Benetech and the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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Benetech Analyzes Human Rights Data for the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission A Guest Beneblog post by Kristen Cibelli Our team at the Benetech Human Rights Data Analysis Group (HRDAG) has recently concluded a three-year project with Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission to help clarify Liberia's violent history. The report is included as an annex to the TRC’s Final Report released on July 1 in Monrovia, Liberia.

6 Examples of Nonprofits Working with For-Profits for a Greater Good

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ChildFund International. Helping some of the world’s most impoverished children in Liberia is a complex problem, but ChildFund International receives help from an important partner back in the U.S.: A pair of shoes might not sound like much, yet there’s a big need for them in Liberia. Coca Cola might seem like an odd partner for an international development nonprofit like Pact, but this pairing has made an enormous difference.


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When humanity is involved network power is proportional to the risks and threats we face.

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Weak health systems were bolstered - Liberia only had some 60 doctors to treat its entire population before the outbreak began. But an influx of local volunteers and international teams helped. In the biggest threats to humanity, humanity (not technology) must be the answer deployed to solve the problem. So far in in human history, people are always "the fancy innovation" that solve complex problems.

Benetech Human Rights Data Analysts Uncover Critical Evidence

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The past year of research by HRDAG analysts has supported key criminal prosecutions and uncovered the truth about political violence in Guatemala, Iran, Colombia, Chad and Liberia. They contained detailed accounts of the interrogations, movements, and deaths of prisoners, as well as information on the internal functioning of the DDS.

Chad 116 Goes Multi-lingual: Guest Post by Peggy Duvette, WiserEarth

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media , a nonprofit that offers social networking for the international sustainability movement, launched today in French , Portuguese , and Spanish beta versions. WiserTuesdays have spread to London, UK and Monrovia, Liberia. Note from Beth: I've been fan of Wiser Earth ever since I had the opportunity to hear Peggy Duvette and Angus Parker discuss their approach almost a year ago.

Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth


American Edmonia "Wildfire" Lewis is considered the first woman of Native American and African descent to achieve international fame as a sculptor at a time when artists of color were hardly celebrated and slavery was still legal. Her distinguished career in as an advocate for women includes founding the International Legal Program for the Center for Reproductive Rights, serving as CEO of Ms. she·ro (pl. sheroes) : a woman regarded as a hero.

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The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation

Beth Kanter

Humanitarian organizations are actively researching and testing how the use of messaging and bots can help refugees or those directly impacted by a natural disaster, according a recent report by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. For example, in Liberia, the bot asked 13,000 young people if teachers at their schools were exchanging grades for sex. The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation by Allison Fine and Beth Kanter.

Win a Trip to Report for the NYT with Nicholas Kristof

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The winner will go on an international reporting trip with him to focus attention on the problems of global poverty, and its solutions. Possible destinations this year are Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Liberia and/or Ghana. In today's Sunday New York Times article , Win a Trip You Won't Forget , two-time Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicholas Kristof , writes, "[I]f you want to save the world, you first must understand it."

Pick up the Sunday NYT Magazine: It's All About Empowering, Funding & Educating Women

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Even though I've had to cut back on a lot of my donations this year, I've continued to sponsor a woman survivor of war each month through Women for Women International. I also celebrated my 40th birthday by setting up a Birthday Wish using the Causes application on Facebook, and raised $580 for Women for Women International with my Facebook pals.

My Latest President's Update

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This latest one spotlights the many great interns, associates and fellows that are or were working for Benetech over this summer and into this year. Summer 2009 Our growth over the last year has been so phenomenal that I wanted to use this summer update to highlight some of the great people working for Benetech: our interns, summer associates and fellows. As an intern, Kristian has spent her summer doing what she loves: statistical analysis.

Data Digest: Open Data for Africa Platform, Silent Data Revolution in MENA and Data Strategies

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Data Digest is a weekly round-up of the latest news on data-related projects in the nonprofit sector, compiled and authored by Keisha Taylor of GuideStar International and TechSoup Global. It originally appeared on NetSquared. This week have a look at the just completed Open Data for Africa platform and learn more about the brewing open data revolution in the MENA region.

President's Update: Summer 2008

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Here are the highlights of this update: for Education awarded $32 million over five years Miradi, our new project management software for the environment Human rights: the International Criminal Court, Colombia, Liberia and Darfur Recruiting: Betsy Burgess joins as our first Director of Marketing Landmine Detector Project on ice, Route 66 Literacy revived for Education awarded $32 million The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) of the U.S.

In Search of Hope: The Global Diaries of Mariane Pearl

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"[N]ow I have an answer for my son, who lost his father to blind hatred. Yes, there is hope in the world, and it isn't naive or even idealistic. It is real."--Mariane Mariane Pearl, In Search of Hope. In 2006, journalist Mariane Pearl traveled the globe for Glamour magazine to profile women who are changing the world. She traveled over 100,000 miles and interviewed 12 women activists who are working on solutions to everything from sex trafficking, to global warming, to AIDS.

An Interview With Facebook’s Libby Leffler: Facebook and Nonprofits

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I will never forget meeting Leymah Gbowee , the winner of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize who led the women’s movement resulting in peace in Liberia. JustGiving is an international charitable donations website headquartered in the UK. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity have lunch with Libby Leffler who works on strategic partnerships at Facebook with nonprofits.

The Global Fund for Women: An Interview with Kavita Ramdas

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I think it's worth it (: Kavita Ramdas: The Global Fund for Women is the largest independent, publicly supported grant-making foundation to advance women's human rights internationally. KR: The Global Fund for Women has an extraordinary commitment to keeping our doors open so that as many organizations working to advance women's human rights internationally can really gain access to resources that they so desperately need. women politics philanthropy international

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