January 30, 2015

Kasturi Puntambekar – Marketing and Fundraising Fellow

Kasturi is a senior at American University in Washington, D. C. and is majoring in History with a minor in Psychology. Originally from a rural town in Massachusetts, she has worked in the development sector of non-profit organizations around the Capital and has enjoyed learning new and innovative ways of communicating with donors and foundations. She is looking forward to exploring new methods of promoting the cause of Americans for Informed Democracy and reaching out to the greater D. C. community in the process. As a student of a highly politically engaged university in the nation’s capital, she believes that students must be heard and can contribute greatly to the country’s endeavors on the international scale. In her free time, she enjoys Indian classical dance and cooking.

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Why collaboration is key to successful non-profit organizations

International and Mizzou Reproductive Health Activists

By Julia Al-Akkad. Room to Read’s dedication to collaborating with local governments to provide support to the children of the community in receiving an education is a key component to the success the organization has accomplished. Additionally, the organization’s ability to recognize the importance of the impact of differing cultures on the children’s ability to learn is significant to their success. Room to Read works in collaboration with communities and local governments across Asia and Africa to provide support to girls to complete secondary … [Read more...]

Environmental Injustice: The Damage is Gendered

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes.   Women trying to salvage flood damaged maize in Chokwe Photo Credit: Alexander Matheou/IFRC These days, climate change is a buzzword. We hear about melting icecaps, polar vortices, and damaging pollutants, but are we listening to the whole story? As humans, we may be damaging the entire Earth we live on – but do we feel the impact equally? Environmental injustice is the idea that not everyone experiences environmental issues like pollution or climate change in the same way and that these differences are not … [Read more...]

How Room to Read has helped millions of children receive an education

By Julia Al-Akkad. “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” It has long been known that education is the key to lifting communities out of poverty and towards success. Fortunately, many organizations are actively pursuing the mission to provide all children with access to a quality education. One organization in particular that encourages others to become active in the process of ensuring universal access to education is known as Room to Read, an organization that has helped over 8.8 … [Read more...]

The Confidence Factor in Europe

By Mary Anne Mendoza. Many of the arguments that seek to explain the Eurocrisis, point towards the excessive borrowing of debtor countries in years prior. Others blame the composition of the Eurozone and the lack of harmonizing fiscal policies working in tandem with monetary policies. However, few arguments recognize the importance of investor confidence and its role in the existing dynamic of Eurozone policies and institutions. Regardless of the explanation, none of the 11 countries that adopted the euro on January 1st, 1999[1] could have anticipated … [Read more...]

Global Transgender Experiences

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. Hijras (Transgender Individuals) in Laxman Jhula Photo Credit: Daniel LofredoRota As this series has previously explored, Global South experiences vary widely, making generalizations ineffectual. While a previous blog explored the challenges and successes of LGBTQ+ people, even this category contains vast diversity. This certainly applies to trans* people, whose gender identity or expression does not match their sex as assigned at birth, and whose experiences in the developing world are not always the same as other LGBTQ+ … [Read more...]

Azerbaijan: The Land of Oil and Poor Human Rights

By Ani Hakobyan. Among diplomatic and international circles, Azerbaijan has become synonymous with the production of oil, which has raised its global standing. This unparalleled growth and development has led to an increase in political and economic power. The country, like Armenia, Russia, and Georgia, is a fairly new nation, having only been established in 1991 after the fall of the Soviet Union. However, its growth rate is unparalleled because of the resources it has-namely energy and oil. Although these kinds of natural resources would normally … [Read more...]

Indigenous Women and the Importance of Intersectionality

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes.   Indigenous Woman with Llamas and Lambs Photo Credit: Nathan Gibbs This blog series began by emphasizing that the world is not divided into men and women – gender is a broad spectrum, and not all women experience womanhood in the same way. In addition to gender, factors like race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class also shape the experience of womanhood. In the case of indigenous, or native, women around the world, recognizing these differences is particularly important. By recognizing the complexity of … [Read more...]

Egyptian Militants Ally with ISIS

By Virginia Cady. On Monday November 10 the Egyptian militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis declared it’s loyalty to ISIS. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has waged an insurgency campaign against the Egyptian military and police in the Sinai since 2011. The alliance between the two groups began late this summer, but due to disagreement within Ansar Beit al-Maqdis prior statements of alliance were denied as false. The announcement called for Muslims to support al-Baghdadi and ISIS in establishing an Islamic Caliphate. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis is one of the first foreign … [Read more...]

Reproductive Health: My Body, My Health, My Choices

By Jillian Tsacoyeanes. The unmet need of family planning: female social workers at a training in India Photo Credit: Gates Foundation It seems natural that all women have control over their bodies, but this is not the case. Women in developing countries especially face limitations on their agency, which put their sexual and reproductive health at risk. Examples of this are wide-ranging, and their implications deadly: women in the Global South are more likely to have unwanted pregnancies, and they are also at heightened risk for compromised … [Read more...]

Looking Ahead? Join our mentoring program!

Planning a career in international affairs? Eager for advice on how to get started? Look no further! Join AIDemocracy for the AMP Mentoring Program in 2015! Through monthly small-group chats, participants will gain advice, tips and insider information on everything from choosing the right major to scoring that first job. Monthly topics will include: Job search, resume and interview skills Making the most of summer opportunities: fellowships, internships, service and more Building your professional network Charting your personal and … [Read more...]