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Sid Israel



Action Against Hunger - With a focus on emergency response, nutrition, water, and healthcare, AAH offers you a way to help end hunger through donations and helping you plan fundraisers. Action Against Hunger is accredited with several awards and is a highly recommended charity. 

Idealist - Idealist is a powerful search engine that will match you with the perfect, job, internship, volunteer opportunity, and more. With over 300,000 opportunities, you are bound to find the ideal position to fit your needs while helping those in need. 

Eldis - Eldis offers factually based, non-partisan information on international issues ranging from agriculture, to HIV, to trade policy. Their database includes up-to-date research from over 8,000 publishers. They also offer job search services, insight on key issues, and ways to get involved. Knowledge is power, and Eldis wants to offer you the purest information available. 

ActionAid - ActionAid works to eradicate poverty through women's equality, climate change, politics and economy, and emergency services. Their main focus is on women's rights. With offices in South Africa, Thailand, England, Kenya, Belgium, and Brazil, they offer job and donation opportunities for everyone looking to lend a hand. 

Oxfam - Oxfam works towards the umbrella goal of alleviating poverty. They work at the grassroots level to help people help themselves through promoting development. Women's rights, advocating for fair wages, climate change, and sustainable markets are a few ways that Oxfam targets and works to eradicate poverty. They offer opportunities for you through volunteer opportunities, campaigning, and fundraising. Oxfam is also incredibly transparent with disclosing how every donation is utilized. 

RedR – people and skills for disaster relief - RedR International works towards the goal of bettering the field of humanitarian aid by providing highly qualified personnel to respond to crises. They have branches in Australia, Malaysia, India, the UK, and Indonesia to better assist global emergencies. They offer several avenues to help out with their mission as an association under Swiss law, governed by the General Assembly. 

Save the Children - This organization focuses on maintaining children's rights, solidifying child protection, and eradicating child poverty. They have an expansive network that reaches the entire globe with teams working on key issues affecting children. Donations, fundraising, and volunteering are a few opportunities that can help Save the Children. 

International Rescue Committee - The IRC is a massive organization that works to recover lost livelihoods due to disasters and crises. IRC focuses on economic wellbeing, education, empowerment, health, safety, and women. They are always bettering their organization with future goals and high levels of donor transparency. In addition, they offer jobs, volunteer opportunities, and corporate partnerships. 

MSF – Medecins Sans Frontieres - MSF is an international medically focused humanitarian organization. They aim to fill the gap in healthcare coverage, especially in times of conflict, epidemics, and disasters.  They work in 72 countries and had over 460 active projects in 2017 alone. They offer several job opportunities. 

CRS – Catholic Relief Service - CRS has reached over 130 million people in over 100 countries. Though their mission is rooted in Catholic values, CRS operated purely based on need. While they aim to help all who suffer, CRS has a special focus on climate change, human trafficking, and hunger. They offer opportunities in religious, educational, and learning roles. 



The Elephant Centre - Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda offers a fascinating and unique experience. The Elephant Home is a form of ecotourism, and your room and board costs – as little as $5 per night — goes solely to local families for food and children’s academic materials.

Brit Olam - Designed from the values of Tikkun Olam, Brit Olam integrates Israeli and Jewish volunteers into sustainable development programs in disadvantaged communities with a focus on disaster relief.

Ten Program - Project TEN is an international volunteer program that operates in developing areas. They provide service-learning programs to promote Jewish activism. TEN offers volunteer opportunities in Puerto Rico Ghana, Mexico, Uganda, South Africa, and Israel.

NALA FOUNDATION - NALA works to eradicate neglected tropical diseases through advocacy, learning, and action. With NALA, volunteer work is core operating mechanism. They operate in many communities in Ethiopia.

ART-JOY-LOVE - Art-Joy-Love is a volunteer program in orphanages in Ethiopia and Uganda. As a branch of Hadassah Medical, Art-Joy-Love has a focus on helping children with HIV grow and reach their potential.

G-lish - The G-Lish Foundation works to sustain economic freedom, confidence building, access to education, and creating an environmental impact through creating and selling sustainable woven baskets. They are based in Ghana and work with over 70 producers and impact over 400 people in impoverished communities.

Cheerful Hearts Foundation - Cheerful Hearts is a grassroots non-profit focused on eradicating child labor and trafficking. Specifically, their efforts are on Senya, Fetteh, and Gomoa Nyanyano regions in Ghana. They offer comprehensive volunteer and internship programs.

The Mvula Trust - As the largest water and sanitation NGO in South Africa, the Mvula Trust has an impressive track record. They have an expansive internship program and a need for volunteers to help the everchanging and evolving field of water resource development.

Food and trees for Africa - Food & Trees for Africa has a wide variety of extensive initiatives to help accomplish their goal of ensuring food security and environmental sustainability. With comprehensive and well executed plans, FTFA gains support from donations of trees.

African Conservation Experience - With teams of zoologists and conservationists, ACE offers volunteer experiences tailored to your needs. They offer specific and refined programs in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia that involve interactive experiences with local species in need.

LOHADA - LOHADA a Tanzanian-run non-profit. They serve hundreds of impoverished and neglected children, effectively shielding them from susceptibility to alcoholism, prostitution, and more. Whether it is through donations, child sponsorships, or volunteering, LOHADA offers you a way to help their cause.

Amani Children’s Home - Amani rescues children from homelessness and provides them with primary care, education, and reunification. They offer comprehensive volunteer options as well as ways to fundraise and other unique ways to get involved.

Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need - Through incredibly rewarding volunteer work, you can help Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need (KYGN) in Tanzania. Girls in developing nations often lack access to education, and KYGN provides that education for over 150 girls as well as providing social service.

Naturally Africa Volunteer - If you are looking to volunteer in Africa, Volunteer Africa is here to point you in the right direction. They find responsible and ethical volunteer opportunities in all types of development sectors to ensure the best fit for you.

YODEP - Youth for Development and Productivity has volunteers from Israel, Canada, the US, and Norway to help achieve its goal of empowerment for at risk people in under developed communities in Zomba, Malawi.

RIPPLE Africa - Ripple Africa has dozens of specific projects under the categories of environmental protection, education, and healthcare in Malawi. Perspective volunteers are always welcome and are assisted in planning and logistics.

Become - With an entirely volunteer based staff, BECOME invests in self-sustaining and income-generating opportunities to help communities and individuals in developing areas in Kenya, Haiti, and South Sudan.

Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village - Spearheaded by recipients of the Global Impact Awards, ASYV has transformed a village school into a well-nourished, psychologically healthy, and academically prospering place of learning. They offer a number of ways to get involved and be a part of their progress.

Rustic Volunteer - Rustic Volunteers connects volunteers to projects around the globe. Their highly organized process and programs will offer you amazing experiences while doing good work for a low cost.

Edge of Africa - Edge of Africa has reached over 10,000 community members through over 270,000 hours of volunteer work. They utilize your skills to better their programs all over the continent, and they offer many types of engagement.




Eye From Zion

Ashoka – Israel

Carmel Center

The Israeli Model

Tevel B’tzedek

Jerusalem Aids Project


Weitz Center for Sustainable Development

The Tamar Golan Africa Centre, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

Natan – The Israeli Network for International Disaster Relief

MASHAV- Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation




The United Nations Development Programme works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.




The United Nations Children's Fund provides long-term humanitarian and development assistance to children and mothers.




The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees – UNHCR protects refugees worldwide and facilitates their return home or resettlement.




TheWorld Food Programme aims to eradicate hunger and malnutrition.  It is the world’s largest humanitarian agency. Every year, the programme feeds almost 80 million people in around 75 countries.




The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime – UNODC helps Member States fight drugs, crime, and terrorism.




The United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled.




The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development is the United Nations body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – the main driver of development.




The United Nations Environment Programme established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.




The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees has contributed to the welfare and human development of four generations of Palestine refugees. It’s services encompass education, health care, relief and social services, camp infrastructure and improvement, microfinance and emergency assistance, including in times of armed conflict.  It reports only to the UN General Assembly.


UN Women:

UN Women

UN Women merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focus exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.




The mission of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme is to promote socially and environmentally sustainable human settlements development and the achievement of adequate shelter for all.


UN Specialized Agencies:


World Bank:

World Bank

The World Bank focuses on poverty reduction and the improvement of living standards worldwide by providing low-interest loans, interest-free credit, and grants to developing countries for education, health, infrastructure, and communications, among other things. The World Bank works in over 100 countries.




The International Monetary Fund fosters economic growth and employment by providing temporary financial assistance to countries to help ease balance of payments adjustment and technical assistance. The IMF currently has $28 billion in outstanding loans to 74 nations.




The World Health Organization  is responsible for global vaccination campaigns, responding to public health emergencies, defending against pandemic influenza, and leading the way for eradication campaigns against life-threatening diseases like polio and malaria.




The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization focuses on everything from teacher training to helping improve education worldwide to protecting important historical and cultural sites around the world. UNESCO added 28 new World Heritage Sites this year to the list of irreplaceable treasures that will be protected for today's travelers and future generations.




The International Labor Organization promotes international labor rights by formulating international standards on the freedom to associate, collective bargaining, the abolition of forced labor, and equality of opportunity and treatment.




The International Fund for Agricultural Development, since it was created in 1977, has focused exclusively on rural poverty reduction, working with poor rural populations in developing countries to eliminate poverty, hunger and malnutrition; raise their productivity and incomes; and improve the quality of their lives.




The International Maritime Organization has created a comprehensive shipping regulatory framework, addressing safety and environmental concerns, legal matters, technical cooperation, security, and efficiency.




The World Meteorological Organization facilitates the free international exchange of meteorological data and information and the furtherance of its use in aviation, shipping, security, and agriculture, among other things.




The World Intellectual Property Organization protects intellectual property throughout the world through 23 international treaties.




The International Civilian Aviation Organization sets international rules on air navigation, the investigation of air accidents, and aerial border-crossing procedures




The International Telecommunication Union is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies. It is committed to connecting all the world's people – wherever they live and whatever their means. Through our work, we protect and support everyone's fundamental right to communicate




The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.




The Universal Postal Union is the primary forum for cooperation between postal sector players. It helps to ensure a truly universal network of up-to-date products and services.





The World Tourism Organization is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.


Other entities:




The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS is co-sponsored by 10 UN system agencies: UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, the ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank and has ten goals related to stopping and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS.




The United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction serves as the focal point in the United Nations system for the coordination of disaster reduction.




The United Nations Office for Project Services is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners' peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.


Related Organizations:




The International Atomic Energy Agency, is the world's centre for cooperation in the nuclear field. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.




The World Trade Organization is a forum for governments to negotiate trade agreements, and a place where member governments try to sort out the trade problems they face with each other.




The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization promotes the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (which is not yet in force) and the build-up of the verification regime so that it is operational when the Treaty enters into force.




The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons is the implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which entered into force in 1997. OPCW Member States work together to achieve a world free of chemical weapons.


