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Let’s Not Forget: Millions of Students Didn’t Go Back to School this Year

It’s been a happy and busy time for many families as their kids settle back into school. Once again, my Facebook feed filled with cheery first-day-of-school photos, then soccer and football shots. Sweet and awkward Homecoming pictures. It brings me great joy to see my friends and their children delight in the promise of another year – school buses, sports and dances, yes, but also another year of learning. Another year to be stretched by great books and new concepts. It will be another year to work toward fulfilling their potentials.

Fostering Grassroots Innovation and Resilience in Tajikistan

Tajikistan is an earthquake-prone country located in mountainous Central Asia, where almost half of the population lives on less than $2 a day. Numerous seismic events damage the homes of the rural poor, which are usually their only asset. Retrofitting homes using rebar and concrete to make them withstand tremors and earthquakes is far too expensive for these low-income families.

South Sudan Crisis: Trapped in an Open Air Prison

BENTIU, South Sudan— Mary Nyalipe Yoac has lived through five famines and four wars. Her brown eyes, now fading into a bluish grey with age, have witnessed more brutality and suffering than most can comprehend. Tragically, the last ten months were no different, her community devoured by fighting and all that she owned destroyed or looted.

She now lives with her two children on coal-grey cotton soil underneath tarp and timber in a squalid displacement camp on a UN base in Bentiu, the capital of Unity State and one of the most contested cities in South Sudan’s civil war. 

A Little Boy Gives Us Hope in Liberia

To quote Dickens, my experience in Liberia over the past six months has been the best of times and the worst of times. I have loved and lived in this remarkable country for two years now, and previously served as a Peace Corps Volunteer here for five, and the resilience and beauty of the people has always been an inspiration to me. The Ebola outbreak has proven this to be true again.

The epidemic has started to reach a crescendo, and help from the international community is already providing a fresh hope. But we have a long way to go.

Progress on World Food Day: Food Security Legislation Moves Forward

Thursday, October 16, is World Food Day – an important occasion to reflect on the significant progress that has been made over the past decade toward fighting global hunger and malnutrition. The job, however, is far from done.

Civil Society Engagment Crucial at IMF-World Bank Meeting

In our media moment, even the smallest demonstration, charitable effort or advocacy campaign can go global in an instant. Yet, the sum of modern civil society is more than a collection of breaking news headlines, viral videos or hashtags trending on Twitter. 

InterAction Moves Forward on Transparency

On Wednesday, Publish What You Fund (PWYF) will launch its 2014 Aid Transparency Index, which ranks donors according to the amount – and quality – of the aid information they publish. As a partner, we know that every year the Index prompts a mad rush around the deadline for data collection, as donors seek to improve their scores.

Why Transparency Matters Part 6: One piece of advice

“Why Transparency Matters” is a six-part blog series featuring AidData, Development Initiatives, Foundation Center, Open Aid Partnership, Oxfam America, and Publish What You Fund. These organizations are coming together with InterAction to discuss transparency – why it matters, what it means to be transparent, what impact transparency has on aid effectiveness, and more. In this final blog, we asked for advice from our contributors. At InterAction we tell our members to publish what they can and then build on that. Be patient – it takes time to see results, but it is well worth the wait.

Why Transparency Matters Part 5: Where do we go next?

“Why Transparency Matters” is a six-part blog series featuring AidData, Development Initiatives, Foundation Center, Open Aid Partnership, Oxfam America, and Publish What You Fund. These organizations are coming together with InterAction to discuss transparency – why it matters, what it means to be transparent, what impact transparency has on aid effectiveness, and more. In this fifth blog, we focus on the future. What’s next for transparency? How do we continue to build buy-in or momentum around this issue? How do we better coordinate efforts? What are the challenges we have to overcome?

Why Transparency Matters Part 4: Does it really make a difference?

“Why Transparency Matters” is a six-part blog series featuring AidData, Development Initiatives, Foundation Center, Open Aid Partnership, Oxfam America, and Publish What You Fund. These organizations are coming together with InterAction to discuss transparency – why it matters, what it means to be transparent, what impact transparency has on aid effectiveness, and more. In this fourth blog, we asked contributors to share one example in which being transparency has made a positive impact in international development and humanitarian response.

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