January 2015: Urbanization
       
     
December 2014: Health
       
     
November 2013: Happiness
       
     
October 2014: Access
       
     
September 2014: Peace
       
     
August 2014: Equity
       
     
July 2014: Water
       
     
June 2014: Marginalized Communities
       
     
May 2014: Energy
       
     
April 2014: Environment
       
     
March 2014: Money
       
     
February 2014: Education
       
     
January 2015: Urbanization
       
     
January 2015: Urbanization

As populations shift from rural to urban areas, our societies find new and innovative ways in adapting to this change - whether in physical growth of urban areas (be it horizontal or vertical) or in the development of old and new communities. 

With more that half of the world's population living in urban areas, it's more than fitting to have our BOLD cities join from every corner of the world. 

Join us this January as we explore our monthly theme of Urbanization in a city event near you.

December 2014: Health
       
     
December 2014: Health

From HIV to Malaria, Tuberculosis to Obesity, or Hepatitis to Ebola, we are witnessing today a new set of challenges affecting the growing number of our +7 billion global citizens.

With a billion of them living on less than $1 a day with limited access to healthcare - providing Global Health solutions has never been as urgent and important as it is today.

This December join BOLD International Development Agency and our community in addressing and inspiring a new set of solutions to a developing world. #Health

Illustration: by Dorit Bialer @ I WANT EVERYTHING

November 2013: Happiness
       
     
November 2013: Happiness

An elusive term at times, but a feeling we all know,#Happiness is our theme this November. 

With it comes the responsibility to better understand how International development can help spread this feeling of joy, both in the Macro and the Micro levels. 

We invite you to join us this month at a BOLD city near you and tune in to the most interesting talks our local ambassadors host in our monthly events.

Illustration by Dorit Bialer @ I WANT EVERYTHING

October 2014: Access
       
     
October 2014: Access

This October, BOLD International Development Agencyis focusing on Access. As a gateway to equality, developing and developed countries alike struggle with means by which to give equal access in clean water, connectivity, mobility, education or good governance to their citizens.

At BOLD, we're committed to provide access to better development practices and knowledge. We invite you to join us this month in our global cities project to learn more about 'Access' and network with the world's development community.

Illustration by: Dorit Bialer @ I WANT EVERYTHING.

 

September 2014: Peace
       
     
September 2014: Peace

Modern time history continues to record an escalating number of global conflicts with some disturbing patterns leading to the past decade as one of the most violent in recent times. 

Clearly, the lack of Peace is visible in our societies and within us. Our BOLD International Development Agency team is honored to celebrate #PEACE as September's theme - raising our voice to end violence and restoring some global tranquility.

"All we are saying, is give PEACE a chance." --John Lennon

Illustration by: I WANT EVERYTHING

 

August 2014: Equity
       
     
August 2014: Equity


"Equity derives from a concept of social justice. It represents a belief that there are some things which people should have, that there are basic needs that should be fulfilled, that burdens and rewards should not be spread too divergently across the community, and that policy should be directed with impartiality, fairness and justice towards these ends" --Jim Falk

This August, BOLD is celebrating #EQUITY as its monthly theme, promoting the recognition of Humanity's inherent dignity and rights, serving as the foundation for freedom, justice and peace in the world. 

Illustration by: I WANT EVERYTHING

July 2014: Water
       
     
July 2014: Water

Clean water means health, income and education - especially for women and kids in developing countries. By advancing health & sanitation it has a potential of uplifting economics & communities affected by the poor quality or lack of water.

Projections are that by 2025, two thirds of the world’s population could be living in severe water stress conditions. This stress adversely affects individuals, communities, economies, and ecosystems around the world, especially in developing countries. Ensuring the availability of safe water to sustain natural systems and human life is imperative.

This July, join us in raising a glass (of water) in one of our upcoming BOLD | CITIES events around the globe.

June 2014: Marginalized Communities
       
     
June 2014: Marginalized Communities

Each society has them. They are common but yet unknown, widely popular but still mostly powerless. They are created due to social class, educational status, childhood relationships and living standards but they also apply in various degrees to people with a disability, those who are elderly, a minority or are LGBTQ, for example.

