Top 5 Donation Apps – ShareTheMeal, Charity Miles and More

Today, you can find an app for nearly everything, including fundraising. With smartphones reaching near-ubiquity in most parts of the world, charities, nonprofits, and non-governmental organisations are pushing their money-raising campaigns to mobile devices through fundraising apps, responsive website designs, and text-to-give programs.

Besides making it more convenient for donors to support their favourite charities and social initiatives, many apps in this space are also free to download, which is a major “selling point”. Another selling point for many fundraising apps, especially the complex ones, is that they make content accessible without requiring you to have an active data connection – an option that is not available with websites.

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What is Development – A Definitive Guide

But how do you tell which change is good?

The word ‘development’ is widely used to refer to a specified state of advancement or growth. It could also be used to describe a new and advanced idea or product; or an event that constitutes a new stage under changing circumstances.

Generally, the term development describes good change. But how do you tell which change is good?

In this regard, researchers explain three ways that the term ‘development’ is used:

  • Development as a vision:
    Here, the term is used to describe how desirable a society or a region is, possibly with regard to what it can become
  • Development as a historical process:
    This refers to social change that occurs over extended periods of time due to inevitable processes. For instance, it is widely believed that both communism and capitalism are an inevitable outcome of progress.
  • Development as action:
    This refers to deliberate action to change things for the better, as with providing aid to alleviate hunger
  • All of these are definitions of development, but when it comes to distinguishing between nations that are more developed than others, or when describing some other international aspect, usually more meaning is implied in the word.

    So, how do you tell what country is more/less developed than the other?

    In terms of wealth, it is perhaps easier to identify countries that are richer or poorer than others. However, the typical indicators of wealth only reflect the amount of resources available to a specific society.

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    UN Approves Global Goals to End Poverty in 15 Years

    As it has now become the norm, at the end of the every 15 years, the global community, under the cloak of the United Nations, comes together and formulates another ‘to-do list’ that should span over the next one and a half decades.

    The script wasn’t any different this time around when on September 2015 the international community converged and approved a global agenda consisting of a series of 17 goals to be achieved before 2030.

    The agenda, dubbed as Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) takes over from the almost expired Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that were drafted at the turn of the century.

    An ambitious initiative

    At the top of the 15-year blueprint, that some critics have lauded as overambitious and exorbitantly costly, is the initiative to ‘end global poverty in all its forms’ ( sic) and combat emerging issues such climate change.
    UNS ustainable Development Goals
    The sustainable development goals come at a time when the world is sinking in a myriad of 21-st century problems such as environmental degradation, extreme poverty, famine, disease, etc. In particular, the goal to eradicate poverty comes at a time when the gap between the rich and poor, the wealth and the despicable has never been greater.

    WTO Reaches Deal on Export Subsidy Elimination - EU Supports

    WTO Reaches Deal on Export Subsidy Elimination – EU Supports

    The World Trade Organisation (WTO) on December 19, 2015 agreed on a vital deal to get rid of dissuading agricultural export subsidies between developing and developed countries across the world.

    This happened at the 10th Ministerial Conference held in Nairobi, Kenya since Tuesday, 15th, and the EU has come out to espouse the pact describing it as a “a landmark deal that is good for fairer global trade and good for development”

    According to the release, both developing and developed nations will for the first time be competing in a level agricultural export platform, gratifying a “key priority for EU negotiators”. (more…)

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    Zuckerberg Pledges $45 Billion to Charitable Causes

    On December 1 2015, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg committed to donating 99% (equal to around $45 billion) of his Facebook shares to charitable causes.

    The news was made public by the man himself and his wife Priscilla Chan in an open letter to their newborn daughter Max Chan Zuckerberg expressing their wish to see Max and other children of her generation “grow up in a world better than ours”.

    Ever since, the news has made headlines, and yes, in the most deserved way, keeping in mind this is the world’s eighth-richest man bestowing almost his entire fortune to charity.

    And of course this is not the first time Zuckerberg and Chan are making a donation. Over the past decade, the couple has given out more than $1.6 billion to various humanitarian projects across the world, including $25 million to CDC to end the Ebola crisis, $120 million to support education in the Bay Area, and $100 million to the Newark Public School System, driving the just cause of MDGs and SDGs forward. (more…)

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    Climate Change Accord Reached at the Paris COP21

    It took them little under two weeks of drawn out discussions and debates, but finally on Saturday evening leaders and diplomats at the 21st Conference of Parties in Paris, France came to an agreement on the much-anticipated global climate change accord.

    The final draft of the agreement was presented by French President Francois Hollande to delegates on Saturday morning, while thousands of impatient protestors flooded the streets of Paris in bid to see the already delayed pact wrapped up.

    In a year that the UN has laid a number of targets that would prove to be milestones if realised, the accord marks the first time developed and developing countries come together to jointly combat and adapt to the recent alarming climate change across the globe.

    What’s the Climate Change Accord All About?

    Inside the 31-page final agreement are two very important sections:

    1. A commitment to maintain global warming at “well below” two degrees Celsius.
    2. A bargain to protect low-lying nations against the slowly rising sea level by working to further reduce global warming to as low as 1.5 degrees Celsius.

