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7/30/2021

The $40 million Equality Can't Wait Challenge backed by Melinda French Gates' Pivotal Ventures, MacKenzie Scott and the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies has selected four gender equality projects to support, each of which will receive $10 million. "The next step is to make sure those game-changing ideas get the support they need to become fully realized and improve people's lives," said French Gates.

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7/30/2021

An increase in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits and other food assistance programs proved critical for fighting hunger during the pandemic, but many advocates are concerned those initiatives may be coming to an end when they should pave the way for long-term change in how the nation approaches food insecurity. "It's time for us to be bold and build on what we've learned during the pandemic, especially as we bridge out of crisis and into recovery and rebuilding," said Lisa Davis of the No Kid Hungry Campaign of Share Our Strength.

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7/30/2021

Research indicates international giving is on the rise among foundations, but steps must be taken to ensure support mechanisms empower communities and don't disproportionately favor organizations in the Global North, write Dana Schmidt, Dorcas Ansah, Enrique Mendizabal, Rajarshi Singh and Sara Ruto. The authors discuss considerations for global giving and give specific examples of organizations that maximized their effectiveness.

7/30/2021

DigitalC will use $20 million from the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation and the David and Inez Myers Foundation to bring internet connectivity to more homes in the Cleveland area. "It seemed like the perfect opportunity to make a big difference in the advancement for all of the citizens of Cleveland," Mandel Foundation Chairman Steve Hoffman said.

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WOIO-TV (Cleveland)
7/30/2021

Cindy and Bob Fertsch started Heart of Surfing in 2014 after realizing how beneficial the activity was for Jamie, their son who had autism. The New Jersey-based nonprofit welcomes about 100 children and adults with developmental disabilities every summer and has found the activity helps participants build confidence and take pride in their abilities.

7/30/2021

One third of all victims of human trafficking are children, who face a heightened risk of forced labor, forced marriage, sexual exploitation and other abuses amid the ongoing pandemic, warns United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as the UN marks World Day Against Human Trafficking. The UN Office on Drugs and Crime has created a campaign to highlight the stories of trafficking victims, while trafficking expert Siobhan Mullally notes that many countries fail to protect child victims, instead arresting or forcibly repatriating them.

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7/30/2021

United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Martin Griffiths is visiting Ethiopia this week to hear from humanitarian aid workers and civilians about their experiences in the country's Tigray region and meet with federal officials. Over 100,000 children in the region are facing acute malnutrition and new mothers in the region urgently need food aid, said UNICEF spokesperson Marixie Mercado, following a visit to Tigray.

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Voice of America, Reuters
7/30/2021

The more contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is contributing to a fourth wave of the pandemic in the Middle East, where vaccination rates remain low and case counts are surging, the World Health Organization says. The US, Brazil, Indonesia, the UK and India accounted for the highest numbers of new cases over the past week, while global deaths related to the virus jumped 21% in that period.

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7/30/2021

A number of displaced women living in Burkina Faso have come forward alleging that local men have demanded money or sexual favors from them in exchange for a position on lists used by humanitarian organizations to distribute aid -- a practice several aid agencies have acknowledged is a problem. United Nations official Metsi Makhetha says the situation in Burkina Faso is increasing in complexity, and notes that humanitarian organizations "simply must and will do more" to protect women in the country from such abuses.

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The New Humanitarian
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7/30/2021

Record high temperatures in Europe and North America in recent weeks would not have been possible without the effects that humanity has had on the earth's climate, says World Meteorological Organization senior climate scientist Mike Kendon. "When you see observations like that, they are taking us outside our own envelope of experience of what we have seen before," Kendon says.

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