Aid and Development

UW United Students Against Sweatshops demonstrates outside a local GAP store with a Bangladeshi survivor of the Tazreen factory fire. (Photo courtesy Emily Garverick)

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How three UW organizations are harnessing the power of college student idealism to help the world's poor. The University of Washington is gigantic. It enrolls...

(Photo by Kelly Ranck)

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In most countries having domestic servants is a fact of middle class life. So why do we Seattleites have such a taboo against it? Upon...

Ethiopian women fill up jugs at a water point constructed by a Seattle-based NGO. (Photo courtesy Water 1st International)

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If your holiday spirit is more about giving than consuming, today is a perfect day to help local charities have a positive global impact.

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After seeing the impact of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf, relief work in the Philippines will be anything but a quick fix.  I confess that...

The Mona Foundation, which raises funds to support international education projects, such as the Association for the Cohesive Development of the Amazon (ADCAM) in Brazil, is one of hundreds of thousands of small and medium-sized charities in the U.S. not rated by Charity Navigator. (Photo courtesy The Mona Foundation)

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Many Northwest-based global nonprofits are frustrated that they are too small to get reviewed and vetted by the influential Charity Navigator. When you make a...

Jozlyn Pelk in Guatemala (Photo by Gloria Mayne / The Seattle International Foundation)

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For Jozlyn Pelk, the first Seattle Ambassador Program honoree, it took leaving the country for the first time to discover the vast opportunities to...

Children who live on Rusinga Island in western Kenya. (Photo by Jason Koenig)

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In Africa, and around the globe, we’re losing our young men to militancy and extremism. The Al-Shabaab terror attack on Westgate Mall last week was...

Relief supplies are delivered to earthquake victims in Awaran. Pakistan's military is coordinating relief efforts but international funding drives have been lacking. (Photo courtesy Hina Baloch)

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Crucial earthquake relief efforts in a long-neglected region of Pakistan have been hampered by internal politics and a lack of international media interest. “Will there be...

Alpacas: the cutest way to alleviate poverty in Peru. (Photo courtesy Heifer International)

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What happens when donors give directly to the world's poor, without any conditions or accountability?   It’s no surprise that the world of philanthropy is...

Seattle resident Hawo Abdi Farah, a Somali, is worried about possible bank-transfer restrictions that would affect her ability to wire money to relatives in Somalia. (Photo by Greg Gilbert / The Seattle Times)

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Immigrants in the Northwest send millions of dollars to relatives Somalia every year. But international banks backpedalling from anti-terrorism laws could cut off the...

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Filipinos who live on less than $2 a day are being hurt, not helped, by their country's economic boom. I met Barbie Rergio on a...

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Liliana Caracoza, a Globalist youth journalist in Veracruz, Mexico, updates us on her reporting with indigenous women and the organization helping them access legal...

Janet and Semi Lotawa in Fiji, circa 1995. (Photo courtesy Janet Lotawa)

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For Janet Lotawa, the first step to starting an international development NGO was falling in love. I don’t really remember what I was thinking, but...

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This Afghanistan veteran really, really wants you to like his company on Facebook. This week, former Army Ranger, social entrepreneur and Issaquah resident Matthew Griffin,...

UW Bothell student Jozlyn Pelk will travel to a country of her choice as part of the Seattle Ambassador program. (Photo courtesy Seattle International Foundation)

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If you had the opportunity to travel to any country in the world to help people living in poverty, where would you go? This is...

A Pangea Giving member meets with a community organization in Burma. (Photo courtesy Pangea)

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Many Seattleites are inspired to do good overseas. But making a real impact means recognizing your limitations and identifying potential partners whose work you...

A discarded can of US food aid in Ethiopia. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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President Obama’s food-aid reform proposals sound like a common sense way to feed more of the world's poor. But from farms, to ports, to...

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Karen Story went to Guatemala to find out more about her adopted niece and nephew's background. What she found was a cadre of NGO's...

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Want to donate your old computer to the developing world? Many recipient countries are saying 'thanks but no thanks'. So you just bought a new...

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In a little over a year, Mali has gone from a tourist destination to the newest front in the War on Terror. A former...

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Wednesday's GiveBIG fund drive is a great opportunity to support local global health nonprofits with small budgets and low profiles. Seattle is well-known for having...