The World Health Organization's director-general, Tedros Ghebreyesus, has expressed optimism during a press briefing that 2022 may be the year the world ends the acute stage of the COVID-19 pandemic and charts the path to stronger health security. He called on the global community to not only share vaccines faster and more equitably, but also support countries in manufacturing and distributing them. (Read more...)
USAID (United States Agency for International Development) has launched a new website,, to help empower new, current and future local and international partners with the knowledge and networks to navigate how to work with the agency. The website offers access to a variety of innovative services and curated resources designed to improve organizational readiness for partnership, connect partners to peers and experts, and prepare prospective partners to pursue USAID funding. To learn more, click on the headline above. (Read more...)
At a special meeting of the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Pakistan in December, delegates said they would work with the UN to try to unlock hundreds of millions of dollars in frozen Afghan assets in an effort to address a growing humanitarian crisis. The meeting was the biggest conference on Afghanistan since the U.S.-backed government fell in August. In a resolution released after the meeting, the OIC urged Afghanistan's rulers to abide by "obligations under international human rights covenants, especially with regards to the rights of women, children, youth, elderly and people with special needs." (Read more...)
From October 31 to November 13, the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), "Uniting the World to Tackle Climate Change," hosted by the U.K. in Glasgow, Scotland, brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The outcome document, known as the Glasgow Climate Pact, calls on nearly 200 countries to report their progress towards more climate ambition next year, at COP27, slated to take place in Egypt. It also reaffirms the global agreement to accelerate action on climate this decade. (Read more...)
How can small and medium NGOs and social enterprises help the public sector successfully adopt and scale their innovations? The Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) article, "Making the Government Adoption of Social Innovations Work," outlines lessons the authors learned on what enabled successful government integration, at both the state and village levels, of NGO Digital Green's video-based, agricultural extension program in India and highlights other examples of government programs institutionalizing projects designed and proven by smaller nonprofits. (Read more...)
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