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Our customers news feeds are setup alphabetically, click on their name to be directed to the news feed located on this page.

AATF

AfricaRice

AGRA

Aids Healthcare Foundation

A New America

APIN

ASARECA

Asia Foundation

Bioversity International

CIAT

CIFOR

Crop Trust

DAI

FAO

FARA

FINCA

Gates Foundation

Hewlett Foundation

ICARDA

ICRISAT

IFPRI

IITA

ILRI

IUCN

Kellogg Foundation

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Access Group

The Rockefeller Foundation

WFP

World Agroforestry Centre



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    AfricaRice

    AfricaRice News releases AfricaRice is a leading pan-African rice research organization committed to improving livelihoods in Africa through strong science and effective partnerships. AfricaRice covers 24 member countries across Africa. AfricaRice is a member of the CGIAR Consortium of International Agricultural Research Centers.

    • AfricaRice Council of Ministers sends strong signal of commitment to drive Africa’s rice agenda
      by AfricaRice on October 26, 2018 at 11:23 am

      The 31st Ordinary Session of the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) Council of Ministers held recently under the chairmanship of His Excellency Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Infrastructure of Senegal, reaffirmed strongly its commitment to support AfricaRice to help accelerate Africa’s rice self-sufficiency. Calling it a “historic” session, the chair stated, “The … Continue reading &rarr […]

    • Le Conseil des ministres d’AfricaRice affirme son engagement à redynamiser le secteur rizicole en Afrique
      by AfricaRice on October 26, 2018 at 11:23 am

      La 31e session ordinaire du Conseil des ministres (CM) du Centre du riz pour l’Afrique (AfricaRice), tenue récemment sous la présidence de Son Excellence Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Équipement rural du Sénégal, a réaffirmé avec force son engagement à soutenir AfricaRice pour accélérer l’autosuffisance en riz en Afrique. Qualifiant cette session … Continue reading &rarr […]

    • 31st Session of AfricaRice Council of Ministers to convene in Dakar, Senegal
      by AfricaRice on September 5, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      The 31st Ordinary Session of the Africa Rice Center (AfricaRice) Council of Ministers (CoM) will convene, 25-27 September 2018, in Dakar, Senegal, under the auspices of the CoM Chair, His Excellency Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, Minister of Agriculture and Rural Infrastructure of Senegal. The highest governing body of AfricaRice is the Council of Ministers consisting … Continue reading &rarr […]

    • 31e session du Conseil des ministres d’AfricaRice à Dakar, Sénégal
      by AfricaRice on September 5, 2018 at 12:27 pm

      La 31e session ordinaire du Conseil des ministres (CM) du Centre du riz pour l’Afrique (AfricaRice) se tiendra du 25 au 27 septembre 2018 à Dakar, Sénégal, sous les auspices du président du CM, Son Excellence Dr Papa Abdoulaye Seck, ministre de l’Agriculture et de l’Équipement rural du Sénégal. L’organe suprême de gouvernance d’AfricaRice est … Continue reading &rarr […]

    • Birthplace of African rice domestication identified in Mali
      by AfricaRice on July 5, 2018 at 1:00 am

      05 July 2018 © AfricaRice/R. Raman Togolese farmers from Danyi’s plateau still cultivate indigenous africain rice, Oryza glaberrima. An international study, coordinated by researchers from IRD-France, and involving the CEA and the Africa Rice Centre (AfricaRice), has identified the geographic origin of African rice domestication. By sequencing over 246 African wild and cultivated rice genomes, the … Continue reading &rarr […]



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    AGRA

    • SENIOR PROGRAM OFFICER- STATE CAPABILITY, NAIROBI, KENYA – JOB REFERENCE: SPO11/2018
      by agra on November 14, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Reporting to the Head, State Capability, this position will be responsible for overseeing technical interventions that will enhance governments capacity to deliver on their agricultural plans and vision, in the AGRA focused countries. S/he will serve as a technical advisor on various government support interventions, support country teams in areas of government support as well as in the State Capability Unit. S/he will be considered an expert resource on State Capability issues and will be expected to participate actively in internal and external strategy discussions. This role will be based in Nairobi, Kenya. […]

    • Associate Program Officer, Agribusiness & Extension: Job Reference APO/RW/11/2018, Rwanda
      by agra on November 2, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Reporting to the Country Manager, Rwanda, the Associate Program Officer (Agribusiness and Extension) will support the development of the businesses of SMEs operating along the entire value chain for agricultural inputs. He/She will also provide leadership in extension/advisory services with respect to good agricultural practices, good post-harvest handling and introduction of other appropriate technologies for the development of private led agricultural input subsector. He/She will also undertake the design and implementation of capacity building for implementing partners as well as value chain actors. He/she will support the Country Manager in the coordination and representation role, particularly as concerns relations with the private sector and government extension personnel. […]

    • Senior Finance Officer – Country Support, Nairobi, Kenya – Job Reference: SFO11/2018
      by agra on November 1, 2018 at 6:51 am

      Background information Founded in 2006, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), is an African-led African-based organization that seeks to catalyze Agriculture Transformation in Africa. AGRA is focused on putting smallholder farmers at the center of the continent’s growing economy by transforming agriculture from a solitary struggle to survive into farming as a […]

    • Catalyzing Government Capacity to Foster a Stronger Agricultural Cooperation between China and Africa
      by agra on November 1, 2018 at 6:28 am

      “There is no doubt in the strong wish from both Africa and China side to foster stronger agricultural cooperation. However, our experience and lessons have shown that impact can only be achieved faster by supporting countries to deliver on their own transformation; driving scale through a well-planned and coordinated approach to resources in the public […]

    • Irrigation-short Africa may get $9 billion boost to spur harvests
      by agra on November 1, 2018 at 6:26 am

      UKUNDA, Kenya, Oct 31 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The power of irrigation is on full display in this corner of southeastern Kenya, where an 8,000-hectare sugarcane plantation glimmers in an otherwise semi-arid landscape. Yields at the Kwale sugar plantation are higher than they would be if it relied only on rain, and there is no […]



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    Aids Healthcare Foundation

    AHF AHF • Cutting Edge Medicine

    • Merck Halts Supply of Lifesaving Vaccine for African Kids to Seek Greater Profits in China, US
      by Rachel Mills on November 6, 2018 at 9:29 pm

      AHF condemns Merck for cutting off lifesaving vaccine for children dying from diarrhea in Africa while it also announces plans to expand distribution—and far more lucrative sales—in China. WASHINGTON (November ... The post Merck Halts Supply of Lifesaving Vaccine for African Kids to Seek Greater Profits in China, US appeared first on AHF. […]

    • #endHIVstigma
      by AHF on October 29, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      AHF’s ‘End HIV Stigma’ campaign fights to end stigma that not only causes a feeling of alienation among those living with HIV, but also discourages people from getting testing and ... The post #endHIVstigma appeared first on AHF. […]

    • METRO WEEKLY: AIDS Healthcare Foundation wants to break the stigma of HIV
      by Rachel Mills on October 26, 2018 at 11:46 pm

      AHF’s wellness centers are at the forefront of a fight to destigmatize HIV and offer treatment and healthcare to those in need By John Riley on October 25, 2018 @JohnAndresRiley AIDS Healthcare ... The post METRO WEEKLY: AIDS Healthcare Foundation wants to break the stigma of HIV appeared first on AHF. […]

