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AATF

AfricaRice

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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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      Aids Healthcare Foundation

      AHF AHF • Cutting Edge Medicine



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      APIN

      APIN Public Health Initiatives Improving Health, Changing Lives.

      • 16 Days Activism Against Gender Based Violence – GBV
        by Web Administrator on November 27, 2018 at 9:04 am

        To achieve the 1st 90 of the UNAIDS 90-90-90 vision APIN joined the rest of the world to commemorate this year 16 Days Activism Against Gender-Based Violence – GBV is one of the modes of transmitting HIV, all people are affected by GBV but Women and Girls are more affected due to Lack of Control […] The post 16 Days Activism Against Gender Based Violence – GBV appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

      • WORLD AIDS DAY 2018 – December 1st, Commemoration
        by Web Administrator on November 24, 2018 at 3:07 pm

        What is World AIDs Day? World AIDS day was first launched in 1988 and is the first ever Global Health Day. This year, 1st December 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of the celebration worldwide. On this day we remember those who have died from AIDs and get an opportunity to show support for those living […] The post WORLD AIDS DAY 2018 – December 1st, Commemoration appeared first on APIN Public Health Initiatives. […]

      • 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. […]



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      ASARECA

      • IGAD welcomes closer links with ASARECA
        by admin.content on December 4, 2018 at 10:52 am

        The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) has welcomed the move by ASARECA to become its technical arm. Speaking to the High Level Advisory Panel (HLAP), a committee of lobbyists for ASARECA in his office in Djibouti, IGAD Secretary General, Amb (Eng). Mahboud M. Maalim noted that was is extremely important for IGAD to work with ASARECA because of the Associations, vantage position as a coordinating entity for national agricultural research systems. Read more about IGAD welcomes closer links with ASARECA […]

      • Ethiopian Agriculture Minister pledges Government support to ASARECA
        by admin.content on December 4, 2018 at 10:19 am

        The Ethiopian State Minister of Agriculture, Dr Eyasu Abraha has pledged full support of the Ethiopian government to ASARECA to facilitate the Association to provide technical guidance to Agricultural Research Systems  (NARS) in its 11 member countries. Read more about Ethiopian Agriculture Minister pledges Government support to ASARECA […]

      • ASARECA and AGRA discuss opportunities for collaboration
        by admin.content on December 4, 2018 at 8:57 am

          ASARECA Executive Secretary Prof. Jean Jacques Mbonigaba Muhinda has held bilateral talks with the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) top executives. The meeting between Prof. Muhinda, AGRA President, Dr. Agnes Kalibata, and AGRA Interim Vice President, Policy and State Capability Division, Fadel Ndiame, took place at AGRA offices in Nairobi, Kenya. Read more about ASARECA and AGRA discuss opportunities for collaboration […]

      • 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 […]



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      Asia Foundation

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

      • Public Radio International features data from 2018 Survey of the Afghan People
        by Tracie Yang on December 10, 2018 at 7:28 pm

        December 10, 2018 — Public Radio International features data from the 2018 Survey of the Afghan People in a news feature about the changing status of Afghan women and how recent peace negotiations with the Taliban has raised anxieties of a return to a “male-dominant society.” A recent study by The Asia Foundation found that the number of Afghans who believe that reconciliation between the Afghan government and the Taliban is possible has increased slightly since last year — or by 1.1 percentage points — to 53.5 percent today.   However, gender divisions remain, as “60.5 percent of males […] believe that reconciliation is possible, but just 46.5 percent of females do.” The post Public Radio International features data from 2018 Survey of the Afghan People appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

      • Applications Now Open for 2019 YSEALI Workshop on Eco & Sustainable Tourism
        by Kylie Tien on December 7, 2018 at 8:46 pm

        December 7, 2018 — The Asia Foundation is implementing this 5-day workshop in the world heritage site of Luang Prabang, Laos from March 4-8th 2019. We are looking for actively engaged students, entrepreneurs and young professionals, age 18-35, from across ASEAN who are interested in promoting ecotourism. The 2019 YSEALI Workshop on Eco & Sustainable Tourism, to be held at the Le Bel Air Resort in Luang Prabang, Laos from March 4-8, 2019, will gather 50 participants from across ASEAN. The Workshop will showcase innovative approaches to sustainable tourism and socially responsibly business practices through field visits to successful small and medium ecotourism enterprises, and allow young innovators and entrepreneurs from across ASEAN and Timor-Leste to connect with each other and with participating experts. Throughout the Workshop, participants will showcase projects, receive mentorship, explore opportunities to expand their work, exchange ideas on how to foster sustainable and socially responsible tourism initiatives in their communities, and find avenues for building sustained economic development in their communities. The Workshop is supported by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by The Asia Foundation. You will learn best practices through a hands-on tour of eco-projects in one of the world’s most beautiful boutique tourism cities. You will also learn from some of the best minds in the region, and network with other young leaders from across ASEAN. You won’t want to miss this opportunity! Deadline is December 15th, apply now.    The post Applications Now Open for 2019 YSEALI Workshop on Eco & Sustainable Tourism appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

