#GlobalGoals, Local Strength

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September 22, 2017

Too many women face death while giving birth. Here’s how we can improve their chances.

physician helping mother give birth

This post originally appeared on The Lily. Reposted with permission.

For almost seven years in the 1980s, I lived on Mali’s Dogon Plateau. I was a Peace Corps volunteer focused on primary health care and spent most of my time with women. I learned about their joys, sorrows, dreams, struggles and, surprisingly, their great fear of childbirth.

As a young, single American woman, I thought of birth as natural, safe and joyous. Nothing had prepared me for the death of Yabara, a 27-year-old pregnant woman in my village. Like many rural Malian girls, she had married early, during her teens. She had six children at home and was pregnant with her seventh child when she died from obstructed labor. The complication […]

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September 14, 2017

Tracking media and measuring accountability for the SDGs

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This article originally appeared on Degrees. Reposted with permission.

The Sustainable Development Goals will remain only aspirational if there is no accountability for their implementation. In this episode, I speak with Roland Schatz, a leader in the field of media impact and an expert on the SDGs, on how to create accountability, particularly in the private sector.

Roland talks about the first SDG Commitment Report 100, which tracks companies’ efforts to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals. He also shares some interesting perspectives on the use and impact of media on development. You might be surprised by our discussion about the role of social media in driving social change.

This conversation is part of a series of candid discussions I’m having with […]

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August 23, 2017

A conservative perspective on the U.S. international leadership, foreign assistance and the SDGs

Man describing SDG graphic

This article originally appeared on Degrees. Reposted with permission.

Photo Credit: Xizi Luo (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

In many parts of the world, countries are aligning their national development plans around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In other nations, the global goals don’t have the same moral authority.

In this podcast, I speak to Dan Runde, a prominent conservative voice in the development community. Dan is the director of the project on prosperity and development at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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August 1, 2017

Adaptation: Key to building a stronger Nigeria

OFDA doctor and patient

There is an intensive proving ground of the integrated Global Goals in north eastern Nigeria. The Lake Chad region have been gripped with conflict, ethnic and political insurgents, food crisis, and health epidemics like Ebola. International and local nonprofits are striving to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal targets by working to ensure healthy lives, quality education, access to water and sanitation and to achieve gender equality. Realizing any of these objectives in this disrupted environment needs solutions that are flexible, adaptable and creative.

Photo Credit: Kunle Lawal/FHI 360

On August 3, 2017, FHI 360 will host an event, Building Resilient Communities in Changing Times, in Abuja, Nigeria. This article originally appeared on Degrees. Reposted with permission.

FHI 360 has had a […]

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