    • Teen Parents Get Money to Finish School
      by AHF on October 19, 2018 at 10:37 pm

      To help teenage parents stay in school, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) Jamaica and partners hosted the Advancing Secondary, Tertiary and Remedial Education for Adolescent Mothers (A-Stream) awards ceremony to provide ... The post Teen Parents Get Money to Finish School appeared first on AHF. […]

    • Symbolic Silence Puts Spotlight on Gender Violence
      by AHF on October 18, 2018 at 10:33 pm

      AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) South Africa recently teamed up with the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) to host a Silent Protest to represent the silence that surrounds sexual violence and highlights ... The post Symbolic Silence Puts Spotlight on Gender Violence appeared first on AHF. […]



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    A New America

    • Good News From New Orleans! AnewAmerica is One of the Five Winners of The Renewal Awards!
      by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on April 3, 2018 at 9:29 am

      Good News from New Orleans!  AnewAmerica is one of the Five Winners of The Renewal Awards! At the 3rd Annual Renewal Summit on May 27, 2018 in New Orleans, AnewAmerica was recognized as one of the five winners of the Renewal Awards.  The Atlantic’s Renewal Awards recognize local organizations driving positive change in their communities and bringing progress to the country. Now in its 3rd year, the Awards culminate with five winners each receiving a $20,000 grant from Allstate to further their work. Five runners up also receive a $10,000 grant form Allstate. The Renewal Awards seek to illuminate these creative solutions: the local organizations and individuals banding together to confront the biggest challenges facing the country. Allstate is the underwriter of The Renewal Awards.  The Renewal Summit also featured a discussion with the recipients.  For more information, click on the link below.    AnewAmerica would like to thank The Atlantic and Allstate for the award and recognition.  We thank Allstate for the monetary award to help support our work.  We also wish to thank all of our supporters who voted for us and all of our funders, partners, volunteers, team members and friends who make our work possible!     THANK YOU!             CLICK HERE To see the disscussion at the Renewal Summit        &nbs […]

    • Quiere empezar su propio negocio?
      by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 11, 2017 at 1:48 am

        ¡ Clases empiezan pronto!El Programa Incubador de Negocios de AnewAmerica incluye: -15 clases de capazitacion de negocios-Asistencia personalizada y apoyo técnico por tres años-Acceso a capital, Incluyendo ahorros combinados y microcreditos de Kiva.Sin costo. ¡Usted sólo necesita tener compromiso personal!Para registrarse, comuniquese con nosotros. ivalerio@anewamerica.org (510)532-5240 […]

    • Want to start your own business?
      by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 11, 2017 at 1:48 am

       Register Today! East Bay Classes Start soon! Our business incubation program includes: -15 classes of business planning and basics.- Access to personalized technical assistance for three years.-Access to capital, Including micro-lending.No cost!  ONLY PERSONAL COMMIMENT REQUIRED! SPACE IS LIMITED. For More Information or to register, please contact us:by email: ivalerio@anewamerica.org or by phone: (510)532-5240 […]

    • ¿Así Que Quieres Ser el JEFE?
      by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 11, 2017 at 1:48 am

        ¿Así Que Quieres Ser el JEFE?   ¡Descubre lo que se necesita para ser dueño de una empresa! Hay un montón de cosas a considerar antes de dar el salto! ¿Qué tipo de negocio? ¿Cuáles son los desafíos? ¿Cuáles son las recompensas? ¿Es el movimiento correcto?   ¡El conocimiento es la clave del éxito!                                              Llame para mas informacion 408.326.2669 o email jgarcia@anewamerica.org     *Sin Costo hecho posible con el financiamiento de Silicon Valley Community Foundation y del U.S. Small Business Administration.    Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Women’s Business Center programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Also, language assistance services are available. Contact Janet Garcia at 408.326.2669 or at for language requests.      Photo Courtesy of #WOCTech Chat […]

    • So You Want to Be the Boss!
      by abooska@anewamerica.org (Amelie Booska) on February 10, 2017 at 3:18 am

        So You Want to Be the BOSS?   Find Out What It Takes to Be a Business Owner!! There are a lot of things to consider before you take the leap!  What type of business? What are the challenges? What are the rewards? Is it the right move?  Knowledge is the Key to Success!!   * Made possible through generous funding from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Sobrato Family Foundation, and U.S. Small Business Administration.   For Questions Contact us at: 408.326.2669 or at jgarcia@anewamerica.org   Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.  Women’s Business Center programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Also, language assistance services are available. Contact Janet Garcia at 408.326.2669 or at for language requests.   Photo Courtesy of #WOCTech Chat   &nbs […]



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    APIN

    APIN Public Health Initiatives Improving Health, Changing Lives.

    • Families Matter! program (FMP)
      by Web Administrator on November 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      APIN Public Health Initiatives in collaboration with the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), collaborated to bring the “Families Matter! programme (FMP) into Nigeria. This week training of Facilitators to take on the programme in 2 different States of Nigeria began in Abuja. More reports on this programme will be coming your way soon. […] The post Families Matter! program (FMP) appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

    • World Blood Donor Day Commemoration – June 14th – Secondary School Blood Safety Club (SSBSC) awareness campaign
      by Web Administrator on July 31, 2018 at 11:48 am

      Secondary School Blood Safety Club (SSBSC) awareness campaign World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), was established in 2004 to raise awareness on the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood. This is also one of eight official global public health campaigns recognized by World […] The post World Blood Donor Day Commemoration – June 14th – Secondary School Blood Safety Club (SSBSC) awareness campaign appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

    • JUNE 14: Its World Blood Donor Day
      by Web Administrator on June 14, 2018 at 8:24 am

      JUNE 14: It’s another World Blood Donor Day The theme for 2018  world blood donor day campaign is “Blood Donation is an action of solidarity” with the slogan“Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share Life”. The campaign emphasizes the need to raise wider awareness that blood donation is an altruistic action that benefits all […] The post JUNE 14: Its World Blood Donor Day appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

    • 13th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, 2018
      by Web Administrator on June 12, 2018 at 8:20 am

      Adherence 2018 (13th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence) took place June 8-10, 2018, at the Loews Miami Beach Hotel in Miami, FL, USA. Sponsored by the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), this annual series of conferences features the presentation and discussion of HIV treatment and biomedical prevention adherence research, as well as current […] The post 13th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prevention Adherence, 2018 appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

    • APIN BRAND UNVEILING – Press Statement
      by Web Administrator on March 22, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      APIN Unveils New Corporate Identity, To Expand Scope of Work APIN Public Health Initiatives, has unveiled its new corporate identity in Abuja at an event attended by dignitaries, partners, funders and other health related stakeholders. Speaking at the ceremony, the Chief Executive Director of the APIN, Dr. Prosper Okonkwo, said the operating experience in Nigeria […] The post APIN BRAND UNVEILING – Press Statement appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]



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    ASARECA

    • ASARECA staff get Financial Management training from World Bank
      by admin.content on November 6, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      ASARECA staff have received training on Financial Management from the World Bank. The one-day training conducted at ASARECA Secretariat in Entebbe, Uganda, covered a number of topics including Internal Audit Arrangements, Budgeting, and Internal Controls. Read more about ASARECA staff get Financial Management training from World Bank […]