Dead Aid

Dead Aid: Why Aid Makes Things Worse and How There Is Another Way for Africa

Written by: Dambisa Moyo

"Dead Aid" describes the state of postwar development policy in Africa today and confronts one of the greatest myths of our time: that billions of dollars in aid sent from wealthy countries to developing African nations has helped to reduce poverty and increase growth.

to repair the world

To Repair the World: Paul Farmer Speaks to the Next Generation

Written by: Paul Farmer

Here, for the first time, is a collection of short speeches by the charismatic doctor and social activist Farmer. One of the most passionate and influential voices for global health equity and social justice, Farmer encourages young people to tackle the greatest challenges.

a bed for the night

A Bed for the Night: Humanitarian in Crisis

Written by: David Rieff

Timely and controversial, "A Bed for the Night" reveals how humanitarian organizations are often betrayed and misused, and have increasingly lost sight of their purpose. Drawing on firsthand reporting from war zones around the world, David Rieff shows us what aid workers do in the field and the growing gap between their noble ambitions and their actual capabilities for alleviating suffering. He describes how many humanitarian organizations have moved from their founding principle of neutrality, which gave them access to victims, to encouraging the international community to take action to stop civil wars and ethnic cleansing. By calling for intervention, humanitarian organizations risk being seen as taking sides in a conflict and thus jeopardizing their access to victims. And by overreaching, the humanitarian movement has allowed itself to be hijacked by the major powers. Rieff concludes that if humanitarian organizations are to do what they do best -- alleviate suffering -- they must reclaim their independence

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Partner to the Poor:

Written by :  Paul Farmer

For nearly thirty years, anthropologist and physician Paul Farmer has traveled to some of the most impoverished places on earth to bring comfort and the best possible medical care to the poorest of the poor. Driven by his stated intent to "make human rights substantial," Farmer has treated patients--and worked to address the root causes of their disease--in Haiti, Boston, Peru, Rwanda, and elsewhere in the developing world. In 1987, with several colleagues, he founded Partners In Health to provide a preferential option for the poor in health care. Throughout his career, Farmer has written eloquently and extensively on these efforts. "Partner to the Poor" collects his writings from 1988 to 2009 on anthropology, epidemiology, health care for the global poor, and international public health policy, providing a broad overview of his work. It illuminates the depth and impact of Farmer's contributions and demonstrates how, over time, this unassuming and dedicated doctor has fundamentally changed the way we think about health, international aid, and social justice. 
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Partners In Health.

the crisis caravan

The Crisis Caravan: What's Wrong with Humanitarian Aid?

Written byLinda Polman

A vast industry has grown up around humanitarian aid: a cavalcade of organizations--some 37,000--compete for a share of the $160 billion annual prize. Polman argues that it is time to impose ethical boundaries, to question whether doing something is always better than doing nothing, and to hold humanitarians responsible for the consequences of their deeds.

common wealth

Common Wealth: Economics for a Crowded Planet

Written byJeffrey D. Sachs

In Common Wealth, Jeffrey D. Sachs-one of the world's most respected economists and the author of The New York Times bestsellerThe End of Poverty- offers an urgent assessment of the environmental degradation, rapid population growth, and extreme poverty that threaten global peace and prosperity. Through crystalline examination of hard facts, Sachs predicts the cascade of crises that awaits this crowded planet-and presents a program of sustainable development and international cooperation that will correct this dangerous course. Few luminaries anywhere on the planet are as schooled in this daunting subject as Sachs, and this is the vital product of his experience and wisdom.

haiti after the earthquake

Haiti After the Earthquake

Written by: Paul Farmer

The celebrated physician and anthropologist offers a vivid on-the-ground account of the relief effort in the aftermath of Haiti's earthquake--and issues a powerful call to action.

the bottom billion

The Bottom Billion

Written by: Paul Collier

The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It is a 2007 book by Paul Collier, Professor of Economics at Oxford University, exploring the reasons why impoverished countries fail to progress despite international aid and support. In the book Collier argues that there are many countries whose residents have experienced little, if any, income growth over the 1980s and 1990s. On his reckoning, there are just under 60 such economies, home to almost 1 billion people.

the fate of africa

The Fate of Africa: A History of the Continent Since Independence

Written byMartin Meredith

First published in 2005, "The Fate of Africa" was hailed by reviewers as "A masterpiece. . . The nonfiction book of the year" ("The New York Post"); "a magnificent achievement" ("Weekly Standard"); "a joy," ("Wall Street Journal") and "one of the decade's most important works on Africa" ("Publishers Weekly," starred review).

Now Martin Meredith has revised this classic history to incorporate important recent developments, including the Darfur crisis in Sudan, Robert Mugabe's continued destructive rule in Zimbabwe, controversies over Western aid and exploitation of Africa's resources, the growing importance and influence of China, and the democratic movement roiling the North African countries of Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan.

the sphere handbook 2011

The Sphere Handbook 2011: Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Humanitarian Response

Written byThe Sphere Project, The Sphere Project

The Sphere Project is an initiative to determine and promote standards by which the global community responds to the plight of people affected by disasters.With this "Handbook," Sphere is working for a world in which the right of all people affected by disasters to re-establish their lives and livelihoods is recognizedand acted upon in ways that respect their voice and promote their dignity and security.This "Handbook" contains: * A Humanitarian Charter legal and moral principles which reflect the rights of disaster-affected populations* Protection Principles* Core Standards and Minimum Standards in four key life-saving humanitarian sectors: Water supply, sanitation and hygiene promotion; Food security and nutrition; Shelter, settlement and non-food items; Health action. They describe what needs to be achieved in a humanitarian response in order for disaster-affected populations to survive and recover in stable conditions and with dignity."The Sphere Handbook" enjoys broad ownership by agencies and individuals, offering the humanitarian sector a common language for working together towards quality and accountability in disaster and conflict situations."The Sphere Handbook" has a number of companion standards, extending its scope in response to needs that have emerged within the humanitarian sector.The Sphere Project was initiated in 1997 by a number of humanitarian NGOs and the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement.

human rights of street and working children

Human Rights of Street and Working Children: A Practical Manual for Advocates

Written byIaine Byrne, Iain Byrne

The Human Rights of Street and Working Children is a one-stop guide both for experienced advocates and for non-specialists in the field. The manual, which presents information in an accessible question-and-answer format, is divided into three sections for ease of reference. The first section defines substantive rights - survival, fair treatment, and empowerment. The second section provides practical guidelines on how to use regional and international human rights systems such as the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, or the UN Committee on Torture. The third and last section contains a comprehensive list of human rights documents with tables by country detailing the status and the stage in the implementation process of each of the conventions in each country.

11.	Human Rights of Street and Working Children: A Practical Manual for Advocates

The International Law on the Rights of the Child

Written by: G. Van Bueren, Van Bueren, Geraldine Van Bueren

This volume draws upon the author's own experience to highlight the complexities behind the global violations of children's rights. Analysis and description are interwoven to provide a coherent study of the international status of children and the rights which attach to this status, both for those familiar and unfamiliar with international law. The author demonstrates the potential of international law in protecting the rights of children, even in states which are restructuring their economies. To be effective, international law cannot be used in isolation and the text seeks to place the rights of the child in their cultural and historical contexts. All royalties from "The International Law on the Rights of the Child" are being donated to the International Save the Children Alliance to assist them in their work with children.

why nations fail

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty

Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity, and Poverty is a non-fiction book by two American economists, Daron Acemoglu from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology andJames A. Robinson from Harvard University. The book applies insights from institutional economicsdevelopment economics andeconomic history to tentatively answer the question why nations develop differently, with some succeeding in the accumulation of power and prosperity, while others fail.

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Written by: Ishmael Beah

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier is a memoir written by Ishmael Beah. Published in 2007, this book provides a firsthand account of the decade-long civil war in Sierra Leone and the ongoing plight of child soldiers in conflicts worldwide. Beah was forced to run away from attacking rebels in Sierra Leone at the young age of 12; he was then forever separated from his direct family. He wandered his war-filled country and was then forced to join an army unit, which brainwashed him into believing in only large guns, blood, and drugs. By thirteen, he had experienced incidents that others may not have to deal with throughout their entire lives. At the age of 16, however, UNICEF removed him from the unit and gave him a chance to be forgiven and to be loved once more. With the help of some of the staff he was able to forgive himself for everything he had done and to finally move on. He was then given an opportunity to teach others about the hell he was forced to endure. He traveled the United States teaching people about the devastating and unforgettable things that he was forced to encounter and the things that millions of kids all over the world still have to encounter today.

divided nations

Divided Nations: Why global governance is failing, and what we can do about it 

Author: Ian Goldin

The UN, World Bank, and the IMF were all created in a post-war world radically different from today's. It is becoming increasingly apparent that these global structures are struggling to cope with the challenges faced by the globalized, interconnected world of the twenty-first century. As a former Vice President of the World Bank, and head of the multi-disciplinary Oxford Martin School of Oxford University, Ian Goldin is in a superb position to provide new perspectives and approaches to our world order. He explores whether the answer is to reform the existing structures or to consider a new and radical way of tackling inherent failings. In this groundbreaking work, he sets out the nature of the problems and the various approaches to global governance, highlights the challenges that we are to overcome, and considers a roadmap for the future.

creating a world without poverty

Creating a World Without Poverty: Social Business and the Future of Capitalism

Written By: Muhammad Yunus

In the last two decades, free markets have swept the globe, bringing with them enormous potential for positive change. But traditional capitalism cannot solve problems like inequality and poverty, because it is hampered by a narrow view of human nature in which people are one-dimensional beings concerned only with profit.

In fact, human beings have many other drives and passions, including the spiritual, the social, and the altruistic. Welcome to the world of social business, where the creative vision of the entrepreneur is applied to today's most serious problems: feeding the poor, housing the homeless, healing the sick, and protecting the planet.

Creating a World Without Poverty tells the stories of some of the earliest examples of social businesses, including Yunus's own Grameen Bank. It reveals the next phase in a hopeful economic and social revolution that is already under way—and in the worldwide effort to eliminate poverty by unleashing the productive energy of every human being.

banker to the poor

Banker to the Poor: Micro-Lending and the Battle Against World Poverty

Written By: Muhammad Yunus

In 1983 Muhammad Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with miscule loans. He aimed to help the poor by supporting the spark of personal initiative and enterprise by which they could lift themselves out of poverty forever. It was an idea born on a day in 1976 when he loaned $27 from his own pocket to forty-two people living in a tiny village. They were stool makers who only needed enough credit to purchase the raw materials for their trade. Yunus's loan helped them break the cycle of poverty and changed their lives forever. His solution to world poverty, founded on the belief that credit is a fundamental human right, is brilliantly simple: loan poor people money on terms that are suitable to them, teach them a few sound financial principles, and they will help themselves.Yunus's theories work. Grameen Bank has provided 3.8 billion dollars to 2.4 million families in rural Bangladesh. Today, more than 250 institutions in nearly 100 countries operate micro-credit programs based on the Grameen methodology, placing Grameen at the forefront of a burgeoning world movement toward eradicating poverty through micro-lending.