      • The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste’s Nabilan Program and Australian Government Launch Hamahon ‘Giving Shelter’ App and Media Kit
        by Mordecai Stayton on December 7, 2018 at 1:17 am

        Dili, December 6, 2018 — Today, The Asia Foundation and the Timor-Leste Government launched an innovative mobile application and website for women and children victims of violence. Demonstrating a commitment to taking concrete steps to stop violence against women at all levels of society and ensuring women and children victims have access to support services, the government also launched a media kit for reporting on violence against women and children. These resources were developed by the Nabilan Program, an Australian aid initiative implemented by The Asia Foundation on behalf of the Australian Government. Catalpa International generously donated their time to design the Hamahon (“giving shelter”) app which helps police, service providers, and women find contact information for support services. The platform also enables service providers to easily update their contact information and flag inactive phone numbers. Service providers and representatives from the Timorese government took part in the design and testing process in order to ensure that the app addresses their needs. “I expect this innovative use of information technology will further strengthen the quality of services for victims,” said Timor-Leste’s Secretary of State for the Promotion of Equality and Inclusion, Maria José da Fonseca Monteiro de Jesus. Chargé d’affaires for the Australian Government, Phillipa Venning, believes that the new app could be a lifesaver for victims of domestic violence by providing the means to quickly access high-quality assistance and support. At the launch event, she stated “working towards eliminating violence against women remains a major priority for the Australian aid program, and we are proud to support the Timorese Government’s strong leadership role on this issue.” The media kit launched today contains resources to assist journalists in covering violence against women and children through a respectful and dignified lens. The toolkit aims to help members of the media achieve a deeper understanding of violence against women, and how to develop news stories that are based on evidence and presented in a sensitive manner. The media kit builds on media training provided by the Timor-Leste Government with support from the Nabilan Program. “The media has to make efforts to learn... Read more The post The Asia Foundation Timor-Leste’s Nabilan Program and Australian Government Launch Hamahon ‘Giving Shelter’ App and Media Kit appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

      • YSEALI Summit – Innovation Slam Competition Winners Announced
        by Tracie Yang on December 7, 2018 at 1:00 am

        Singapore, December 6, 2018 — In Singapore December 3-5, The Asia Foundation organized and implemented the annual YSEALI Summit, a program sponsored by U.S. Department of State. On December 5, YSEALI announced the winners of the Innovation Slam competition. After 3 days of intensive collaborative group work, drop-in mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs, and coaching from industry experts, representatives from each of 15 competing groups took the stage to pitch their projects before a panel of 6 judges, themselves experts in entrepreneurship. The Judges panel included: James Toh – President, MIT Club Singapore Jane Bocklage – Deputy Representative, U.S. Mission to ASEAN Brian Ferinden – Public Affairs Officer, U.S. Mission to ASEAN Gouri Mirpuri – Founder, Connected for Good; co-founder of Impact HUB Singapore Laurence Lien – Lien Foundation/Asia Philanthropy Circle Camille Dawson – Counselor for Public Affairs, U.S. Embassy Singapore Projects were judged by how well they addressed the following requirements: measurable social impact; potential to scale across ASEAN; revenue generation model; demonstrable partnership (with team members from at least 4 countries), and the implications for support or partnership with U.S. business, organizations or institutions. After much deliberation, six prizes were given out on Wednesday evening, each with a small “seed” grant award to be used toward implementing their projects. The grand prize winner, taking home a $10,000 seed grant, was ASEAN Unboxed: ASEAN Unboxed is an ecommerce and storytelling platform that seek to give access to the best products that come from 11 ASEAN countries. This platform will provide market access to social enterprises to reach the growing market of conscious consumers. ASEAN Unboxed team members: Janine Chiong (Philippines) Nur Azrin Abu Bakar (Malaysia) Joie Cruz (Philippines) Pia Miraflores, (Philippines) Adrian Koh, (Brunei) Ouk Channita (Cambodia) Lei Motilla, (Philippines) Emil Tapnio, (Philippines) John Si Thu, (Myanmar) Taking second prize in the competition for a seed grant of $7,500, and winning the crowd favorite for an extra $2500, was iSpot: iSpot is a mobile application that will help the LGBTQ+ community spot and review inclusive and safe environments and business establishments. This is a platform to connect an emerging social... Read more The post YSEALI Summit – Innovation Slam Competition Winners Announced appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]

