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The power of partnership in Haiti

Photo: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Port-au-Prince – How important is partnership?

In the rush to respond to a major disaster like the Haiti earthquake, the importance of partnerships between local Haitian organizations and U.S.-based humanitarian groups like Church World Service may be overlooked.

But in fact, the importance, even primacy, of partnerships needs to be at the center of emergency response – and the case of Haiti proves it.

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Women play a key role in the CWS mission

By Lesley Crosson/CWS

Women make up one-half of the global human resource pool – countries that do not invest adequately in educating and empowering girls and capitalizing on the female portion of the talent pool are undermining their economies’ resilience, productivity and competitive potential.
    - Saadia Zahidi, head of women leaders and gender parity
      program of the World Economic Foru
Church World Service joined people around the world in commemorating International Women's Day on March 8 by celebrating lives transformed through the work of CWS programs and partnerships.   

Women play a key role in the CWS mission of eradicating hunger and poverty and so all of the agency's programs--even those that are not designed exclusively for women--are sensitive to the need to provide women with equal access to education and skills building.

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Don't forget Darfur, says CWS

Is Darfur in danger of becoming a forgotten emergency? That is the fear some humanitarian workers have as the crisis-ridden region in western Sudan marks nearly seven years of conflict and humanitarian and political problems.