The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

The White Man's Burden: Why the West's Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good

Written by: William Easterly

From one of the world’s best-known development economists—an excoriating attack on the tragic hubris of the West’s efforts to improve the lot of the so-called developing world In his previous book, The Elusive Quest for Growth, William Easterly criticized the utter ineffectiveness of Western organizations to mitigate global poverty, and he was promptly fired by his then-employer, the World Bank. The White Man’s Burden is his widely anticipated counterpunch—a brilliant and blistering indictment of the West’s economic policies for the world’s poor. Sometimes angry, sometimes irreverent, but always clear-eyed and rigorous, Easterly argues that we in the West need to face our own history of ineptitude and draw the proper conclusions, especially at a time when the question of our ability to transplant Western institutions has become one of the most pressing issues we face.

poor economics

Poor Economics: A Radical Rethinking of the Way to Fight Global Poverty

Written by: Abhijit BanerjeeAbhijit Vinayak BanerjeeEsther Duflo

Winner of the 2011Financial Times/Goldman Sachs Best Business Book of the Year Award

Billions of government dollars, and thousands of charitable organizations and NGOs, are dedicated to helping the world's poor. But much of their work is based on assumptions that are untested generalizations at best, harmful misperceptions at worst.

Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo have pioneered the use of randomized control trials in development economics. Work based on these principles, supervised by the Poverty Action Lab, is being carried out in dozens of countries. Drawing on this and their 15 years of research from Chile to India, Kenya to Indonesia, they have identified wholly new aspects of the behavior of poor people, their needs, and the way that aid or financial investment can affect their lives. Their work defies certain presumptions: that microfinance is a cure-all, that schooling equals learning, that poverty at the level of 99 cents a day is just a more extreme version of the experience any of us have when our income falls uncomfortably low.

This important book illuminates how the poor live, and offers all of us an opportunity to think of a world beyond poverty.

despite good intentions

Despite Good Intentions: Why Development Assistance to the Third World Has Failed

Written by: Thomas W. Dichter

For more than thirty-five years, Thomas W. Dichter has worked in the field of international development, managing and evaluating projects for nongovernmental organizations, directing a Peace Corps country program, and serving as a consultant for such agencies as USAID, UNDP, and the World Bank. On the basis of this extensive and varied experience, he has become an outspoken critic of what he terms the "international poverty alleviation industry." He believes that efforts to reduce world poverty have been well-intentioned but largely ineffective. On the whole, the development industry has failed to serve the needs of the people it has sought to help.

To make his case, Dichter reviews the major trends in development assistance from the 1960s through the 1990s, illustrating his analysis with eighteen short stories based on his own experiences in the field. The analytic chapters are thus grounded in the daily life of development workers as described in the stories.

Dichter shows how development organizations have often become caught up in their own self-perpetuation and in public relations efforts designed to create an illusion of effectiveness. Tracing the evolution of the role of money (as opposed to ideas) in development assistance, he suggests how financial imperatives have reinforced the tendency to sponsor time-bound projects, creating a dependency among aid recipients. He also examines the rise of careerism and increased bureaucratization in the industry, arguing that assistance efforts have become disconnected from important lessons learned on the ground.

In the end, Dichter calls for a more light-handed and artful approach to development assistance, with fewer agencies andexperts involved. His stance is pragmatic, rather than ideological or political. What matters, he says, is what works, and the current practices of the development industry are simply not effective.

the aid trap

The aid trap: hard truths about ending poverty

Written By: R. Glenn HubbardWilliam R. Duggan

Over the past twenty years more citizens in China and India have raised themselves out of poverty than anywhere else at any time in history. They accomplished this through the local business sector& -the leading source of prosperity for all rich countries. In most of Africa and other poor regions the business sector is weak, but foreign aid continues to fund government and NGOs. Switching aid to the local business sector in order to cultivate a middle class is the oldest, surest, and only way to eliminate poverty in poor countries.A bold fusion of ethics and smart business, The Aid Trapshows how the same energy, goodwill, and money that we devote to charity can help local business thrive. R. Glenn Hubbard and William Duggan, two leading scholars in business and finance, demonstrate that by diverting a major share of charitable aid into the local business sector of poor countries, citizens can take the lead in the growth of their own economies. Although the aid system supports noble goals, a local well-digging company cannot compete with a foreign charity that digs wells for free. By investing in that local company a sustainable system of development can take root.

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"What Works in Development?" Thinking Big and Thinking Small

Jessica Cohen, William Easterly

 “ Whats Woeks in Development” brings together leading experts to address one of the most basic yet vexing issues in development: what do we really know about what works -- and what doesn't --in fighting global poverty?

The contributors, including many of the world's most respected economic development analysts, focus on the ongoing debate over which paths to development truly maximize results. Should we emphasize a big-picture approach --focusing on the role of institutions, macroeconomic policies, growth strategies, and other country-level factors? Or is a more grassroots approach the way to go, with the focus on particular microeconomic interventions such as conditional cash transfers, bed nets, and other microlevel improvements in service delivery on the ground? The book attempts to find a consensus on which approach is likely to be more effective.

Contributors include Nana Ashraf (Harvard Business School), Abhijit Banerjee (MIT), Nancy Birdsall (Center for Global Development), Anne Case (Princeton University), Jessica Cohen (Brookings), William Easterly (NYU and Brookings), Alaka Halla (Innovations for Poverty Action), Ricardo Hausman (Harvard University), Simon Johnson (MIT), Peter Klenow (Stanford University), Michael Kremer (Harvard), Ross Levine (Brown University), Sendhil Mullainathan (Harvard), Ben Olken (MIT), Lant Pritchett (Harvard), Martin Ravallion (World Bank), Dani Rodrik (Harvard), Paul Romer (Stanford University), and DavidWeil (Brown).

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Development as Freedom

Witten By: Amartya Sen

In Development as Freedom Amartya Sen explains how in a world of unprecedented increase in overall opulence millions of people living in the Third World are still unfree. Even if they are not technically slaves, they are denied elementary freedoms and remain imprisoned in one way or another by economic poverty, social deprivation, political tyranny or cultural authoritarianism. The main purpose of development is to spread freedom and its 'thousand charms' to the unfree citizens. Freedom, Sen persuasively argues, is at once the ultimate goal of social and economic arrangements and the most efficient means of realizing general welfare. Social institutions like markets, political parties, legislatures, the judiciary, and the media contribute to development by enhancing individual freedom and are in turn sustained by social values. Values, institutions, development, and freedom are all closely interrelated, and Sen links them together in an elegant analytical framework. By asking 'What is the relation between our collective economic wealth and our individual ability to live as we would like?' and by incorporating individual freedom as a social commitment into his analysis Sen allows economics once again, as it did in the time of Adam Smith, to address the social basis of individual well-being and freedom.

just give money to the poor

Just give Money to the Poor

Written By: David HulmeJoseph HanlonArmando Barrientos

* Argues strongly for overlooked approach to development by showing how the poor use money in ways that confound stereotypical notions of aid and handouts* Team authored by foremost scholars in the development fieldAmid all the complicated economic theories about the causes and solutions to poverty, one idea is so basic it seems radical: just give money to the poor. Despite its skeptics, researchers have found again and again that cash transfers given to significant portions of the population transform the lives of recipients. Countries from Mexico to South Africa to Indonesia are giving money directly to the poor and discovering that they use it wisely to send their children to school, to start a business and to feed their families.Directly challenging an aid industry that thrives on complexity and mystification, with highly paid consultants designing ever more complicated projects, "Just Give Money to the Poor" offers the elegant southern alternative bypass governments and NGOs and let the poor decide how to use their money. Stressing that cash transfers are not charity or a safety net, the authors draw an outline of effective practices that work precisely because they are regular, guaranteed and fair. This book, the first to report on this quiet revolution in an accessible way, is essential reading for policymakers, students of international development and anyone yearning for an alternative to traditional poverty-alleviation methods.

the trouble with aid

The trouble with aid: why less could mean more for Africa

Written By: Jonathan Glennie

In this book, Jonathan Glennie argues that government aid to Africa actually has many very harmful effects.  He claims that aid has often meant more poverty, more hungry people, worse basic services for poor people and damage to already precarious democratic institutions. Rather than the Make Poverty History slogan "Double aid to Africa," Glennie suggests the opposite: "Halve aid to Africa"--to achieve the same result and reduce aid dependency. Through an honest assessment of both the positive and negative consequences of aid, this book will show you why. 

the development economics reader

The development economics reader

Written By: Giorgio Secondi

This book draws together the most authoritative articles on development economics published in the past few years, is aimed at undergraduate level and is suitable for students with little or no background in economics.The main themes include poverty, foreign aid, agriculture and human capital and amongst those whose work appears can be counted Amartya Sen, Jeffrey Sachs, Jagdish Bhagwati, Joseph Stiglitz, Paul Romer, Dani Rodrik, William Easterly, Robert Barro, Kenneth Arrow, Hernando de Soto, Daron Acemoglu, Muhammad Yunus, Anne Krueger, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, Michael Kremer and Martin Feldstein.The reader focuses on the most recent and up-to-date contributions to the field of development economics. Instead of collecting "classic" contributions which are already available through many sources the articles chosen reflect recent developments in the discipline (for instance, in the area of geography and development) and include contributions that address recent events (the dramatic resurgence of a debt relief movement)."The Development Economics Reader" should be an invaluable resource for all students of the discipline.

reinventing foreign aid

Reinventing foreign aid

Written by: William Easterly

The urgency of reducing poverty in the developing world has been the subject of a public campaign by such unlikely policy experts as George Clooney, Alicia Keyes, Elton John, Angelina Jolie, and Bono. And yet accompanying the call for more foreign aid is an almost universal discontent with the effectiveness of the existing aid system. In Reinventing Foreign Aid, development expert William Easterly has gathered top scholars in the field to discuss how to improve foreign aid. These authors, Easterly points out, are not claiming that their ideas will (to invoke a current slogan) Make Poverty History. Rather, they take on specific problems and propose some hard-headed solutions.

Easterly himself, in an expansive and impassioned introductory chapter, makes a case for the "searchers"—who explore solutions by trial and error and learn from feedback—over the "planners"—who throw an endless supply of resources at a big goal—as the most likely to reduce poverty. Other writers look at scientific evaluation of aid projects (including randomized trials) and describe projects found to be cost-effective, including vaccine delivery and HIV education; consider how to deal with the government of the recipient state (work through it or bypass a possibly dysfunctional government?); examine the roles of the International Monetary Fund (a de facto aid provider) and the World Bank; and analyze some new and innovative proposals for distributing aid.

