Release of Liberia Human Rights Data

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The Benetech team worked closely with the team at the Liberian TRC, who did an incredible job of collecting data about human rights violations during Liberia's civil conflict. Tags: HRDAG dataset human rights TRC Liberia We are pleased to announce the publication of the data and the accompanying data dictionary from the Liberian Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The statistical dataset is available on our website.

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.


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Ebola Fighters Enlist Texts in Bid to Curb Outbreak - Bloomberg

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Ebola Fighters Enlist Texts in Bid to Curb Outbreak - Bloomberg : "Aid workers in Liberia tried out a new tool this week to contain the world’s worst Ebola outbreak: the text message." ''via Blog this

UpEnergy: cool for-profit social enterprise

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They are already active in Africa and Latin America, in countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Liberia, El Salvador, Mexico, Guatemala and Nicaragua. The rise of for-profit social enterprises has been quite exciting. Although I'm firmly on the nonprofit side with Benetech (because we focus on big issues where the market is failing), it's definitely easier to get funded sustainably if you have an exciting and invest-able business plan. Evan Haigler is a social entrepreneur I've known for years.

Tech Impact Receives $200,000 Grant


William Kendima moved from Liberia to the United States in 2005. While in Liberia, Kendima never used a computer; however, through dedication, hard work, and a little help from ITWorks , Kendima’s dream of working in IT has been realized. “I Tech Impact’s Anthony Pisapia on left, and Patrick Calihan on right. William Kendima, ITWorks graduate speaks at ceremony.

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

NonProfit Hub

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. Kayla Matthews is a guest contributor for Nonprofit Hub. She is a writer and blogger with a passion for self-improvement and helping others. Follow her on Facebook and Twitter to read all of her latest posts. _.

Win 2 Tickets to the Global Fund for Women 20th Anniversary Gala

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Honorable President of Liberia, as well as women leaders from Colombia, South Africa, Malaysia, Liberia, Bosnia/Herzogovina and Egypt will be honored at the event. Many of you contacted me to say that you enjoyed my interview with Kavita Ramdas , the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women.

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. As the worldwide debate continues about the release of government information by Wikileaks, history has shown that the uncovering of government data can be an important factor in human rights investigations.

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Funding Innovation for Skoll Social Entrepreneurs

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I used the example of Kristen Cibelli, one of our field human rights workers, who got a mini-grant to go to meet with grassroots human rights groups in Liberia. I was recently at the Skoll World Forum, probably the best conference in the world for meeting with top social entrepreneurs. As a longtime member of the Skoll community, I prize this week for the opportunity to talk frankly with peers about our biggest mutual challenges.

Fund 136 Goes Multi-lingual: Guest Post by Peggy Duvette, WiserEarth

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

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. I'm thrilled that Peggy Duvette, Executive Director, agreed to share a post about their new capacity to speak many languages and its offline events. .

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

Beth Kanter

For example, in Liberia, the bot asked 13,000 young people if teachers at their schools were exchanging grades for sex. 86% said yes, uncovering a widespread problem and prompting Liberia’s Minister of Education to work with UNICEF on addressing it. The Bots are Here: Leading With Our Humanity in the Age of Automation by Allison Fine and Beth Kanter. What nonprofits need to do to make sure that they are in charge of the bots, not the other way around.

Sheroes You Should Know: Inspiring Stories for #WomensHistoryMonth


Before her historic flight, Jemison served as a Peace Corps Medical Officer in Sierra Leone and Liberia, where she oversaw the medical system that serviced Peace Corps and U.S. she·ro (pl. sheroes) : a woman regarded as a hero. Whether quietly spearheading some of the world's most groundbreaking scientific and medical research or not-so-quietly leading revolutions on the battlefield, our history is ripe with stories of ferocious, adventurous, enlightened, and persistent women.

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Win a Trip to Report for the NYT with Nicholas Kristof

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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." It's this belief that prompted Kristof to create his Win-a-Trip contest for graduate and undergraduate students at American universities.

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

Network-Centric Advocacy

Weak health systems were bolstered - Liberia only had some 60 doctors to treat its entire population before the outbreak began. 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. Unfortunately, so many planners don't engineer solutions that effectively leverage networked people solutions.

Women Activists Profiled by Mariane Pearl in Glamour

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Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, and Africa's first elected female head of state. Amidst articles about "How to lose the last 10 pounds", "DIY tips for celeb-sexy hair" and "3 random ways to boost your sex drive," Glamour has been running a series about women activists since summer 2006. Global Diary is a monthly column written by journalist, Mariane Pearl, the widow of Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in 2002 by terrorists in Pakistan.

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

Tech Soup Blog

The powerful ‘Open Data for Africa’ platform is now available across the continent The African Development Bank (AfDB) has just completed the last phase of its Open Data for Africa platform after deployments in Benin, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Kenya, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, and Togo.

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

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The issue includes an interview with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton , an interview with the President of Liberia, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, a piece about Women and Philanthropy by Lisa Belkin, and an excerpt from Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.

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.

5 Things Nonprofits Can Learn from the Late, Great David Carr

Tech Soup Blog

In the documentary, Carr scolds Vice co-founder Shane Smith for impugning the Times ' news judgment: "Before you ever went to Liberia," Carr said, "we've had reporters reporting on genocide after genocide. Over the last decade, David Carr became the pre-eminent media critic in the United States. His sudden death has triggered a massive outpouring of grief and sharing on social media.

My Latest President's Update

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Jule has been working with Benetech’s Human Rights Data Analysis Group, HRDAG, which completed analyzing data for Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Two or three times a year, I publish a president's update for Benetech. 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.

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

Beth Kanter

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. A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity have lunch with Libby Leffler who works on strategic partnerships at Facebook with nonprofits. If you work in nonprofits and social media, you are likely to be seeing a lot of more of Libby as she will is doing a lot more speaking about Facebook and Nonprofits.

The Global Fund for Women: An Interview with Kavita Ramdas

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I just saw a remarkable film made about a grantee organization that the Global Fund had supported for many years in Liberia. A truly remarkably story of very every day mothers and daughters in Liberia who were just so sick of the civil war between Charles Taylor, and then the rebels in Liberia, being funded with Sierra Leone diamonds essentially, that they mobilized an entire community of women around peace.

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