Aid and Development

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...

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Motivated by her own complicated pregnancy, Heidi Breeze-Harris founded One by One, a Seattle-based organization working to wipe out obstetric fistula in Africa. When Heidi...

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Seven years after I met her in the red light district of Kolkata, the founder of New Light, a shelter for the children of...

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Global health gets a lot of attention in Seattle. But sometimes Hollywood wants a piece of the action too. Film is an emotionally powerful medium....

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The philanthropic spirit is strong in Seattle. So what makes a young social entrepreneur from our region tick? Katlin Jackson was just 26 when she went...

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Until last month, one of the last historic farming neighborhoods of Lima, Peru stood here. This photo story shows us the complicated results of...

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In the third installment of Slum Rising, Seattle journalist Abby Higgins explores the promising and controversial housing solutions in Kenya's largest slum. 

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The polio-fighting, clean water advocating, girls' rights empowered youth of "The Revolutionary Optimists" shatters everything we thought we knew about creating change.  When Seattle-bred filmmakers...