A Unified Approach to Measuring Poverty and Inequality

A Unified Approach to Measuring Poverty and Inequality

By the world Bank

A Unified Approach to Measuring Poverty and Inequality: Theory and Practice is an introduction to the theory and practice of measuring poverty and inequality, as well as a user's guide for analyzing income or consumption distribution for any standard household dataset using the World Bank's ADePT software. The approach taken here considers income standards as building blocks for basic measurement, then uses them to construct inequality and poverty measures. This unified approach provides advantages in interpreting and contrasting the measures and in understanding the way measures vary over time and space.

beyond the world bank agenda

Beyond the World Bank Agenda


 Despite massive investment of money and research aimed at ameliorating third-world poverty, the development strategies of the international financial institutions over the past few decades have been a profound failure. Under the tutelage of the World Bank, developing countries have experienced lower growth and rising inequality compared to previous periods. In Beyond the World Bank Agenda, Howard Stein argues that the controversial institution is plagued by a myopic, neoclassical mindset that wrongly focuses on individual rationality and downplays the social and political contexts that can either facilitate or impede development.  Drawing on the examples of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and transitional European economies, this revolutionary volume proposes an alternative vision of institutional development with chapter-length applications to finance, state formation, and health care to provide a holistic, contextualized solution to the problems of developing nations. Beyond the World Bank Agenda will be essential reading for anyone concerned with forging a new strategy for sustainable development. 

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World

Mountains Beyond Mountains: The Quest of Dr. Paul Farmer, A Man Who Would Cure the World

by Tracy Kidder

Tracy Kidder is a winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the author of the bestsellers The Soul of a New Machine, House, AmongSchoolchildren, and Home Town. He has been described by theBaltimore Sun as the “master of the non-fiction narrative.” This powerful and inspiring new book shows how one person can make a difference, as Kidder tells the true story of a gifted man who is in love with the world and has set out to do all he can to cure it.

At the center of Mountains Beyond Mountains stands Paul Farmer. Doctor, Harvard professor, renowned infectious-disease specialist, anthropologist, the recipient of a MacArthur “genius” grant, world-class Robin Hood, Farmer was brought up in a bus and on a boat, and in medical school found his life’s calling: to diagnose and cure infectious diseases and to bring the lifesaving tools of modern medicine to those who need them most. This magnificent book shows how radical change can be fostered in situations that seem insurmountable, and it also shows how a meaningful life can be created, as Farmer—brilliant, charismatic, charming, both a leader in international health and a doctor who finds time to make house calls in Boston and the mountains of Haiti—blasts through convention to get results. 

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

How to Change the World: Social Entrepreneurs and the Power of New Ideas

by David Bornstein

What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are, writes David Bornstein, the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, exploit new opportunities, refuse to give up--and remake the world for the better. 
How to Change the World tells the fascinating stories of these remarkable individuals--many in the United States, others in countries from Brazil to Hungary--providing an In Search of Excellence for the nonprofit sector. In America, one man, J.B. Schramm, has helped thousands of low-income high school students get into college. In South Africa, one woman, Veronica Khosa, developed a home-based care model for AIDS patients that changed government health policy. In Brazil, Fabio Rosa helped bring electricity to hundreds of thousands of remote rural residents. Another American, James Grant, is credited with saving 25 million lives by leading and 'marketing' a global campaign for immunization. Yet another, Bill Drayton, created a pioneering foundation, Ashoka, that has funded and supported these social entrepreneurs and over a thousand like them, leveraging the power of their ideas across the globe. 
These extraordinary stories highlight a massive transformation that is going largely unreported by the media: Around the world, the fastest-growing segment of society is the nonprofit sector, as millions of ordinary people--social entrepreneurs--are increasingly stepping in to solve the problems where governments and bureaucracies have failed. How to Change the World shows, as its title suggests, that with determination and innovation, even a single person can make a surprising difference. For anyone seeking to make a positive mark on the world, this will be both an inspiring read and an invaluable handbook.

Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs

Building Social Business: The New Kind of Capitalism That Serves Humanity's Most Pressing Needs

by Muhammad Yunus

Muhammad Yunus, the practical visionary who pioneered microcredit and, with his Grameen Bank, won the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize, has developed a visionary new dimension for capitalism which he calls �social business.” By harnessing the energy of profit-making to the objective of fulfilling human needs, social business creates self-supporting, viable commercial enterprises that generate economic growth even as they produce goods and services that make the world a better place.In this book, Yunus shows how social business has gone from being a theory to an inspiring practice, adopted by leading corporations, entrepreneurs, and social activists across Asia, South America, Europe and the US. He demonstrates how social business transforms lives; offers practical guidance for those who want to create social businesses of their own; explains how public and corporate policies must adapt to make room for the social business model; and shows why social business holds the potential to redeem the failed promise of free-market enterprise.

Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors, and Issues

Introduction to International Development: Approaches, Actors, and Issues

by Paul HaslamJessica SchaferPierre Beaudet

Introduction to International Development is a topical and theoretical introduction to development studies. This book is unique in its multidisciplinary approach given that most textbooks in the area are anchored primarily in one specific discipline-such as political science or economics-and fail to incorporate theories and viewpoints from other disciplines. Drawing contributors from a variety of disciplines-all three editors themselves come from different disciplinary backgrounds-this text ensures that students are exposed to a well-rounded view of development issues. In addition to being interdisciplinary, the book is international in scope - contributors from North America, the UK, Europe and the developing world expose students to diverse international perspectives. The book is divided into three sections: an overview of the history and key theories, a presentation of the key actors, and an exploration of contemporary issues in international development. Combining theoretical, practical, and multidisciplinary approaches to respond to the particular needs of undergraduate international development programs, Introduction to International Development is truly the ideal text for any international development studies course!

Portfolios of the Poor

Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day

by Daryl CollinsJonathan MorduchStuart RutherfordOrlanda Ruthven

Nearly forty percent of humanity lives on an average of two dollars a day or less. If you've never had to survive on an income so small, it is hard to imagine. How would you put food on the table, afford a home, and educate your children? How would you handle emergencies and old age? Every day, more than a billion people around the world must answer these questions. Portfolios of the Poor is the first book to systematically explain how the poor find solutions to their everyday financial problems.

The authors conducted year-long interviews with impoverished villagers and slum dwellers in Bangladesh, India, and South Africa--records that track penny by penny how specific households manage their money. The stories of these families are often surprising and inspiring. Most poor households do not live hand to mouth, spending what they earn in a desperate bid to keep afloat. Instead, they employ financial tools, many linked to informal networks and family ties. They push money into savings for reserves, squeeze money out of creditors whenever possible, run sophisticated savings clubs, and use microfinancing wherever available. Their experiences reveal new methods to fight poverty and ways to envision the next generation of banks for the "bottom billion."

Indispensable for those in development studies, economics, and microfinance, Portfolios of the Poor will appeal to anyone interested in knowing more about poverty and what can be done about it.

hope in hell

Hope in Hell: Inside the World of Doctors Without Borders

by Dan Bortolotti

"A fascinating and harrowing account of the men and women who struggle to improve the lives of people in desperate need."

Doctors Without Borders (also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres, or MSF) is arguably the best known humanitarian organization in the world. These professional men and women deliver emergency aid to victims of armed conflict, epidemics and natural disasters as well as to many others who lack reliable health care. Each year, more than 2,500 volunteer doctors, nurses and other professionals join locally hired staff to provide medical aid and health care in more than 80 countries.

At the forefront of this organization and its work are the volunteer doctors and other health professionals who risk their lives to perform surgery, establish or rehabilitate hospitals and clinics, run nutrition and sanitation programs, and train local medical personnel. This book follows these men and women on location as they risk their own health, well-being and lives to treat patients in desperate need.

These engaging true stories with dramatic color photographs examine the lives of individual volunteer medical professionals from around the world who: Perform emergency surgery in the war-torn regions of Africa and Asia Treat the homeless in the streets of Europe Understand cultural customs and societal differences that affect health care Witness and report genocidal atrocities.

This new paperback edition is updated to include events that occurred following publication of the hardcover.

Hope in Hell chronicles the raucous founding of Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the organization. If there is a horrific event, MSF will be there. This book tells why and how.

AIDS and Accusation

AIDS and Accusation: Haiti and the Geography of Blame

by Paul Farmer

Does the scientific "theory" that HIV came to North America from Haiti stem from underlying attitudes of racism and ethnocentrism in the United States rather than from hard evidence? Anthropologist-physician Paul Farmer answers in the affirmative with this, the first full-length ethnographic study of AIDS in a poor society.

The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations

The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations

by Thomas G. Weiss & Sam Daws 

The Oxford Handbook on the United Nations is an authoritative, one-volume treatment of sixty years of history of the United Nations written by distinguished scholars, analysts, and practitioners. Citations and suggested readings contain a wealth of primary and secondary references to the history, politics, and law of the world organization. This Handbook includes a clear and penetrating examination of the UN's development since 1945 and the challenges that it faces in the twenty-first century. This key reference work also contains appendices of the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the Stature of the International Court of Justice. 
This volume is intended to shape the discipline of UN studies, and to establish itself as the essential point of reference for all those working on, in, or around the world organization. It is substantial in scope, containing contributions from over 40 leading scholars and practitioners--writing sometimes controversially, but always authoritatively--on the key topics and debates that define the institution.

Africa's Water and Sanitation Infrastructure

Africa's Water and Sanitation Infrastructure

Authors: Banerjee, Sudeshna Ghosh; Morella, Elvira (World Bank)

he welfare implications of safe water and sanitation cannot be overstated. The economic gains from provision of improved services to millions of unserved Africans in enormous. The international adoption of Millennium Development Goals brought the inadequacies of service provision sharply into focus. With only 58% and 31% enjoying access to water and sanitation services respectively, Sub-Saharan Africa is the only continent that is off-track in achieving the MDGs in 2015. The problem is compounded by the fact that a rigorous and credible baseline did not exist on coverage to improved water and sanitation and resources required to meet the MDGs. This book aims to contribute to this gap by collecting a wealth of primary and secondary information to present the most up-to-date and comprehensive quantitative snapshot of water and sanitation sectors. The book evaluates the challenges to the water and sanitation sectors within the urban and rural areas and deepen our understanding of drivers of coverage expansion in the context of financing, institutional reforms, and efficiency improvements. Finally, the book establishes the investment needs for water and sanitation with a target of meeting the MDGs and compares with the existing financing envelopes, disaggregated by proportions that can be recouped by efficiency gains and net financing gaps. The directions for the future draw on lessons learned from best practices and present the menu of choices available to African countries. There is no recipe book that neatly lays out the possible steps the country should adopt to enhance coverage and quality of service. The challenges differ to a significant extent among African countries and solutions must be tailored to individual national or regional conditions.

Hygiene promotion: a practical manual for relief and development

Hygiene promotion: a practical manual for relief and development

Suzanne FerronJoy MorganMarion O'Reilly

The manual draws together the experience of hygiene promotion field workers in some of the many emergency relief programs undertaken by CARE and other agencies between 1992 and 1998, and the insights of current hygiene promotion theory. The approaches described are flexible enough to be used in a variety of settings. Working in collaboration with the people and allowing them to take more control in the design, implementation and management of water and sanitation systems is central to the aims of hygiene promotion and to this manual. The book stresses the need for a form of hygiene education, which fosters capacity building by not relying on the simple provision of information alone. The avoidance of helplessness and dependency may be critical in promoting positive health as well as in saving lives. Health and hygiene promotion is as vital to emergency relief as it is to development work

Public Health:


World Disasters Report 2002

World Disasters Report 2002

By Kumarian press- Diverse books

Disasters “ both environmental and technological “ continue to inflict unacceptable human and economic costs. The number of weather-related disasters has doubled since 1996. And scientists are warning that global warming will bring more windstorms, more floods and more droughts. The challenge to reduce the heavy toll taken by disasters has never been more urgent. 

