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.
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.
The reality now is that civil wars do not remain quarantined within national borders. And that forced migration is not an accidental byproduct of war. Many combatants use the forced movement of people as an intentional war strategy.
The beauty is that stories do not have to fill a financial need. There are many talented people and storytellers out there but they are not being adequately accessed. The problem is a matter of incentives.
In addition to being most strategic in their work one can feel a core ethic of JP/HRO -- respect for the Haitian people. That sense of humaneness permeates the camp. What also stands out is their integrated approach.
When I saw this little boy's photos in my inbox, I was eager to learn about this child. He was sweet and shiny and alert, just a few months old, and I felt hopeful for a moment. Then I read the social history.
Those who commit their lives to following Jesus are asked to follow in His steps. Many will argue that these are challenging tasks. If Jesus was here today, He would not do anything we cannot do ourselves.
Muslims are called to serve mankind. The hunger and thirst felt during the fast serves to cultivate empathy with those who are living hungry and thirsty everyday, those who are less fortunate than we are.
National identity provides foundational strength for a country, for it defines that unique metaphoric construct for collective belief in the nation not only as a physical place, but as a collectively held idea.