      • 2018 Survey of Afghan People Shows Women’s Rights are Complicated
        by Tracie Yang on December 6, 2018 at 1:30 am

        Although the current to exercising those rights. It was not always thus. From the 1930s to the early 70s, Afghanistan was relatively liberal—to the point that Kabul was often referred to as the Paris of Central Asia. In subsequent decades, however, women experienced significant repression, culminating in large-scale violations of women’s rights and violence against women under the Taliban, who enforced strict gender segregation and the elimination of women from the public sphere. Women’s rights were enshrined in the national constitution of 2003, and successive national governments have vowed to protect women’s rights, eliminate violence against women, and support women’s economic empowerment and political participation. The Afghan constitution and the Law on Elimination of Violence against Women afford rights, protections, and opportunities to women that are unprecedented in the region and among other Muslim countries. According to The Asia Foundation’s 2018 Survey of the Afghan People, women’s rights and participation in Afghanistan are improving, but very slowly. The broadest and longest-running nationwide poll of Afghan attitudes, the Survey has gathered the opinions of more than 112,000 men and women since 2004, providing a unique longitudinal portrait of evolving public perceptions of security, the economy, governance and government services, elections, the media, women’s issues, and migration. The 2018 findings are encouraging when it comes to women’s access to justice. More women than men (21.8% vs. 16.4%) reported bringing family disputes to court, the Huquq Department, or the local shura or jirga, progress that can be partly attributed to three agencies of the Afghan government—the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, the Attorney General’s Office, and the police—which have established specialized units to provide support services to women in cases of violence and civil disputes. Media and public awareness campaigns led by civil society organizations and international donors are also making women more aware of their rights. In many ways, this progress is a major collective achievement of grassroots activists, CSOs, the Afghan government, and the international community since 2001. Waning support for traditional practices such as baad and baddal is another bright spot for women (figure 1), one of the few areas related... Read more The post 2018 Survey of Afghan People Shows Women’s Rights are Complicated appeared first on The Asia Foundation. […]



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      Bioversity International



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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.

      • Chef Dan Barber Talks Deliciousness Through Plant Breeding
        by Michael Major on December 6, 2018 at 2:32 pm

        Interview and photos: LM Salazar | Crop Trust I met up with world-renowned chef Dan Barber during my recent #CropsInColor trip to the Northeast region of the United States. Dan […] The post Chef Dan Barber Talks Deliciousness Through Plant Breeding appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

      • Supporting the Application of the FAO Genebank Standards
        by Cierra Martin on November 27, 2018 at 3:23 pm

        Bonnie Furman and Stefano Diulgheroff (FAO) Luigi Guarino (Crop Trust) How do genebank managers know they’re doing all they can to maintain the quality and availability of their collections? Perhaps […] The post Supporting the Application of the FAO Genebank Standards appeared first on Crop Trust. […]

      • 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. […]



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      DAI

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      • Moroccan Delegation Visits Manchester and Cornwall Seeking Lessons from UK Devolution
        on December 11, 2018 at 10:44 pm

