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Posted by: Marc Pfitzer on 4/16/2014

By Simon Meier and Marc Pfitzer

We can all think of philanthropic giants who have dedicated their immense personal wealth to creating lasting social change. But not all philanthropy is necessarily large scale. Did you know that shoulder lines on roads are the result of Dr. John Dorr’s, an American industrial chemist and philanthropist, relentless campaigning? Dorr noticed that the number of accidents increased significantly at night and during bad weather as drivers hugged the central line on roads. Having tested and proven the effectiveness of shoulder lines in reducing the number of accidents on one highway, Dorr successfully campaigned to get the lines adopted nationally, thereby preserving the lives of countless drivers. Today, shoulder lines have gained universal acceptance.

Posted by: Rebecca Graves on 3/31/2014

Think of the people you know who live paycheck to paycheck.  Whether they see themselves as teetering on the edge or doing OK, they’re vulnerable to what comes next.  If the wheels stay on the bus, the household keeps it together.  When one comes off – due to illness or job loss or increases in expenses like child care – those who have emergency savings or family to rely on can get back on track.  Those who don’t can easily slide deeper into instability and poverty.  In the short term this means missed mortgage payments, missed days at work, or deteriorating health.  In the long term, it can have devastating effects on individuals, families and communities.  Wealth, defined even in its most modest terms, is what helps individuals and families ride out the inevitable uncertainties of life.

Posted by: FSG on 3/17/2014

By Tony Pipa, USAID

The landscape of international development, and the architecture of aid that has traditionally underpinned it, have shifted significantly over the last decade. In 2012, official development assistance (ODA) from members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD comprised less than 10 percent of the international resource flows into developing countries. Development has become an enterprise dependent not on aid, but a conception of partnership involving a multitude of other actors – civil society, faith-based organizations, private philanthropy, the private sector, emerging economies, and the political leadership and commitment of developing countries themselves – that will be the focus of the forthcoming High-Level Meeting in Mexico City of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation in April, highlighting progress since commitments made in Busan. The “how” of development is no longer just about aid effectiveness – it encompasses all actors with a stake in its success.

Posted by: Sonja Patscheke on 2/18/2014

We have made significant progress against the MDG (Millennium Development Goals) targets, but as the 2015 deadline is fast approaching, large gaps remain to be filled. And while everyone in the global development community agrees that global cross-sector partnerships and large collaborative efforts are the only way to meet the scale of the global challenges we face, we haven’t looked enough at how they work best. So as we are discussing the post-2015 development agenda, let’s pause for a moment and ask:

Posted by: FSG on 1/24/2014

by Carolyn Miles, Save the Children

The rise of partnerships between INGOs and corporations is now an established phenomenon.  It’s common knowledge that promoting relationships between business and development and relief organizations holds extraordinary value for the world’s poorest families.  But when do these mash-ups really work and when are they just a lot of time and money spent with little actual value for beneficiaries? 

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