    • ASARECA High Level Advisory Panel meets COMESA Secretary General
      by admin.content on November 5, 2018 at 9:32 am

      Her Excellency Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, former Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission led the ASARECA High Level Advisory Panel  (HLAP) to COMESA Secretariat in Lusaka, Zambia, where they held discussions with COMESA Acting Secretary General Amb. Kipyego Cheluget recently. Read more about ASARECA High Level Advisory Panel meets COMESA Secretary Genera […]

    • Recruitment for Senior Staff Positions in ASARECA
      by admin.content on October 29, 2018 at 1:37 pm

      The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is seeking for qualified professionals from ASARECA Member Countries to fill the positions of:  i. Theme Leader—Commodity Program and Project Coordination; ii. Theme Leader—Agricultural Markets and Policy.  These positions are available under the Eastern and Central Africa Agricultural Transformation Programme (ECAATP), which is to be implemented by the Governments of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Kenya, Republic of Congo (RoC), Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Read more about Recruitment for Senior Staff Positions in ASARECA […]

    • ASARECA in Process to Refresh Strategic Direction
      by admin.content on October 2, 2018 at 5:57 am

      A workshop to review the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) Strategic and Operational plans is underway in Entebbe, Uganda. Up to 40 Agricultural Research for Development (AR4D) Stakeholders in Africa including; researchers, policy leaders, academicians, development partners, capacity development experts and knowledge management practitioners are assessing ASARECA’s operating environment to re-sharpens the institutions focus as a convener and coordinator of AR4D. Read more about ASARECA in Process to Refresh Strategic Direction […]

    • ASARECA Executive Secretary’s address to Participants at workshop to define new direction
      by admin.content on October 1, 2018 at 9:14 am

      Entebbe, Uganda October 1-5th, 2018 Protocol observed. The Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA) is a sub-regional not-for-profit Association. Read more about ASARECA Executive Secretary’s address to Participants at workshop to define new direction […]



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    Asia Foundation

    The Asia Foundation Working for a peaceful, just, and thriving Asia.

    • Announcing the participants of the 2018 YSEALI Summit
      by Mordecai Stayton on November 16, 2018 at 10:41 pm

      The Asia Foundation is pleased to announce the participants of the 5th annual Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Summit! 2018 YSEALI Summit, a program of the U.S. Department of State, will take place December 3-5, 2018 in Singapore at the Carlton Hotel, bringing together 150 participants from ASEAN countries and the United States. The post Announcing the participants of the 2018 YSEALI Summit appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

    • Women and Gender Equality in Afghanistan: Key Findings from the 2018 Afghan Survey
      by Heather MacClelland on November 14, 2018 at 5:35 pm

      3:00 pm – 4:30 pm Choate Room, First Floor 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20036 The 2018 Survey of the Afghan People provides critical insights on the status of women in Afghanistan and highlights gender gaps on a wide range of issues. The results of The Asia Foundation’s 14th annual public opinion survey are based on face-to-face interviews with a nationally representative sample of more than 15,000 Afghan citizens across the country’s 34 provinces, and offer a unique opportunity to understand women’s and men’s perceptions of the role of women, security, the economy, corruption, justice, youth issues, reconciliation with the Taliban, access to media, governance, and political participation. Experts from The Asia Foundation and the United States Institute of Peace will discuss findings from the 2018 Survey and reflect on the implications of this opinion data for women’s rights and gender equality in Afghanistan. Keynote The Honorable Niki Tsongas, U.S. Representative for Massachusetts’s 3rd Congressional District Panelists Tabasum Akseer, Director of Policy and Research, Afghanistan, The Asia Foundation Belquis Ahmadi, Senior Program Officer, United States Institute of Peace; Member, U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council Moderator Clare Lockhart, Director and Co-Founder, Institute for State Effectiveness; Trustee, The Asia Foundation To register please email dc.events@asiafoundation.org or call 202-588-9420. A reception with light refreshments will follow the presentation. Co-sponsored with the U.S.-Afghan Women’s Council. Join the conversation about the 2018 survey on Twitter with #AfghanSurvey. The post Women and Gender Equality in Afghanistan: Key Findings from the 2018 Afghan Survey appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

    • 5th Annual #GBVchat Tweetchat Relay
      by Tracie Yang on November 9, 2018 at 9:44 pm

      8:00 am – 4:00 pm EST The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is a global campaign which runs annually from November 25th (the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to 10 December (Human Rights Day). We invite you to join us for our fifth annual global tweetchat relay to mark the 16 Days of Activism (#16days). The topic this year will be Ending Gender-Based Violence in the World of Work. The tweetchat will take place November 29 from 8:00am to 4:00pm. Join development and health experts and justice and community activists for a day of conversation on the issues surrounding gender-based violence in the world of work and promising approaches to respond. The tweetchat will cover a wide range of topics including evidence-based approaches to end violence against women, the intersection of economic empowerment and violence, engaging men and boys to prevent violence against women and girls, and responding to violence against girls, among other important topics. Follow the hashtag #GBVchat to join the conversation. November 29 Tweetchat Schedule: Time (ET, GMT – 5:00) Organization or Project Follow 8:00am-9:00am ACDI/VOCA & EnCompass LLC @ACDIVOCA @EnCompass_World 9:00am-10:00am The Asia Foundation @Asia_Foundation 10:00am-11:00am Save the Children @SavetheChildren 11:00am-12:00pm Banyan Global @Banyan_Global 12:00pm-1:00pm World Vision @Worldvision 1:00pm-2:00pm Promundo @Promundo_US 2:00pm-3:00pm Chemonics @Chemonics 3:00pm-4:00pm IFES @IFES1987 For more information, please contact Elizabeth Romanoff Silva at The Asia Foundation at elizabeth.silva@asiafoundation.org The post 5th Annual #GBVchat Tweetchat Relay appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

    • Myanmar Democracy: Small Steps on a Long Journey
      by Tracie Yang on November 8, 2018 at 12:15 am

      For decades, Myanmar was governed by a small military elite, accused of acting solely in their own interests. The introduction of a new constitution in 2008 was a dramatic and significant development, creating 14 new state and region governments and parliaments and the promise of democratic participation by a more diverse range of actors. At its heart, democratization in Myanmar means transforming a top-down, autocratic regime into a system that is responsive to the needs and aspirations of democratic constituencies at many levels—local, regional, and national—and establishing effective mechanisms of public administration to achieve them. The creation of the state and region governments thus marks the beginning of a process of decentralization with vast potential for greater participation by citizens and greater responsiveness to regional and local needs. On October 31, The Asia Foundation published a new edition of its flagship report, State and Region Governments in Myanmar, reflecting on five years of progress in Myanmar’s decentralization. The report finds both challenges ahead and grounds for cautious optimism, with encouraging signs of increasing accountability, responsiveness to local needs, and greater public participation in governance. State and region governments that are accountable, participatory, and transparent can give people more power and influence over the laws and policies by which they are governed, deepening democracy in Myanmar. They can lead to more efficient and responsive public services and infrastructure in a country where economic growth has been slow. And they offer hope for an end to Myanmar’s long-running internal conflicts. While the system established by the 2008 Constitution will not be sufficient to establish a lasting peace, there is a consensus among signatories of the Nationwide Ceasefire Agreement that a future system will be based on some form of federalism. Decentralization can thus provide the building blocks for a future federal structure and give subnational actors the experience and capacity to govern democratically. The positive effects of decentralization are not guaranteed, however. For decentralization to deliver these benefits, state and region governments must be both capable of, and accountable for, executing their greater responsibilities. The starting point for all actors in Myanmar’s... Read more The post Myanmar Democracy: Small Steps on a Long Journey appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

