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10-Year Old Zuriel Oduwole Makes History On Forbes Magazine

A Nigerian girl, 10-year old Zuriel Oduwole has made history as the youngest person ever to be interviewed on popular magazine Forbes.

The interview …

MBAs to meet the challenge of sustainability

On the northern outskirts of Bogotá, Colombia is a small, private school with an entrepreneurial sideline. Each day from a classroom on campus the …

Flipboard Brings Its Mobile Magazines To The Web

Flipboard started on mobile devices, but the magazine app is moving to the web today with the launch of a new site. Its 75 million registered users will be getting access to its superior formatting and curation features for articles, photos and video on their desktops and laptops.

But why the …

Mike McCue

Where Young Women Find Healing and Hope

DANJA, Niger — THEY straggle in by foot, donkey cart or bus: humiliated women and girls with their heads downcast, feeling ashamed and cursed, trailing stink and urine.

Some were married off at 12 or 13 years old and became pregnant before their malnourished bodies were ready. All suffered a …

University of Wisconsin

‘Floating Schools’ Bring Classrooms to Stranded Students

NASIAR KANDI, Bangladesh — On a hot morning, about 20 fourth-graders sat in two rows of desks, their textbooks open to a Bengali poem called “Song of Palki.” One student wrote on the blackboard in the low-roofed room with whitewashed bamboo walls.

This could have been any classroom in rural …

L.A. Lawyer Brings Hope, Learning to Soweto AIDS Orphans

Haitian slum builds 'Garden of Eden'


In Cambodia, kids breakdance toward better futures

Every morning in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, one van and two tuk-tuks ply the broiling streets like American school buses, picking up children and ferrying …

Africa's rising population and youth unemployment challenge

If young people are a gift to both their communities and the world, as Wangari Maathai suggested on receiving the Nobel peace prize in 2004, then …

ILO: Millions of Children in Slave-like Conditions as Domestic Laborers

The International Labor Organization estimates 10.5 million children around the world are working as domestic workers in hazardous, sometimes …


The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

Recently, I wrote a column suggesting that, in the field of social change, we're getting smarter. I went so far as to say that we may even be going through a new Enlightenment. I mentioned three ways we're improving - employing new understandings about human behavior to get better results, using …

A Poverty Solution That Starts With a Hug

PERHAPS the most widespread peril children face isn’t guns, swimming pools or speeding cars. Rather, scientists are suggesting that it may be “toxic stress” early in life, or even before birth.

This month, the American Academy of Pediatrics is issuing a landmark warning that this toxic stress can …


Everything You Know About Charity is Wrong

Dan Pallotta calls it “the most oppressed community I’ve ever known or seen” and he’s not talking about refugee camps a war-torn continent or two away. He’s talking about the men and women who manage and staff America’s charitable organizations, populating major sectors of the nonprofit community. …


Wars push number of internally displaced people to record levels

Wars in Syria and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) pushed the number of people internally displaced by armed conflict, violence and human …

Bringing Global Philanthropy Closer to Home

Speaking at the recent Global Philanthropy Forum, Toyin Saraki — founder and president of the WellBeing Foundation Africa — articulated her evolving approach to giving. Whereas her Nigerian parents tended to give indiscriminately to poor people, with religion as the driving motivator, Saraki has …

Report: India’s 3,000 Child Soldiers - India Real Time - WSJ

By Atish Patel

At least 3,000 children as young as six are being recruited by insurgent groups across India, according to a new report published by a human rights group.

The New Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights says the practice of using child soldiers is “rampant,” with the majority …

Human Rights

Poverty as a Childhood Disease

Poverty is an exam room familiar. From Bellevue Hospital in New York to the neighborhood health center in Boston where I used to work, poverty has filtered through many of my interactions with parents and their children.

I ask about sleeping arrangements. Mother, father, older child and new baby …

Adolescent girls' issues: moving up the development agenda

Adolescence, defined by the World Health Organisation as the age from 10 to 19, offers a key window to break cycles of poverty. If interventions take …

10 Ideas Driving The Future Of Social Entrepreneurship

At the 10th anniversary of the Skoll World Forum, looking at the way forward for changing the world.

The 10th Annual Skoll World Forum, which brought together several hundred of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs to Oxford, has just wrapped for another year. The Forum serves as a useful …

Social Enterprise

Rummaging For A Better Life

India's waste pickers are by and large female and from vulnerable castes, and their incomes are proving crucial for their families' survival.

India's "waste pickers," who rummage through the country's scrap heaps for glass and metal to sell, exist on the margins of society. The majority of them are …

Protecting Nepal’s Vulnerable Girls

After mass protests by Nepal’s kamlari, or indentured female servants, the government has agreed to take steps to abolish the practice.

When a Nepali woman named Urmila Chaudhary was 6 years old, she was bonded as a kamlari—an indentured laborer—to a family in Kathmandu, far from her home district …

2013 UK Trust Gala: So Kids Can Be Kids

• By The Global Fund for Children on April 26th, 2013
• Category: Donor News, Featured, Global Reach, News

Sohini Chakraborty, founder and director of GFC …

Couple’s school becomes lifeline in Kenyan slum

In the Kibera slums of Nairobi, one school for girls has become a lifeline for the community. The school is the brainchild of an American woman and a man from Kibera who found love in one of the most unlikely places. Rock Center Special Correspondent Chelsea Clinton reports.

Chelsea Clinton

Woman challenges tradition, brings change to her Kenyan village

When she was 14 years old, Kakenya Ntaiya entered the cow pen behind her home with an elderly woman carrying a rusty knife.

As a crowd from her Maasai village looked on, Ntaiya sat down, lifted her skirt and opened her legs. The woman grabbed Ntaiya's most intimate body parts and, in just moments, …