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Washington State's Most Important Export: Hope

Tim Hanstad | Posted 08.15.2012 | Impact
Tim Hanstad

Countries around the world, from Afghanistan to Uganda, would be less stable, less secure, and less sure of their future if we in Washington State stopped our good work. And so would we.

Not The America I Love

Richard Stearns | Posted 12.21.2011 | Religion
Richard Stearns

The very real needs of Americans pale in comparison to the needs foreign aid addresses. Poor families around the world are right now starving to death. If we cut American aid, we can be sure that millions will die.

Clinton Fights To Spare Foreign Aid From Cuts

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 12.12.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — Congress is demanding that the State Department do it all with less money, from operations in Iraq and Afghanistan to processing th...

The Budget for True National Security

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

We are wasting a fortune on wars when a small fraction of that would and should enhance our national security by helping poor and unstable countries to control disease, boost food production, and protect the natural environment.

In a Big Risk-Taking Mood?

Karl Hofmann | Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact
Karl Hofmann

Americans often ask, why do we spend so many of our tax dollars on foreign aid? And what do we get for it? These questions are appropriate and important to our democracy. But so are informed answers.

U.S. Foreign Health Investments Improve Lives Abroad -- And Here at Home

Mandy Moore | Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact
Mandy Moore

When people are healthy, they can be productive. They work, earn an income, and buy products -- they build their economy. It's simple and logical, but to grow economies, the basic building block of health is necessary.

U.S. Will Make Major Foreign-Aid Cuts For First Time In Decades

The New York Times | Posted 12.04.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — America’s budget crisis at home is forcing the first significant cuts in overseas aid in nearly two decades, a retrenchment that offi...

Aid And Independence In East Timor

Posted 11.28.2011 | World

By Simon Roughneen, The Diplomat 'Goodbye conflict, welcome development' reads the Panglossian banner on the Timor-Leste Finance Ministry web...

Al-Shabaab's Withdrawal Offers an Opportunity Not to Be Missed

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 11.27.2011 | World
Stephen P. Groff

The withdrawal provides momentum for the much-criticized peacekeeping efforts in the country and, despite the famine that is ravaging the region, creates an important window of opportunity.

Private Sector Approach at U.S. Aid Agency: Can Tough Measures Aid U.S. Jobs?

Dan Silverstein | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

In the stock market the smart money knows "if you're going to panic, panic early". The same is true for entrepreneurs when it comes to recognizi...

Aid for Trade: $100 Billion and Counting

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Stephen P. Groff

In a time of fiscal consolidation and threats of serious cuts to aid budgets, it is critical that we pay careful attention to what we know works in development cooperation.

Foreign Assistance for the 21st Century

Sarah Trister | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Sarah Trister

Howard Berman's bill is the first serious, comprehensive attempt at rewriting the foreign assistance act to make it appropriate for the 21st century.

The Peace Corps: Is Fifty Years Enough?

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 10.28.2011 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Like many thousands of former volunteers, I am forever indebted to President Kennedy and his vision of a "peace corps of talented men and women" -- a vision to which I owe my family and my career. Even so, is fifty years of Peace Corps enough?

Climate Change: Learning the Lessons of the Past 50 Years

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 10.16.2011 | Green
Stephen P. Groff

One of the first lessons we draw from the past 50 years is that greater volumes of development finance do not automatically translate into better development results.

Andrea Stone

Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus Wants To Put 'Social' In 'Business' To Help Poor

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrea Stone | Posted 10.11.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON -- The Nobel Peace Prize winner who invented microcredit presented his latest idea for combating poverty, "social business," to the State D...

Al-Shabaab and Somalia's Famine

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 10.10.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

We need to learn from this crisis that there are many factors that contributed to it. One is conflict. And conflict resolution should be essential.

Why Is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Ambassador Tony Hall

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes.

Why Western Aid Won't Save Somalia

Sarah Kenyon Lischer | Posted 10.09.2011 | World
Sarah Kenyon Lischer

The famine in East Africa must be viewed within the messy political context of regional politics in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Aid organizations and their recipients deserve physical protection rather than rhetorical support.

The Compassion Deficit

Robert Walker | Posted 09.20.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

What's most disturbing is that it's evident many members simply don't care about the world's poor. They believe that they were sent to Washington to save taxpayer dollars no matter what the cost in terms of lives saved or hardships avoided.

Foreign Aid and Domestic First-Aid

Daniel P. Malito | Posted 09.05.2011 | Politics
Daniel P. Malito

What it all comes down to is money, and the fact that everyone needs more of it. Right now, our government still spends money like it is going out of style, though.

Senate Report Slams Nation-Building Efforts in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Given the corruption and dependency we'll leave in our wake, without an introspective self-critique our policies, America could turn Afghanistan into Central Asia's Haiti.

Answering the Challenge for Small Farmers

Bill Gates | Posted 08.06.2011 | Impact
Bill Gates

The vast majority of the poorest people in the world get their food and income from farming small plots of land. Helping these farming families grow and sell more helps them become self-sufficient and build better lives.

Will Foreign Aid Dollars Help or Hurt Democracy in the Middle East?

Janine R. Wedel | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Janine R. Wedel

The goal of handing out foreign aid to foster "civil society" always sounds noble and well-intentioned. But you'll forgive someone like me for being skeptical about the results. There is no substitute for local knowledge. Democracy is never a simple translation.

Asking Nicholas Kristof to "Get Real" on Aid

Victoria Peng | Posted 07.26.2011 | College
Victoria Peng

Social scientists are whistle blowing because Kristof undermined the interdisciplinary nature of international development by creating an academic pedestal for economists.

RIP, Aid Watch

Dennis Whittle | Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

On May 19, Bill Easterly and Laura Freschi announced that their blog Aid Watch was ending, after running about two years.