The World Disasters Report 2002 focuses on reducing disaster risk. How significant a role can mitigation and preparedness play in reducing disaster losses? How can international disaster response better integrate with local responses? What non-structural approaches to mitigation -- from early warning systems and first-aid training to public awareness, education and advocacy -- are possible? Most urgently of all, can we show that disaster preparedness and mitigation pay off in terms of lives, livelihoods and assets saved?

The report examines the rationale for disaster preparedness, how to mitigate the effects of global warming in small island states and how to reduce risk from earthquakes in urban areas. It also looks at how communities in Mozambique, Nepal and Latin America have successfully reduced the toll of disasters through sound preparedness. In addition to the data chapter, updated annually, the report studies humanitarian accountability and a presents a methodology to assess vulnerabilities and capacities.

Peace through Health

Peace through Health

By Kumarian press- Diverse books

We typically define and talk about wars using the language of politics, but what happens when you bring in a doctors perspective on conflict? Can war be diagnosed like an illness? Can health professionals participate in its mitigation and prevention? The contributors to Peace through Health: How Health Professionals Can Work for a Less Violent World engage with these ground-breaking ideas and describe tools that can further peace once war is understood as a public health problem.

The idea of working for peace through the health sector has sparked many innovative programs, described here by over 30 experts familiar with the theory and practice of Peace through Health. They cover topics such as prevention and therapy, program evaluations, medical ethics, activism, medical journals, human rights, and the uses of epidemiology. Those considering careers in medicine and other health and humanitarian disciplines as well as those concerned about the growing presence of militarized violence in the world will value the books many insights

Protecting the Future

Protecting the Future

By Kumarian press- Diverse books

* First publication designed specifically for health workers developing programs for HIV-infected and at-risk populations
* Outlines a practical, step-by-step process to implement these programs
* Published in association with the International Rescue Committee

The explosion of the HIV epidemic presents a challenge to relief agencies working with displaced and war-affected communities. Based on work done by the International Rescue Committee (IRC), this book shows how relief agencies, usually present during both the crisis and post-emergency phases, can work with refugees and local people to minimize further spread of HIV and provide care and support to those affected.

The manual is complete with training exercises, activities for engaging the refugee population in HIV prevention work, and references for HIV resources.Protecting the Future is useful not only for humanitarian workers, but for any health professional establishing HIV programs in resource-poor settings.



Cities and Development

Cities and Development

by Jo BeallSean Fox

By 2030 more than sixty percent of the world's population will live in urban areas, with most of the world s population growth over the next twenty-five years being absorbed by cities and towns in low and middle income countries. What are the consequences of this shift? Demographic pressure already strains the capacity of local and national governments to manage urban change. Today, nearly one billion people live in slums, and in the absence of significant intervention that number is set to double in the next two decades. Will our future be dominated by mega-cities of poverty and despair, or can urbanization be harnessed to advance human and economic development?

Cities and Development provides a critical exploration of the dynamic relationship between urbanism and development. Highlighting both the challenges and opportunities associated with rapid urban change, the book surveys:

the historical relationship between urbanization and development the role cities play in fostering economic growth in a globalizing world the unique characteristics of urban poverty and the poor record of interventions designed to tackle it the complexities of managing urban environments; issues of urban crime, violence, war and terrorism in contemporary cities the importance of urban planning, governance and politics in shaping city futures.
This book brings into conversation debates from urban and development studies and highlights the strengths and weaknesses of current policy and planning responses to the contemporary urban challenge. It includes research orientated supplements in the form of summaries, boxed case studies, development questions and further reading. The book is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate students interested in urban, international and development studies, as well as policy-makers and planners concerned with equitable and sustainable urban development.

Funding Local Governance

Funding Local Governance: Small Grants For Democracy And Development

by Jo BeallNicholas Hall

International development is replete with examples of failure. This has led to notes of cynicism being struck in commentaries on development, whether in relation to failed states, donor ineptitude or the unaccountability of NGOs. Precisely because the grand visions have not been realized and macro-level policies have been so controversial, attention turned to initiatives at the local level. However, too many expectations were placed on interventions at the local level and it did not take long before they became formalized, institutionalized and bureaucratized, losing their capacity for rapid response and flexibility. This book is about an alternative approach. Starting from a critical engagement with theories of decentralization and a review of social funds, it explores the value of funding local initiatives that are designed not only to support development activities but also to promote local democracy. Reviewing experiences from Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, the book demonstrates how, at their most innovative, local funds can deliver development within the context of a rights-based approach and as a critical component of democratic decentralization. Funding Local Governance will appeal to academic, professional and practitioner audiences. It will be of considerable value to people working in international development agencies, NGOs and in local government. It will be of interest to researchers, teachers and students of development, urban studies, local government and politics, geography and urban planning as well as area studies specialists

Urbanization and Development in Asia

Urbanization and Development in Asia: Multidimensional Perspectives

by Jo Beall (Editor), Basudeb Guha-Khasnobis (Editor), Ravi Kanbur(Editor)

Over the last few decades, globalization has had a visible effect on urbanization and migration patterns across much of Asia. Analyses of migration patterns reveal that some of the largest movements of people in the world actually take place in the form of internal migration within certain regions and countries, as people move from rural areas to booming urban centres. With the help of selected case studies from India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Phillipines, this volume examines the following issues: Why do people move from rural to urban areas? In what ways does globalization affect such movements? What are the synergies between globalization, urbanization, and migration? What are the challenges that come with resettlement, especially for minorities and other less empowered groups? effect on urbanization and migration patterns across much of Asia. Analyses of migration patterns reveal that some of the largest movements of people in the world actually take place in the form of internal migration within certain regions and countries, as people move from rural areas to booming urban centres. With the help of selected case studies from India, China, Japan, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Vietnam, and the Phillipines, this volume examines the following issues: Why do people move from rural to urban areas? In what ways does globalization affect such movements? What are the synergies between globalization, urbanization, and migration? What are the challenges that come with resettlement, especially for minorities and other less empowered groups?

Does Foreign Aid Really Work?

Does Foreign Aid Really Work?

by Roger C. Riddell

Foreign aid is now a $100bn business and is expanding more rapidly today than it has for a generation. But does it work? Indeed, is it needed at all? 
Other attempts to answer these important questions have been dominated by a focus on the impact of official aid provided by governments. But today possibly as much as 30 percent of aid is provided by Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), and over 10 percent is provided as emergency assistance. 
In this first-ever attempt to provide an overall assessment of aid, Roger Riddell presents a rigorous but highly readable account of aid, warts and all. oes Foreign Aid Really Work? sets out the evidence and exposes the instances where aid has failed and explains why. The book also examines the way that politics distorts aid, and disentangles the moral and ethical assumptions that lie behind the belief that aid does good. The book concludes by detailing the practical ways that aid needs to change if it is to be the effective force for good that its providers claim it is.

Guns, Germs, and Steel

Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

by Jared Diamond

Life isn't fair--here's why: Since 1500, Europeans have, for better & worse, called the tune that the world has danced to. In Guns, Germs & Steel, Jared Diamond explains the reasons why things worked out that way. It's an elemental question. Diamond is certainly not the 1st to ask it. However, he performs a singular service by relying on scientific fact rather than specious theories of European genetic superiority. Diamond, a UCLA physiologist, suggests that the geography of Eurasia was best suited to farming, the domestication of animals & the free flow of information. The more populous cultures that developed as a result had more complex forms of government & communication, & increased resistance to disease. Finally, fragmented Europe harnessed the power of competitive innovation in ways that China didn't. (For example, the Europeans used the Chinese invention of gunpowder to create guns & subjugate the New World.) Diamond's book is complex & a bit overwhelming. But the thesis he methodically puts forth--examining the "positive feedback loop" of farming, then domestication, then population density, then innovation etc.--makes sense. Written without bias, Guns, Germs & Steel is good global history.



The Society for International Development, SID – Israel, is pleased to announce that it has recently established the Israeli Library for the Field of International Aid and Development.

Our purpose is to enable the general public and members of the aid and development community to stay up to date, to learn and to read — as well as to meet.

The list of available books and reading materials will be updated soon.

The library is located in the offices of the Society for International Development – SID Israel at 2 Yagi’a Kapayim Street in Tel Aviv.

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Public Diplomacy from renowned celebrities and iconic figures:

Many world-renowned actors, musicians, politicians, and iconic figures have been pursuing initiatives in helping and providing assistance to developing countries. Whether it be initiatives in humanitarian aid, urban development, medical assistance, gender rights, environmental work or any charity geared towards the underprivileged, below is a list of renowned celebrities and their charitable initiatives and self-built foundations, as they are seeking to make a positive global impact for our future generations:


Alicia Keys:
Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys is the ambassador for Keep A Child Alive, and has traveled to countries such as Uganda, Kenya, and South Africa. While she was there she spoke to teens and young adults who’ve lost their parents to AIDS and are now the heads of their own households. Keys was also the musical director for the 2006 Keep A Child Alive Charity Gala, and offered a private concert as a prize in an auction to benefit the charity.

Angelina Jolie:
Angelina Jolie

The Jolie-Pitt Foundation, dedicated to eradicating extreme rural poverty, protecting natural resources and conserving wildlife, donated $1 million to Doctors Without Borders, an international medical humanitarian organization created by doctors and journalists in France in 1971. The organization provides aid in nearly 60 countries to people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe, primarily due to armed conflict, epidemics, malnutrition, exclusion from health care, or natural disasters, for emergency medical assistance to help victims of the Haiti earthquake.

Annie Lennox:
Annie Lennox

Annie Lennox became renowned for her charity work with organizations such as Amnesty InternationalGreenpeace, and Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Foundation.

The singer, who received the British Red Cross' Services to Humanity Award in 2008, dedicates much of her time to raising awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa. Lennox released a special fundraising single called Sing, which featured a 23-member choir of female celebrities, including MadonnaFaith HillPink, and many more. Proceeds from the single went to the Treatment Action Campaign (TAC), an organization that that provides much needed support in the continent’s struggle against the deadly virus.

Bill Clinton:
Bill Clinton

The William J. Clinton Foundation was set up to promote and provide for a number of humanitarian causes. Within the foundation, the Clinton Foundation HIV and AIDS Initiative works to make treatment for HIV/AIDS more affordable and to implement large-scale integrated care, treatment, and prevention programs. The Clinton Global Initiative, funded by the Clinton Foundation, was established in New York City to coincide with the 2005 World Summit. The focus areas of the initiative include attempts to address world problems such as global public health, poverty alleviation, and religious and ethnic conflict.

Bill & Melinda Gates:

Bill & Melinda Gates

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is the largest private foundation in the world, founded by Bill & Melinda Gates. It was launched in 2000 and is said to be the largest transparently operated private foundation in the world.[4] The primary aims of the foundation are, globally, to enhance healthcare and reduce extreme poverty, and in America, to expand educational opportunities and access to information technology. The foundation, based in Seattle, Washington is controlled by its three trustees: Bill Gates, Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet.



