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Needed Now: A New Narrative for Global Development

July 22, 2014 · Dianne Sherman ·

Recent public opinion research confirms that while the public broadly believes that addressing the needs of the world’s poorest people is the right thing to do, there is a perception in our country and in key European nations that “aid is wasted” and that progress is difficult, if not impossible.

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#Giving Tuesday: The Gift of American Engagement in the World

November 29, 2013 · Dianne Sherman ·

Americans should feel good about our generosity and our joint successes. We are compassionate people, helping support millions of people whether here at home or in distant places we will never know or visit.

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Partnerships in Progress: The New Era of Investing for Profit, Global Health and Social Good

July 15, 2013 · Dianne Sherman ·

With development challenges increasing, and foreign assistance dollars shrinking, traditional government funders (like the U.S. Agency for International Development) and implementing organizations (like CARE and Save the Children) are increasingly partnering with corporations, foundations and philanthropists to help bring life-saving health interventions to scale. Today, overseas development assistance represents only about 13 percent of total flow while US levels of private giving are through the roof.

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Crisis Communications: Preparing for a Controversy — Even if you aren’t the IRS!

May 23, 2013 · Dianne Sherman ·

The White House is facing an onslaught of controversies. So far, polls show this has not affected the President’s approval ratings. As the facts and stories unfold however, public opinion will largely depend on the Administration’s ability to manage communications. I thought this might be a good time to share the basics of crisis communications based on my own work, and urge you to make a robust, tested crisis response plan a priority in your organization!

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MDG Momentum: 1,000-Day Push to Achieve Global Goals

April 26, 2013 · Dianne Sherman ·

April 5 marked a critical milestone: 1,000 days left until the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline date. The eight MDGs, agreed to at the UN in 2000, represent a concrete global development agenda that has galvanized unprecedented efforts to meet the needs of the world’s poorest.

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