Engaging Internationally

A Community of Practice to Discuss Global Scale Up

November 4, 2010

In June I wrote about some of the scale-up work I was doing with the Helping Babies Breathe. In August I wrote about a collaboration with  Amy Sample Ward of NetSquared to launch a GlobalScale wiki and  to shepherd the creation of a community of practice on this topic area.

The Helping Babies Breathe program …

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The preciousness of water

October 15, 2010

Today is the annual Blog Action Day, this year focused on water.  Take a few minutes with me to focus on this important issue.

In some ways I’ve had water conservation as a recurring theme for the past few decades of my life.   Early on in my professional career I was the executive director of …

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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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