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Drastic budget proposals, hiring freezes, and murky reorganization plans sent development advocates scrambling.
Girls have been attending Girl-Friendly Safe Spaces to discuss their fears and anxieties, talk about their dreams for their futures, and ask questions about sensitive subjects.
Girls Safe Spaces were established by Plan International USA, a partner of Glamour’s The Girl Project, and funded in part by Caterpillar Foundation.
Funds raised from Toni Garrn's annual Supermodel Flea Market will benefit Plan's Educational Opportunities in Zimbabwe Project.
Equal Measures 2030 is ensuring women's groups, rights advocates, and decision makers have easy-to-use data and evidence to guide efforts to reach the Global Goals by 2030.
A new report, published by Equal Measures 2030, finds that many policymakers are ill-informed about the most pressing issues affecting gender equality in their countries.
While experts largely agree on the definition of economic empowerment — a woman’s ability to make decisions about her own financial well-being — there is growing contention about the way we measure it.
USAID is primed with the experience and processes that can successfully transition sectors and countries off of U.S. support.
Congress and the administration should follow MFAN’s Guiding Principles and make smart investments to increase the information and impact of our aid.
Shreeram KC, Communications Manager for Plan International Nepal, cited transportation as the biggest challenge to implementing Plan's emergency response plan.
Last month, eight of America’s largest international relief organizations — including CARE, International Medical Corps, International Rescue Committee, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, Plan International, Save the Children and World Vision along with partners Google, PepsiCo, Visa, and Twitter — launched a collective fundraising and awareness campaign, the Global Emergency Response Coalition.
In a major push to avert complete disaster, eight U.S.-based relief agencies have joined forces to launch a two-week fundraising appeal.
With a Foreign Assistance Act that has not been overhauled since its enactment nearly 60 years ago and the administration’s redesign process for State and USAID well under way, the United States’ aid architecture is in dire need of bold ideas and creative solutions.
The Hunger Relief Fund provides life-saving support to 1.4 million children and 17 million people who are at risk of dying from starvation in Africa.
The Global Emergency Response Coalition is embarking on a campaign to cut through the news that has been dominating headlines in the U.S. to raise awareness and funds for the hunger crisis.
Eight U.S.-based international relief groups have joined forces to desperately urge the public to donate to a new relief fund aimed at addressing looming famine and hunger in South Sudan, Nigeria, Yemen, Somalia and neighboring nations.
Eight organizations that typically compete for donor dollars joined forces to launch a joint appeal to raise funds and awareness around a global food crisis.
The Global Emergency Response Coalition is trying to draw the American public’s attention to an “unprecedented” hunger crisis. It's an uphill battle.
The Global Emergency Response Coalition is a joint fund-raising appeal to the American public due to the hunger crisis, which will uses social media to amplify its message.
The Global Emergency Response Coalition has recruited actor and activist George Clooney to narrate a plea for donations, and corporate sponsors include Twitter and Google.
Eight international nongovernmental organizations are hoping that their unprecedented partnership will help draw attention and funds for the famine-like conditions endangering more than 20 million people across the globe.
The Global Emergency Response Coalition will use donations to the Hunger Relief Fund to bring much-needed food and supplies to those affected by the famine in Africa, and lay the groundwork for recovery.
Eight of the largest U.S.-based aid groups are joining together in a new campaign to address what the United Nations calls the world's largest humanitarian crisis in more than 70 years.
With public awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Africa still lagging, one encouraging development has been the formation of an unprecedented alliance, the Global Emergency Response Coalition.
Gender experts at leading international development and humanitarian organizations are cutting across professional boundaries to show how institutions can foster gender equality internally — and ultimately improve development outcomes.
The U.N. has called it the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II. More than 20 million people in Africa and Yemen are facing starvation and no one is talking about it.
Eight international relief organizations are saying enough is enough and have partnered to form the The Global Emergency Response Coalition.
A nonprofit believes that changing the digital conversation around periods could help girls around the world.
Times are changing for the girls of Kenya. On Wednesday, the country made history when President Uhuru Kenyatta signed a law into place ensuring that each public school will provide free sanitary pads to students who have their period.
Up to 40 percent of girls in Kenya miss school when they have their periods because they can’t afford menstrual hygiene products.
Here are 10 strategic trends that demonstrate how the field is grappling with a new era in girls’ education, as well as potential gaps in the effort, and opportunities for action that those gaps present.
Experimentation and failure are essential elements of any successful endeavor in international development.
An investment in a girl is an investment in security, stability, and economic growth, not to mention an investment in her human rights.
Plan's Because I am a Girl initiative highlights the magnitude of the issues faced by the least empowered people on the globe: girls. It works to create space and resource for girls to have a fighting chance, to see themselves through to a better tomorrow.
In order to achieve development impact, we must look beyond ideology and engage in a constructive and fact-based debate about what foreign aid effectiveness means.
"As more combatants from Boko Haram have been hiding within the civilian population, the line between who is civilian and who is not has been blurred."
Bangladesh’s Parliament softened its landmark law against underage marriage on Monday, a move that human rights activists say could roll back the country’s decades-long campaign to curtail teenage pregnancy and maternal and infant mortality.
Too many children around the world are seeing their opportunities for a less violent future vanish as we cheer for our team.
Despite banning female genital mutilation in 2007, Egypt has among the highest rates of FGM in the world. Plan International works alongside some of the girls, men, and women fighting FGM across the country.
How do we work towards building a society that is ready to address gender discrimination and menstrual health?
At the center of the events around 2016 are global development leaders like Plan International USA CEO Tessie San Martin, whose spoken words have inspired, provoked, or helped us think differently about development and humanitarian work.
iCivil Africa, a company based in Burkina Faso, has developed a birth certificate system which involves a smartphone, a bracelet and encoded text messages.
