19 Nominees Announced in the “Savings Lives at Birth: Grand Challenges for Development”

Yesterday, 19 award nominees were announced at a high-level forum at the Savings Lives at Birth DevelopmentxChange awards ceremony. Sponsored by USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank, and Grand Challenges Canada, the “Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development” competition called out to the global community to submit proposals for innovations that would help save the lives of mothers and babies through three key areas: technology, service delivery, and demand. Read more...

High Level Meeting on Youth Engages Young People Across the World

By: Mariko Rasmussen, Communications Specialist, and Janna Oberdorf, Director of Communications and Outreach at Women Deliver

IYY.jpgWe are back in the office after an exciting few days at the United Nations. Government representatives, heads of UN agencies, advocates, and youth from across the world gathered in New York July 25-26, 2011 for the United Nations High Level Meeting on Youth. The theme of the High Level Meeting was “Youth: Dialogue and Mutual Understanding” and began on July 25 with two thematic panel discussions focusing on strengthening international cooperation and addressing challenges regarding youth and social integration, employment, poverty eradication and sustainable development. Read more...

Coalition Calls on U.K. Parliamentarians to Ensure Maternal Health Funding Pledges Are Fulfilled

A network of professional and civil society organizations are urging Ministers  of Parliament in the United Kingdom to use their “unique powers of advocacy, scrutiny, debate, legislation, budget setting, and monitoring” to ensure the government fulfills its funding pledges toward maternal and child health. Read more...

The Guardian’s Development Journalism Competition Highlights Maternal Health

The Guardian newspaper has shortlisted three journalists for their coverage of how maternal, reproductive, and sexual health and rights shape the lives of girls and women and their communities as part of its fourth annual “International Development Journalism Competition.” Click through to learn more...

Mothers Facing Famine in Horn of Africa

By: Rati Bishnoi, Special Projects Intern

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) is intensifying its efforts to assist mothers affected by famine and displacement in the Horn of Africa.

“We call upon the international community to urgently look after the unique needs of pregnant women and mothers whose families’ survival are particularly at risk,” UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin said in an agency release. Read more...

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