        A delegation from Northern Morocco is visiting England this week to draw lessons from government devolution practices in two distinct parts of the country—Greater Manchester and Cornwall. The delegation represents the Mediterranean region of Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceïma (TTAH). The group will conclude its visit December 14 in London. The TTAH region was established three years ago. This study visit is part of a programme of work that TTAH officials are undertaking to implement Morocco’s “advanced regionalisation” approach. Through the British Embassy in Rabat, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office is supporting this week’s study visit as well as the TTAH’s programme of work by means of the TASHAROC programme. TASHAROC is providing technical assistance to regional government and civil society actors to promote inclusive development and political participation in Northern Morocco. Moroccan delegation touring Media City in Salford, Greater Manchester, to discuss urban regeneration through media investments and public-private partnerships. On December 10–11, the delegation of five TTAH regional councillors and seven senior officials were briefed on the Greater Manchester Combined Authority’s strategies to improve the prosperity, skills, and wellbeing of people in Manchester City Region, as well as its infrastructure and environment. The delegation also learned of work by Manchester’s art galleries, particularly the Whitworth, to welcome new residents into the city region from overseas and support their integration into the community. The delegation visited Manchester’s Sport City complex and Salford’s Media City to learn about work to support urban regeneration, business start-ups, skills and employment opportunities, and to raise the overall profile of the city region. On December 12–13, the delegation will be welcomed by Cornwall Council Chairman Mary May, Council Leader Adam Paynter, and Deputy Leader Julian German. The delegation will examine work by the council to support innovative small businesses, cutting-edge renewable energy technologies, and the UK’s space exploration programme. The delegation’s programme will also take them to the Pool Innovation Centre, Hayle Marine Enterprise Zone, United Downs Deep Geothermal drilling site, and Goonhilly Earth Station. On December 14, the delegation will be briefed by the Local Government Association in London on the national picture regarding devolution across the whole of the United Kingdom, including its challenges and future prospects. The group will also visit senior officials at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to discuss their week’s study visit. […]

      • ExxonMobil Supplier Forum in Georgetown, Guyana, Attracts More than 1,200 Local Businesspeople
        on December 7, 2018 at 5:51 pm

        More than 1,200 people representing local businesses attended the Liza Phase I Supplier Development Forum December 3–4 at the Marriott Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana. Hosted by the Centre for Local Business Development and ExxonMobil, the forum discussed the scopes of work of prime contractors and provided 2019 procurement opportunities. ExxonMobil and its prime contractors are currently building infrastructure to support a floating production, storage, and offloading vessel with first oil expected in early 2020. Guests and hosts meet and greet at the ExxonMobil Liza Phase I Supplier Development Forum December 4 in Georgetown, Guyana. The forum provided an opportunity for Guyanese suppliers to ask questions and get information directly from ExxonMobil and its prime contractors. The December 3 activities—attended by more than 190 companies and 300 guests—featured remarks from the ExxonMobil Guyana country manager and prime contractors, as well as panels moderated by DAI’s Dorival Bettencourt and Zachary Kaplan. The December 4 business expo—which attracted 1,200 participants representing 570 businesses—enabled Guyanese suppliers to pitch their goods and services to Exxon and its contractors. To help prepare the businesses for the event, DAI’s Zaki Raheem and Christina Aguila since September have been leading “pitch courses” at the Centre. Representatives from Guyanese businesses at the ExxonMobil Liza Phase I Supplier Development Forum December 4 in Georgetown, Guyana. ExxonMobil Guyana has prioritized using local suppliers for its operations. The company sponsors the Local Business Development Centre in Georgetown to assist Guyanese businesses to become more competitive, earn more business, and create jobs as a result of increasing demand for goods and services both by ExxonMobil and the Guyanese economy. The Centre is operated by DAI’s Sustainable Business Group. The event generated numerous stories in Guyanese news outlets, including by Stabroek News, News Room Guyana, DPI, Oil Now, Kaieteur News, and Guyana Times. […]

      • USAID Promote Activist in Afghanistan Named One of the 100 Most Inspiring and Influential Women of 2018
        on December 5, 2018 at 5:53 pm

        Nargis Taraki of Afghanistan gained wide recognition for her recent speech at Kabul University, proclaiming, “No man has the right to take away your identity as a woman.” The 21-year-old, a member of Promote Musharikat’s civil society network for women’s rights and inclusion, was recently named one of the BBC’s “100 Most Inspiring and Influential Women of 2018.” The BBC published an article about Taraki on December 1. Nargis Taraki presenting at the Forward Together event at Kabul University. Photo: USAID/Afghanistan Promote: Women in the Economy Taraki is active in the Access to the Economy Coalition, one of eight coalitions supported by Musharikat, an assistance program funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development and implemented by DAI. When she was born the fifth daughter to her parents, “My parents were told to swap me for a boy,” said Taraki, noting a male baby’s higher value in the eyes of many Afghan parents. But Taraki was encouraged by her father’s support and grew up to become an advocate for women in Afghanistan. […]

      • Institutionalizing One Health: DAI Global Health's Rob Salerno on Turning Consensus into Action
        on December 4, 2018 at 3:01 pm

