IRD Voices Blog

Start, Stop, and Continue

Aug 25 Posted by Kris Manos, President and CEO

Just as the foundation of understanding how to improve and strengthen our organization requires honest assessment, so too do we each need to understand our own personal strengths, contributions, and areas for improvement. For IRD as a whole, we’re engaged in self-reflection. We’re also asking for feedback from our employees; from our customers, like USAID; and... more

A Visit to the Club Écoute Pays Bas

Aug 21 Posted by Musu Hope-Clemens

We are more than an hour late. The Congressional staffers had a leisurely lunch, so, with their other appointments in an overbooked itinerary, we are completely off schedule. When we finally get to Pays Bas, the neighborhood where the members of Club Ecoute Pays Bas live, I breathe a sigh of relief, knowing that in this part of the world, folk spend a lot of t... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Conflict Mitigation, Education, Jobs, Value Chains, Women & Gender, Youth, Africa, Niger

Tony Haslam: #TheWorldNeedsMore

Aug 19 Posted by Noelle Wright

The world needs more effective and accountable governing bodies that foster community stability. Without stability there is no long-lasting development. And without real development there is no lasting stability. Good governance inclusive of all communities will help the international community achieve its goal of a world without extreme poverty and extremist... more

Filed Under: World Humanitarian Day, Asia & Pacific, Afghanistan

Jo Anne Yeager Sallah: #TheWorldNeedsMore

Aug 19 Posted by Noelle Wright

The world needs more fully inclusive communities. Working with cashew producers in Senegal and The Gambia, I’ve seen first hand the incredible resourcefulness and creativity of women who, through their involvement in cashew processing and marketing, have the opportunity to contribute to their communities through market-based activities.  Protecting the human r... more

Filed Under: World Humanitarian Day, Africa

Themos Ntasis: #TheWorldNeedsMore…

Aug 19 Posted by Noelle Wright

The world needs more commitment to protect the environment, the ultimate source of a community’s wealth.   Many communities rely on natural resources for their income and sustenance, from rainwater to basic agriculture.   Responsible partnerships with the private sector can develop creative methods to better monetize these basic economic activities and increas... more

Filed Under: World Humanitarian Day, Africa