The Irish front-man of U2 knows no limitations when it comes to fighting poverty and hunger, and is constantly in direct contact with world leaders and policy makers in his quest to make the world a better place. Bono has been a leader in the fight against poverty, and has helped to create the ONE CampaignDATA(RED) and EDUN, a clothing company which is striving to stimulate trade with poverty stricken countries. He was on Forbes’ Generous Celebrity List for his work with Debt AIDS Trade Africa (DATA) against the spread of AIDS and for debt relief in Africa, participation in fundraising concerts like Live 8, and his donation of $50,000 to One in Four Ireland, a charity that helps survivors of sexual abuse.

Bono has received 3 nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize, and was knighted in 2007.



In the band’s early years, Coldplay was known to give 10% of their profits to charity.

Coldplay teamed up with REM’s Michael Stipe for a charity single to continue aid for Hurricane Katrina victims; proceeds benefit Mercy Corps. The band has donated items for auctions benefiting Cancer Active and Kids Company, and for several years they have supported Kids Company further by donating proceeds from their Under 1 Roof charity concerts.

David Beckham:

David Beckham

The Victoria and David Beckham Charitable Trust, provides wheelchairs to children in need, and his focus on helping children has led to his appointment as a UNICEF Ambassador. Beckham helped raise $185,500 for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) by auctioning off two tickets to the World Cup party on eBay. He was entered into NSPCC’s Hall of Fame in 2004. Over the past 10 years, David Beckham has played a crucial role in UNICEF’s work to save and improve the lives of children.

Elton John:

Elton John

The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) was established in the United States in 1992 and in the United Kingdom in 1993 by Sir Elton John. Together, both entities have raised more than $225 million for worthy programs in 55 countries around the globe since inception.

Today, EJAF is one of the world’s leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations supporting innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS.

George Clooney:

George Clooney

Clooney famously founded Not On Our Watch with his Ocean’s 11 co-stars Don CheadleMatt Damon, and Brad Pitt, and producer Jerry Weintraub. The organization’s main goal is to stop the genocide occurring in Sudan. Clooney has visited the area personally, and spoken with victims of rape and torture. His charity has donated millions of dollars to help those suffering in the region, with much of the funding going through the United Nations World Food Programme. Clooney has been known to give generous donations to homeless people, is a supporter of Bono’s poverty-fighting ONE Campaign, and is also on the Board of Trustees for the United Way.

Jessica Alba:

Jessica Alba

Jessica’s extensive advocacy includes her active support of several non-profits, including V-Day,Healthy Child Healthy WorldStep Up Women's Network, The Children's Defense FundDeclare Yourself, and VotoLatino, as well as a role as the global ambassador and co-chair for 1Goal, an international campaign tied to the World Cup to expand global education, alongside Queen Rania Abdullah of Jordan and Bono. She has led several trips to Capitol Hill advocating for women and children’s social justice and as a spokesperson for the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition, joining leading public health experts to demand government leadership increase protections against toxic chemicals.

John Legend:

John Legend

Legend established the Show Me Campaign to raise the required funds soon after his fact-finding mission, and partnered with Sachs’ Millennium Promise Alliance to serve needy African villages. In 2008, both Legend and Sachs made a tour of universities all over the US to encourage social, economic, personal, and educational growth. Called the Poverty Action Tour, the sessions challenged people to support the fight against poverty, and promote the charities and groups that champion the cause.

Jon Bon Jovi:

Jon Bon Jovi

Jon Bon Jovi is the founder of the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation, which exists to combat issues that force families and individuals into economic despair. Through the funding and creation of programs and partnerships, they support innovative community efforts to break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. It is the organization’s goal to recognize and maximize the human potential in those affected by poverty and homelessness by offering assistance in establishing programs that provide for permanent, affordable housing while supporting social services and job training programs.

Lady Gaga:

Lady Gaga

Gaga is keen to harness entrepreneurial energy as evidenced by the substantial sum her concert raised for Haiti. In the wake of the Haiti earthquake, she dug deep and donated all of her proceeds from the January 24 show of her current tour, the Monster Ball (ticket sales, merchandise, etc.), and from her online store; the total amount donated was over $500,000. She has also been very proactive with raising awareness with young women about the risk ofHIV/AIDS. Along with recording artist Cyndi Lauper, Gaga teamed up with M·A·C AIDS Fund's VIVA Glam campaign, which raised over $160 million to fight against AIDS and HIV, and bring awareness about the diseases to women around the world. By purchasing VIVA Glam lip gloss and/or lipstick, all of the proceeds go directly towards the fund to aid those infected with the disease.

Lance Armstrong:

Lance Armstrong

Lance ran the NY Marathon in support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation- Giving inspiration and empowerment to people with cancer through education, advocacy, public health and research programs. (LIVESTRONG)

Leonardo Dicaprio:

Leonardo Dicaprio

Leonardo founded the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. Actively fostering awareness of environmental issues through participation with organizations such as Natural Resources Defense CouncilGlobal Green USA, the International Fund For Animal Welfare, and National Geographic Kids. The Foundation places particular emphasis on the issues of global warming, alternative and renewable energy sources, and the preservation of the planet’s amazing biodiversity.



In 2006 Madonna and Michael Berg founded Raising Malawi, a non-profit organization supporting community-based organizations that provide vulnerable children and caregivers with nutritious food, proper clothing, secure shelter, formal education, targeted medical care, emotional care and psychosocial support. In addition, Raising Malawi supports non-government organizations that offer impoverished families with innovative opportunities for sustainability such as Millennium Promise and International Medical Corps. On corporate, community, and academic levels, Madonna matches every dollar donated to Raising Malawi and is partnered with SocialVibe, the leading social media utility connecting people with brands, empowering them to engage with sponsors and share branded content with their social graph to benefit a cause of their choice.

Natalie Portman:

Natalie Portman

Portman helped launch FINCA's Village Banking Campaign to mobilize the people and resources needed to bring financial services to one million of the world’s lowest-income families through 100,000 Village Banks annually by 2010.

Nicole Kidman:

Nicole Kidman

The Australian actress supports a number of charities and has been a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF since 1994. Beginning in 2006, Kidman is also a Goodwill Ambassador for UNIFEM. Kidman was involved with the ‘Little Tee Campaign’ for Breast Cancer Care to design T-shirts or vests to raise money for breast cancer.

Oprah Winfrey:

Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey has donated millions of dollars to various charities and organizations, with most of her money going to three foundations: The Angel Network, The Oprah Winfrey Foundation, and The Oprah Winfrey Operating Foundation.

Using her talk to show to publicize The Angel Network, Winfrey has said that 100% of any donation you give, goes directly towards funding a project. Some examples of the projects are The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa and Rebuilding the Gulf Coast.

Paul McCartney:

Paul McCartney

Hosted PETA's “Party of the century” gala in 1999, honouring his late wife Linda and those who have committed themselves to carrying on her work for animals.

In 2000, McCartney released A Garland For Linda, a choral tribute album to his wife, who died of breast cancer. Proceeds went to The Garland Appeal, a fund to aid cancer patients. He is a patron of Adopt-A-Minefield.

Prince Harry:

Prince Harry

Prince Harry co-founded the charity Sentebale with Lesotho’s Prince Seeiso to help the orphans of Lesotho. In 2009, he co-founded The Foundation of Prince William and Prince Harry with his older brother Prince William. The Foundation’s three focuses are on giving guidance and support to disadvantaged young people, building awareness on sustainable developement and environmental conservation, and on the welfare of members of the Armed Forces and their families.

Robin Williams:

Robin Williams

Robin’s charity work has covered the spectrum from health care and human rights, to education, environmental protection, and the arts. He toured the Middle East with the USO a total of five times, including visits to Iraq and Afghanistan, to help raise morale among the troops and was, perhaps, best known philanthropically for his affiliation with Comic Relief, which was founded in 1986 as a non-profit organization to help America’s homeless. In 2010, Robin gave 100% of the proceeds from his shows in New Zealand to victims of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch.

Scarlett Johansson:

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson served as an Oxfam Ambassador for eight years, starting in 2007, and created a video journal of her visit to Kenya with the organization. In 2007 she skipped the Oscars in order to tour India and Sri Lanka as part of Oxfam projects. During her 10-day trip she visited an Oxfam-funded school in Uttar Pradesh, got involved in a few healthcare projects and one domestic violence project involving Indian women, and travelled to Sri Lanka to see how the charity was helping in reconstruction projects after the 2004 tsunami. Johansson also spent time helping Hurricane Katrina victims by dishing out food from USA Harvest to the homeless at the Made Love Cafe in St. Benard Parish in New Orleans.

Sharon Stone:

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone is spokesperson for the American Foundation for AIDS Research since 1995. She donated $10,000 at the World Economic Forum to help with malaria-related health efforts, and raised $1 million from the rest of the crowd within minutes of her donation.

Sheryl Crow:

Sheryl Crow

Sheryl Crow has been inspired by what the World Food Programme does every day to help children around the world, and encourages her fans to make donations to this non-profit organization.
 She performed a free concert as part of the All-Star Game festivities, helping to raise money for the cancer charity, Stand Up To Cancer. Crow also did a performance to support the El Faro Orphanage.

Steven Spielberg:

Steven Spielberg

The Righteous Persons Foundation was established with Spielberg’s earnings from “Schindler’s List” to fund projects which impact on modern Jewish life (e.g. “to engage Jewish youth, to support the arts, to promote tolerance and to strengthen the commitment to social justice”). As of fall 1995, the foundation had made 30 grants totaling nearly $10 million. The organization projected to distribute more than $40 million over its first decade of existence. The USC Shoah Foundation Institute was established in 1994 by Steven Spielberg to collect and preserve the testimonies of survivors and other witnesses of the Holocaust, the USC Shoah Foundation Institute maintains one of the largest video digital libraries in the world: nearly 52,000 video testimonies in 32 languages and from 56 countries. Following the events of Katrina in 2006, Spielberg donated $750,000 to the American Red Cross, the nation’s premier emergency response organization. He also donated another $750,000 to The Bush-Clinton Fund.



Sting co-founded The Rainforest Foundation with his wife, Trudie Styler, to help save rainforests in South America. An annual benefit concert is held for the Foundation, and the singer had a species of Colombian tree frog, Dendropsophus stingi, named after him in recognition of his “commitment and efforts to save the rain forest”

Whoopi Goldberg:

Whoopi Goldberg

Whoopi has served on the Advisory Committee for FilmAid International. She has channeled her celebrity into bringing attention to countless causes including AIDS, children’s issues, healthcare and substance abuse. In addition, Whoopi was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2003, and serves on the Board of Garden of Dreams.