        Leading development organizations and donors have agreed to collectively pursue One Health approaches deemed essential to improving health security at country, regional, and global levels. These approaches call for coordination between experts in human and animal health, environmental issues, and disaster risk-reduction as they work to prevent, detect, and respond to deadly diseases. A new article in the peer-reviewed journal Health Security further describes ways the World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization, World Organisation for Animal Health, and other stakeholders can collaborate to share information, exchange lessons learned, and seize opportunities to contain emerging and endemic diseases. […]

      • Access for All: DAI’s Brigit Helms Launches Her New Book on Economic Inclusion
        on December 3, 2018 at 2:57 pm

        Despite declining global poverty levels in recent decades, persistent extreme poverty in certain regions and glaring inequality between and within countries means that inclusive economic development remains a critical priority worldwide. Traditionally, this task has been the domain of governments, international donor agencies, philanthropists, and the development community, but the landscape is changing rapidly. […]



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      FARA

      • 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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      FINCA

      • Microfinance’s Past, Present and Future
        by Reena Vadehra on December 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm

        Rupert Scofield and John Hatch, founders of FINCA, discuss the origins of Village Banking, the state of the microfinance industry, and FINCA's initiative to increase access to clean energy products. The post Microfinance’s Past, Present and Future appeared first on FINCA International. […]

      • Switching Careers from the Corporate World to Social Enterprise
        by Denis Okello on December 10, 2018 at 11:47 am

        BrightLife's Head of Sales and Marketing, Andrew Muhwezi, reflects on his career in banking and energy, talks about his motivation for joining BrightLife, and comments on the future. The post Switching Careers from the Corporate World to Social Enterprise appeared first on FINCA International. […]

      • 8 Ways to Give this Holiday Season
        by Reena Vadehra on December 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm

        The season of giving is here! As 2018 draws to a close, please consider the many ways you can make a difference by supporting FINCA’s global work. The post 8 Ways to Give this Holiday Season appeared first on FINCA International. […]

      • Colleen Zakrewsky Talks Women’s Empowerment with Bucknell Magazine
        by Michael Leen on December 5, 2018 at 4:09 pm

        Bucknell Magazine spoke with Colleen Zakrewsky, Chief Development Officer, about FINCA's role in empowering women and supporting self-sufficiency.  The post Colleen Zakrewsky Talks Women’s Empowerment with Bucknell Magazine appeared first on FINCA International. […]

      • Case Study: Amplifyii—The Next Mile of Impact Investing for INGOs
        by Michael Leen on December 5, 2018 at 3:02 pm

        This INGO Impact Investing Network report provides a fresh look at the contributions of INGOs to impact investing, including a case study on FINCA Ventures. The post Case Study: Amplifyii—The Next Mile of Impact Investing for INGOs appeared first on FINCA International. […]



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      Gates Foundation

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      Hewlett Foundation

      • Les quatre façons que les bailleurs de fonds peuvent faciliter la couverture maladie universelle dans les pays à revenu faible ou intermédiaire
        by Kristen Carriker on December 12, 2018 at 7:36 pm

        Lire l’article en englais ici. Aujourd’hui, les organisations de la société civile du monde entier travaillent ensemble pour marquer la journée de la couverture médicale universelle et sensibiliser le public à un engagement important que de plus en plus de gouvernements prennent : que tout le monde aie accès aux services de santé dont ils… The post Les quatre façons que les bailleurs de fonds peuvent faciliter la couverture maladie universelle dans les pays à revenu faible ou intermédiaire appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

      • Four ways funders can support better health services in low-income countries
        by Kristen Carriker on December 12, 2018 at 12:48 am

        Today, civil society organizations around the world are marking Universal Health Coverage Day by working together to raise awareness about an important commitment more and more governments are making: that all people have access to the health services they need, without falling into financial hardship paying for them, otherwise known as universal health coverage (UHC).… The post Four ways funders can support better health services in low-income countries appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

      • Lessons from the boreal forest
        by Liz Judge on December 3, 2018 at 11:51 pm

        For nearly 20 years, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation has been supporting grantees, working with First Nations, to conserve Canada’s boreal forest for its cultural, ecological, and economic benefits. The boreal is one of the world’s largest intact ecosystems and its third-largest wetland, providing critical habitat for polar bears, wolverines, and more than 300 ... The post Lessons from the boreal forest appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