    • This Land Is Our Land: How Drones Can Advance Property Rights in the Philippines
      by Tracie Yang on November 7, 2018 at 11:59 pm

      The Philippines has a real estate problem. Half the real property in the country—approximately 12 million parcels of land—has no legal title. Like many countries in Asia, the island nation is experiencing rapid urbanization, and a large proportion of these urban residents in particular lack official titles to the plots of land they live on, which have often been informally subdivided. Without legal proof of ownership, these citizens can’t get loans to make improvements. They can’t pass down their property to their heirs. Classified as “temporary settlers,” residents who may have lived on their parcels for generations can be driven out of their homes with little notice and no compensation. According to a World Bank survey conducted with the Philippine government in 2017, addressing the nation’s growing informal settlements is a critical step to strengthening land administration and management. Land-management systems and government policies have not kept pace with the growth of urban centers, and this lack of effective policy infrastructure has held the country back from inclusive growth that could create more jobs and reduce poverty. Beyond its cost in individual well-being, the Philippines’ land-titling problem exerts a significant drag on development more broadly. Restrictions on untitled land prevent agricultural land from being sold, leased, or mortgaged, blocking development and stifling the land market. The constricted market further inhibits investment, employment, and economic growth. To properly title an untitled parcel of land, applicants must submit a subdivision survey for approval by the government, but a professional survey can itself be the single greatest obstacle for many citizens, making up about 61 percent of the total cost of titling a residential lot. Now, a project by The Asia Foundation and its team of partners has demonstrated a way around this development logjam with the clever deployment of a new survey technology, aerial drones. The Asia Foundation’s Technology for Property Rights project works with government and the private sector to develop policies that reflect and respond to the challenges of a rapidly urbanizing Philippines. A partnership with the Omidyar Network and the Foundation for Economic Freedom, the project is pursuing both... Read more The post This Land Is Our Land: How Drones Can Advance Property Rights in the Philippines appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]



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    Bioversity International

    • How is agrobiodiversity faring in Peru?
      on November 7, 2018 at 12:59 pm

      Did you know that Peru is one of the main centres of crop diversity in the world? A recent study conducted by Bioversity International sets the stage for further actions to protect, conserve and boost agrobiodiversity use in the country to nourish people and sustain the planet. […]

    • Strengthening farmers' seed systems in China
      on October 23, 2018 at 7:00 am

      Dr. Yiching Song, Senior Researcher at the Center for Chinese Agricultural Policy, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Dr. Ronnie Vernooy, Senior Scientist at Bioversity International, visited Aohan, Inner Mongolia, with their team to investigate the use of traditional farmer crop varieties. […]

    • One thousand and ninety seven reasons to celebrate World Food Day
      on October 16, 2018 at 8:58 am

      In her World Food Day blog, Ann Tutwiler, Director General, Bioversity International draws attention to the thousands of overlooked food species that could be deployed as strategic assets to help fix the food system. […]

    • A closer look at gender relations in forest landscape restoration
      on October 15, 2018 at 6:00 am

      On the occasion of the International Day of Rural Women, Giulia Micheletti and Marlène Elias from Bioversity International discuss a framework on how forest landscape restoration can promote gender equality by safeguarding and advancing women’s land rights, encouraging their meaningful participation, and recognizing their expertise and priorities in restoration activities. […]

    • From agronomic practices to gender norms and agency in banana disease management
      on October 15, 2018 at 4:43 am

      On the International Day of Rural Women, our researcher François Iradukunda reflects on how a new perspective on gender has changed the way he works with farmers in Burundi to reduce the spread of banana diseases. […]



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    CIAT

    CIAT The International Center for Tropical Agriculture is a not-for-profit research and development organization dedicated to increase prosperity and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research-based solutions in agriculture and the environment



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    CIFOR

    Center for International Forestry Research Center for International Forestry Research



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    Crop Trust

    Crop Trust Securing our food, forever.

    • The squashes of autumn, from domestication to dessert
      by Michael Major on November 19, 2018 at 1:06 pm

      Words by Paul Cox for #CropsInColor Photos by Luis Salazar, Crop Trust In a field at dawn, Petra Page-Mann is picking squash. Although collectively known as “winter squash” for their […] The post The squashes of autumn, from domestication to dessert appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

    • Securing the world’s rice, forever
      by Cierra Martin on October 26, 2018 at 1:21 pm

      This month was historic for the Crop Trust. For the first time, we agreed to fund a genebank with the longest possible time horizon – nothing less than forever. The […] The post Securing the world’s rice, forever appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

    • Genebanks are supposed to be forever
      by Cierra Martin on October 12, 2018 at 7:00 am

      Luigi Guarino | Director of Science and Programs For as long ahead as we can usefully think, breeders, researchers, and indeed farmers, will need genebanks to help them get hold […] The post Genebanks are supposed to be forever appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

    • The World’s Rice Bowl: Protected in Perpetuity
      by Cierra Martin on October 12, 2018 at 12:01 am

      Massive rice collection to receive permanent financial backing, saving almost all known varieties of rice crops, forever  (SINGAPORE – 12 October 2018) – THE WORLD’S LARGEST rice collection is to […] The post The World’s Rice Bowl: Protected in Perpetuity appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

    • Launching New Crop Diversity Board Game Scenario Catan: Crop Trust
      by Cierra Martin on October 11, 2018 at 1:24 pm

      11 October 2018 – Makers of the award-winning board game, Catan have come up with a fun new way to learn about the importance of crop conservation, while also raising money for the […] The post Launching New Crop Diversity Board Game Scenario Catan: Crop Trust appeared first on Crop Trust. […]



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    DAI

    DAI DAI News RSS Feed

    • DAI Recognizes Two Employees for Their Community Service
      on November 16, 2018 at 7:46 am

