November 1, 2014

This page consolidates all of the blog posts from across the site. Posts are also featured at the bottom of each relevant issue or author page, as well as the 'Take Action' and 'Build Skills' pages. Post a comment - we’d love to know what you think! Happy reading!

The High Cost of Global Gender-Based Violence

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. One in three women worldwide will experience gender-based violence (GBV) in her lifetime*. This statistic is so shocking that I must first grapple with it on personal terms. I think of my sister, my mother, and myself: one in three. On a global scale, this amounts to millions of women and girls alive today who have, or will at some point, experience violence based on their gender. The United States government defines GBV as “violence that is directed at an individual based on his or her biological sex, gender identity, … [Read more...]

Diversity in Development

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. Those who work in the field of international development recognize it as a diverse field. Developing countries, or countries in the Global South, span a multitude of ethnicities, religions, languages, and cultures. Individuals living in extreme poverty in Bolivia, Kenya, and Sri Lanka may all be making ends meet on less than two dollars a day, but they probably experience day-to-day life in different ways. It is not possible to assume that members of the same region, community, or family have the same experiences of … [Read more...]

The Fall of Gulnara Karimova and Her Empire

By Ani Hakobyan. Many ex-Soviet countries are known for their familial successions to head of state. Azerbaijan’s current president is none other than former Communist leader and first president Heydar Aliyev’s son Ilham, while Belorussian president Alexander Lukashenko, often referred to as Europe’s last dictator, is allegedly grooming his youngest son, only ten-years-old, to succeed him, reported Anissa Haddadi. Although familial successions are nothing new, the family rulers in the former Soviet Union prevent their countries from developing in … [Read more...]

A Water Crisis?

By Wanjiku Gatheru. Water – the essential ingredient to life on earth – has become increasingly scarce. Across the globe, clean and accessible drinking water is out of reach for over 1 billion people. As the world population rapidly increases, access to clean water is becoming a leading concern worldwide. A necessity for all life on this plant, the loss of this important resource would be the end to not only humanity but life. In fact, it is estimated that by 2025, 1.8 billion people will experience absolute water scarcity. As clean water is necessary … [Read more...]

The Girl Effect

By Jo Grode. As I read about the oppression of women all over the world, more often than not the places with the worst gender-based violence, gender inequality, or gender discrimination happen to be communities and even countries that are anchored in poverty. In other words, there seems to be a blatant correlation between the economic development of a nation and the level of female oppression. When drawing these kinds of parallels, it is wise to keep in mind that “correlation does not imply causation”. Regardless, do low income levels cause a … [Read more...]

IS implements extreme measures in education systems

By Julia Al-Akkad. Natural History. Literature. Art. Music. This is a list of only a mere few of the subjects banned in schools under IS control. The Islamic State is terrorizing the Middle East through the physical brutality and cruelty towards all people who disagree with their extremist viewpoint. Now, they are entering a new level of violence through psychological terms, as they are disrupting the education of students in Iraq and Syria making drastic changes to the curriculum in schools. Mosul, the largest city in Iraq that is under … [Read more...]

Four Steps to Recruiting Great Volunteers

By Sakiera M. Volunteers are crucial actors of change for any non-profit. They provide significant support, spread an organizations mission, and are often willing to wear many hats if they know it will help and advance an organizations’ mission. Below are 4 Steps that I believe will help any organization in recruiting volunteers 4 Steps for Recruiting Volunteers Step 1: Know who will support your organization and how to reach them If you require specific skills in your volunteers such as grant writing, graphic design or knowledge of a foreign … [Read more...]

Global Citizenship Blogging Challenge


What does global citizenship mean and why should we be talking about it at AIDemocracy? This summer, two of our wonderful bloggers, Sharon Mutwiwa and Marilyn Atwood, sought to engage global citizenship into the AIDemocracy discussion and challenged the AIDemocracy community to think about the idea of "global citizenship" actually meant. Global citizenship can seem to be a daunting idea. Global citizenship might been seen as requiring people who are already juggling to understand their home country and their cultural backgrounds to understand … [Read more...]

What’s new in South Sudan?

By Alex Beck. Recently, in addition to the increasing threat of famine in the country, which is still set to kill 50,000 children by the year’s end, reports of renewed fighting broke out in South Sudan. However, in response to the country’s unstable ceasefire being broken yet again, the United Nations Security Council threatened to issue sanctions to political leaders of both the rebel and the government forces (military leaders are already sanctioned). However, these sanction threats have so far led to good news because on August 25th, leaders … [Read more...]

The Tragic Lives of Syrian Armenians

By Ani Hakobyan. In the age of social media, the tragic events taking place in Syria have unfolded before the world’s eyes. People know all about innocent children caught in the conflict, extremist rebels taking hold of cities, and the condemnation that Bashar al-Assad’s government has received from most nations. The minority population that has existed in the country for hundreds, if not thousands of years is also a victim of the three-years-long civil war. Christians, including Armenians, who had long maintained neutrality during the war between … [Read more...]