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Humanitarian Aid

The $25 Million Creep-Out

Richard Walden | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Richard Walden

Operation USA, one of the world's most agile and innovative relief agencies, on average, runs on about $1.5M (cash) per year. That sum allows us to de...

Award-Winning Director Joshua Seftel Tells Dr. Dana Braner's Amazing 'Journey' of HOPE

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

HOPE on Film is a series of short films that follow the lifesaving work of Project HOPE volunteers around the world.

U.N. Strike Shows Convergence of Labor and Middle East Politics

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.15.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

In a way, this was a classic labor conflict between a public agency and workers. But UNRWA is a unique international bureaucracy, with a global budget crisis intertwined with the politics of the conflict-ridden regions it serves.

Congress Needs Bipartisan Friendships Now More Than Ever

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Ambassador Tony Hall

Bipartisan friendships don't erase our political divisions, but they do fundamentally change how political opponents view one another and engage with one another in the public arena.

On a Mission With

Amy Schrier | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Amy Schrier

For some time I had been ruminating on the growing need for a humanitarian media brand, a source of content, videos, articles, photography and community that would serve as a platform for dialogue among the growing number of people interested in social action.

Killing Journalists and Aid Workers

Ben Barber | Posted 06.15.2012 | World
Ben Barber

For decades, as a reporter I had an invisible shield, allowing me to wade into bloody conflicts, interview the killers and the families of the victims. But times have indeed changed.

Medieval Times Are Alive and Well in Gaza

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.11.2012 | World
Hani Almadhoun

No power, no fuel, and little water: darkness is everywhere, the public is deeply distrustful, and the only people making a living are those who walk around town flaunting big guns often accompanied by a huge entourage.

Has Foreign Aid Hurt Haiti: An Interview with Mario Joseph

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 06.06.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

Mario Joseph is Haiti's most influential and respected human rights attorney. Since 1996, he has led the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, which uses prominent human rights cases and a victim-centered approach in the interest of the poor majority.

CGI University 2012: Some Constructive Criticism -- The Necessity for a New Holistic Paradigm in the Humanitarian Field

Nikolas Katsimpras | Posted 06.04.2012 | College
Nikolas Katsimpras

Initiatives like this are desperately needed in our troubled times, but at the same time they should be promoting a change in a paradigm that has been tragically unsuccessful. It is time for self-assessment and constructive criticism.

Conflict in Mali Threatens to Escalate Food Crisis in Sahel Region

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

Growing insecurity in Mali and northern Nigeria is disrupting the supply of food to communities suffering from a major food crisis affecting 13 million people in West Africa.

The 21st Century Urban Disaster: How Do We Respond?

David Weiss | Posted 05.28.2012 | Impact
David Weiss

Regrettably, disasters are inevitable. But with continued investment in disaster risk reduction activities, municipal governments can mitigate the impact of those disasters when they do occur.

"Sponsor a Child" Is More Than Just a Popular Strategy to End Poverty -- It's a Deliberate, Long-Term Approach

Mark Hanlon | Posted 05.09.2012 | Impact
Mark Hanlon

There are discernable outcomes when a child is known, loved and protected out of the cycle of poverty.

Somalia: Time for a Shift in Focus

Louis Belanger | Posted 04.23.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

A new approach to Somalia is urgently needed. Somali women and men are asking for a greater say in efforts to bring about peace and security in their country.

Buying Out Our Guilts

Nikolas Katsimpras | Posted 04.18.2012 | Home
Nikolas Katsimpras

Afterwards we forget all about it, like we do after throwing a dollar in a homeless person's cup, walking away with pride, having temporarily silenced our inner voice. No questions are asked if the donated money finally reaches what it is meant for and in what way.

The Case for Reform of the Humanitarian System -- Report by Oxfam

Louis Belanger | Posted 04.07.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

The international humanitarian response system will fail to cope with the expected rise in the number of people exposed to crises unless there are more resources closer to where disasters happen and there is more investment in preventing and reducing the risk of disasters.

Climate Change And Urbanization Will Impact Disaster Relief

Reuters | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green

* Expert poll shows changing face of humanitarian aid * Role of climate change and urbanisation to grow * Investment in ...

Three Tech Trends Shaping a Bright Global Future

William Brindley | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
William Brindley

Through public-private partnerships and harnessing the human, social and financial capital of today's technology leaders, NetHope creates a bigger impact than possible with stand-alone donations.

Western Amnesia Encourages Atrocity in Sudan

Sarah Kenyon Lischer | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Sarah Kenyon Lischer

If we cannot promise 'never again' to all the world's victims of atrocity, ethnic cleansing, and genocide, we can at least remember Sudan. Continued amnesia will surely bring delusion and disaster.

Haiti: Now is Not the Time to Scale Back

Tom Arnold | Posted 03.13.2012 | Impact
Tom Arnold

On the two year anniversary of the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, I feel it is important to reflect on the very significan...

Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt Meet Obama At The White House

AP | Posted 03.12.2012 | Entertainment

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama might be powerful and well-known, but the White House got some Hollywood star power Wednesday: Brad Pitt and...

Angelina Jolie Speaks Out On President Obama, Slams Us Weekly

Posted 03.12.2012 | Entertainment

UPDATE (4 PM EST): According to the AP, Jolie and her partner, Brad Pitt, met with the President in the Oval Office on Wednesday. The news service rep...

Do Volunteer Efforts During Humanitarian Crises Help?

Akhtar Badshah | Posted 02.11.2012 | Impact
Akhtar Badshah

I am in Bangkok and have been very impressed with the work our local team is doing in delivering needed supplies to people that are still living in wa...

Missions In Action: This Christmas Give The Gift Of Life

Austin Carty | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Austin Carty

In other words, watching these first episodes of Missions in Action has reminded me that there is but One Love and that we are to, as Bono says, carry each other.

From Aid to Investment -- Successes, Challenges and the Way Forward

Hillary Clinton | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
Hillary Clinton

With official development assistance representing a much smaller share of the resources flowing into developing countries, we have to think differently about how we use it. We need to shift our approach and our thinking from aid to investment.

Does Your Aid Count?

Princess Haya Al Hussein | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Princess Haya Al Hussein

If in the last few years you got out your checkbook or credit card and donated to help rebuild Haiti, rescue Pakistanis from floods or fund a school in Tanzania, your contribution did not make its way into global aid figures.