      DAI is delighted to announce this year’s winners of the David H. Gunning Award for Community Service: Sajina Thapa, a Human Resources Officer on the Paani program in Nepal, and Modeline Acréus, an Infrastructure Program Coordinator for the AVANSE program in Haiti. Sajina and Modeline will each receive $5,000 for donation to the social service organization of her choice. Sajina Thapa has volunteered with the Nepal Healthcare Equipment Development Foundation (NHEDF) since 2015. NHEDF was started by a group of hospital engineers, doctors, nurses, and social workers in 2014 to provide medical devices free of cost to poor patients. But in April 2015, Nepal was hit by an earthquake that killed almost 9,000 people and injured 22,000 more. NHEDF responded by setting up a 20-bed medical facility for those needing shelter, food, nursing care, and psychological support—helping 500 critically injured people. Sajina has been working with the NHEDF since 2015. Today, the organization exists to provide nursing care, physiotherapy, and rehab for poor people who cannot afford such services. Sajina manages the daily food supplies required to feed around 50 residents of the Kathmandu facility. “I am honored to be part of this noble organization,” she said, “and happy that my small contribution is helping hundreds of people to continue their treatment.” Modeline Acréus is a member of the New Vibration Foundation, an organization founded in 2015 to provide food and education support for children in northern Haiti whose parents can’t afford to send them to school or feed them sufficiently. Modeline contributes financially and helps to recruit children whose parents lack the means to fund the education they need. Every year, the Foundation delivers school supplies to 60 kids, distributes food—rice, beans, and oil—to their families, and pays the annual tuition for five students who achieve the highest grade over the school year. The members meet the children every three months to talk to them, mentor them, and eat together. Modeline sharing a meal. “If the prize is awarded to New Vibration Foundation, we will have the opportunity to pay tuition for more children and the food support which is very low can be reinforced,” wrote Modeline in her application. The Gunning Award was created in 2013 to honor retiring DAI Board Director David Gunning, who was a continuous presence on DAI’s Board from its inception in 1970 and a steady advocate of the company’s social mission. This year, the service award attracted 23 applications from the United States and 10 other countries—Afghanistan, El Salvador, Haiti, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Nepal, Pakistan, Somalia, and Uganda—bringing the total number of applications since the awards were inaugurated to an even 100. “As always, I am very impressed with the good work being done by DAI people as volunteers,” said Gunning. “It is a pleasure to see these good works recognized and, hopefully, encouraging others to undertake their own projects.&rdquo […]

    • DAI Bids Fond Farewell to Board Member Marwan Juma
      on November 15, 2018 at 7:51 am

      DAI Board Member Marwan Juma will be leaving DAI’s Board next month at the end of his term and was bid a fond farewell at the November Board meeting. “Marwan embodies so many of the qualities we aspire to at DAI,” said President and CEO Jim Boomgard. “He is entrepreneurial, forward-thinking, results-focused, and—above all—he cares deeply about making a difference in the world. We are grateful for his many contributions to the firm and we look forward to benefitting from his insights on a less formal basis in the years ahead.” During Marwan’s term, DAI achieved significant growth and diversification, including expanding in the United Kingdom and Nigeria, investing in global health and other sectors, launching initiatives such as a coding school, and broadening DAI’s employee ownership. President and CEO Jim Boomgard, right, celebrates the tenure of Board Member Marwan Juma, left. Speaking at the November Board meeting, Marwan said of DAI: “Meeting [contractor performance assessment report] and donor scores is very important but, at the risk of uttering a cliché, this isn’t why we come to work: it is indeed about making lives better.” “Don’t lose sight of the big picture, of the vision and mission of those who founded DAI,” he urged DAI staff. “If we constantly adhere to what got us here, we will be OK. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity, from the bottom of my heart!” Marwan served as the Jordanian Minister of Information and Communications Technology from 2009 to 2011 and as CEO of Xpress Telecommunications, one of Jordan’s leading mobile operators, from 2006 to 2009. He is also the founder and Chairman of Sama for Integrated Systems, better known as dot.jo, one of Jordan’s leading web development houses, and Kinz for Information Technology, the country’s leading corporate data provider. In addition, Marwan is the founder and Chairman of Oasis 500, the region’s leading IT fund and accelerator. He chaired the local chapter of the Young Arab Leaders Organization, the region’s leading nongovernmental organization focused on youth. “Marwan brought a unique perspective to the DAI Board because he knows firsthand the challenges and immense promise of working in emerging markets,” said Board Chair Betsey Nelson. “It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with him, and we know he will remain a friend of DAI’s and a ceaseless advocate for investment in Jordan and the MENA region.” Marwan will continue to advise DAI informally, especially on our work in Jordan and the Middle East. […]

    • DAI and Suneratech Establish DAI Global Development Center in Hyderabad
      on November 14, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Global Development Pioneer Partners with Cloud Technology Leader to Accelerate Innovation in Integrated Development Solutions Hyderabad, India and Bethesda, Md., November 14, 2018—DAI Global, LLC, a worldwide leader in international development headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland (USA), with operations in more than 100 countries, and Sunera Technologies, Inc. (Suneratech), a leading innovative technology solutions company with offices in Chicago, Illinois (USA), and Hyderabad, India, today announced they have agreed to leverage their long-term strategic partnership to launch DAI’s Global Services Platform in Hyderabad. This platform is a cornerstone of DAI’s global development company vision and will focus on people, process, and innovation, creating value for DAI’s and Suneratech’s current and future customers. DAI President and CEO Jim Boomgard and Sunera President and CEO Ravi Reddy announce the new Hyderabad center. […]

    • DAI Global Health Experts Lead Discussions on Closing Nigeria’s Health Financing Gap at CCA Forum
      on November 8, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      Annie Baldridge and James McIntyre-Brown of the DAI Global Health team discussed solutions to Nigeria’s health financing gap at the Corporate Council on Africa Health Forum in Abuja, Nigeria. […]

    • Sakil Malik to Lead Growing Education Practice at DAI
      on November 2, 2018 at 1:44 pm

      Sakil Malik has been named DAI’s Senior Global Practice Lead for Education. He comes to DAI with more than 20 years of experience working on education initiatives, including in Cambodia, India, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Timor-Leste. Malik most recently served as World Learning’s Vice President for Global Development. He served as Director for the Reading within Reach Project, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, and led the Global Reading Network Community of Practice to improve the literacy of primary school children around the world. He has also served as a Project Director for Creative Associates, managing literacy and education programs. […]



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    • VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT: Communication Specialist: Ref: FARA/adv/Comm/2018
      by Benjamin Abugri on November 4, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is the apex continental organization mandated to coordinate agricultural research and innovation in Africa and advocate for its effective deployment as a driver for agricultural growth. FARA also serves as the technical arm of the Africa Union Commission (AUC) and the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency (NPCA) […]

    • Consulting Services: GOVERNANCE EXPERT ON FARA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
      by Benjamin Abugri on October 16, 2018 at 9:41 am

      Name of project:        FARA Multi-Donor Trust Fund (FARA-MDTF) Grant No:                     FARA-MDTF TF095129 Project ID No.:             P112684  Ref:                                                                                                                Date: October 08, 2018    The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is the apex continental organization mandated to coordinate agricultural research and innovation in Africa. FARA also serves as the technical arm […]

    • Consulting Services: FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT EXPERT ON FARA’S BOARD OF DIRECTORS
      by Benjamin Abugri on October 16, 2018 at 9:26 am

      Name of project:        FARA Multi-Donor Trust Fund (FARA-MDTF) Grant No:                     FARA-MDTF TF095129 Project ID No.:             P112684  Ref:                                                                                                                Date: October 08, 2018  The Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) is the apex continental organization mandated to coordinate agricultural research and innovation in Africa. FARA also serves as the technical arm of […]

    • Volume 3 No: 8_2018: Using a Whole-farm modelling approach to assess changes in farming systems with the use of mechanization tools and the adoption of high yielding maize varieties under uncertainty in Northern Benin
      by Benjamin Abugri on August 26, 2018 at 12:46 am

      Download a full copy: Volume 3 No: 8_2018: Using a Whole-farm modelling approach to assess changes in farming systems with the use of mechanization tools and the adoption of high yielding maize varieties under uncertainty in Northern Benin ABSTRACT Farmers will adopt new agricultural technologies and other policy instruments if they fit into their resource endowments, […]

