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USAID in Russia: A Celebration of Partnership

(1) Comments | Posted October 16, 2012 | 3:44 PM

Today, I write a very different "commentary," one not related to CEDPA but instead to my past. I write about USAID in the Russian Federation, not to bemoan its end -- although the way in which the end came saddens me -- but rather to celebrate what was...

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This Presidents' Day, Let's Empower The Women And Girls Who Will Make History

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2012 | 10:34 AM

Presidents' Day in the United States is an interesting holiday. For some of us, it is a day off work when we can get exceptional "deals" on cars, mattresses and furniture -- or at least that is what television advertising seems to highlight. For others, it is a chance to...

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Commentary: 50 Years -- A Great Start But Still a Long Way to Go

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2011 | 2:13 PM

On November 3rd, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was a somewhat quiet celebration, and too few Americans were given a chance to learn about the tens of millions of lives saved as a result of USAID programs that have come "from...

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International Family Planning not an Issue for Political Football

(0) Comments | Posted October 2, 2011 | 2:30 AM

As the U.S. Congress intensifies its debate on long-term deficit reduction and the FY 2012 Foreign Operations Appropriation Bill, let us all hope that the crisp breezes of autumn, the first falling leaves, and the signs of optimism emerging from FedEx Field don't encourage our lawmakers to once...

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Commentary: New Policies for the "Third Billion"

(0) Comments | Posted July 7, 2011 | 1:58 PM

"Have you thought about making shoes as well as bags?" Such was the advice of Bedriye, one of our Turkish participants at the Global Women in Management (GWIM) workshop, to her colleague Sarah from Papua New Guinea. Sarah was presenting her organization's work to provide income-earning opportunities...

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Honoring Our Mothers by Changing the Dialogue

(0) Comments | Posted May 12, 2011 | 2:37 PM

Mother's Day this past weekend was a great chance to pause and think about the many wonderful mothers I've known in my life -- from my mother, who so selflessly gave so much to others throughout her life, to the many other aunts and friends who have served as "proxy...

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Women Leading Change: Nerves of Steel

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 5:01 PM

Spring in Washington, D.C. has been especially satisfying to me this year. Not simply because of the beautiful blooming tulips, cherry trees, dogwood and azaleas, but because of the many extraordinary women leaders whom I have had the honor to hear from and meet.

March 8,

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International Women's Day 2011: A Time for Recommitment to Maternal Health

(1) Comments | Posted March 8, 2011 | 2:15 PM

As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of International Women's Day, we have much to feel good about. Opportunities for women are vastly better today in 2011 than they were in 1911 -- and since 1920, we have even been able to vote in the United States! Economic opportunities...

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UN Women's 100-Day Plan: Vision, Ambition and Common Sense

(0) Comments | Posted February 3, 2011 | 10:45 AM

Few new organizations are formed with as much anticipation as the new UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women -- or "UN Women," for short. Given its bulky official name, some of us feared a "bulky" or bureaucrat start. But, many of those fears were allayed...

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Capacity Building: A Continuous Learning Process

(1) Comments | Posted January 21, 2011 | 12:00 PM

January 20,2011 -- "Capacity building" is talked about often in international development circles. It is also at the heart of the current debate on aid effectiveness and the importance of host country ownership and leadership of development. Without "capacity," there obviously can be no true "ownership."

But, do we all...

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Empowering the Voices of Women to Achieve the MDG's

(1) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 12:17 PM

Thousands of development thinkers, practitioners and advocates are assembled in New York City this week to attend the U.N. Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the Clinton Global Initiative. Many eloquent words will be spoken and commitments made.

There will be lots of talk about the...

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Lessons from the International AIDS Conference - Every Woman a Leader

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 3:33 PM

In late July, I was fortunate to attend the XVIII International AIDS Conference in Vienna, Austria. Although I have been working actively on HIV/AIDS issues since the mid-1980s, this was my first big international AIDS conference. I arrived eager to learn, and I was indeed amazed by the...

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Foreign Aid Reform: Spaghetti, Leaks and Hope

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2010 | 9:53 AM

For those who care about international development and global poverty reduction, for those who want to see the United States government reestablish itself as the global leader on international development, and for those who simply want the U.S. to improve the effectiveness of its development assistance, this has been an...

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Foreign Aid Reform: The Road Ahead

(0) Comments | Posted April 6, 2010 | 5:27 PM

Over the past two years, experts on global development have come to a consensus that the current system for managing U.S. foreign aid is outdated, is insufficiently coordinated, and lacks an overarching strategy. These shortcomings have made aid less effective than it should be.

Reforming foreign aid...

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Rebuild With the Women of Haiti

(2) Comments | Posted February 2, 2010 | 3:46 PM

In my 30-plus years working in development, I have never witnessed worse devastation than the images I have seen since the Jan. 12 earthquake that left an estimated 200,000 people dead and millions more affected in Port-au-Prince and its surroundings.

Despite the many ongoing challenges that remain in...

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The Unfinished Agenda on Women's Equality Day

(1) Comments | Posted August 26, 2009 | 4:28 PM

Eighty-nine years ago today the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, finally giving women full voting rights. Thanks to Congresswoman Bella Abzug, since the early 1970s we have commemorated the anniversary as Women's Equality Day.

It is indeed a day to step back and reflect...

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Finding Optimism on World Population Day

(2) Comments | Posted July 10, 2009 | 4:05 PM

This World Population Day, July 11, is time to think about the "big picture."

Because population is a complex issue, that at its heart concerns both the quality of individual human life and how our overall numbers impact the conditions under which we live, the day brings up...

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Is Aid Really "Dead"?

(2) Comments | Posted April 21, 2009 | 2:15 PM

In her new bestselling book, Dead Aid, Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo seeks to drive a stake through the heart of foreign aid and its supporters.

Arguing that "millions in Africa are poorer today because of aid," Moyo says that the world's assistance has been "an unmitigated political, economic...

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A New Strategic Consensus on Foreign Assistance Must Begin with Global Health

(1) Comments | Posted March 13, 2009 | 4:01 PM

My name is Carol Peasley and I am the President of the Center for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA). CEDPA is non-profit organization that improves the lives of women and girls in developing countries. Our approach is to work hand-in-hand with women leaders, local partners, and national and international organizations...

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