As we are becoming more aware of our human consumption and where our products and material goods are coming from, the global movement of fair trade organizations has been expanding throughout our daily lives. It is very important to support the fair trade of workers and producers in developing countries, in order to halt inhumane treatment of the working class in third world societies as well as horrific exploitation of child labor, slavery and human trafficking. Below is a list of organizations renowned for their practice of fair trade, whether it is in fashion, coffee & cacao production, farming & agriculture, textiles, and women’s rights etc:


Achoti (Sister) - for Women in Israel was founded by feminist social activists who recognized the need to set topics of social justice at the center of the public discourse and to enhance women’s solidarity with women from disempowered socioeconomic classes. Achoti is a Mizrahi  feminist organization based on the principles that established Feminism of Color, which address the needs of women who are not a part of society’s social hegemonic culture. The Achoti Movement is a pioneer in the work of setting an alternative agenda within Israel and facilitates nationwide grassroots projects with the explicit goal of supporting cooperatives of women in unique and innovative strategies of income generation. Through Achoti’s empowerment strategies, economically disadvantaged women are encouraged to develop self-organizational skills, organize community cooperatives and/or partnerships, and develop new and creative ways of earning money. Achoti addresses issues of economic rights and social justice of women and gives priority to the development of strategies to respond to the escalating economic crisis.  Women suffer disproportionately from the deepening of the recession and the rise of unemployment in Israel. Achoti’s target population consists of women ranging in ages from 19-75 from disadvantaged and low-income communities in the cultural and geographic peripheries across Israel. Achoti supports groups of non-working and underemployed women on the margins of Israeli society, in their endeavors for economic dependence and the development of business partnerships. Achoti believes that once all women have means and access to practical and theoretical resources, then women will be able to self-empower themselves and become strong leaders within their families, community and society as a whole.  Achoti offers cooperatives, courses, lectures, workshops to build upon the women’s already exiting skills and transform their ‘domestic skills’ into profitable trades and products.



Food Justice Certified is based on the AJP standards which were developed specifically for North American food system operations. Many social justice labels in the marketplace today, such as Fair Trade, have been developed to meet the needs of small farmers in the southern hemisphere selling to buyers in the northern hemisphere. Food Justice Certified brings the concept of fair trade to the domestic setting.

The AJP standards were developed with extensive input from stakeholders, including farmworkers, food system workers, farmers, certifiers, processors/manufacturers, retailers, and representatives of indigenous populations. Our highly participatory method for creating this program has allowed us to find the gold standard for social justice in our food system that is functional and achievable for all business types.


Barbosa Fair Trade is an organization recognized by the Dutch Association of World Shops, Dachverband (Germany) and the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO) as an importer of Fair Trade products from South America. Barbosa Fair Trade imports various products made by small scale producers in Brazil, Bolivia, Ecuador, Guatemala, and Peru paying a fair price to the workers producing the goods. Absolutely no child labour was used to produce the articles, and the production is prefinanced. Barbosa Fair Trade supports local employment. The profit being made is spent on eduction and employment projects. Barbosa Fair Trade aims to encourage the legitimate buying and selling of South American fair-trade products. This is accomplished through a long-term and continuous commitment to its producers. The profits are used for the improvement of living and working conditions, health, welfare, and future perspectives of the producers. The producers receive fair and liveable pay for the products, with which they can adequately provide for their living according to local standards. Barbosa Fair Trade primarily works with small-scale producers, and aims to continually improve working and living standards.



Camino is a Canadian brand of fair trade and organic food products, owned by La Siembra Co-operative, based in the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Established in 1999, La Siembra Co-operative became the first registered importers of Fairtrade Certified cocoa and sugar in North America and today works directly with 18 producer co-ops, supporting more than 36,000 family farmers in 9 countries.



CLAC is the Latin American Network that gathers and represents all Fair trade certified small producers’ organizations and workers associations, as other fair trade small producers’ organization in Latin America and the Caribbean.

We represent and promote the strength and development of organizations of small producers and workers who are organized democratically, in line with Fair Trade principles and values.We facilitate assistance to producers and workers, we promote their products and values, and we work to exert influence in social, political and economic entities.

CLAC is an organization with operational capacity, providing assistance and training to base-level organizations. Organizationally strengthened, with effective participation by the stakeholders in its structure. Working to impact the entities that generate development and trade policies, and to position our organization at local and international levels.

Achieving the differentiation and promotion of the products of our small producers.



All of our fine whole bean specialty coffees are certified organic, fair trade, and kosher, and are roasted in small batches at our beanery in Orange, MA. We know that the planting, care, harvesting and processing of the beans is done in conformity with international standards for the health of the farmer and their environment, as well as the high quality of the bean. The vast use of pesticides in coffee production has serious impact on the ecology of the coffee-growing world and the health of farm communities. Our commitment to only purchase shade grown coffees supports healthy environments for coffee growers and protects critical migratory bird habitat. It is important to us that the quality of our coffees includes respect for the quality of life of our southern partners in the coffee world. And that respect translates into superb tasting coffee for your pleasure.



Donna Karan was first introduced to Haiti by her inspiration, President Bill Clinton, and the Clinton Global Initiative. Instead of seeing the country’s devastation following the earthquake, Donna saw Haiti’s potential through the eyes of creativity and the spirit of its people. She immediately galvanized the design community and fashion world as part of her commitment to tell Haiti’s story through a new lens.

The Haiti Artisan project, founded by Donna Karan, promotes economic development through job creation and vocational education, helps raise awareness and highlights the creativity of Haiti’s artisans. Ten percent of net proceeds from the Haiti Artisan Project support our foundation’s efforts in Haiti.



ECOCERT is an inspection and certification body established in France in 1991 by agronomists aware of the need to develop environmentally friendly agriculture and of the importance of offering some form of recognition to those committed to this method of production.

From its creation, ECOCERT is specialized in the certification of organic agricultural products. ECOCERT contributed to the expansion of organic farming in the 1990s by helping to draw up French and European regulations. Still very involved in promoting organic farming, Ecocert today works with French and international institutions in supporting project development. By winning the confidence of professionals and consumers, ECOCERT has become a benchmark in organic certification worldwide.


We write about products that are earth-friendly and socially responsible. We believe it’s important to celebrate technological development, innovation and fair trade in addition to eco-friendly materials and green design. We do not accept payment for the products we recommend, although on rare occasions we may publish sponsored articles from brands aligned with our values (and when that happens, we disclose it fully). If you have a story idea or product of merit – or if you’re a designer or artist – feel free to drop us a line.



EFTA (the European Fair Trade Association) is an association of ten Fair Trade importers in nine European countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland and the United Kingdom). EFTA was established informally in 1987 by some of the oldest and largest Fair Trade importers. It gained formal status in 1990. EFTA is based in the Netherlands and has Dutch Articles of Association.The aim of EFTA is to support its member organizations in their work and to encourage them to cooperate and coordinate. It facilitates the exchange of information and networking, it creates conditions for labor division and it identifies and develops joint projects. It does this, among others, by organizing meetings of the members (on food, handicrafts, marketing, managers) and by circulating relevant information to them. It is also maintaining a database of EFTA suppliers, called Fairdata, which contains details on suppliers and their products.



Equal Exchange's mission is to build long-term trade partnerships that are economically just and environmentally sound, to foster mutually beneficial relationships between farmers and consumers and to demonstrate, through our success, the contribution of worker co-operatives and Fair Trade to a more equitable, democratic and sustainable world. In 1986, Equal Exchange was founded to challenge the existing trade model, which favors large plantations, agri-business, and multi-national corporations; support small farmers; and connect consumers and producers through information, education, and the exchange of products in the marketplace. With our founding, we joined a growing movement of small farmers, alternative traders (ATOs), religious organizations, and non-profits throughout the world with like-minded principles and objectives. Underlying our work is the belief that only through organization, can small farmers survive and thrive. The cooperative model has been essential for building this model of change.



Established in 2005, Fairtrade Africa is the independent non-profit umbrella organisation representing all Fairtrade certified producers in Africa. Fairtrade Africa is owned by its members, who are African producer organisations certified against international Fairtrade standards producing traditional export commodities such as coffee, cocoa, tea, cotton, bananas, mango and non-traditional commodities including shea butter and rooibos tea. Currently, the organisation represents over 932,000 producers across 32 countries in Africa.


Fair Trade Judaica is a nonprofit organization building a Fair Trade movement in the American Jewish community.    They provide educational resources through their website and community presentations; work with fair trade artisans to design new Judaica products; and help bring those products to consumers through fairs and outreach to Judaica/synagogues/fair trade stores.

Their Judaica products include Jewish Blessing Flags, and a variety of other products in collaboration with fair trade businesses.

Fair Trade Judaica is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation.

Fair Trade Judaica wholesales their products, provides on-line purchasing,  and serves as a wholesale representative for five fair trade businesses.



The Fair Trade Federation is the trade association that strengthens and promotes North American organizations fully committed to fair trade. The Federation is part of the global fair trade movement, building equitable and sustainable trading partnerships and creating opportunities to alleviate poverty. The Federation envisions a just and sustainable global economic system in which purchasing and production choices are made with concern for the well-being of people and the environment, creating a world where all people have viable economic options to meet their own needs. We seek to alleviate poverty by continually and significantly expanding the practice of trade that values the labor and dignity of all people.



We seek to empower family farmers and workers around the world, while enriching the lives of those struggling in poverty. Rather than creating dependency on aid, we use a market-based approach that empowers farmers to get a fair price for their harvest, helps workers create safe working conditions, provides a decent living wage and guarantees the right to organize. Through direct, equitable trade, farming and working families are able to eat better, keep their kids in school, improve health and housing, and invest in the future. Keeping families, local economies, the natural environment, and the larger community strong today and for generations to come; these are the results we seek through Fair Trade.



Fair World Project (FWP) is an independent campaign of the Organic Consumers Association which seeks to protect the use of the term “fair trade” in the marketplace, expand markets for authentic fair trade, educate consumers about key issues in trade and agriculture, advocate for policies leading to a just economy, and facilitate collaborative relationships to create true system change. Fair World Project was initially launched by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) in 2010 with an emphasis on promoting fair trade in commerce, especially in organic production systems, and protecting the term “fair trade” from dilution and misuse for mere PR purposes, as conscious consumers expand the market for fairly traded products. While still guided by the principles of fair trade, we have expanded our mission to include labor justice, sweat-free apparel and family-scale farming that does not fit the traditional fair trade model. This expanded approach reflects the recognition that a just economy will not be achieved through a single model alone.


A4AI advocates for affordable Internet around the world at local, national, and international levels. We encourage governments, international institutions and other stakeholders to place smart, evidence-based ICT policy at the heart of their economic and development agendas. Our advocacy efforts are based around our commonly agreed policy and regulatory good practices and are underpinned by the findings of our case studies, annual Affordability Report, and other research products. We inform debates with our research, speak out regularly in person and in the media, and appeal directly to key decisionmakers.

“Google is teaming up with the World Wide Web Foundation, U.S. and U.K. government international development agencies, non-profits and a host of other tech companies to launch the Alliance For Affordable Internet, an organization with a simple but extremely ambitious goal: to reduce the cost of internet in poor regions of world to less than 5 percent of income.”



Global Exchange is an international human rights organization dedicated to promoting social, economic and environmental justice since 1988. We are a 501 c3 registered non-profit.