    That’s what the better part of the two-week debate has been all about: the two targets and, particularly, what should be done to achieve them.

    One of the viable ways out of the warming crisis, as the Paris text states, is to increase “emission reduction efforts”. A promising number of nations have already submitted their pledges to reduce greenhouse emissions, which is a good sign, the UN notes, but that will only alleviate warming to 2.7 degrees, which according to experts, is still way above the “safe” maximum. The text calls for the “widest possible cooperation by all countries as climate change “represents an urgent and potentially irreversible threat to human societies and the planet.”

    That said, not everyone is 100% optimistic that the accord will bring about the climate change relief the world has been desperately hunting for. Not even after seeing numerous global talks over the subject in the past few decades come to sudden standstills. Some advocates who’ve voiced their doubts over the feasibility of the accord seem to be particularly dissatisfied with the lack of a well-defined parameter for measuring and verifying countries’ emission reductions. Also, the lack of a timeframe to eradicate the extraction and use of fossil fuels is a good reason the accord receives blemished support.

    A Foundation For Progress

    In an interview with, though, one Mr. Robert Stavins, director of the Harvard Environmental Economics Program, thinks it’s too soon to start with the criticism. “This is a broad foundation for meaningful progress,” he said. “Anyone who suggests this is a success or a failure is only speaking based on ideology, not reality. Only 10 to 20 years from now, when we look at the implementation of all this, will we really know.”

    How Far Has The UN Come in Terms of Global Health

    How Far Has The UN Come in Terms of Global Health

    The United Nations, through the WHO, on December 8, 2015 released a publication of its progress and achievements in its health agenda since the formulation of the MDGs.

    The publication, dubbed “Health in 2015: from MDGs to SDGs”’ gives a statistical outline and analysis of the UN’s course over the 15 years of the Millennium Agenda and gives an insight of what the new SDG on health is all about and similarities and differences with its correspondent MDG. Basically, it gives data on key health issues such as HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, tuberculosis and noncommunicable diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease with respect to MDGs and SDGs.

    How Healthy Is the World Now?

    During a press briefing, WHO’s director of information evidence, Ties Boerma, tagged 2015 a “special year” to the UN and the entire global community as it marks the transition from MDGs, which were formulated with all focus on the developing nations, to the SDGs, which are “for all countries, not just developing countries, and for all people of all ages.”

    He noted the UN’s great progress in the fight against the deadly HIV/AIDS, especially in Sub-Sahara Africa, and a staggering 53% reduction in child mortality since formulation of the MDGs, and thanked the international community for its “unending” support.

    The publication, as cited by Boerma, puts the success in health down to a number of factors: firstly, a funding trend, which was on a swift rise during the first few years of the program before reaching and stagnating at a satisfactory $35 billion. Secondly, combined effort among different programs such as Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and the Global Fund to combat Malaria Tuberculosis and AIDS. Lastly, new preventive and curative medicines as well as treatment methods.

    Developing Nations’ Health Neglected?

    As highlighted by the report, developing nations, which were the main targets for the health MDG are still lagging behind the rest thanks to retarded technological advancements in these countries and a generally unconducive environment for the execution of some targets.

    And that’s where SDG 3 on health comes in. The report notes that the UN’s plan over the next 15 years is to use this goal, in accordance with the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, to ensure there is equitable improvement on health across all nations, regardless of their statuses.

    “Failure to complete the Doha Round,” suggests the report, “and the increase in mega-regional trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and European Union–United States agreements, could strengthen intellectual property protection in ways that could undermine access to medical products.”

    Business Has a Role to Play in Sustainable Development

    Business Has a Role to Play in Sustainable Development

    Earlier this year at the Aspen Institute’s Action Forum, Anand Giridharada held a talk about the looming Sustainable Development agenda, and discussed it from a very atypical angle. He maintained that instigating the numerous targets attached to the 17 Sustainable Development Goals is not the solitary way to the conducive living atmosphere we are hunting for. The UN is telling us the opposite, but according to Anand, preventing what causes poverty, for instance, would be more rational than combating an already established crisis.

    Looking at the direction the once-auspicious MDGs took, you would almost concur that facing the SDGs in the premeditated way is nothing but another well-fashioned reverie. (more…)

    Ban Ki-moon Urges ASEAN Nations to Support SDGs

    Ban Ki-moon Urges ASEAN Nations to Support SDGs

    With the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda set to kick off in January 2016, United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon has called upon the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to be more supportive of the agenda if the human right violation and climate change issues in Asia are to be eradicated.

    Speaking at the seventh ASEAN-UN Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the UN chief commended the heads of state in attendance for signing the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 earlier in the day, but insisted that focus should never be withdrawn from the global agenda even as smaller regional goals set in. “The Vision 2025 should be carried out in tandem with the SDGs. Action should be complementary to transform the lives of millions of people living in poverty. The United Nations expects each and every Member State to implement the SDGs through all possible domestic measures legislative, administrative or economic development plans,” said Ban.