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The Budget Line Neither Party's Willing To Defend: Foreign Aid

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

The country's social safety net isn't the only net that's getting shredded in the budget battle. Somewhere in Senegal, the thin mesh that shields a poor family from a worldwide scourge faces an arguably deadlier cut.

Presidents Calderon and Obama: Frank Words and Actions Needed to Stem Violence in Mexico

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

Curbing organized violence involves thorny issues that will not be resolved overnight. For the U.S., it means tackling drug treatment and prevention, and halting the flow of guns and cash.

Evangelicals Push Back On Proposed Budget Cuts

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Nicole Neroulias Religion News Service Balancing the federal budget at the expense of the poor would be un-Christian, evangelical leaders warned C...

Republicans and Democrats Agree: Cut Aid for Poor People, Not Israel

Medea Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Medea Benjamin

As Republicans and Democrats propose cuts in programs that actually benefit their constituents, they agree there's one area of the budget that's not to be touched: the annual $3 billion subsidy taxpayers provide to the Israeli military.

Ex-Pentagon Adviser: Afghan Aid Money 'Should Be Slashed Immediately'

AP | BRADLEY KLAPPER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — By pumping more than $100 million into a hydropower plant, the United States sought to improve the lives of Afghans and win the hea...

How Rajiv Shah Can Buck the System: 5 Tips from the Frontlines of Conflict and Development

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Konyndyk

Administrator Shah is right to argue for the relevance -- even indispensability -- of USAID in stabilizing fragile states. Here is what he needs to do to make that vision a reality.

Charity Or Closet Cleaning? NFL's Unsellable T-Shirt Donation May Do More Harm Than Good

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Cathleen Falsani

After the Pittsburgh Steelers lost the Super Bowl, the NFL was stuck with thousands of pre-printed T-shirts heralding the Steelers as champs. The league donated them to World Vision. But is that smart aid?

South Africa to Launch a Development Aid Agency

Vijaya Ramachandran | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Vijaya Ramachandran

This is a joint post with Julie Walz. South Africa announced last month that it will launch its own development aid agency in 2011 - the South Afric...

Egypt's Environmental Future

Edward Flattau | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Edward Flattau

Little thought has been given to how difficult it is for a fledgling democracy to flourish should its population be subject to a severe chronic food shortage. Nutritional instability can lead to political instability, and Egypt is more than half way there.

Health Diplomacy Is Critical to U.S. Foreign Policy

Tommy G. Thompson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tommy G. Thompson

Health diplomacy must be institutionalized as a critical component of U.S. foreign policy. Global health is not a Republican issue or a Democrat issue. It is the moral responsibility and strategic concern of every freedom-loving citizen of the world.

Bill Gates: Americans Don't Know The Global Impact Of U.S. Generosity

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Ordinary Americans are saving millions of lives worldwide every year -- they just don't know it yet. Global deaths by malaria have dropped from 1,000,...

Global Fund Deserves Our Support

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Working with the Global Fund, CRS has treated more than 2 million children in Benin for malaria and distributed nearly 3 million mosquito nets in Niger.

Delivering Aid Differently

Otaviano Canuto | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Otaviano Canuto

In the future, the new realities of the aid environment need to be confronted head on. Any meaningful institutional changes must target aid impact and reach.

Colonial Britain, Neocolonial America?

Michael Vlahos | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Vlahos

It's time to confront the truth that even the British Empire's rule in Egypt led to a far more positive and civilized outcome than the despotic parasitism nurtured by the U.S. "alliance relationship" throughout the region.

Rand Paul In 2012? Senator Would Run For President 'If Nominated' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Freshman Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday that it was premature for him to consider running for president, but that he would would be willing to tak...

Where Was Obama Amidst All the Violence?

Robert Naiman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Robert Naiman

Some would have us believe it was beyond the power of the Obama administration to stop the violence, because the leverage of the administration on the Egyptian military was limited. But this doesn't pass the laugh test.

Dan Froomkin

Unlikely Alliance Supporting Foreign Aid Fights Together -- For Now

HuffingtonPost.com | Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Foreign aid, be it F-16 fighter jets or anti-malaria sleep nets, falls into the same federal budget line-item. So it was an unlikely all...

Key Senate Democrat: We Will Cut Off Aid If Mubarak Does Not Step Down

Alyson Krueger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, the body that ov...

Ugandan Tragedy, Human Rights, and US Foreign Aid

Serra Sippel | Posted 06.17.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

While the U.S. has condemned egregious examples of rights-violating policies in Uganda, it still funds HIV interventions that are inherently anti-LGBT and anti-woman.

Colombian Vice President Garzon: Good Words, but Not Yet Deeds

Lisa Haugaard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Lisa Haugaard

This week, Garzón meets with Vice President Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and many members of Congress. Let's hope that our policymakers strategically press for real, sustained improvements in human rights.

Capacity Building: A Continuous Learning Process

Carol Peasley | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carol Peasley

As the donor community continues to debate foreign aid reform and the importance of "capacity building," I hope we remember that all elements of society have the potential to lead the development process.

Creating a Cycle of Haitians Helping Haitians

Craig and Marc Kielburger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Craig and Marc Kielburger

We found a group of Haitians rebuilding their country in a sustainable, scalable model through decentralization. Unfortunately, foreign aid tends to overlook this in favour of short-term, surface relief.

US To Increase Help To Pakistan

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — The U.S. plans to increase aid to Pakistan in response to complaints from Pakistani officials that Washington doesn't understand th...

Learning From Shattered Haiti's Year of Struggle

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michelle Chen

No one knows where Haiti is headed, but the nation has survived other shock waves. The quake opened the next historical chapter, which began over two centuries ago when the black resistance made European empires tremble.

A Bipartisan Strategy for Sharpening U.S. Foreign Aid

Rich Tafel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rich Tafel

Bring a butcher knife to U.S. foreign aid? Not a good idea. But sharpen it? Yes. Let's make it a double-edged sword and address America's economic health and security.