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International Aid

'Be Quick, But Don't Hurry'

Hardy Vieux | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

Crises have a way of swallowing quality and achievement when we allow them to justify haste. The antidote seems to be action that is strategic, reflective, and urgent.

This U.S. Law Contributes To Women's Deaths Around The World

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

The Helms Amendment, passed more than 40 years ago, prevents U.S. foreign assistance funds from being used to pay for abortion as "a method of family ...

20 Years After Genocide in Rwanda, Violence Against the Global Poor Still a Reality

Gary Haugen | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Gary Haugen

Billions of the poorest people throughout the developing world know in a terrible and personal way the same truth the Rwanda genocide taught me: Violence has the power to destroy everything -- and is unstopped by our other responses to poverty.

Lifting All Boats

Hardy Vieux | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

Here in Jordan, we, in the humanitarian aid community, are addressing the myriad, stubborn problems born of the Syrian civil war.

The Privilege of Doing Development Work: Voluntourism and Its Limitations

Mario Machado | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Mario Machado

While I applaud the intentions of the voluntourists of the world, I think it is important for them to remain grounded in reality. They need to be constantly cognizant of their privileged positions to be doing development work in the first place and the limitations of both their time commitments and outsider status.

St. Frank: Sharing the Beauty in Social, and the Dignity in Enterprise

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 02.09.2014 | Good News
Erin Bernhardt

It all boils down to one realization: I learned to see and expose the beauty and dignity in the children I was trying to help, instead of merely throwing dollar bills at them like they were problems.

The U.S. Provides Plenty Of International Aid, But To All The Wrong Places

Posted 11.22.2013 | World

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the United States has launched a thorough and concerted relief effort that flies in the face of American disengagement....

Smarter Foreign Policy: Put Women in the Center

Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz

We need more Hilary Clintons as Secretary of State to break cultural barriers on the global arena and change perceptions. But, we also need more people advocating for women in foreign policy and women's issues.

Uganda Love This One, I Just Know It

MeiMei Fox | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Uganda is home to an estimated 2.5 million orphans, due to the widespread AIDS epidemic, poverty, and a 25-year-long war. The nation is unable to provide free education to its children. Therefore the majority of students never make it past elementary school.

Naming the Issue: Women in Afghanistan

Borany Penh | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Borany Penh

Afghanistan has come a long way in improving women and girls' welfare since the fall of the Taliban in 2002. But major work is needed to improve gender equality and safeguard past gains from backsliding.

What India's Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.20.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Anu Mokal wasn't breaking the law when she was out walking with her friend last year, yet to the police, her very existence was criminal. As a sex wo...

Understanding the Aid to GDP Relation: Not a Piece of Cake

Borany Penh | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Borany Penh

Anxieties over future aid levels in Afghanistan and the possible effects on the economy make it important to understand the relationship between international assistance and GDP.

Is Assad Winning Hearts and Minds?

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 08.08.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

A year ago, when the death toll stood at 14,000, the Assad regime proved to be the bully while the international community responded in five stages. Now the death toll stands at 94,786 and the international community has entered the sixth stage: a return to denial.

How Moving to the West Bank Brought Me Closer to My Parents

Donna Stefano | Posted 07.14.2013 | Parents
Donna Stefano

As a parent myself, living overseas so far away from my family, it has been important to me to find creative ways to maintain this intergenerational tie between my own son and his grandparents.

Kenya Balancing Act: Human Rights, Civil Society, Neo-Colonialism, and Democracy

Daniel Ben-Horin | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Daniel Ben-Horin

The drama plays out of whether or not Kenyatta and Ruto will appear in the Hague. The balance between repudiating colonialism and protecting human rights is infinitely tricky. We must get it right.

Hippocratic Philanthropy? Lessons From International Health Funding

Steve Heilig | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Steve Heilig

Philanthropy can cause harm in myriad ways. We need to get it right. For those considering support for or work with international development and health projects, here are a few ideas on how to assure that money and effort leads to real impact in a way that "does no harm"

Dead Aid: A Look Into Africa's Poverty

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 06.23.2013 | World
Ricardo B. Salinas

These trillion dollars have also resulted in the lack of viable mechanisms for development, such as a market economy and the emergence of entrepreneurs. All this comes together to explain a complete lack of investment and infrastructure, the perpetuation of poverty, in a nutshell.

What's Become of International Relief -- 34 Years Later

Richard Walden | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Richard Walden

Charity watchdog sites rate charities on their financial growth and on the transparency of their publicly-shared information... but have yet to be able to meaningfully measure the quality or usefulness of their programs.

Strengthening the Middle Class in Emerging Democracies

Fron Nahzi | Posted 04.02.2013 | Impact
Fron Nahzi

The international aid community responds to familiar challenges, as they have for the past 20 years, with the same programs combining trainings and grants. One reason these programs have not yielded the intended results is that they have overlooked the importance of education.

Billions to Haiti, Little to Haitians

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Bill Quigley

Despite billions in aid that were supposed to go to the Haitian people, hundreds of thousands are still homeless, living in shanty tent camps as the effects from the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, remain.

VOTE: Top Local International Nonprofit Helping Children

Posted 01.05.2013 | Impact

International children’s charities address a host of issues relating to the world’s most vulnerable citizens. Whether it’s delivering clean wate...

Historic Christian-Jewish Relationships At The Brink

Rabbi Steve Gutow | Posted 01.13.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Steve Gutow

The recent flap over the letter signed by the 15 mainline Christian leaders asking for a Congressional investigation into military aid to Israel and the response by many of the Jewish groups engaged in interfaith relations have raised some questions.

Rethinking the Role of International Aid Workers

Tori Hogan | Posted 12.24.2012 | Impact
Tori Hogan

If we're going to improve the field of international development, we need to completely rethink how aid workers can be of greatest service to the communities they intend to help.

Setting the Table for the End of Hunger

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 12.16.2012 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

Instead of putting grain on barges and shipping them across the world, what if we could work with local farmers and buy fresh food in local markets and rush it into famine areas? It's about fixing broken policies, and also about things you and I can do.

Coded in Country

Patricia Morizio | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Patricia Morizio

Often, the people who know best what issues need to be addressed, and how to address them, are the intended beneficiaries themselves.