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Is the International Development Community Ready for a Pandemic?

Is the international development community ready for a pandemic? This is the question posed to Gabrielle Fitzgerald, CEO Panorama, and to Nancy Lee, Global Policy Lead at Wellcome Trust, by Carine Umuhumuza the Associate Digital Director at Devex. Watch the full discussion in the following video taken at the #SDGLive booth at WEF Davos 2018.

It’s Not Rocket Science: Ten Guidelines to Successfully Work Across Sectors

We all nod in agreement when we hear someone say we need to collaborate more. But turning this aspiration into action isn’t as easy as it sounds. This is especially true if you’re trying to get people from different disciplines or sectors – who don’t think or operate in the same ways – to work […]

Why We Need Collaboration and a New Mindset to Prevent the Next Big Disaster

Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston in what is being called the worst storm in US history, and Hurricane Irma battered the Caribbean and Florida immediately after. More than 1,200 people died in India and Bangladesh during the heaviest monsoon rainfall in more than 15 years. Hundreds more were killed when a mudslide caused by heavy rains […]

Is the International Development Community Ready for a Pandemic?

Is the international development community ready for a pandemic? This is the question posed to Gabrielle Fitzgerald, CEO Panorama, and to Nancy Lee, Global Policy Lead at Wellcome Trust, by Carine Umuhumuza the Associate Digital Director at Devex. Watch the full discussion in the following video taken at the #SDGLive booth at WEF Davos 2018.

Lessons from the Space Race Will Help Fight Neglected Diseases

Fifty-five years ago, President John F. Kennedy announced on a sunlit day at Rice University that “we choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Seven years later, America fulfilled this mission. By the time Apollo 11 traversed the […]

Ebola Scare Shows That the World is Still Not Ready for a Major Disease Outbreak

Originally published by STAT, August 4, 2017. When the Democratic Republic of Congo detected cases of Ebola in May, local officials moved swiftly and global resources were rushed to help them. By the time the World Health Organization declared the outbreak over on July 2, only four people had died, four more had survived the […]

Paid Leave: Good for Families, Good for Business

Two years ago my daughter was diagnosed with a serious health condition. As a single mom of two children, with no family in the picture to help, I was 100% responsible for their care and I was rocked to my core. I was also between jobs. I couldn’t find an employer that offered the option […]

Jeff Bezos, Here’s How to Focus on Both Today and Tomorrow

The following is an open letter to Jeff Bezos in response to his request on Twitter last week for ideas on how to shape his philanthropy. Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, June 20, 2017. Dear Mr. Bezos, It’s terrific that you are thinking about getting into philanthropy. The world today faces a huge […]

Why it Pays to Offer Employees Paid Leave

As the founder of a mission-driven organization, I had a bunch of tough decisions to make before hiring my first employees. However, one decision was easy: offer paid family and medical leave to all employees. It was simple for two reasons. 1) I know firsthand the relief and support I felt when I was able […]

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