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Foreign Aid.

Dammed, Displaced and Forgotten

Peter Bosshard | Posted 03.27.2015 | 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 03.18.2015 | 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.

Surviving Without the Palestinian Authority

Alaa Tartir | Posted 03.17.2015 | World
Alaa Tartir

Discontinuing security collaboration and reinventing the duties of the PA as a self-governing body of the Palestinians in West Bank and Gaza are crucial to addressing the power imbalances between the occupied and the occupier.

The American Public and Israel

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Do Americans support their government's policy toward Israel, and have their feelings changed over the years? From the Roper Center for Public Opinion Research archive...

Revising Foreign Aid

Lewis Worrow | Posted 03.10.2015 | Politics
Lewis Worrow

It is the case that the benefits of foreign aid are evident in themselves and something that we should commit to, but more so we need to ensure that the poorest people in the world receive the aid they need.

OPIC is No Model Investor

Kindra Mohr | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Kindra Mohr

Liberian communities were excited when they first learned about the Buchanan Renewables project. However, big gains imply big risks, which can lead to catastrophic results, particularly in fragile and post-conflict regions where institutions are weak and communities are vulnerable.

Europe's Woes and the World's Poor

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 03.01.2015 | World
Marcelo Giugale

What does the sudden appreciation of the Swiss franc mean for the Eurozone? Will Russia's financial distress spill over to its neighbors? How those questions are answered will affect some of the world's richest countries -- the likes of France, Germany, and Italy. Usually ignored, it will also affect some of the poorest.

The Quiet Global Transformation of Global Development

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 02.27.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

Decades ago, private capital flowing into developing countries was a small fraction of aid dollars. Since then, that private capital investment has grown roughly 100-fold and the ratio of aid to investment has flipped. Today, every $1 in aid to developing nations is dwarfed by nearly $7 in private investment.

The United States and Malaria: A Long History of Smart Investments That Benefit All

Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré | Posted 02.27.2015 | Impact
Fatoumata Nafo-Traoré

For the first time, some African nations are on the way to eliminating malaria, and fewer people on the continent are being infected than ever before. This means healthier children, more vibrant economies and stronger, less burdened health systems.

Lessons Unlearned in Haiti As Memory of the Earthquake Fades

Anick Supplice Dupuy | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
Anick Supplice Dupuy

Five years ago on Jan. 12, my friend Charles had just left his office in Port-au-Prince when the 7 magnitude earthquake hit. Once he learned that his wife and children were safe, he ran to find his sister at her university.

The Problem With Foreign Aid: The Trend of 'Forgetting'

Nicholle Lamartina Palacios | Posted 03.08.2015 | Impact
Nicholle Lamartina Palacios

Another issue with aid and development is that Western countries do not take into account their position of past colonial rulers; they happen to "forget" their previous maltreatment and do not critically consider their positions of power.

Raj Shah Unveils Common Values for Dems and Republicans

Maura O'Neill | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Maura O'Neill

In October 2009, Raj Shah walked across the reception area into my office and closed the door. He told me that President Obama and Secretary Clinton wanted to nominate him to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The decision wasn't so easy.

South Sudan's People Deserve Peace

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 02.14.2015 | World
Nancy Lindborg

Regional peace talks have so far been unsuccessful. It is more urgent than ever that the warring parties recommit to the ceasefire declared in January -- and this time, they need to mean it. In South Sudan, political leaders and military commanders should stop the fighting and put their people first.

US Congress Sets Strict Limits on Global Dam Funding

Peter Bosshard | Posted 02.09.2015 | Green
Peter Bosshard

The Congressional criteria reflect the lessons of past experience with large dams. If taken seriously, they will stop the worst project from going forward, and can improve the projects that still get built.

How a GOP Congress Could Harm Women Worldwide

John Seager | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
John Seager

What do a 25-year-old woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh and an 18-year-old woman in Niamey, Niger have in common? Their lives could be threatened by destructive measures passed by the new GOP-controlled Congress.

Breaking the Cycle of Extreme Poverty Starts With a Focus on Children

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

Universal Children's Day takes place on Nov. 20. First proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in 1954, it was established to promote the welfare of the world's children, something I have dedicated a lifetime's work to.

Ebola: Be a Healer

Rev. Galen Guengerich | Posted 01.11.2015 | Religion
Rev. Galen Guengerich

We have the staff, the stuff, the space and the systems to confront this pestilence here and we should do everything we can to ensure that the people of West Africa have them there -- as quickly as possible.

Foreign Aid to Create Jobs

Harry L. Langer | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Harry L. Langer

U.S. jobs, revenue growth, living standards, and prosperity are dependent upon the expansion of markets and demand. While innovation creates its own global markets (especially in advanced nations), the developing countries in South America, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, and Russia offer the greatest trade growth potential.

How Not to Measure Poverty

Obadias Ndaba | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Obadias Ndaba

Poverty is a combination of many things, none of which is reducible to a few quantifiable dollars. It is also about human experiences, feelings, relations with others, humiliations, exclusion and of course lack of basic economic needs.

The Criminal Side of Ebola

OpedSpace | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
OpedSpace

While the health crisis certainly is and should be the top priority, domestic and international efforts to address the predicament will need to look at the full impact the disease is having on the region.

Travel Restrictions Are Obstacles to Fighting Ebola

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

At the same time humanitarian organizations are being encouraged to rapidly scale-up efforts to contain the deadliest Ebola outbreak in history, increased political rhetoric on travel restrictions threatens to create new barriers to the NGO community's response to this crisis.

Critical Key to Stopping Ebola? Mobile Phones

Maura O'Neill | Posted 01.02.2015 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

The impact of mobile applications is growing and it's not just for Angry Bird enthusiasts and eBay shoppers anymore - but also for innovators working to create a freer, healthier more prosperous world.

Texas Hackers to Fight Ebola, Fire and Water Contamination With African SMS

Maya Horgan | Posted 12.30.2014 | Impact
Maya Horgan

Your mobile phone can save a thousand lives. And now, through Developers Doing Development, Michael Henderson and Scott Akers are using SMS automation to combat issues of infrastructure and disease.

Malala's Ultimate Prize

Julia Gillard | Posted 12.16.2014 | Impact
Julia Gillard

I was impressed that Malala Yousafzai decided to stay in school last Friday -- the day that she and Kailash Satyarthi were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

How Will We Honor Thomas Eric Duncan?

Joan Gass | Posted 12.13.2014 | World
Joan Gass

We need to stand for this simple truth: where you live should not determine whether you live. We need to support the immediate response efforts: making sure there are enough treatment beds, emergency health care workers, and community care kits.