My hope for the Paris climate talks

A guest post by Dr. Jason Whittle, @jasonmwhittle. Heading into the Paris climate talks this year there is a lot of hope for significant action from the developed world. The United States and other developed nations finally seems to be making meaningful pledges to reduce their carbon emissions. President Obama has made climate change a…

The Need for Global Education to Aid Nations and People

A guest post by Catherine Browning, @cmoore_browning of @VIFLearn. Every student around the world, at some point, will learn 2+2 = 4. Basic addition is a fundamental element of a child’s education, but what we sometimes tend to forget is that students also need the opportunity to learn about the world around them. At what…

Gender and the beast: why you should think again before labeling that program “gender-sensitive”

A guest post by Stephanie Buck, @StephanieBuck3 of Until the Lions. Gender-sensitive. A gender component. Gender-inclusive. Gender-equitable. These words might have a noble goal behind them in international development policy and programming. But how their use plays out in practice often tells a different story. In many cases, gender ends up becoming a last-minute, poorly…

Inequality: Giving back the “Choice”

by Hannah Leach, @ehlleach, The PIN Team. On 11th October 2014 we witnessed the celebration of the UN’s International Day of the Girl, the theme of which this year was the empowerment of adolescent girls in order to end perpetuating circles of violence. As such we at Practical Initiatives Network (PIN) thought it would be…