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Philanthropy Must Connect the Planet’s Health and Human Health

Originally published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on May 30, 2018. Hurricanes, air pollution, disease outbreaks — the news is filled with visual evidence of the intricate links between the environment and health. New studies and reports corroborate these global interconnections, emphasizing the fact that our health and the health of the planet are inseparable. […]

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 […]

Are We Prepared for the Next Global Outbreak?

On July 24, 2018 the Ministry of Health of the Democratic Republic of the Congo officially declared the country’s ninth outbreak of Ebola closed. Just days later, a 10th outbreak was announced. Although efforts to prepare for global epidemics have been considerable, the truth is we have not progressed far enough, fast enough, or with […]

Together We Can Build on Progress to End Neglected Tropical Diseases

When I was a college student, I traveled to Zambia to study informal economies and individual livelihoods along the Great East Road between Katete and Chipata. I was particularly enamored with the dynamics of the thriving second-hand clothing street markets, where one can pick up a well-loved flannel or a losing team’s championship-winning t-shirt. When […]

Let’s Talk About Menstrual Health

Originally published in UN Dispatch on May 28, 2018. On any given day more than 800 million women and girls are menstruating, yet menstrual health and hygiene is a neglected health and development issue. Stigma, taboos, and ignorance around periods harm women and girls every day. In many parts of the world, women and girls are […]

Norwegian Lessons for America about Gender Equality

Originally posted in Aftenposten on May 31, 2018.  As the #metoo movement sweeps the United States and beyond, I recently visited Norway eager to explore why it is consistently one of the top countries in the world for gender quality. I was in Oslo for a three-day retreat with a group of women philanthropists who […]

The Paid Leave Pledge – Supporting Businesses that Support Their Workforce

Within the context of a changing world at work, corporate leaders, workers, and the public are shifting their view on the responsibility of business. How are companies serving our most pressing social needs? In what ways can profit align with more fair and ethical business practices? And how can companies support their employees in ways […]

A Paid Leave Story

Let’s be honest. If you aren’t immediately planning for a baby, dealing with an existing personal condition, or caring for a sick family member, paid leave can easily be a benefit you dismiss. Show me upward mobility, great salary, transportation, retirement, and work-life balance and we’re covered. That’s how I looked at it. That changed […]

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