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Foreign Aid

Missing a Trick? Making Natural Resources Work for Development

Dana Wilkins | Posted 04.10.2014 | Impact
Dana Wilkins

Next week, over 1,000 government officials, aid donors, NGO reps, and private businesses will descend on Mexico City for the first meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Co-operation (GPEDC).

South Sudan on the Brink of Famine Demands Urgent Action

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 04.11.2014 | World
Nancy Lindborg

The people of South Sudan face a spiral of conflict, displacement, and hunger that this fragile, young country can ill afford.

20 Years Later, Rwanda Is Succeeding

Josh Ruxin | Posted 04.07.2014 | Impact
Josh Ruxin

Rwanda had to create something virtually unique in Africa: government that was corruption-free, a plan to turn away foreign aid as soon as possible, and a reliance on business standards to encourage competition and efficiency.

Another Chance for Ukraine

Tristan Masat | Posted 04.03.2014 | Politics
Tristan Masat

Ukraine is beset by troubles. The Russian annexation of Crimea is the dramatic headline, but the economic struggles the country and Ukrainian workers face may prove just as dire.

Does Foreign Aid Help U.S. Security? (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), talks about how $33 billion in U.S. foreign aid contributes to American security.

The Best Buys in Global Health: Striking the Effective Balance

Karl Hofmann | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Karl Hofmann

To have real and lasting impact, we must step back from the intervention level of analysis to understand how we can mold entire ecosystems to better serve the health of broad populations.

The Rohingya Crisis: Finding a Way Forward

Michel Gabaudan | Posted 03.14.2014 | Politics
Michel Gabaudan

Eighteen months have passed since sectarian violence pushed some 140,000 stateless Rohingyas into a series of camps around Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine State in Myanmar. And yet the scars of the violence they suffered remain all too evident.

Sweden and America Link Arms on Development Assistance

Mark Brzezinski | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Mark Brzezinski

Development agencies in the United States and Sweden have partnered up in the fight against extreme poverty. Disbursing over $36 billion in official development assistance during 2012, they have long been two of the top donors of foreign aid.

Paul Blumenthal

U.S. Aid To Ukraine Flows Though Opaque Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the United States readies $1 billion in loan guarantees to the new government in Ukraine, along with even more aid for reforming elec...

Film Fatal Assistance Spotlights Colossal Aid Failure in Haiti

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 03.06.2014 | Entertainment
Georgianne Nienaber

Fatal Assistance ably demonstrates the folly and damage caused by swarms of NGO's and Hollywood do-gooders that completely ignored the root causes of Haiti's problems pre and post earthquake.

Tensions Rise Between the United States and Sri Lanka Over Human Rights

Ronak D. Desai | Posted 02.26.2014 | Politics
Ronak D. Desai

Allowing these war crimes allegations to go unaddressed would undermine important international legal norms while rendering true reconciliation in the country an even more remote prospect.

Top 5 Lame Excuses Not to Support Extreme-Poverty Alleviation Work

Nick Pearson | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Nick Pearson

'International aid doesn't work.' Um, yes it does. The Gates' letter is one simple frame of reference for this point. Humanitarian aid is not a perfect science, but we're talking about work done within contexts that are very broken.

Washington's Military Aid to Israel

Chase Madar | Posted 04.12.2014 | Politics
Chase Madar

Will we Americans ever acknowledge our government's active role in destroying the chances for a just and lasting peace between Palestine and Israel?

Surprise! Foreign Aid Works and Other Good News

Spencer Critchley | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

It's all too easy to believe the worst about the world. In fact, research shows that our minds are wired to be much more sensitive to bad news than good -- it's called negativity bias.

US: Send Development Aid to the Sahel Region of Africa

Jack Cahn | Posted 04.08.2014 | Teen
Jack Cahn

This Fall, the Sahel region has become a center of international attention with the United Nations calling its security situation "alarming" and deploying 12,600 peacekeepers to stabilize the region. This aid is desperately needed.

Madagascar's Radio DJ President Jockeys for Power

Jason Pack | Posted 03.30.2014 | Politics
Jason Pack

Madagascar's recent election, on Dec. 20, 2013, offers important lessons for western policymakers seeking to repair broken democracies. The Indian Ocean island may seem politically irrelevant, but the lessons it can teach us should not be ignored.

Support for Egypt's New Pharaoh Sacrifices Security and Human Rights: U.S. Should Stay Out of Egyptian Disaster

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.26.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

After some time out of the news, Egypt has reemerged as perhaps the administration's greatest foreign policy failure. Washington has proved impotent in the face of political revolution, Islamist activism, and military repression.

Peace Must be Built in South Sudan

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Tom Purekal Catholic Relief Services (CRS) staffer Tom Purekal, who is based in Juba, reflects on the recent violence in South Sudan. This piece w...

Capitalism for Human Rights?

Carol Te | Posted 03.16.2014 | Business
Carol Te

Instead of pushing aid to governments and non-profits with the hope of creating some semblance of development, perhaps the best way to help advance the rights of the people is to raise their standard of living by promoting foreign investment in emerging and frontier countries.

Reason to Celebrate in the New Year: $12 Billion to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria

Deborah Derrick | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Deborah Derrick

The announcement by President Obama that the U.S. will commit $1 for every $2 matched by other donors worldwide -- up to $5 billion -- was further illustration of this leadership.

Syria Lurches From Bad to Worse

Allan Topol | Posted 03.11.2014 | World
Allan Topol

At this point, we have no ally in Syria with any strength or credibility. The U.S. has a choice of backing the Islamic Front, which it finds repugnant, or it can acquiesce to Assad's continued rule. Another bad choice. The January peace conference in Switzerland will be a farce if it even occurs.

Should Foreign Aid Be Abandoned or Adapted?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.09.2014 | World
Marcelo Giugale

The problem with arguments against aid is not that they lack fiscal appeal or past evidence -- nobody wants to waste money abroad while the budget is being cut at home. The problem is that they belong to a world that doesn't exist anymore.

What I Wanted from Santa: He Didn't Deliver World Peace or Political Civility Again!

Doug Bandow | Posted 02.23.2014 | Politics
Doug Bandow

I don't expect very much from Santa Claus these days. I mean, he's been a disappointment over the years. My desires are few--power, money, and fame, that sort of thing--but he's yet to satisfy any of them. So I tried downgrading my requests to world peace and the end of international poverty. But that didn't work either. He still didn't deliver. This year I tried to be more realistic. I had just a few simple requests. It's been a difficult year so Santa, this would have been a good time to give me at least something that I wanted. But no! It's Christmas Day and I got up early to check under the tree, and nothing.

Banking on Entrepreneurs: Why an American Development Bank Makes Investment Sense

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

The U.S. government stands to reap substantial benefits from launching an American development bank that could invest directly and without current constraints in entrepreneurs in some of the world's toughest economies.

How Western Foreign Policy Is Hurting LGBT Africans

Scott Novak | Posted 01.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Scott Novak

David Cameron's foreign-aid policy and the falsities presented by the African press only contribute to this demonization of LGBT people. If there is one thing that I have learned from activism, it is that punishing people will not get them to change their views on LGBT rights.