We’re changing the rules across the globe from a profit-centered global economy to thriving people-centered local economies; from the politics of greed to a living democracy that respects the rights of workers and nature; and from currency to community. Our holistic approach reaches thousands of members and supporters, through educating the U.S. public about root causes of injustice and the impacts of U.S. government policies and corporate practices. We inspire change by building people-to-people ties, engaging grassroots education for action and linking social and environmental movements.

H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection:

 H&M Conscious Exclusive Collection

It's no secret that clothes, like all other consumer goods, has an impact on the environment, the people who make them and the communities where they're manufactured. H&M is a company that works to reduce the impact on the environment by, for example, recycling old clothes into new textile fibres and by using organic and other sustainably sourced materials. H&M also contributes to create jobs for hundreds of thousands of people in supplier factories around the globe. "We want people to come to H&M and find items that they can wear to express their personal style and who they are. When doing so, they should know that the workers are treated in a good and fair way," says H&M head of sustainability Anna Gedda. The Conscious Exclusive collection consists of 30 items and is made in materials ranging from recycled polyester and glass to tencel and organic silk. As a complement to the editorials, blog posts and Instagram photos showing you how to style it or telling the story about the inspiration behind the design – H&M Magazine can also show how (and by who) it is made.



The aim of the Fair for Life Social & Fair Trade Certification Programme is to ensure fair and positive relations between producers and their cooperatives or contracting companies, between workers and their employer, between sellers and buyers on the world market while at the same time ensuring performance of standards.



Our vision is to make smallholder coffee farmers competitive on the basis of sustainable practices in order to improve their livelihood. This vision goes beyond the implementation of individual development projects; ICP wants to contribute to the sustainable transformation of the coffee sector in regions and countries. Innovative regional programs in Trifinio (border triangle of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador), Uganda and Tanzania as well as Brazil demonstrate the significant benefits for producers and the entire supply chain, generate relevant experiences on developing farmer operations and provide valuable guidance for stakeholders and the coffee policy framework.


The name ‘Löfbergs’ is a guarantee that the coffee is responsibly grown, ethically traded and environmentally roasted to capture all the fantastic flavours that set us apart.

Since 1906, we’ve taken our responsibility for people and the environment very seriously, bringing you coffee with a conscience. We can say with great pride that we’re one of the world’s largest buyers of Fairtrade Organic coffee. Never ones to drag our heels, our goal is to have 100% of all our coffee certified by 2016.

NESPRESSO AAA Sustainable Quality Program:

NESPRESSO AAA Sustainable Quality ProgramNESPRESSO AAA Sustainable Quality Program

Holistic approach to sustainable coffee farming

The Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program was launched in 2003. It combines Nespresso coffee expertise and quality criteria with the sustainable farming expertise of the Rainforest Alliance, a leading non-profit conservation organisation.

The Nespresso AAA Sustainable Quality™ Program is our unique green coffee sourcing approach that combines a focus on quality, sustainability and productivity. It has helped to secure the supply of the highest quality coffees



Omanhene has proven itself one of the most successful and creative joint ventures between the U.S. and Ghana. We have won accolades from United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, Shirley Temple (former ambassador to Ghana) and President Jimmy Carter. We produce value-added gourmet chocolate tailored specifically to export markets resulting in enhanced foreign exchange revenues for Ghana.

The sale of Omanhene chocolate results in higher revenues and consequently higher wages for both workers at the chocolate factory and for local cocoa farmers. Since cocoa is a commodity crop, farm incomes in Ghana are subject to world cocoa price fluctuations. Ghanaian cocoa farmers have previously been forced to abandon their farms when world cocoa prices stagnate.

People Tree:

People Tree 

In the past, ethical, Fair Trade, organic and sustainable were not words people thought of as fashionable. People Tree has transformed ethical fashion into something desirable, glamorous and luxurious. We design and produce high quality, fashionable products for women and men as well as collaborating with leading designers to produce unique collections. While many fashion brands talk about 'corporate social responsibility' or 'ethical fashion', we go further. We follow the principles ofFair Trade in every aspect of our business. All of our products are made by artisans and producers who work to Fair Trade standards. People Tree has been a pilot case for certification for Fair Trade Manufacture under the World Fair Trade Organisation and we were the world’s first clothing company to receive the World Fair Trade Organization Fair Trade product mark in 2013. Fair Trade makes a powerful difference. People Tree is helping to alleviate poverty in the world's most marginalised communities.

People Tree developed the first integrated supply chain for organic cotton from farm to final product and we were the first organisation anywhere to achieve GOTS (Global Organic Textile Standard) certification on a supply chain entirely in the developing world. We also work hard to ensure that we pioneer sustainable methods of production to minimise environmental impact. Not only is the majority of our cotton certified organic and Fairtrade, all our clothes are dyed using safe and azo-free dyes. We source as many products as we can locally, choosing natural and recycled products over synthetic and non-biodegradable materials. We ship as many of our products as we can by sea, instead of air, and weave fabric by hand, reducing our impact on global warming.



The Rainforest Alliance works to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices and consumer behavior. At the heart of the Rainforest Alliance’s approach is the understanding that the health of the land is inextricably connected to the wellbeing of those who depend on it for their livelihoods. Their approach includes training and certification to promote healthy ecosystems and communities in some of the world’s most vulnerable ecosystems.



SINDYANNA strives to proudly execute five pillar principles that are embedded in their culture and form the backbone of their values, mission and their business approach: Sindyanna of Galilee strongly believes that empowering Arab women leads to empowerment of the Arab society as a whole, because women are more inclined to invest most of their energies and earnings back into the health, nutrition and education of their families. They seek to provide opportunities for Arab women to develop their skills and access to factors of production, land, labor, credit, training, marketing facilities, and all publicly available services and benefits, so they can achieve personal growth and become agents of change in their communities. They support a program in which experienced artisan women teach other women traditional handcraft skills; then connect them with sales opportunities so they can turn these skills into income. Sindyanna of Galilee has been animating individuals and conscientious consumers to take a leap of faith and bridge the cultural divide between Jews and Arabs. A mission that began by serving as the “missing link” between the Arab farmer and the Israeli market, has evolved into deep friendships between Arabs and Jews working together in cooperation towards a mutual goal.



A vegetarian company committed to operating a responsible, honest, and modern business. We understand that it is our responsibility to do what we can to become a more sustainable company. We are responsible for the resources that we use and the impact that we have. We take responsibility for operating a business and maintaining a supply chain the respects the planet as well as the people and animals on it. Honesty goes hand in hand with responsibility. We know that we are not perfect. We also know that sustainability isn’t just one thing, it isn’t just organic cotton – it’s organic cotton, plus wind energy, plus not using PVC, plus thousands of other little steps that eventually make a more responsible and environmentally conscious company. In many ways we are just beginning our journey towards becoming more sustainable, but we are dedicated to continuing our work towards being able to replace what we have taken from the environment. We will continue to consider the impact we have on the planet as we design clothing, open stores and manufacture our products. We will probably never be perfect, but you can rest assured that we are always trying. We think that being modern means considering the future, not just the future of design, but also the future of the planet. We are dedicated to helping change people’s perception of eco fashion. We think that sustainability can take the form of beautiful and modern clothing and accessories.

Toms Shoes (One for One):

Toms Shoes

“With every product you purchase, Toms will help a person in need”

Over the last eight years, we've identified five key ways that we're helping people and communities around the world to succeed:

1) We're helping create jobs by establishing manufacturing and sourcing in the countries where we give.

2) From TOMS Marketplace to Start Something That Matters, we're helping new social enterprises get their start from the ground up.

3) When TOMS Giving is incorporated into our Giving Partners' programs, we're contributing to an entire community's access to health, education and well-being.

4) Along our journey, we've built a Giving Team, supported eradication of diseases and launched cause-related products to support and raise money for organizations around the world.

5) Launching a new One for One give always starts with identifying a need.



Trade Aid is a not for profit organisation made up of several parts reflecting the work we do as a retailer, importer, wholesaler and development agency. All of these parts form what we call the Trade Aid Movement.

  • Retailers - We operate a series of shops stretching the length and breadth of New Zealand, as well as a central warehouse where imported goods from developing countries are delivered, sorted, quality checked and despatched.
  • Education and justice - Along with our trading activities, we carry out education and advocacy work on fair trade, and speak out for greater justice in world trade.
  • Volunteer based - Over 800 volunteers are actively involved in all parts of the Movement, working in the shops, on shop trusts and committees, at the warehouse and in education outreach.
  • Development work - We have a strategic partnership with the New Zealand Aid Programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade and receive funding for some of our activities. Together we work to realise the enormous benefits that trade can have in reducing poverty and promoting development.
  • An authentic voice of fair trade - Trade Aid are pioneers in fair trade in New Zealand. We are members of the World Fair Trade Organisation (WFTO), an international body of organisations who are 100% committed to fair trade. It is the only global network whose members represent the fair trade chain from production to sale. It is the global authority on fair trade, not because we say so, but because the members make it so.



The Urban Zen Foundation creates, connects and collaborates to raise awareness and inspire change in the areas of preservation of culture, well-being, and education.


Programs such as the Haiti Artisan Project and D.O.T promote economic development for artisan communities through education and job creation.


The mission of the Urban Zen Integrative Therapy Program is to change the current healthcare paradigm by caring for the patient.


Our mission is to care for our children’s well-being and give them the tools to face obstacles and opportunities with love, compassion & strength.



The World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO) is a global network of organisations representing the Fair Trade supply chain. Membership in WFTO provides Fair Trade organisations with credibility and identity by way of an international guarantee system, a place of learning where members connect with like-minded people from around the world, tools and training to increase market access, and a common voice that speaks out for Fair Trade and trade justice - and is heard. WFTO is the home of fair traders: producers, marketers, exporters, importers, wholesalers and retailers that demonstrate 100% commitment to Fair Trade and apply the 10 WFTO Principles of Fair Trade to their supply chain. The works and achievements of its members make WFTO a global authority on Fair Trade and a guardian of Fair Trade values and principles. WFTO’s route to equity in trade is through the integrated supply chain. Practices used across the supply chain are checked against the WFTO Fair Trade Standard, a set of compliance criteria based on the 10 Fair Trade Principles and on International Labour Organisation (ILO) conventions. The WFTO operates in over 70 countries across 5 regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, and North America and the Pacific Rim) with elected global and regional boards.



WIEGO seeks to increase the voice, visibility and validity of the working poor, especially women.

  • Increased Voice – WIEGO works to support and strengthen organizations of the working poor and to link organizations together. We also help them gain representation in the policy making and rule-setting bodies that affect their work and lives.
  • Increased Visibility– WIEGO undertakes and sponsors research and helps to develop and improve official statistics on informal employment and the informal economy. We produce apublication series and maintain a web resource on the informal economy.
  • Increased Validity– WIEGO promotes the mainstream recognition of informal workers as legitimate economic agents who contribute to the overall economy and are legitimate beneficiaries of economic and social policies. We also advance the incorporation of informal workers into policymaking and rule-setting processes.

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