes India Magazine

Tech billionaire Gururaj 'Desh' Deshpande is helping NGOs scale up and sustain philanthropy initiatives on their own steam. His formula for self-reliance is relevance followed by innovation.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — South Asia

Nestle-NGO Tie-Up to Provide Adolescent Health Education

Source: India Gazette

In order to inform adolescents about the benefits of proper nutrition and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, Nestle India signed an agreement Wednesday with Magic Bus India Foundation, an NGO, a company statement said here.
Monday, November 3, 2014 — No Region Specified

Good for health, good for business

Source: Devex

Why would a global corporation reinvest 20 percent of its profits from developing countries back into training health workers? It’s simple. Health workers are the driver of health systems.
Friday, October 31, 2014 — South Asia

Indore: Approval for mobile app to curb dengue spread hangs fire

Source: Hindustan Times

Even as dengue cases rise, government approval for a mobile app that could prevent the disease from spreading by speeding up monitoring and intervention is hanging fire.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014 — No Region Specified

Does emergency nutrition cripple local economies?

Source: The Guardian

Providing emergency nutrition in a way that undermines the capacity of local economies to respond to food insecurity and malnutrition themselves seems a clear violation of the 'do-no-harm' principle.
Thursday, June 12, 2014 — No Region Specified

GSK and Save the Children UK's 'joint venture'

Source: Devex

It started with a challenge.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: We're All Liars: Creative Storytelling Is the Nonprofit Sector's Drug of Choice

Source: Huffington Post

On May 21, 2014, Newsweek funneled years of speculation and doubt into a single piece that, once and for all, brought the legendary Somaly Mam into the spotlight for a type of fraud that has become the Achilles heal of the nonprofit world.
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 — No Region Specified

Inspired by a plastic bag’s potential, nonprofit trains mothers in Ghana

Source: PBS Newshour

Friends Rebecca Brandt and Callie Brauel quickly learned two things while they were studying and volunteering in Ghana’s capital Accra: Everyone drinks water out of disposable bags, which end up discarded in the streets, and tens of thousands of children were living on the streets.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

When Philanthropists Give Directly, Are Climate Dividends Next?

Source: Huffington Post

International development philanthropies have been testing out a simple solution to a complex problem. Can we help the poorest people in the world by just giving them money? If so, how about giving them money with no strings attached? An idea that simple to solve a problem that complex must be met with skepticism, especially from groups that thrive in the existing top-down international development aid structure.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

EU warned private sector engagement in aid risks putting profit before poverty

Source: The Guardian

NGOs concerned that increased involvement of business in aid programmes could compromise development objectives
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 — South Asia

Bangladesh Fights Off HIV

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

Strong political commitment, timely donor support and effective government-NGO collaboration are behind Bangladesh’s successes on this front.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 — South Asia

Firms Investing in Social Sector Have deployed $1.6 B in India since 2000

Source: Live Mint

According to a report, the number of foreign investors looking to invest in the social sector has increased.
Thursday, April 3, 2014 — South Asia

Oxfam Vietnam Will Begin Investing in Social Enterprises

Source: Social Enterprise Buzz

Oxfam’s office in Vietnam has launched a new impact investing program to support social enterprises in the country.
Thursday, March 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

US Global Health Research Funding Falls Short of Innovation Rhetoric

Source: Devex

Despite the Obama administration's emphasis on science, technology, and innovation for international development, United States funding for global health research and development is not what it could or should be, according to an advocacy coalition of 30 global health nongovernmental organizations
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 — Asia Pacific

Chinese NGO Aims to Tackle Poverty in Burma Through Microloans

Source: Democreatic Voice of Burma

A Chinese NGO is set to implement micro-finance programs across Burma in a bid to tackle rural poverty.
Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

NGOs Launch New Tool to Map Water and Sanitation in Kenya’s Largest Slum

Source: Veture Burn

With an estimated 1.2-million residents, Kibera is Africa’s second largest and one of the biggest slums in the world with some of the poorest living conditions
Monday, January 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Preparing for a dengue fever vaccine: why Brazil's ahead of the game

Source: The Guardian

Six dengue vaccine candidates are in various stages of clinical development but developing countries will not receive the benefits if planning does not start now.
Friday, January 24, 2014 — No Region Specified

Launch Of the Africa Health Forum

Source: Business Ghana

Groupe Jeune Afrique and the African Development Bank announce the launch of the AFRICA HEALTH FORUM, the first international forum focusing on the health economy in Africa, which will take place in Geneva on 16 and 17 May 2014.
Thursday, January 23, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

mHealth Alliance to move head office to South Africa

Source: Sci Dev Net

The move is to scale up mHealth projects at country levels in the global South.
Friday, January 10, 2014 — No Region Specified

Florence Ajimobi’s ABC: Towards Oyo’s quality, effective basic health care

Source: Nigerian Tribune

The cost of basic health care more often than not goes beyond the financial strength of many people and those that can afford such services more often than not find themselves at a loss on how and where to get qualitative attention. In Oyo State, however, this is a thing of the past with the intervention of the Access to Basic medical Care (ABC) foundation, an initiative of the wife of the executive governor of the state, Mrs Florence Ajimobi.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

