Tackling complex urban development challenges March 24, 2010
The UN-Habitat World Urban Forum is the world’s largest global meeting on cities. Its fifth session — happening this week in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil — has a record 21,000 delegates from across the globe.
Afghanistan: Irrigation canal saves 600 Afghan households March 22, 2010
Ortabuz is a small village in the east of Afghanistan’s Takhar Province. At least 600 families are living in this small and green village. The people of Ortabuz are mostly farmers and each family have one or two jerib — about one-half to one full acre — of land for planting of crops.
Colombia: A marginalized culture moves closer to gaining its own power March 22, 2010
A micro-hydroelectric energy project is making a difference for one of Colombia's most isolated and marginalized ethnic groups.
Become a fan of ITT Watermark and bring clean water to families March 19, 2010
In honor of World Water Day, ITT is raising funds for its nonprofit partners through a Facebook campaign. From March 22–March 26, ITT will donate $1 to safe water solutions for every new fan of the ITT Watermark Facebook fan page.
Airports, we had a good run, but it's over. No hard feelings? March 18, 2010
I just read one of my favorite expat blogs, in which a young woman described her love affair with airports — their smell, their energy, the sense of change, of unknown beyond. The ultimate global crossroads.
Liberia: Redefining success: My journey to Liberia March 17, 2010
Glance down a deeply rutted Monrovia side street and you may see, at the end of the block, a glimpse of palm trees, sandy coastline and the rolling ocean. Blink, and you may briefly imagine you’re in Mexico or another beachy getaway.
Liberia: Changing her life with goats March 17, 2010
Victoria Dannies, 33, is divorced, with three daughters and two sons. Thanks to the training she received in Mercy Corps’ Youth Education for Life Skills (YES) program, she’s able to take good care of herself and her children.
Liberia: From war survivor to community leader March 17, 2010
Ellen Joe is 36 and divorced, with two daughters and two sons. She’s the chairwoman of the Gbarpaywhea Community Development Committee, which oversees the village peace, education, agriculture and health working groups.
Liberia: Tiny and tough March 17, 2010
Annie Garfree is 42, with five daughters and one son. She’s soft-spoken, with smart eyes and a steely determination.
Liberia: Dish racks lead to healthier children March 17, 2010
Of the 12 children that 50-year-old Annie Dolo gave birth to, seven are living. The other five died of malaria and measles.