      • What we’ve learned so far from our transparency, participation, and accountability strategy evaluation
        by Kristen Carriker on November 27, 2018 at 2:28 am

        In July 2017, the Global Development and Population program commissioned a formative evaluation of the Transparency, Participation, and Accountability (TPA) strategy to inform both our grantmaking practices, and related activities that extend our work beyond our grant dollars, such as grantee convenings and our engagement with peer funders. The evaluation consultants, Itad Ltd. worked with… The post What we’ve learned so far from our transparency, participation, and accountability strategy evaluation appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]

      • 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… The post What distributed leadership looks like appeared first on Hewlett Foundation. […]



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        • Scientist Officer – Gender & Social inclusion research
          by roopkiran on December 12, 2018 at 1:42 pm

          ICRISAT is seeking applications from Indian Nationals for the post of Scientific Officer – Gender & Social Inclusion Research, for CIMMYT. The incumbent will be based at ICRISAT Headquarters in Patancheru, Telangana State, India. CIMMYT – Asia Maize Program based at ICRISAT campus, Hyderabad (Telangana), India is seeking a highly motivated individual to work on... Read Mor […]

        • Young chefs face-off in first Smart Food Culinary Challenge
          by mfareed on December 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm

          The first Smart Food Culinary Challenge was launched with 58 student chefs from 16 culinary institutes across India. They were competing to be the finalists to play-off for the grand finale to be held at the Organics and Millets International Trade Fair in Bengaluru 18-20 January 2019. From traditional to continental cuisine, foxtail millet-banana flower... Read Mor […]

        • Improved varieties and quality seed boost yields and profits for Myanmar farmers
          by mfareed on December 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm

          he adoption of improved, high-yielding varieties of pigeonpea, groundnut and chickpea has resulted in over 40% higher grain yields and profitability for farmers in the Central Dry Zone of Myanmar. This is the key conclusion of an impact assessment study undertaken as part of CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals. Timely access... Read Mor […]

        • Making smallholder farmers more secure: ICRISAT’s contribution to climate research
          by mfareed on December 11, 2018 at 3:06 pm

          As nations from around the globe debate the impacts of climate change and discuss sustainable solutions to mitigating them at COP24, we take a look at just a few of ICRISAT’s recent initiatives that helped alleviate some challenges from changing climate worldwide, especially in the drylands: In 2016, a ‘Sowing App’ was unveiled for farmers... Read Mor […]

        • The right tools for the job: enabling breeding programs to be gender-responsive
          by mfareed on December 8, 2018 at 11:58 am

          Over the past few decades, gender initiatives across CGIAR have created broad awareness among scientists about the need to consider the impact of new agricultural technologies on both men and women. […]



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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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        • Health for All: The Evolving Story
          by Joseph Peralta on December 12, 2018 at 4:03 pm

          If you believe that universal health coverage sounds too difficult or expensive to achieve, you are not alone. But contrary to popular belief, decades of experience in both rich and poor countries have shown that investing in health for everyone, especially the poorest and most marginalized, is achievable and that it pays for itself many […] The post Health for All: The Evolving Story appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

        • Announcing the Communities Thrive Challenge Grantees
          by Joseph Peralta on December 4, 2018 at 1:03 pm

          Today, we are thrilled to share the names of the 10 organizations that will each receive a $1 million grant as part of the Communities Thrive Challenge, a joint funding opportunity from The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Each organization is not only making a tremendous impact in its community but also offering insight into […] The post Announcing the Communities Thrive Challenge Grantees appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

        • Want Free Trade to Be a Game-Changer for Africa? Build Digital Platforms
          by Joseph Peralta on November 28, 2018 at 4:32 pm

          The vision of an Africa unified by free trade took a major leap forward with the signing of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in March 2018. The AfCFTA, which commits countries to removing tariffs on 90 percent of goods and progressively liberalizing trade in services, would be the largest new trade agreement in […] The post Want Free Trade to Be a Game-Changer for Africa? Build Digital Platforms appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

        • Modernizing Tax Credits to Provide True Economic Security
          by Joseph Peralta on November 27, 2018 at 1:20 pm

          Millions of Americans are feeling financial strain from the rising cost of living and stagnant wages. Nearly 40 percent of adults say they had trouble meeting basic needs last year, and more than half say they do not have enough savings to cover a $500 emergency expense. This includes people who are working—often more than […] The post Modernizing Tax Credits to Provide True Economic Security appeared first on The Rockefeller Foundation. […]

        • 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. […]



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