    • Volume 3 No: 7_2018: Smallholders’ Access to Agricultural Equipment and Agro-Inputs in Mali
      by Benjamin Abugri on August 26, 2018 at 12:36 am

      Download a full copy: Volume 3 No: 7_2018: Smallholders’ Access to Agricultural Equipment and Agro-Inputs in Mali ABSTRACT Farm equipment and agro-inputs are essential to raise the labor and land productivity. Due to low incomes, smallholder farmers are not able to acquire quality equipment and agro-inputs timely and at cost effective. Poor farmers, especially women have […]



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    • When Nature Calls, Blue Box Comes to the Rescue in Kenya
      by Denis Okello on November 19, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Blue Box, a container-based toilet by Sanivation, enables people in non-sewered areas to respond to nature’s call safely, conveniently and with dignity. The post When Nature Calls, Blue Box Comes to the Rescue in Kenya appeared first on FINCA International. […]

    • Empowering Impact Investors with Poverty Data
      by Scott Graham on November 16, 2018 at 11:52 am

      Scott Graham reflects on his panel participation at the AEA Annual Conference, with a focus on how poverty data should be used by impact investors. The post Empowering Impact Investors with Poverty Data appeared first on FINCA International. […]

    • FINCA Talks: A Chat with FINCA’s Co-founders
      by Reena Vadehra on November 15, 2018 at 6:27 pm

      At the next FINCA Talks, co-founders John Hatch and Rupert Scofield will discuss their vision for FINCA's future. The post FINCA Talks: A Chat with FINCA’s Co-founders appeared first on FINCA International. […]

    • Guest Blog: Prosper—A Product Innovation to Link PAYGo Customers to MFIs
      by Daniel Waldron on November 14, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Financial inclusion and energy access consultant, Daniel Waldron, explains a conditional rebate product to help BrightLife and FINCA Uganda clients prosper. The post Guest Blog: Prosper—A Product Innovation to Link PAYGo Customers to MFIs appeared first on FINCA International. […]

    • Rupert Scofield: Prioritizing Change Over Profit in Impact Investing
      by Michael Leen on November 12, 2018 at 5:02 pm

      In an op-ed published by Thomson Reuters Foundation, Rupert Scofield examines the tension between social and financial returns in impact investing. The post Rupert Scofield: Prioritizing Change Over Profit in Impact Investing appeared first on FINCA International. […]



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    • What distributed leadership looks like
      by Kristen Carriker on November 20, 2018 at 5:16 pm

      Take a moment to think about your organization. How much are responsibilities and decision-making diffused throughout it? To what degree are the perspectives and skills of all staff members fully utilized? Would you say that staff are involved in central decisions affecting the organization? Your answers to these questions signal the degree to which your… The post What distributed leadership looks like appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

    • Case Studies in Distributed Leadership
      by threespot on November 20, 2018 at 5:14 pm

      Distributed leadership is a framework for understanding how the work of leadership is shared within complex organizations. Building on our Performing Arts Program’s interest in generational change with the nonprofit arts sector, the Hewlett Foundation commissioned Open Mind Consulting and Informing Change to develop a set of case studies examining how some nonprofit organizations are… The post Case Studies in Distributed Leadership appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

    • Talking about K-12 education
      by Kristen Carriker on November 14, 2018 at 4:57 pm

      One of the few things Americans tend to agree on is that our public education system isn’t giving all of our students what they need to succeed after graduation. In the face of difficult job markets, increased automation, surprise elections and sky-high college tuition fees, we’ve spent the last two decades trying out idea after… The post Talking about K-12 education appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

    • Congress can do better oversight no matter who wins the election
      by Kate Payne on October 31, 2018 at 11:42 pm

      Whatever the outcome of the 2018 mid-term elections, oversight in the 116th Congress is likely to retain some partisan characteristics. If Democrats win a majority of seats in either the House of Representatives or the Senate, we could see an uptick in oversight, including highly partisan investigations. If Republicans maintain control, oversight could remain quiet. ... The post Congress can do better oversight no matter who wins the election appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

    • How more nonprofits and funders are tuning into feedback from voices least heard—their customers
      by Kate Payne on October 31, 2018 at 12:00 am

      When Spins Ngugi Wamaitha counsels teens and young adults about sexual health and contraception in his native Kenya, the 20-year-old thinks of his kid sister Sarah, who’s three. For the past two years, Ngugi Wamaitha has been among a band of youths trying to enlighten peers and younger teens that the cultural stigma against contraception… The post How more nonprofits and funders are tuning into feedback from voices least heard—their customers appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]



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      • Scientific Officer – CIMMYT
        by roopkiran on November 19, 2018 at 3:04 am

        CIMMYT-INDIA is seeking a highly motivated individual to become an integral member of a cross functional maize improvement team based in ICRISAT, Hyderabad. ICRISAT is a non-profit, non-political organization that conducts agricultural research for development in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa with a wide array of partners throughout the world. ICRISAT and its partners help empower... Read Mor […]

      • New methods in implementing an irrigation scheme bring notable impact
        by mfareed on November 16, 2018 at 12:49 pm

        Efficient water use, higher crop yields and improved farmer incomes Impacts of huge investments in irrigation schemes in Africa are often not realized. However, a series of ingenious irrigation schemes in Mozambique, Tanzania and Zimbabwe have shown multiple impacts including lesser water use, reduced conflict, higher crop yields and improved on- and off-farm household incomes.... Read Mor […]

      • Significant progress in pearl millet pre-breeding to develop drought- and blast-resistant varieties
        by mfareed on November 16, 2018 at 12:48 pm

        Efforts to develop pearl millet with improved resistance to drought and blast disease recently got a major boost. The identification of promising introgression lines after multi-location trials, will help accelerate development of new varieties and increase pearl millet production and productivity. Pearl millet is an important source of nutrition for millions of people in the... Read Mor […]

      • Jakunbe: New sorghum variety making a difference in lives of Burkina Faso farmers
        by mfareed on November 16, 2018 at 12:45 pm

        An improved, early-maturing sorghum variety is helping farmers in Burkina Faso attain nutritional and financial security. Simba is a village located about 170 km east of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. On 3 October 2018, Mr Kossima Kaboré was the first producer in the village to harvest the improved sorghum variety named Jakunbe. This former gold miner... Read Mor […]

      • Key to a healthy, sustainable world: Partnership and collaboration in agriculture
        by mfareed on November 16, 2018 at 12:40 pm

        What the 2018 GAP Report® recommends Is the world prepared to feed nearly 10 billion people by 2050? What role do consumers, producers, policy makers and other stakeholders play in ensuring that adequate and nutritious food does not cost us the earth, literally? A comprehensive report on the state of global agricultural productivity – the... Read Mor […]



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        • WCPA Section Box
          by Delwyn Dupuis on November 2, 2018 at 9:52 am

          Photo: IUCN protected planet Discover the World's Protected Areas   Photo: IUCN WCPA Best Practice Guidelines Global Guidelines for protected area practitioners   Photo: IUCN Parks Journal The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation […]

        • The Promise of Sydney
          by Delwyn Dupuis on November 2, 2018 at 9:19 am

