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Sophie Delaunay of Doctors Without Borders USA (MSF) on Global Health Financing

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

It's quite ironic that on one hand there has never been such strong mobilization and acknowledgement of global health needs, and still, the funding and policies do not proportionately match the momentum or awareness.

Making up for Lost Time: Getting Back on Track to the Millennium Development Goals

Hugh Bredenkamp | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hugh Bredenkamp

With only five years to go until the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the poverty reduction agenda has been set back. All is not lost, however. Reducing poverty on a massive scale is doable.

Should You Save a Drowning Child?

Saundra Schimmelpfennig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saundra Schimmelpfennig

In The Life You Can Save, the author asks -- if you see a child drowning and there is no one else around, would you wade in to save the child knowing that in doing so you will ruin your expensive shoes and be late for work?

Pakistan's Floods: Civil Society in Dubai Is Alive and Well

Hisham Wyne | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Hisham Wyne

Contrast is a wonderful thing, and the deplorable situation in Pakistan, with 20 million plus displaced via deluge, is nothing if not a study in it.

Inequality of Mercy

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nicholas van Praag

With 1,500 dead, 20 million people displaced, and millions of hectares of agricultural land underwater, Pakistan would seem to have a solid claim on international support. So why is Pakistan having such trouble attracting support?

Gaza Flotilla Raid May Not Change U.S. Policy Towards Israel

The Associated Press | By BARRY SCHWEID | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Amid the uproar over Israel's deadly raid on the flotilla bringing aid to the Gaza Strip, it's important to note what is not happen...

Bring Back the Kitchen Mamas

Isobel Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isobel Coleman

If humanitarian organizations hope to deliver on their mission of providing relief to the people, and if the tide of extremism is to be stemmed in Somalia, then try bringing back the kitchen mamas.

Obama Asks Congress To Approve $205 Million In Aid For Israel Rocket Defense

AP / Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is asking Congress to approve $205 million to help Israel speed up deployment of a new short-range rocket defen...

Haiti's Fayette Villagers Forgotten at Epicenter

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Fear continues to linger in Fayette, the village closest to the epicenter of the earthquake in Haiti. A visit from scientists who are doing more than passing through with their instruments would be appreciated.

Haiti's Fish and Coral, An Untold Story Of Environmental Loss

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

Some aid projects have focused on restoring the country's forests, but few have tried to fix the generations of harm that has been done to Haiti's coral, its mangroves, its beaches and, most of all, its fish.

The Growth Of Faith-Based International Aid

nytimes.com | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

A growing number of conservative Christians are explicitly and self-critically acknowledging that to be "pro-life" must mean more than opposing aborti...

Disaster, Religion And Resilience In Haiti

blogs.ssrc.org | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Most of us seem to know intuitively that resilience matters for post-disaster recovery, yet we also know that Haiti desperately needs the internationa...

Post Earthquake, Some Nasty Voices On Battered Haiti

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

Most of the country's trees had long since been chopped down for firewood. Much of the topsoil had washed away and when the rain got heavy, the bare hills and mountains became launch pads for floods.

Haiti's Tomorrow May Be Rooted In Trees, Fertilizer

Joseph B. Treaster | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joseph B. Treaster

The task of restoring Haiti's countryside is extremely difficult and could even be impossible. But the restoration work for a healthy countryside would provide more food and jobs, and make flooding less severe.

Rich Countries' Foreign Aid Generosity

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In his 2010 annual letter on behalf of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Microsoft-founder BIll Gates outlined the challenges facing foreign aid ...

When Reporters Should be Humans too

Rob Crilly | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Rob Crilly

It is more than a week since an earthquake wrecked Haiti's already troubled land. It has taken this long for the first reliable death tolls to be coll...

Atheists For Haiti

Michael Shermer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Shermer

On Friday, January 15, I received in email from Richard Dawkins explaining that his Executive Director Elizabeth Cornwell has organized a campaign to ...

Haiti: Act of Nature or Act of Man?

Alan Singer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

This is not a good time to assign responsibility for what happened and is happening in Haiti. People are too upset. But there is never a good time to assign responsibility.

Greenville, NC Locals Rally Against Cancer With Dinner And Auction

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

It's the local stories of cities and communities coming together for a shared cause that resonate the most here at Impact. Beau's Buddies Cancer Fund'...

The Story of CAN-DO: Enough Is Enough

Eric Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Eric Klein

CAN-DO was born out of my own frustration with the system and the critical need I saw to hold charitable organizations accountable for hard-earned donations and to the communities they serve.

Prayer Is No Help to Haiti

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Clay Farris Naff

I am not saying don't pray -- just do not mistake it for action.

The Reality of Aid (II)

Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jaime Pozuelo-Monfort

Only five countries (Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway and Sweden) have met the United Nations' target of providing 0.7 percent of their gross national income in aid to poor countries.

North Korean Diplomats Secretly in Los Angeles Last Week

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Walden

There were the obvious public statements issued after the US journalists returned from North Korea, but the off-radar, embargoed news was potentially as important as a thaw in our relations.

World's First Humanitarian Day Honors Aid Workers (SLIDESHOW)

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

The UN has designated August 19th the inaugural World Humanitarian Day, to honor aid workers and the jobs they do in difficult and dangerous environments. Here is a slideshow to mark the event.

Dambisa Moyo and Why Western Aid is Killing Africa

Jake Whitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jake Whitney

In addition to killing the aid program, Dambisa Moyo prescribes free-market policies such as delving into the capital markets and creative financing such as micro-finance.