Community is key — hard evidence from a dengue trial

I just had a wonderful lunch with former UNICEF colleague and old friend Bob Ledogar. Talking about the alarming spread of the Zika virus in Latin America and beyond, Bob told me about the exciting results of the recently-concluded Camino Verde dengue control trial carried out in Mexico and Nicaragua by CIET (Centro de Investigación […]

Zika virus: a dystopian future is not inevitable

Bill McKibben is right: “We’re in an emergency.”The rapid spread of the Zika virus throughout Latin America and its strange and frightening behavior are only one aspect of the not-so-slow-motion disaster that is upon us. McKibben tells it like it is – in the era of climate change, the face of the emergency “…morphs each […]

Sesame Street introduces a new character with Autism

Our friends at the Erikson Institute’s TEC Center (see recently posted news that’s music to our ears: Sesame Street has a new resident: Julia, a girl with Autism.”We were thrilled to meet Julia, a new Sesame Street character with autism this week, and to explore the resources Sesame Workshop has created for families. There are daily routine […]

​Stephen Lewis on UN Reform​

In his typical no-holds-barred critique ​of ​the United Nations, Stephen Lewis brings his passion and precision to a number of proposals to bring the Organization back to center stage. Both of us have worked with the former UN Ambassador for Canada — Paul during his days in the UN Office for Emergency Operations in Africa […]

Danish General Assembly President presses UN reforms

By Martin Burcharth Note: As many of us at Rain Barrel have been deeply involved with the UN, we follow its ups and downs carefully. We are posting related stories and commentary in The Flow and welcome this exclusive interview from Martin Burcharth, one of our Associates and the U.S. correspondent of the Danish newspaper […]

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Global preview: Your crystal balls, please

As 2015 drew to a close, everyone looked back over the year and spotlighted key events and trends. The Center for Global Development (, a Washington-based think tank, asked some of their policy experts what they felt were the key trends affecting global development. Their highlights are diverse, many of them intersecting with our areas […]

Cartoon Network Latin America has gone over the one million pledges mark

We are delighted that the bullying prevention campaign led by our client Cartoon Network Latin America has gone over the one million pledges mark! It’s a powerful media campaign reaching 59 million households in the region, combined with awareness-raising and training in schools in 10+countries by campaign partners Plan International and World Vision, along with […]