          Photo: IUCN Promise of Sydney Vision - Innoivative Approaches - Commitments - Solutions for protected areas in the next decade   Photo: IUCN WCPA Best Practice Guidelines Global guidelines to protected area practitioners.    Photo: IUCN PARKS The International Journal of Protected Areas and Conservation an online, open-access and peer reviewed journa […]

        • State of Wetlands
          by Marco Santos on October 23, 2018 at 12:09 pm

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        • Communities hold the key to expanding conservation impact in Africa
          by Nicole Bachelard on October 12, 2018 at 6:48 am

          Wildlife conservation that uses community partnerships is working for people and threatened species across Africa, write Fred Nelson and Rosie Cooney of IUCN's Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group Wildlife conservancies managed by local communities provide an opportunity for income generation and conservation to take place side-by-side Photo: Make It Kenya CC 1.0 Conservation efforts in Africa today face huge challenges. Africa’s human population is forecast to quadruple by the end of the century, and already intensifying pressures around the use of land, water, and natural resources are having an impact on the region’s extraordinary wildlife. The high-level statistics on wildlife decline are now familiar: elephant numbers across Africa declined by a third in the past decade, while lion populations have dropped by 50% over the past 30 years. Against this backdrop, conservationists have been gathering in London in mid-October, at a conference convened by the UK government, to again discuss how to stop poaching and better safeguard elephants, rhinos, and other wildlife. While most attention is focused on illegal wildlife trade and wildlife security, on the ground evidence is demonstrating the importance of community-level action. In order to respond effectively to current challenges, conservationists – including funders and patrons based in northern countries – need to urgently promote and invest in approaches that are delivering conservation impact. Despite the impression created by many media headlines, there are strong grounds for hope that Africa’s wildlife can recover lost ground. Indeed, even while most attention is focused on illegal wildlife trade and wildlife security, on the ground a growing body of evidence is demonstrating the importance of community-level action. An expanding array of local conservancies and other community-based models are delivering results and showing the potential to integrate conservation with local livelihoods and national economic interests. No country embodies these tenets better than Namibia, where innovative models for conservation developed over the past 30 years have restored wildlife on a remarkable scale. Namibia’s wildlife laws enable local communities to create conservancies, which give communities rights over wildlife use and management in their area. This provides the basis for these conservancies to enter into agreements with tourism or trophy hunting operators, which pay the conservancies directly through joint ventures or concession lease arrangements. Over 80 such conservancies have been created, covering about 16 million hectares – an area larger than all of Greece. These conservancies now earn nearly $10 million annually from tourism and hunting, making wildlife a growing component of the country’s rural economy and creating incentives for rural communities to tolerate wildlife. Elephant numbers nationwide in Namibia have tripled since 1990 and the country has Africa’s largest population of black rhinos on community lands. Namibia is seeing success in community-based wildlife conservation, with species such as the black rhino benefiting Photo: Frank Vassen CC2.0 In Kenya, a diverse range of conservancies created by ranchers and local communities are spreading rapidly, now covering over six million hectares – about 11% of the country’s surface and more than the total land area contained in Kenya’s national parks. These conservancies help communities protect and manage their lands and generate opportunities from the country’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry. For example, in the Maasai Mara, conservancies now cover an area roughly equivalent to the Maasai Mara National Reserve (about 140,000 hectares), and deliver about $3.7 million in annual lease payment to thousands of local landowners. In northern Kenya, recent aerial surveys recorded a 12% increase in the country’s second-largest elephant population between 2012 and 2017, attributed in part to the proliferation of conservancies in that part of the country. In the Maasai Mara, lions are now found at higher densities on some of these private conservancies than in the adjacent national reserve. Private and community conservancies contain nearly all the key habitat of Grevy’s zebra and the hirola antelope, two of East Africa’s most endangered large mammals. Conservancies help communities protect their lands and generate opportunities from the country’s multi-billion dollar tourism industry. Across Kenya’s southern border in Tanzania, evidence is also growing of positive conservation impacts linked to local stewardship. Tanzania’s version of conservancies are called Wildlife Management Areas –WMAs – and 19 of these areas cover a total of about 6 million hectares around the country, often bordering national parks and other reserves. These areas have not been as successful as local conservation models in Namibia or Kenya, partly because of ambiguities in government policy regarding the level of local control, and high levels of effective taxation on community revenues earned from tourism and hunting. But even WMAs are now starting to deliver after nearly 20 years of investment. For example, recent research provides evidence of wildlife recoveries in two WMAs adjacent to Tarangire National Park in northern Tanzania. The most recent paper finds that one of these WMAs “has had positive ecological outcomes in the form of higher wildlife densities and higher giraffe population growth" since it became operational. Grassroots conservation initiatives have helped to increase population densities of lions in Maasi Mara conservancies Photo: Güldem Üstün CC2.0 Conservancies and similar community-driven conservation areas are now at the forefront of making conservation work for people and wildlife. In both Namibia and Kenya, conservancies have more than doubled the total conservation estate beyond what is included within state protected areas. Namibia now has about 43% of its total land area under some form of conservation management, with more than half that total covered by private and communal conservancies. While many conservationists, and leading scientists such as E.O. Wilson, are calling for countries to dramatically increase their conservation ambitions, including aiming for conservation measures on up to half of their land area, it is the growth of community-based models and action that is actually making this scaled up impact possible in Africa. Conservancies and similar community-driven conservation areas are now at the forefront of making conservation work for people and wildlife. Importantly, this progress is being spearheaded by a rising cadre of African conservation organizations that have the skills, local roots and determination to make conservation deliver for both people and wildlife. These include groups such as Integrated Rural Development and Nature Conservation (IRDNC) in Namibia; Honeyguide and Ujamaa Community Resource Team – the latter a 2016 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient – in Tanzania; and the Northern Rangelands Trust and Maasai Mara Wildlife Conservancies Association in Kenya. Supporting the growth and development of these spreading community-based models, including their long-term financial sustainability, and investing in the local organizations that are facilitating them, will be a key to preserving and recovering Africa’s wildlife in the face of growing threats. Topic: BiodiversityHuman-wildlife conflictProtected areasWildlife trafficking Author:  Fred Nelson Fred Nelson is Executive Director of Maliasili, a non-profit organisation that supports leading African conservation organisations to deliver greater impact, and member of IUCN’s CEESP/SSC Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group. Rosie Cooney Dr Rosie Cooney is Chair of the IUCN SSC/CEESP Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Specialist Group and Visiting Fellow in the School of Biology, Earth and Environmental Sciences at University of New South Wales, Australia. […]

        • IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas Chair Dr Kathy MacKinnon wins top conservation prize
          by Delwyn Dupuis on October 11, 2018 at 2:50 pm

          Dr Kathy MacKinnon, a British zoologist, has won the Midori Prize for Biodiversity, a prestigious conservation award. Photo: IUCN […]



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        • Global Life Science Services Platform Unites Under New Name, EVERSANA™
          by Jim Cimino on October 1, 2018 at 1:34 pm

          MILWAUKEE, Oct. 1, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The fast-growing life science services platform built in partnership with Water Street Healthcare Partners and JLL Partners, today unveiled its new name and brand: EVERSANA™. Anchored to the Latin word "sana" for healthy and "ever" for continual evolution, the new name reflects the expanding platform's commitment to advancing life science services for a healthier world. […]

