Engaging Internationally

What makes someone inspirational?

October 5, 2010

A few times recently I’ve found myself writing these words: “One of the most inspirational voices of our time” about  Kumi Naidoo,  Paul Farmer  and Wangari Maathai.  As I don’t take the use of the adjective “inspirational” lightly, it made me think about what makes me refer to someone as ‘inspirational’?  We obviously all have …

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What have we learned from all of this talk about Millennium Development Goals?

September 27, 2010

Last week in New York world leaders, NGO representatives, and a multitude of other stakeholders and interested parties met for a review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In addition to the official MDG Summit numerous auxiliary meetings were held including the Clinton Global Initiative, Digital Media Lounge, and TedXChange.  What did we learn (or …

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What’s all this talk about Millennium Development Goals?

September 21, 2010

In September 2000, 189 world leaders met at the United Nations and agreed on a roadmap setting out eight time-bound and measurable goals to address extreme poverty by 2015.  These goals became known as the Millennium Development Goals.

In summary, these goals are:

  1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
  2. Achieve universal primary education
  3. Promote gender equality
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Resources for NGOs Engaging Internationally

September 16, 2010

As a follow-up to my post earlier this month on the CIVICUS World Assembly this is a listing of some of the interesting resources that were shared at the Assembly.

Boiling Point: Can Citizen Action Save the World by Kumi Naidoo.  Kumi, a former anti-apartheid activist from South Africa and executive director of CIVICUS, scholar, …

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CIVICUS World Assembly 2010

September 1, 2010

I have been a member of CIVICUS since it was founded in the mid-1990’s. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation is an international alliance of NGOs (Civil Society Organizations in CIVICUS parlance) and partners who work together “to strengthen citizen action and civil society throughout the world”.  In its short life CIVICUS has been enormously …

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