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Cattle, goats, chickens and other farm animals are the unsung heroes of international development. More than 600 million rural poor depend on their animals to survive, and livestock contribute up to 80 percent of agricultural GDP in developing countries. Perhaps no group understands this better than the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), which conducts research on livestock to improve food security and reduce poverty globally. Susan MacMillan, Head of Public Awareness at ILRI, sat down with BurnessGlobal's Michelle Geis in Nairobi to discuss the critical role of livestock in international development and how to communicate the urgency of ILRI's work to audiences who might never step foot in a developing country.

 

Dr. Kesete Admasu, Minister of Health of Ethiopia, recently sat down with BurnessGlobal's Ellen Wilson outside of Addis Ababa to discuss the country's historic advances and his personal motivation for improving the lives of his fellow citizens.

Across Latin America, indigenous communities are on frontlines of an ongoing battle, fighting to protect their culture and livelihoods from companies and governments hungry for land and resources. As guardians of the forest and preservers of indigenous culture, indigenous women play a key role in keeping their communities safe and thriving. Sara Omi, with the National Coordinating Body of Indigenous Peoples in Panama (COONAPIP), recently discussed the role of indigenous women with BurnessDigital's Miles Sedgwick at the 12th Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues at the United Nations in New York.

 

"We have lost him, and must recognize the need for a next generation of selfless and driven leaders. For me, Mandela's example will always stand as a reminder of what is possible when conviction faces injustice, of the work that still remains unfinished, and of the long road ahead." 

 
These words come from Kennedy Odede, an incredible person and friend, and someone who—like so many other leaders—was inspired by Nelson Mandela. In his beautifully written piece on CNN.com, Kennedy—born into poverty in Nairobi’s slums— recounts how reading Mandela’s biography and his speeches gave him hope and inspired him to help his community.

Malaria is one of the world's most pressing health problems. It kills hundreds of thousands of people per year, most of them young African children, and infects many more. Many children who survive bouts of the disease suffer permanent mental and physical impairments. While deaths from malaria have dropped by more than 25% globally since 2000, new tools are needed to fight emerging drug and insecticide resistance and ensure goals of elimination and eradication can be met. Ashley Birkett, Director of the PATH Malaria Vaccine Initiative (MVI), recently sat down with BurnessGlobal's Ellen Wilson to discuss MVI's role in vaccine development and the malaria-free future he envisions.