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For More Sustainable Development, Commit to Locally Led Solutions

by Tessie San Martin

Plan International USA CEO Tessie San Martin wrote a recent op-ed for Devex emphasizing the importance of locally led solutions for sustainable development.

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Supporting Education in South Sudan

by Dr. Pamela Young

Four years after independence, education in South Sudan is facing continued challenges, but this local community is motivated in its efforts to revitalize their school.

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Breaking Down the Stigma: Distributing Menstrual Pads in Uganda

by Lauren Yamagata

Plan is working to support Chegen II village’s efforts to improve community sanitation and hygiene access and practices. As part of this project, Plan is partnering with AfriPads, a local Ugandan company that has developed a reusable sanitary pad. The project prepares dealers to sell pads to the community by training them in financial management, product marketing, and other entrepreneurship skills.

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Ebola - A Year Less Ordinary

by Damien Queally

When the Ebola outbreak was declared 12 months ago, no one really knew what a change this epidemic would bring about to the lives of people not only in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, but globally as people struggled to understand the disease, its transmission, the risks, the devastation, and the emotion.

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Playing Mind Games: Cyclone Pam Reminds Us Why Emotional Care is Important

by Dr. Unni Krishnan

If you want to respond to and recover from a disaster and its impact on the mind, be prepared, play hard, and plan for the future.

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Mental Floss: The Art and Science of Habit

by Caitlin Gruer

In many parts of the world such as Cambodia, hand washing and latrine use are not common behaviors due to cultural norms and lack of access to appropriate facilities. When first introduced, these behaviors are like flossing—they require conscious effort. However, if we can transform these actions into habits, they are far more likely to “stick.”

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Boulder and Bolder

by Darren Saywell

The longer I work in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH), the more clearly I see how it has changed.

Here are three ways we can be bolder in our thinking.

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Plan International USA Leads Community Engagement in Education Panel

by Dr. Pamela Young

Plan colleagues from across the globe joined the Washington DC gathering of the 2015 Comparative and International Education Society Conference.

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USAID and PEPFAR: Institutionalizing Local Ownership for Sustainability

by Justin Fugle

A panel discussion at Plan International USA’s office in Washington DC on March 3 made it clear that localization has deep roots in USAID and will continue. This is good news for aid effectiveness and for the Agency itself, for Local Solutions is critical to USAID’s renewed influence in the wider development community.

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Building a Drumbeat from the Ground Up

by Anne Jorgensen

For a decade my colleagues and I have been working to help women around the world elevate their voices; to strengthen the skills and confidence they need to advocate for effective family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH) policies in their countries.

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Helping Children's Futures Bloom

by Israel Abebe

Life for many children around the world, especially girls, leaves a lot to be desired. You have probably already heard the obstacles. If they are registered for school, they are pulled out at an early age so they can help support their families by working in the field or caring for their siblings.

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Why Are Children in Africa Still Left Uncounted?

by Roland Angerer

For a variety of reasons, the births of 85 million African children have not been registered because the civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems – the systems that governments use to register and record data on key life events like births, marriages, and deaths – are running on outdated, inefficient models.

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