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Egypt Is No Place for Dissent

Tanya Monforte | Posted 11.11.2015 | World
Tanya Monforte

Caught between military rule and increasing violence from Islamist groups, there is less space for peaceful dissent. Perceiving threat everywhere, the government is becoming a new sacred cow, inscrutable and unquestionable even to the most established and unimpeachable critical voices.

How China's Anti-Graft Purge May Shake Its Global Health Work

Aspen New Voices Fellowship | Posted 11.09.2015 | World
Aspen New Voices Fellowship

Chinese President Xi Jinping's pledge to spend $12 billion over the next 15 years to help the United Nations achieve its goal of eliminating extreme poverty by 2030 signals that Beijing is eager to claim a bigger role in the world of international development.

Think Small for Inclusive Growth

Arancha González | Posted 10.15.2015 | Impact
Arancha González

Macro-level problems cannot be fixed overnight. Quicker wins may be achievable at the local and sector levels, particularly through the public agencies and industry associations that play a critical role in helping SMEs connect to international trade and investment.

After Over a Decade of Occupation and $1.5 Billion in US Aid, the Reality Facing Women in Afghanistan Has Barely Changed

Jodie Evans | Posted 10.07.2015 | World
Jodie Evans

The fate of women in Afghanistan has been the moral linchpin for the continued occupation by U.S. and NATO forces since the presidency of George W. Bush. But according to experts and women across the war-torn country, little has changed for women there despite upwards of $1.5 billion spent to empower women and girls.

How USAID's Secret Think Tank Funding Hurts the Poor

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Till Bruckner

Over the past two decades, support by USAID and other Western donors has led to an explosion in the number of think tanks in developing countries. However, much of this money is still being given and taken behind closed doors, threatening to hurt rather than help the world's poor.

Your Tax Money at Work: In the Wrong Hands

Shahar Azani | Posted 10.01.2015 | World
Shahar Azani

The Oslo process was key to introducing huge amounts of financial aid to the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

Refugee Crisis on Leros -- Report From the Ground

Judith Ansara | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Judith Ansara

After a 4-day "layover" on the island of Farmakonisi with no food, water or shelter, hundreds of hungry, sea-ravaged men, women, and children arrive by the boatloads here on Leros.

Haiti's Multi-Billion Dollar Humanitarian Aid Problem

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

The reality is that a confluence of poor accountability and lack of local partnering by international organizations have severely hindered the effectiveness of aid dollars, and hence, Haiti's development.

Liar's Poker in Africa: How Hidden Agendas Drive the Politics of Fish in Mauritania

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.25.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

According to a recent World Bank study, fisheries make up one quarter of Mauritania's natural wealth, but the waters off the country in north-western Africa are being overfished. Foreign operators pull out the lion's share of the catch - sometimes legally, sometimes not; suspicions of corruption abound.

The Unbearable Lightness of Non-Profit Propaganda

Daniela Kon | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Daniela Kon

I became brutally mindful of the BS that clogs up the social change industry, specifically about the lies that we, as content creators, producers, and filmmakers are communicating to the public about the "glorious impacts" that foundations and non-profits have on impoverished communities.

Ike's Food for Peace to the Rescue in Syria

William Lambers | Posted 08.03.2015 | Impact
William Lambers

The size of the humanitarian crisis in Syria is so large that donations from Food for Peace and other countries needs to pick up dramatically. The situation is urgent.

Transparency Advocate: Mauritania's Fishing Sector Still Opaque

Till Bruckner | Posted 07.30.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I recently spoke with Ba Aliou Coulibaly to learn more about Mauritania's fishy politics, the links between national and international corruption, and transparency in the fisheries sector.

Will It Take 10,000 Days in Prison for Europe to Hold Eritrea to Account?

Christophe Deloire | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Christophe Deloire

The European Union and Sweden must face up to the fact that this regime just plays for time without regard for human life and basic human values. Until now the international community has naively played along but, 14 years after the crackdown that put Isaak and so many others behind bars, it is time to stop.

Schools Reopen In Areas Of Nepal Worst Hit By Devastating Earthquake

AP | Posted 06.01.2015 | World

KATHMANDU, Nepal (AP) — Thousands of schools across the districts worst hit by two major earthquakes in Nepal reopened Sunday. With most school bui...

Capital Ideas That Can Best 'Isms'

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

The victorious nations of World War II emerged from their searing experience with several conclusions about how the world worked. Most of these prov...

The Rich Countries Are Leaving the Poor for Dead: Jeffrey Sachs on the Millennium Development Goals

Katherine Keating | Posted 05.14.2015 | World
Katherine Keating

Despite his experiences of skepticism and false promises over the past 15 years, Sachs still believes that the world can put an end to extreme poverty. Echoing one of his earlier speeches, the reality is "either you decide to leave people to die or you decide to do something about it."

These Countries Gave The Most To Help Other Countries In Need Last Year

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.13.2015 | Impact

A majority of Americans believe Washington spends too much on foreign aid, but the U.S. is far from the world's most giving nation. In fact, it doe...

Monsoons Will Leave Nepal Stuck

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

In a month's time, this country, already so desperate even before the April 25 earthquake and now facing destruction from a second major temblor, will literally be stuck as its roads become slick clay mud.

Foreign Aid

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

I am aware that the American people for some reason have a knee-jerk reaction against anything that sounds like foreign aid. Millions of Americans believe we are sending vast sums abroad. This is pure nonsense.

So You Want to be a "Radical" Philanthropist?

Leah Hunt-Hendrix | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Leah Hunt-Hendrix

Among other research and policy initiatives aimed reducing the maximum volume of suffering for the minimum philanthropic investment, GiveWell is sending mosquito nets to Africa, hoping to save children from malaria.

Europe's Map Is Redrawn As Azerbaijan Goes East

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.26.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

Goodbye, Azerbajian. It would be dishonest to say that we Europeans will miss you; few people over here will even notice that you've left. But it's sad to see you leaving the family nonetheless.

Devastating Earthquake in Nepal: Humanitarian Relief and Tackling Poverty

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

I remember looking at the thousands of flimsy shacks and hovels lining Kathmandu's dusty slums and the sturdier, but still precarious, multi-tiered family homes, and the cheaply-built apartment blocks and ornate temples that collectively give the city its colorful distinctive appearance. We all understood and feared what a big earthquake would surely do there.

Can Smart Development and the Rule of Law Help Curb Crime?

Irene Khan | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Irene Khan

Efforts to strengthen the rule of law pay off in ways that few other forms of development aid can. But success does not happen overnight. Legal reform, institution-building and greater levels of access to justice are initiatives that take time, financing and political will.

Dammed, Displaced and Forgotten

Peter Bosshard | Posted 05.27.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

It is difficult to avoid the conclusion that for the World Bank and other financiers, poor people who stand in the way of their projects literally don't count. Time and again, the World Bank has demonstrated that it is not able to resettle people fairly. It should stop displacing people involuntarily in its projects.

Economic Growth Is Great... Except When It Isn't

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
Nick Seneca Jankel

Far from unmitigated benefit, growth often causes and exacerbates serious mental, physical and environmental problems. Research shows that as wealth increases, so does obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.