Are NGOs Doing More Harm Than Good in Haiti?

Haiti is now believed to have more NGOs than any other country—as many as 10,000. That’s a good thing, right? After all, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere seems to be pounded by a new natural disaster or disease outbreak every

Natural Disaster Giving: Haiti v. Pakistan

Remember the earthquake in Haiti? Of course you do, and there’s a good chance you donated money to relief efforts. Now, remember the flooding in Pakistan? Maybe, since it was just last summer, but did you also give to it? Chances are you

Rich Donors to Nonprofits: Don't Push It

Wealthy Americans' donations to charities dropped considerably from 2007 to 2009, according to a study released this week by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. The Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University researched and wrote the study. The good

How Big Is Africa?

Bigger than many of us realize. On many maps, Africa looks to be about the size of Greenland due to the distortion of making a round object appear flat. Not surprisingly, people who grow up with these distorted maps seriously miscalculate the size

Cholera Spreads to Haiti Capital

A 3-year-old boy who had not been out of Port-au-Prince tested positive for cholera, health authorities told the Associated Press early this week. Dozens more city residents suspected of having cholera were being tested. The outbreak has killed

Nourish Curriculum Now Available

by WorldLink Staff Are you an educator, parent, or advocate interested in teaching youth about food and sustainability? WorldLink and the Center for Ecoliteracy are proud to announce the release of the Nourish Middle School Curriculum Guide.

Hoes, Mules, Cell Phones

Worldwatch's Nourishing the Planet blog has another post up this week about how cell phones, not tractors or fertilizers, are the hottest new tool in farming. People throughout Asia and Africa are using their phones to find out which markets are

World Ark Article Gets Wider Recognition

Arts and Letters Daily, a blog of The Chronicle of Higher Education, singled out a World Ark feature as its "Article of Note" for November 8. "Can You Hear Us Now?", by travel writer Frank Bures, takes a first-person look at technology as way to

Quality of Life: How Do We Rate?

For the eighth time, Norway tops the United Nations' Human Development Index, a guide to the best countries to live in. Life expectancy, average income, years of schooling, gender equality and political freedom are just some of the indicators used

Storm Threatens Haiti

Photo by Bryan Clifton, Heifer International The Haitian government is advising hundreds of thousands of residents of Port-au-Prince's tent cities to evacuate as Tropical Storm Tomas threatens Haiti after killing at least 14 in St. Lucia. Aid