This June, our BOLD team choose the theme of Marginalized Communities to celebrate those who work tirelessly to color-in the grey areas of our societies, and to empower those who are seeking to end social exclusions & injustice in their respective countries.#boldnonstop

Illustration by the amazing Dorit Bialer / I WANT EVERYTHING

May 2014: Energy
       
     
May 2014: Energy

Cooking a dinner, heating a house, lighting a street, keeping a hospital open, running a factory – all these require energy. Energy is thus at the heart of everybody's quality of life and a crucial factor for economic competitiveness and employment. But global population and energy needs increase hand-in-hand and the current fossil-fuel based energy system is not sustainable as it contributes substantially to climate change and depends heavily on imports from very few countries. Answers to the dual challenge of satisfying increasing energy needs and combating climate change at the same time are urgently needed and energy research can play an essential role. Europe can not move towards sustainable growth without radical changes in the way it generates and uses energy.

Join us this month @ the nearest BOLD embassy to learn and connect while learning more about the role of Energy in global development.

Illustration by Dorit Bialer @ I WANT EVERYTHING

April 2014: Environment
       
     
April 2014: Environment

As humanity moves forward, we are becoming acutely more aware of the fragile relationship between our modern civilization and the global ecology. Over the past 20 or so years, a movement emphasizing the importance sustainability has all but taken over the international development conversation, and for good reason. In discussing the environmental impact on health, the World Health Organization cited the key environmental issues leading to health problems as follows: poor water quality, water availability, and sanitation; vector-borne diseases; poor ambient and indoor air quality; toxic substances; and global environmental change. The resulting impacts are estimated to cause about 25% of death and disease globally. World leaders’ and development workers’ constant vigilance is required to plan for the future and educate ourselves and our communities to deal with the ecological consequences of our actions. At BOLD, we believe this vigilance begins with a conversation and, as result, April's BOLD theme is the environment.

Illustration by: Dorit Bialer @ iwanteverything

March 2014: Money
       
     
March 2014: Money

In 1200 B.C. cowry shells were historically the first “Money” accepted in a means for trade. We have have come a long way and as tool for the exchange of goods and services money has replaced the barter system in almost all of our economic systems. The economic systems around the world are driven by the strength of our utilization of this resource and our dependency on “Money” as a means for existence has all but covered the planet. Living and working in the developing world the effects of the contrast between the “Money” dependent and the self sustaining individual is blurring by the day as the old systems are being phased out. The concepts of working within the system are not universally understood. As change agents organizations and individual working in international development therefore must work diligently to achieve an understanding to face the challenges of to how best utilize money as well as how best to work with local partners in the developing world and ensure that those need receive.

Poverty, international aid, income generation, grants proposals and transparency are some of the potential topics as March is the month BOLD challenges us to talk about “Money”. Join us and let our collective visions become real time collaborations. 

Illustration by: Dorit Bialer @ I WANT EVERYTHING

 

February 2014: Education
       
     
February 2014: Education

Education is central to development.
Education empowers people and strengthens nations. It is a powerful “equalizer”, opening doors to all, to lift themselves out of poverty. Education, as identified by the World Bank, is critical to the world’s attainment of the Millennium Development Goals.
As quoted from the Goldman Sachs Global Economics Paper No. 164, Education is the key to gender equality.Educating girls and women leads to higher wages; a greater likelihood of working outside the home; lower fertility; reduced maternal and child mortality; and better health and education. The impact is felt not only in women’s lifetimes, but also in the health, education and productivity of future generations.
Investment in education benefits the individual, society, and the world as a whole. Broad-based education of good quality is among the most powerful instruments known to reduce poverty and inequality. With proven benefits for personal health, it also strengthens nations’ economic health by laying the foundation for sustained economic growth. For individuals and nations, it is the key to creating, applying, and spreading knowledge - and ultimately to the development of dynamic, globally competitive economies. It is fundamental for the construction of democratic societies – as quoted by the World Bank

Education creates choices and opportunities for people, reduces the twin burdens of poverty and diseases, and gives a stronger voice in society. For nations it creates a dynamic workforce and well-informed citizens able to compete and cooperate globally – opening doors to economic and social prosperity.

Illustration by Dorit Bialer @ I WANT EVERYTHING