Author: Staff Reports

In one of her last meetings as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton hosted more than 200 representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civic society, and business houses in order to celebrate the power of partnerships. The meeting not only ended with a pledge of $80 million in partnership between the private and public sectors, but it also offered a rich and informative review of achievements through partnerships over the last four years. When Clinton took office in 2009, she focused on partnership as the most important tool for USA’s foreign policy as it collaborated with partners to seize opportunities and reduce…

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In many third-world countries, thousands of mothers die during childbirth due to preventable causes. Pathfinder International, an organization that works to promote sexual and reproductive health in underprivileged countries, has been working since 2007 to tackle this problem and has achieved marked success. According to the organization, the three main causes of maternal deaths are postpartum hemorrage, sepsis, and high blood-pressure or eclampsia. All of these are preventable via access to the right medical treatment and care. However, many women in countries such as India, Nigeria, Peru, Bangladesh etc. are often prevented from accessing the proper attention or pre-natal education…

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The World Resources Institute (WRI) recently released an ambitiously detailed map of the global community’s most pressing water issues. The project, entitled Aqueduct, came into being as the result of an alliance among various major corporations including Shell, General Electric, Goldman Sachs and Proctor and Gamble. “We’re seeing that water and the lack of it is emerging as one of the defining challenges of the 21st century,” says Betsy Otto, Director of the Aqueduct project for WRI, “What’s interesting now is that we’re hearing that concern echoed in the business community and across the world.” Currently, Aqueduct is the most…

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In a country where mobile-phones are everywhere, but access to clean water is limited, one company is using the phone as a payment method for water. Kenya has a cellphone payment system, M-Pesa, which is becoming ubiquitous nation-wide as a critical method of payment and access to new possibilities, far beyond just talking with friends. The Grundfos Lifelink company manufactures and maintains solar-powered pumps to provide safe drinking water around Kenya. It is a pay-per-use service, using high-tech methods to overcome low-tech needs. Each customer uses a personal Lifelink fob key, they simply wave the key at a sensor and…

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Kathy Calvin has assumed the role of President of The United Nations Foundation, the organization launched by Ted Turner with his $1 billion donations to the UN in 1998. The Foundation advocates for the UN and links resources, people and ideas to support the UN’s activities in resolving global issues. Calvin has been the CEO of the UN Foundation since 2009. She brings several years of expertise and excellence in the fields of U.S. leadership in global concerns, multiple-sector problem resolution and women’s inclusion at all levels in all areas and sectors. A graduate of Purdue University, and today a…

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MADISON, WI — To usher in the 2014 World Cup, which starts Thursday, June 12 in Brazil, we thought we would show you some places where the love of and obsession with soccer is still strong, even though there are high rates of poverty in these areas. A staggering 715.1 million fans in every corner of the world watched the final match of the 2006 FIFA World Cup held in Germany, despite the fact that more than 3 billion people live on less than $2.50 a day. Organizations and people like Chris Singer see these facts and believe that soccer can play a large role in positively changing the world. The love of…

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