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Building the Civil Society of Tomorrow Means Investing in Teachers Today

October 3, 2014 | by Trine Petersen

An estimated 250 million children globally lack the skills essential to civic participation. To end this learning crisis, we must ensure that all children have teachers who are trained, motivated, and connected.

Grantee Spotlight

From Haiti to Vietnam, HIV Treatment Needs Higher Doses of Fact

October 2, 2014 | by Carlo Oliveras

Across the world, global and national treatment guidelines do not translate into the realities of life for most people living with HIV. This needs to change.

Grantee Spotlight

Georgia Activists Close Ranks Online to Open Government Data

October 2, 2014 | by Jed Miller

Four advocacy groups in Georgia joined efforts to create an online tool for more transparent governance, offering valuable lessons about the role of technology in NGO strategy.

Q&A

On the Bride’s Side: A Conversation with Filmmaker Gabriele Del Grande

October 2, 2014 | by Antonia Zafeiri

Filmmaker Gabriele Del Grande discusses his documentary On the Bride’s Side, which details the journey from Milan to Stockholm made by five undocumented Syrian and Palestinian refugees.

Q&A

Clearing a Path to Justice in Nigeria

September 29, 2014 | by Chuck Leung

In Nigeria, nearly 70 percent of prisoners have not been convicted; detainees spend an average of over three years awaiting trial. Photographer Benedicte Kurzen discusses attempts to address this vast waste of human life.

Grantee Spotlight

A Small Tax That Could Add Up to Huge Gains for Public Health

September 25, 2014 | by Heather R. Benjamin

A financial transactions tax is one of the few ways to generate new money for public health in sufficient quantity to make a real difference. Here’s how it works.

Mexico’s Federal Prosecutor Must End Secrecy over San Fernando Massacres

September 25, 2014 | by Jesse Franzblau, Emi MacLean

Under Mexico’s new information laws, the federal prosecutors are not allowed to keep files on human rights abuses secret.

License to Deceive? A Big Drug Company’s Smokescreen on Hepatitis C

September 24, 2014 | by Azzi Momenghalibaf

What’s really driving the pharmaceutical giant Gilead to issue a license for generic copies of its superstar drug? Profit.

Time to Close the Circle: Development Needs Justice

September 23, 2014 | by James Goldston

UN member states are launching negotiations on global development goals for 2015-30. It is time to include targets for justice.

Migrant Destitution Is Not the Answer to the Welfare Question

September 23, 2014 | by Jonathan Price

A new study shows what increasingly restrictive welfare systems are doing to migrant children and their families in two European cities.

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