Plan International’s Olle Castell, disaster risk manager in Asia, echoes the need for more apt indicators to prompt a quicker drought response.
Plan International's Because I am a Girl Ambassador, Freida Pinto, reflects on previous visits to Morocco and Liberia where she met with girls who were confronting the barriers that were preventing them from receving an education.
To mark the International Day of the Girl, Girls worldwide became government ministers, mayors, and chief executives in more than 50 countries.
International Day of the Girl is being celebrated with a historic #GirlsTakeover, in which more than 250 girls will step into the shoes of leaders in politics, economics, and society across 50 countries.
On International Day of the Girl, girls are demonstrating their ability to change the world. Yet more needs to be done to make all girls visible, including gathering meaningful data about their lives, writes Plan International’s Zahra Sethna.
"I visited Nduta, home to more than 66,000 refugees, to see the work charity Plan International is doing with unaccompanied children and teenagers living there."
Plan International warns that millions of girls will remain at risk until there are better statistics and data to track issues such as sexual violence against girls and school attendance.
Frank Manfredi, Plan's Senior Director of Resilience, says cholera, a waterborne disease, is a “major concern” for aid groups who are aiding communities affected by Hurricane Matthew.
Millions of girls are left "invisible" because of a lack of data and the absence of accurate statistics on issues such as sexual violence means policymakers cannot draw up effective plans to help them.
Plan International has tackled the topic of child mothers through a variety of activities and actions around the world.
Head to NoHo to attend Toni Garrn's Supermodel Flea Market from September 7-9. Toni Garrn, a Because I am a Girl Ambassador, will donate proceeds raised from the event to Plan International.
Shop from the coveted closets of Karlie Kloss and Jourdan Dunn at Toni Garrn's Supermodel Flea Market.
Once relegated to fringe conversations, gender data saw its name printed on agendas at Women Deliver 2016 and its quantitative and qualitative potential uttered aloud and debated by small startups and donors alike.
In Benin, when children fall sick, their parents often turn to voodoo. The West African nation is, after all, its spiritual home. Officially a state religion since 1996, Voodooism is practiced by 17 percent of the population, with many outside of the religion professing a cultural link to some of its rituals.
Even in the best circumstances having your period can be an unpleasant experience, but for many women and girls around the world—including the U.S.—it presents a serious problem.
Plan International has pre-positioned household materials and hygiene kits available for families affected by cyclone Roanu.
The lives of millions of girls giving birth under the age of 15 are at risk because they are slipping through the net of the system, Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, the new head of child rights organization Plan International, said on Tuesday.
One year after the Nepal earthquake, Plan International aims to rebuild 20 schools and repair 16,000 classrooms
Laura Brazee, Plan's Program Manager for Youth & Economic Empowerment, provides seven meaningful ways that girls can become a part of the international development decision-making process.
Successfully working at scale means planning for scale from the beginning and understanding “what works” in program design and implementation. Jan Willem Rosenboom, a senior program officer in the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Strategy for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, points out that while acting on observations seems conceptually simple, it is harder in practice.
In her latest Devex guest column, Ann Hudock outlines the fundamental revisions to post-conflict assistance strategies that will create new opportunties for and empower women.
The #MyTrueBeauty social campaign supports girls' education through Glamour's The Girl Project.
Jacqueline aspires to be the "best female electrician" in Kyagwe, thanks to support from Plan International.
These girls are real-life superheroes, showing tenacity, spunk, and overall compassion in the face of sometimes seemingly impossible odds.
A new publication, produced by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security in partnership with Plan International USA, highlights the important role that reconstruction assistance plays in supporting women and building upon their wartime resiliency in order to capitalize on these new roles and aid in defining the post-conflict environment.
Plan partnered with USAID to implement multi-year, multi-sector disaster risk reduction programs while simultaneously providing protection, shelter, and water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance.
Model Toni Garrn and Maiyet celebrate Plan International's Because I am a Girl campaign in Miami.
The Ebola outbreak has passed, but the girls who have been left behind must face a new set of obstacles: the loss of family and financial security, teen pregnancy, and academic pressures and social stigmas.
Because I am a Girl Ambassador, Lena Headey, announces that she is fighting for women's rights in developing countries and she asks her supporters to create a safe future for girls.
In a guest blog post on PlanUSA.org titled "My Daughter," Headey wrote that she will be fighting for women's rights in developing countries so that women abroad can enjoy the same rights she and her future daughter have.
In a blog post for Plan International USA, Headey, whose baby is due in six weeks, swore she will love and allow her daughter to make her own decisons.
The actress — who is due to give birth to her second child in just a few weeks — has spoken up about what she hopes her baby daughter’s life will be like, and her words are honestly so awesome that they might make you cry.
In her speech at the premier of India's Daughter, Pinto discussed the movement to combat violence against women across the globe and men's roles in this fight.
Supermodel Toni Garrn may be busy walking catwalks, but she’s also busy raising money for a great cause. Garrn organized a clothing sale event in the middle of New York Fashion Week to support PLAN International, an organization dedicated to funding girls’ and women’s education in Burkina Faso, Africa.
Actress Freida Pinto, who starred in the film Slumdog Millionaire, has told the BBC a controversial film about the 2012 gang rape and murder of a student in Delhi "needs to be shown".
The U.N. is optimistic that West Africa can hit zero Ebola cases by mid-April, but vulnerable girls in the region are facing a new debilitating epidemic -- a spike in teen pregnancy and prostitution.
Model Toni Garrn told us she’s selling the fashionable frocks off her back for charity.