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China and Nigeria: Neo-Colonialism, South-South Solidarity, or Both?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Bilateral relations between China and Nigeria will likely take one of two paths in the long term: either China will remain the overwhelmingly dominant actor or Nigeria will become a regional superpower, evening out the playing field.

NGegO and the Waste We Cause by Fueling Aid "Hero-preneurs"

Daniela Papi | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Daniela Papi

We can't just read a book and then adamantly defend the author's words as truth without having ever even stepped foot in the place they are speaking about or having much understanding of the context for their work.

Catherine New

Post-Sandy Borrowers Face Uncertain Credit Help Due To Bank's Murky Policies | Catherine New | Posted 11.14.2012 | Money

Karen Sposato is one of the lucky homeowners in Breezy Point, N.Y., a community ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and the devastating fires that followed -- ...

Here's a 'Surprise' Tuition Is Set to Increase

Maura Kastberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Maura Kastberg

As state funding is decreased, tuition is increased. So how can you protect yourself from the ever increasing cost? Here are five good tips to get you started.

Surviving Yemen's Hunger Crisis

Caroline Gluck | Posted 11.27.2012 | World
Caroline Gluck

Yemen is in the midst of catastrophic hunger crisis with 10 million people -- almost half the population -- without enough food to eat and five million people needing urgent assistance.

Unlocking Local Solutions to Better Health and Education

David de Ferranti | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
David de Ferranti

Governance is so much more than just elections or the number of women or minorities in public office. It's about how much the public feels they're a part of the decision-making process.

How The U.S. Farm Bill Is Causing 6 Million People To Go Hungry

Kelly Hauser | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Kelly Hauser

If Congress passed an amendment to the Farm Bill to allow just 25 percent of Food for Peace food aid grains to be purchased closer to their destination, the U.S. government could save almost $200 million and reach 6 million more people -- almost exactly the shortfall in the Sahel.

Using Both Heart And Head To Help The Sahel

Tim McCully | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Tim McCully

As we watch a devastating drought unfold in the Sahel for the third time in less than a decade, putting millions at risk of hunger, it occurs to me that perhaps the international community has been responding to these crises over the years with a lot of heart, but maybe not as much head.

Waiting For Water: What The Drought In The Sahel Means For Mali

Lane Hartill | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Lane Hartill

For women in Gao, water has become a nemesis. Without it, you can't bathe the kids, clean yourself after using the bathroom, or wash out the grit that settles into your hair. You can't slake your thirst -- a problem in a city where temperatures have been averaging over 105 degrees.

How The UPS Voluntarily Delivers Food Aid To Starving People In The Sahel

Capt. Reed Potecha | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
Capt. Reed Potecha

Stifling summertime heat is just one of the problems in the Sahel, a weather-battered band that stretches from coast to coast in northern Africa. The region has a long history of alternating drought and damaging floods that torment its residents with famine.

Fighting Turns Food Crisis Into Humanitarian Catastrophe: What We Can Do

Elisabeth Anderson Rapport | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Elisabeth Anderson Rapport

It's become apparent that one of the most efficient, cost-effective, and impactful interventions that we and our NGO colleagues have to offer is one that may come as a surprise to some. It's cash.

Help For A Niger Village Suffering From 95% Food Deficiency

Abed Ayoub | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Abed Ayoub

Having not fully recovered from drought in 2010, many communities in Niger have seen their struggles multiply as more Malian refugees arrive.

Understanding Community Development on a Global Level

Tom Murphy | Posted 08.04.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

I had the chance to speak with Lara Crampe, Development Officer for IIRR. She has proposed to give the talk titled "Sex, Slacktivism, and How Not to C...

Saw Kony 2012? A Must Read New Book on Conflict and Aid

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Tom Murphy

The timing of the Kony 2012 campaign is quite apt in light of the recent release of Dr Samantha Nutt's memoir-cum-aid commentary Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies & Aid.

Social Programs Vs. Entitlements: Setting the Record Straight

Tom Murphy | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Millions of Americans have been hit hard by the economic downturn and are working hard to escape the trap of poverty. Mischaracterizing social welfare programs makes it hard to adequately understand and address these problems.

The Strongest Generation

Josh Tetrick | Posted 04.07.2012 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

Janessa Goldbeck is a woman on a bicycle -- and a mission to ride 4,200 miles for her country. But she needs your help. Janessa's not a professional ...

Why Your Passion Is Not Enough

Marianne Elliott | Posted 04.09.2012 | Impact
Marianne Elliott

passion, perseverance and innovation are sometimes highlighted at the expense of professionalism. When Nick Kristof, for example, told Maggie Doyne's story, he highlighted her youth and her passion.

The Future of Foreign Aid Money

Tom Murphy | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Reuters is stepping up to provide more comprehensive coverage of humanitarian aid. Recently, they launched the 'Future of Aid' section that is filled ...

Flea-Markets and Foreign Aid: Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Rachel Cook | Posted 03.18.2012 | World
Rachel Cook

In 2010, the United States spent 20 percent of its budget on Defense and Security, as opposed to less than 1 percent on non-security related international assistance. This 1 percent is less than half of the foreign aid budget of the 1980s, and even less of earlier decades. What's the deal?

USAID: Building Resiliency In The Horn of Africa

Tom Murphy | Posted 02.27.2012 | Good News
Tom Murphy

Programming in the HoA seeks to give people living in the region the ability to adjust to the cyclical droughts that return every few years. Feed the Future is one USAID program that hopes to build the capacity to withstand weather challenges.

Mark Kirk To Obama: Show Boehner Jobs Speech

Posted 11.06.2011 | Chicago

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk defended President Obama's jobs speech scheduled for Thursday in light of 8th District Rep. Joe Walsh's announcement th...

Pakistan Floods One Year On

Caroline Gluck | Posted 10.01.2011 | World
Caroline Gluck

As Pakistan marks the one-year anniversary of the worst floods in living memory, the aid agency, Oxfam, has warned that the country is still unprepared for the monsoon season.

Frustration With The Feds Over Financial Aid

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 09.18.2011 | College

BOSTON -- In a tough budgetary environment for federal financial aid, with even the bedrock Pell Grant Program on the chopping block, anxiety is omnip...

Was Afghanistan Aid A Huge Waste Of Money?

LA Times | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

U.S. officials had pledged to improve the aid program begun by the George W. Bush administration. But pouring more money into Afghanistan has only und...

Zen of Giving and Receiving: a Buddhist Take on Effective aid

Marianne Elliott | Posted 08.08.2011 | Impact
Marianne Elliott

If what I think I have to offer isn't needed and yet I insist on giving it, then I have to suspect that something other than generosity is at play.