        • Emerging Care Delivery Models Where Payers and Providers Become One
          by Jim Cimino on June 21, 2018 at 8:35 pm

          Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD – Chief Medical Officer June 21, 2018 The trend of reducing health care costs through global capitation and aggressive contracting from payer/provider integration has and will continue to expand in the health care market. This combination will provide a solid singular force in reducing cost and improving outcomes. Recent announcements of unusual entities entering the market, such as Amazon, CVS, and Walmart, are an example of this phenomenon. Developers and utilizers of clinical pathways should be aware of these new models and how pathways may need to be adapted in light of these atypical models. The principles and structures of Kaiser Permanente and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) may represent future models of care. Providers, pathways developers, and payers alike should take note of these new models. Click here to learn mor […]

        • An Answer to Randomly Designed Behavior-Change Programs
          by Jim Cimino on March 14, 2018 at 3:36 pm

          One of the key topics in health care relates to how to change patient behavior. Over the years, many programs have been developed and implemented with varying results. In 2011, Professor Susan Mitchie and colleagues at the University College of London conducted an intensive search and spoke with several behavioral change experts to identify 19 programs that addressed health-related behavior change. […]

        • Who Really Controls Treatment Selection? It’s Not Always Who You Think
          by Jim Cimino on February 26, 2018 at 11:13 pm

          New policies and legislation related to health care reform mean that control over prescription drugs selections may also shift within different markets. For providers and provider groups creating clinical protocols for a disease state, it is important to understand the various stakeholder biases in real-world contexts, so that appropriate prompts may be integrated into the protocol in order to achieve the best outcomes. Drug selection will vary greatly based on the insurer’s position, disease state, health system, and patient. […]

        • Water Street Completes Dual Acquisitions to Continue Building Life Sciences Commercialization Services Platform
          by redwards on December 5, 2017 at 2:28 pm

          Health Care Firm Acquires Alliance Life Sciences and Health Strategies Group CHICAGO – December 5, 2017 – Water Street Healthcare Partners, a strategic investor focused exclusively on the health care industry, announced today that it has completed two acquisitions to continue building a leading global life sciences’ commercialization services platform. The health care firm has acquired Alliance Life Sciences (Alliance) and Health Strategies Group. Water Street will bring the two companies together with The Access Group, a business it acquired last year, under a global enterprise that will offer life sciences companies a suite of commercialization services to support them with bringing new therapies to market, and gaining and sustaining market access and share. “We are excited to be at the forefront of helping life sciences firms develop, manage and deliver new outcomes-based therapies that address specific patient populations and diseases,” said Jim Lang, an executive advisor with Water Street who will serve as executive chairman of the newly combined enterprise. “By bringing these two market-leading companies together with The Access Group, we are taking the next step toward building a global leader that will offer life sciences companies an integrated portfolio of solutions to help them bring the right therapies to the right patients at the right value.” Founded in 1992, Health Strategies Group is the leader in market access intelligence and customized research for pharmaceutical and biotech professionals. Its team of analysts dissects trends and identifies opportunities to help companies optimize their product access and distribution. Alliance, founded in 2008, specializes in maximizing revenue and optimizing pricing for its customers. The firm offers a broad array of global pricing analytic tools and data, outsourced contract and revenue management services, including business process outsourcing, and digital marketing operational services. “Together with Health Strategies Group and The Access Group, we will offer our customers a deeper and more extensive portfolio of next-generation solutions that address the entire spectrum of their commercial needs,” said Emmanuel Doe, CEO, Alliance. “As one entity, we will have a greater impact on aligning outcomes among patients, caregivers, physicians and payers for pharmaceutical and medical device products.” Rod Cavin, managing director, Health Strategies Group, added: “We are thrilled to join forces with Alliance and The Access Group. Our clients are working incredibly fast and hard to bring new and life-changing therapies to market. Building this platform with Water Street enables us to combine our research capabilities with new services that will accelerate getting these therapies to the patients who need them.” Water Street’s new global enterprise will work with life sciences companies to introduce new therapies and optimize existing therapies to targeted patient populations through the following suite of solutions: Strategic and Advisory Consulting Services Agency Implementation and Execution Research, Data and Analytics Products Turnkey Outsourced Operations Alliance, Health Strategies Group and The Access Group will continue to operate under their current names and leadership teams. The executives of each company will report to the holding company’s board of directors spearheaded by Executive Chairman Jim Lang. Financial details of the acquisitions are not being disclosed. About Alliance Alliance Life Sciences is a global innovator that delivers peace of mind and unlocks business value with unique solutions to complex commercial problems. With more than 15 years of dedicated life sciences experience, its worldwide team of experts provides insights and solves problems in contracting, pricing, reimbursement, and commercial operations. Alliance serves top pharmaceutical manufacturers, mid-market life sciences companies, and multiple medical device and diagnostic firms. For more information,... […]



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        • What Can World War I Teach Us About Peacebuilding Today?
          by Joseph Peralta on November 19, 2018 at 11:17 pm

          Paris Peace Forum shows the need for realistic perceptions of international stability and state fragility A recent piece in The Economist reflecting on the Armistice of November 11, 1918, noted that: “The first world war happened because a generation of Victorian leaders took for granted the stable order that prevailed in most of Europe for […] The post What Can World War I Teach Us About Peacebuilding Today? appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

        • How To Deal With Fragile States: Three Takeaways From This Week’s Paris Peace Forum
          by Joseph Peralta on November 16, 2018 at 9:03 pm

          Last Sunday, the world celebrated 100 years since the armistice of the Great War, one of the most terrible conflicts ever witnessed by humanity. Yet, for too many people around the world, just and lasting peace remains elusive. To discuss ways to tackle global challenges and ensure durable peace, President Emmanuel Macron convened more than […] The post How To Deal With Fragile States: Three Takeaways From This Week’s Paris Peace Forum appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

        • Accelerating Impact Through #GivingTuesday
          by Joseph Peralta on November 14, 2018 at 10:08 pm

          Started in 2012 to kick-off the charitable season, #GivingTuesday is celebrated on the heels of the holiday sales sprint, landing right between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a respite from the retail sales storm, focused on giving back to our communities and the causes that we care most about. This year, CauseVox is involved […] The post Accelerating Impact Through #GivingTuesday appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

        • Rebuilding Faith In Institutions Is Necessary for Progress
          by Joseph Peralta on November 14, 2018 at 1:18 pm

          There are good reasons to be optimistic about the world’s future. We live in an era when more people are leading better lives than they were just a decade ago. Fewer families live in extreme poverty, half as many children die before turning five-years-old, and twice as many families have access to electricity. And yet, […] The post Rebuilding Faith In Institutions Is Necessary for Progress appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

        • African Trade Agreement: Catalyst for Growth
          by Joseph Peralta on November 12, 2018 at 6:20 pm

          Africa is growing, but not fast enough. In order for more than 400 million Africans to rise out of poverty, continued economic growth across Africa’s 54 nations will have to increase an average of 7% annually or more. One strong engine for growth is trade. But when it comes to trade, Africa is the least integrated region […] The post African Trade Agreement: Catalyst for Growth appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]



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