LIC ties up with NGOs for covering lower strata

Source: Business Standard

Aam Admi Bima Yojana provides insurance to earning members of rural landless families; LIC has covered 4.8 million beneficiaries so far. Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) has tied up with 31 non-governmental organisations (NGO) in Lucknow division for offering insurance cover to the bottom of the pyramid.
Thursday, September 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Fighting Poverty, and Critics

Source: New York Times

Nina Munk’s new book, “The Idealist,” is about the well-known economist Jeffrey Sachs and his “quest to end poverty,” as the subtitle puts it. I know: That subtitle sounds like classic book-industry hyperbole, but, in this case, it’s not. That really is what Sachs has been trying to do. The question of whether or not he is succeeding is where things get tricky.
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 — Asia Pacific

ADB, Gates Foundation Partner for Sanitation Innovation in Asia

Source: Devex

As the world’s most populous region continues to grow, innovative solutions to sanitation are more needed than even before in Asia, where many governments still don’t see this Millennium Development Goal as a priority.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Rwanda: NGO, Micro-Finance Partner to Promote Savings for Education

Source: allAfrica

GLOBAL COMMUNITIES, an international non-governmental organisation, in partnership with Duterimbere IMF, a local Micro-finance institution, has launched a campaign aimed at encouraging residents, especially parents, to save part of their income to educate their children.
Monday, July 15, 2013 — No Region Specified

A Social Entrepreneur Transforms a Nonprofit Into a Profit-Making Enterprise

Source: The New York Times

Last week, we published a case study about a social entrepreneur, Saul Garlick, discussing what kind of legal structure would be best for his enterprise, ThinkImpact, which encourages entrepreneurship in third-world communities. He fundamentally had three options: continue as a nonprofit, go commercial, or find some sort of hybrid route.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 — South Asia

After Factory Disaster, Bangladesh NGO Offers Support to Improve Work Conditions

Source: PBS NewsHour

In April, a Bangladesh factory collapsed, causing the death of at least 1,127 workers due to unsafe conditions. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on efforts by one organization to help survivors and victims' families recover from the disaster, and to monitor promises made by the garment industry to improve.
Thursday, July 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Mental health needs realistic treatment – or we face decades of wasted time

Source: The Guardian

NGOs can play a decisive role in ensuring that those with mental health problems aren't misdiagnosed, and receive treatment that takes cultural and educational barriers into account
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 — South Asia

Poverty alleviation: Villagers thrive by using alternative energy

Source: The Express Tribune

Farmers in Ahmadwala, a village some 40 kilometres to the west of Lahore, are no longer worried about power outages affecting their livelihoods.
Thursday, May 30, 2013 — No Region Specified

15 Young Go-getters You'll Want to Meet

Source: PBS

Over the last six months, the PBS NewsHour's Agents for Change series has profiled the work of highly motivated social entrepreneurs, under the age of 40, who are starting to make their mark on the world.
Monday, January 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

In Central Mali, MSF Staff Bunkers Down, Clamoring for Access

Source: Devex

The day after it called for military leaders to unblock access to crucial roads in central Mali, the majority of Médecins Sans Frontières’s staff remained on lockdown, unable to provide medical care and services to those in need.
Thursday, January 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Save the Children receives $40 million for Saving Newborn Lives program

Source: Save the Children

Save the Children is pleased to announce the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's new five-year grant of $40 million to its Saving Newborn Lives program.
Monday, September 24, 2012 — No Region Specified

Hult Global Case Challenge To Announce Incubator-Based 'NGO 2.0' At Clinton Global Initiative Conference

Source: Forbes

In April, I wrote about the Hult Global Case Challenge, a worldwide social entrepreneurship challenge hosted by the Hult International Business School, an entity owned by Swedish billionaire Bertil Hult (worth $3 billion as of March), the entrepreneur who made his fortune by building language and cultural learning giant EF Education First.
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 — South Asia

BRAC eyes fully self-funded by 2021

Source: BDNews24

Dhaka, June 5 (—BRAC says it is 'gradually' lessening dependency on foreign donations in an effort to be a self-financed organisation by 2021. "Even in 1990 we depended 100 percent on foreign donations, but in 2011 it was only 30 percent," Executive Director Dr Mahbub Hossain said while unveiling the 2011 annual report of the largest Bangladeshi NGO.
Friday, February 10, 2012 — South Asia

Students Learn a Trade in Afghanistan Hotspot

Source: PBS

Mercy Corps is working in southern Afghanistan to connect craftsmen with their countrymen and women so they can make a living and better their lives.
Thursday, February 2, 2012 — South Asia

BRAC puts Entrepreneurs to Work Providing Clean Toilets for Millions

Source: PRWeb

In Bangladesh, the development organization's Water, Sanitation and Hygiene program gives millions of the rural poor a fresh start with latrines at prices fair to buyers and sellers alike.
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