Donald Borenstein


Astoria, NY

Donald Borenstein

Multimedia journalist with experience in covering environmental policy, public & maternal health, critical review, and on-site reporting. With experience as a videographer, along with my audio and video production skills, I can be the one-person multimedia team your publication needs.


Nancy Schwartzman on Fighting Rape Culture Worldwide With Emerging Social Technology

Sexual assault remains distressingly common throughout the world, and too often it’s the victim who gets the blame, says Nancy Schwartzman, filmmaker and executive director of Tech 4 Good , in this week’s podcast. “A lot of services for young women tell them how to dress and to watch their drink,” she says.
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PHOTOS: Innovation in Urban Infrastructure Financing in Latin America

Photos from the event "Innovation in Urban Infrastructure Financing" for the Urban Sustainability Laboratory at the Woodrow Wilson Center. Taken on May 6, 2014 with a Canon 5D MKII and a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L lens. Additional events I photographed at the Wilson Center: "Social Accountability: The Answer to Ensuring Reproductive and Maternal Health Rights in the Post-MDG Era?" for the Environmental Change and Security Program on May 5, 2014, using a Canon Rebel T4i with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L lens. "Climate Change in a Growing, Urbanizing World: Understanding the Demography of Adaptation (Book Launch)" for the Environmental Change and Security Program on October 2, 2013, using a Canon 5D MK II with a Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L lens.
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“The Himalayas Are Pushing Back”: Keith Schneider on Why India Needs to Forge Its Own Path to Development

India has the second largest – soon to be largest – population of any nation on the planet and boasts a rapidly developing economy, yet it consumes only a fraction of the energy of China or the United States. Much like China before it, the Indian government has proposed an ambitious system of hydroelectric projects in an attempt to catch up.
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Lisa Meadowcroft on Integrating Water and Sanitation With Maternal Health Goals in Kenya

In sub-Saharan Africa, women collectively spend an estimated 40 billion hours a year gathering water, often walking miles to the nearest source, which may not be clean, and braving exhaustion, harassment, and worse along the way. Water availability and quality at health clinics is often not much better, creating a crisis for women, especially pregnant women, throughout the continent.
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Friday Podcast: Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka on Gorilla Conservation and Community Health in Uganda and DRC

CTPH’s initial goal was preventing cross-species cases of scabies and tuberculosis, which at the time were affecting both human and mountain gorilla populations. Gorillas, whose historical ranges stretch beyond the confines of the parks, were entering the land of farmers living on the edges and eating their crops, resulting in cross-infection from shared contact and sometimes-violent responses from villagers. CTPH formed “village health and conservation teams” (VHCT) to promote improved sanitation and treat disease in the human communities to help prevent these cross-species vectors. They also created response teams trained to peacefully deal with gorilla incursions. But the community health teams in particular opened up a new world for CTPH. Kalema-Zikusoka notes that a USAID officer at the time said, “We have money for family planning, but we don’t have money for zoonosis.” She says her initial thought was, “No, family planning that’s not what we’re doing, how could we be distributing condoms to people around the national park?” But after taking note of how many impoverished families in the region were stretched thin by having more children than they could handle, Kalema-Zikusoka says they saw how meeting existing demand for family planning could advance their conservation goals by creating healthier families.
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How Effective Are International Efforts to Empower Women? Alaka Basu on Challenging the Patriarchy

Rather than addressing societal structures and attitudes that entrench gender inequality, Basu, who is contributing to a new white paper from the UN Foundation on women’s economic empowerment and reproductive health, sees many efforts to empower the most marginalized women around the world as too focused on the idea of creating marketplace options. “I’m trying to think beyond that way of looking at empowerment and ask, ‘What is meaningful empowerment?’” While NGOs and governments have begun to incorporate women’s empowerment in many development programs, including the post-Millennium Development Goals agenda, popular metrics have struggled to adequately convey whether or not progress is really being made.
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Roger-Mark De Souza on Illuminating the Connections Between Population Dynamics, Resilience, Conflict

FRIDAY PODCASTS: Roger-Mark De Souza on Illuminating the Connections Between Population Dynamics, Resilience, Conflict By Donald Borenstein // Friday, November 22, 2013 “When you look at the resiliency literature, there’s very often discussion around population and population dynamics, but no one ever knows what to do with it,” says ECSP Director Roger-Mark De Souza in this week’s podcast. Speaking to a graduate class at George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, De Souza discusses the role the Wilson Center plays in talking about population and its connections to health, development, the environment, and security. “We work a lot on reproductive health, maternal health, and urbanization, because we see these as critical interventions that lead to global transformations and provide a really good investment opportunity,” says De Souza. “There are some specific interactions we look at – food, energy, and water – when those issues come together what does that mean? How does that lead to conflict? …How does that build resilience?” For example, De Souza notes that in research conducted during his time at Population Action International they found 80 percent of all new civil conflicts from 1970 to 2007 occurred in countries with youthful age structures (60 percent of the population under the age of 30). “It’s not necessarily causality, but there’s some relationship here,” he says. Meeting unmet demand for family planning in these countries could therefore help indirectly reduce the potential for conflict.
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Donald Borenstein

My work has appeared in publications such as the Associated Press newswire, New Security Beat, Planet Experts, SEJournal, RatingsIntel, HardcoreDroid, and Inflatable Ferret. I am an experienced freelancer in subjects ranging from on-site coverage, environmental journalism, policy review, research and analysis, critical review (television/video games/film/music), and more! I'm also experienced working in Final Cut Pro, Premiere Pro, Audacity, and Photoshop for multi-media coverage.

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