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The Evolving Role and Future Relevance of the US NGO Sector

After 8 years serving at the helm of InterAction, the Board has graciously offered me a sabbatical, from later this month to early April, 2015. During this period I will have no access to e-mail, or any InterAction related work, and I welcome this opportunity to recharge and relax.  I am honored that for a part of the next three months I will be a resident policy fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy.  This is a welcomed chance to reflect upon our sector’s relevancy and evolving role.

5 Tips for Negotiating the Salary or Raise that you want

Whether it's a new job or a 10-year raise, almost everyone will have to negotiate a salary at some point in their professional career.  On December 8, Alison Elissa Cardy taught a workshop for InterAction's Young Professional Network about the best way to prepare for – and succeed in – a negotiation. For those who were unable to attend, here's a quick sample of her best tips: 

The Cassandra of Our Time: Climate Change and Women

“Each one of us is impacting the environment, but not equally. Each one of us will be affected, but not equally.” – Weathering Change

Climate change not only affects temperatures but weather conditions, glaciers, water levels, crop yields, and species such as polar bears. Now, climate change has begun to affect women’s lives. The issue of climate change is now closer to home than ever before.

Stopping the Spread-The Importance of Education Around Ebola

Over the last few months, newspaper headlines have been filled with reports on the dire need for health care workers, protective equipment, and treatment centers in responding to the Ebola outbreak ravaging Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. While there is certainly a pressing need for logistical and medical support, there is also an urgent need for community education informed by West African cultural norms. Understanding these norms, such as funeral rituals and gender roles, assists in halting the spread of the virus.

Build it and they will come? Yes, with creativity, evidence, and cross-sector coordination.

In many remote regions around the world, it is extremely difficult for women in labor to reach a hospital or a clinic, causing risks to their lives and the lives of their babies. The important role mobility plays in health in the developing world is well documented. In India, the convening of key stakeholders across many government sectors was critical to galvanize a statewide, lifesaving ambulance service. 

Aftershock App: Where Science Meets Humanitarian Aid

A partnership between a world-renowned seismologist and a veteran aid worker has given birth to an innovative project to allow disaster response organizations, for the first time ever, to forecast in real-time where aftershocks will hit, saving lives and paving the way for better post-quake relief decisions. 
 

Learning in the Time of Ebola

Throughout West Africa, the widespread outbreak of Ebola has placed regular life on hold. In an effort to prevent the further spread of the virus, curfews have been put in place. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. And schools have been closed since August.

But for students in EDC’s USAID-funded Advancing Youth Project in Liberia, learning has not come to a full halt. In an innovative response to a humbling health crisis, classes are continuing over the radio.

And across the country, students are tuning in.

How Good is the Data on NGO Aid Map?

Balancing the tension between providing enough, timely or high quality data is tricky – it’s often hard to do all of those things at once. Still, if data is not good enough it can’t be used, rendering transparency meaningless.

Before getting into what NGO Aid Map is doing to improve data quality, it’s worth revisiting what we mean by that. When we wrote about this topic last year, our definition of data quality had three dimensions:

Ebola Crisis: We are in this for the Long Haul

Since my letter regarding the Ebola crisis in September, 5,160 people have died with a total of 14,098 cases due to the worst Ebola outbreak in history. The actual numbers are probably far worse. Local, regional and international partners, including 30 InterAction members, are collaborating to operate Ebola Treatment Units, conduct contact and identification tracing and perform safe burials while mobilizing communities to contain the virus at its source. 

The Rohingya: Unpacking the Conflict in Myanmar

On July 9, I attended the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Hearing on spotlighting human rights in Southeast Asia. Throughout the hearing, there was one name I heard over and over: Rohingya. 

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