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Misurata's Blue Fingers: Indigenous Standards for Democratic Elections

Gilbert Doumit | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Gilbert Doumit

With the advent of international aid and support to Libya, it is becoming increasingly important to pause and reflect on the elections in Misurata.

Kony 2012 Video: Money for Nothing

Chase Harrison | Posted 05.09.2012 | Teen
Chase Harrison

If the U.S. wants deliver democracy and help the impoverished masses, we must stop the techniques employed in Kony 2012, and the concept of giving aid rather than providing economic structure.

No Time to Abandon Afghan Women

David Cortright | Posted 05.08.2012 | Impact
David Cortright

Afghan women and girls have achieved significant social and economic gains over the last decade. These achievements must be protected as foreign troops begin to withdraw and political negotiations seek to end the war.

Business As Government: Capitalizing on Disaster In Post-Earthquake Haiti

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.01.2012 | World
Beverly Bell

The pursuits of foreign firms -- making governance decisions about rebuilding, paving the way for other firms, racking up humanitarian clout -- have been at the expense of Haitians still struggling for basic needs and democratic power.

I Thought 'Aid Doesn't Work?'

Hugh Evans | Posted 04.14.2012 | Impact
Hugh Evans

Rwanda may be on track to become one of the most compelling case studies in favour of foreign aid since South Korea emerged as an economic powerhouse late last century.

Why Our Foundation Invests in India

Bill Gates | Posted 04.11.2012 | Impact
Bill Gates

I go to India at least once a year to see the progress of the work our foundation is doing there and I'm always struck by two things -- the dynamism of the place, and the tremendous need. Unfortunately, the former doesn't cancel the latter out.

Improving Governance Through Budget Transparency

Michael Lipsky | Posted 04.06.2012 | World
Michael Lipsky

For civic organizations and governments seeking to reform other governments, it seems that fiscal transparency's time has come.

The Future of Foreign Aid Money

Tom Murphy | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Reuters is stepping up to provide more comprehensive coverage of humanitarian aid. Recently, they launched the 'Future of Aid' section that is filled ...

Social Justice Quiz 2012: Thirteen Questions

Bill Quigley | Posted 04.01.2012 | Politics
Bill Quigley

Question One. The combined pay of the 299 highest paid CEOs in the U.S. is enough to support how many median salary jobs?

Bill Gates: The Global Fund is "One of the Most Effective Ways We Invest Our Money"

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 03.31.2012 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

We know we can end AIDS. It was a pretty good year and an absolutely astounding decade.

Flea-Markets and Foreign Aid: Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Rachel Cook | Posted 03.18.2012 | World
Rachel Cook

In 2010, the United States spent 20 percent of its budget on Defense and Security, as opposed to less than 1 percent on non-security related international assistance. This 1 percent is less than half of the foreign aid budget of the 1980s, and even less of earlier decades. What's the deal?

America Does Not Happen By Accident

Ming Holden | Posted 03.17.2012 | Impact
Ming Holden

Simply put, America needs not to abandon foreign aid because if it did so, it would forfeit leadership.

Development That Works: OPIC Earns Money for the Treasury While Funding Development Throughout the World

Maxwell Kennedy | Posted 03.14.2012 | World
Maxwell Kennedy

In a new year in which the candidates will rehash arguments about American exceptionalism, it is worth paying attention to a little known aspect of American foreign policy that breaks the mold in many ways.

Do You Have a World-Changing Idea?

Bill Gates | Posted 03.12.2012 | Impact
Bill Gates

If there's one message I try to get across everywhere I go, it's this: Through innovation and generosity, the world has made amazing progress in improving the lives of its poorest people over the past 50 years.

Outflows, Not Aid, Must Be Curtailed to Fight Poverty

Raymond Baker | Posted 03.12.2012 | World
Raymond Baker

A shadow financial system consisting of tax havens, secrecy jurisdictions and anonymous corporate vehicles makes it easy for corrupt dictators, terrorists, drug traffickers and tax evaders to quietly shepherd their funds out of the developing world and around the planet without notice.

Let's Get Rid of the State Department

Dennis Jett | Posted 03.05.2012 | Politics
Dennis Jett

It makes sense, and not just because it would save over $40 billion -- the Department's annual budget. That big building in Foggy Bottom near all the monuments can be turned into a Motel 6, making it a moneymaker rather than a revenue eater.

10 Global Health Achievements in 2011

Karl Hofmann | Posted 02.28.2012 | World
Karl Hofmann

Despite real economic pressures and many competing priorities, across the world, governments, private companies, foundations, doctors, and individual volunteers worked to create a world where opportunity and hope are not crippled by poor health.

Safe Drinking Water: Giving Life, Health, and Hope

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 02.12.2012 | Politics
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

As America prepares for the holiday season, I hope that Congress will give a gift of life, health and hope by helping people around the world with something that most Americans take for granted: safe drinking water.

U.S. Freezes $700 Million In Aid To Pakistan

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2012 | World

WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) - The leaders of a U.S. House-Senate negotiating panel have agreed to freeze $700 million in U.S. aid to Pakistan until...

Saving the MCC from the Solyndra Effect

Ken Adelman | Posted 02.11.2012 | World
Ken Adelman

An old Latin proverb goes "Corruptio optimi pessima," or corruption of the best becomes the worst.

The Disappearance of the Compassionate Conservatives

Jim Wallis | Posted 02.07.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

The compassionate conservative space is vital to the health of the nation and the future of the poor, and therefore preserving it is essential. Republicans returning to it might further open up the space for the kind of bipartisan cooperation we desperately need.

Obama Administration Pushes Global LGBT Rights into the Limelight

Kevin Douglas Grant | Posted 02.05.2012 | Gay Voices
Kevin Douglas Grant

The U.S. took a groundbreaking step on global LGBT rights Tuesday, joining the U.K. in tying foreign aid to governments' protection of sexual minorities and drastically raising the stakes in the increasingly globalized battle over gay rights.

U.S. To Weigh Gay Rights When Allocating Foreign Aid: Source

AP | JULIE PACE | Posted 02.05.2012 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is announcing a wide-ranging effort to use U.S. foreign aid to promote rights for gays and lesbians abroad...

Ron Paul Not Invited To Event For His 'Misguided And Extreme Views'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 12.02.2011 | Politics

The Republican Jewish Coalition declined to invite Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) to its presidential candidates forum next Wednesday in Washington, citing h...

Not in our name: African human rights activists reject UK aid conditionality

Mark Canavera | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Mark Canavera

An oft-told African proverb (whose precise culture of origin often changes with the teller) asserts that "When elephants fight, the grass suffers." Pu...