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International Aid

Understanding Community Development on a Global Level

Tom Murphy | Posted 08.04.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

I had the chance to speak with Lara Crampe, Development Officer for IIRR. She has proposed to give the talk titled "Sex, Slacktivism, and How Not to C...

Building American Support for Global Health Spending

Tom Murphy | Posted 07.23.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

The reality of foreign aid spending is vastly different than its perception. Despite representing a small sliver of the federal budget, foreign aid does a lot of good.

Calling All Creatives to Tackle Foreign Aid

Nick Law | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Nick Law

There is also a large disconnect about how much the public thinks is spent on aid, and the actual amount that is given. Our mission: to help judge and mentor a $1 million challenge to find fresh new ways of connecting people with the story of overseas aid.

Cuba and International Solidarity

Dan Kovalik | Posted 05.08.2012 | World
Dan Kovalik

Every day we see what Cuba is doing for the poor of the Western Hemisphere, and with very little resources.

NGOs, Corporations and the Changing Geography of Poverty

David Weiss | Posted 04.15.2012 | Impact
David Weiss

Brazil, Russia, India and China are profoundly shaking up the G8. All of these newcomers give aid to developing countries. And yet some still receive substantial aid themselves from the U.S. and other donors.

WWO: Trusted and Valuable Resource in Haitian Community

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 03.26.2012 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

Since Haiti's devastating earthquake two years ago, WWO has been in the process of adapting our current program models to fit the needs of children who have been affected by the horrific tragedy.

Ethiopia: Forced Relocations Bring Hunger, Hardship

Human Rights Watch | Posted 03.19.2012 | World
Human Rights Watch

As a result of their potential responsibilities and liabilities, donors have undertaken assessments of the villagization program and determined that the relocations were voluntary. Human Rights Watch's field-based research and interviews with residents, however, indicates that the moves have been coerced.

USAID: Building Resiliency In The Horn of Africa

Tom Murphy | Posted 02.27.2012 | Good News
Tom Murphy

Programming in the HoA seeks to give people living in the region the ability to adjust to the cyclical droughts that return every few years. Feed the Future is one USAID program that hopes to build the capacity to withstand weather challenges.

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.

Abandonment of a Baby: Jail and Adoption are not the Answers

Dr. Jane Aronson | Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact
Dr. Jane Aronson

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.

Do Muslims Really Care About Somalia?

Akbar Ahmed | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Akbar Ahmed

There is never a dearth of funds for magnificent mosques, but when it comes to alleviating the mass starvation of a people, Muslims are coming up short.

Family Planning: 'The Best of Times, the Worst of Times'

Robert Walker | Posted 11.22.2011 | Politics
Robert Walker

The world's largest donor nation, the United States, is retreating on its commitments to international family planning, and other donor nations may follow suit.

Major Groups Call For U.S. Funding to Support International Global Warming Action

Jake Schmidt | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green
Jake Schmidt

In 2011, Congress passed bills which dedicated $750-950 million for international action addressing the impacts of global warming. The House appropriations committee recently passed a bill that seeks to gut these key actions.

RIP, Aid Watch

Dennis Whittle | Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

On May 19, Bill Easterly and Laura Freschi announced that their blog Aid Watch was ending, after running about two years.

G8 Support for a Tunisian Plan

Elyès Jouini | Posted 07.19.2011 | World
Elyès Jouini

Tunisia has the potential to be one of the most attractive and fastest growing economic centers of the Mediterranean. But without immediate and sizable help from the international community, it will not survive.

5 More Myths About International Aid

Tom Murphy | Posted 07.06.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

John Norris of the Center for American Progress writes the five myths about foreign aid in the Washington Post. I would like to add a few more with brief explanations as to why I have included them.

Amanda Terkel

Interview With Ousted State Dept. Spokesman P.J. Crowley | Amanda Terkel | Posted 05.30.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Despite resigning as State Department spokesman on March 13, P.J. Crowley remains deeply concerned about the effect that deep cuts to th...

Japan and Beyond: Advice for Donating After Disasters

Saundra Schimmelpfennig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Saundra Schimmelpfennig

A series of dos and don'ts to help you make the best donation decisions after a disaster, like the current crisis in Japan.

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.

U.S. Relief Supplies Headed To Refugees In Tunisia

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON — The U.S. on Friday launched a multipronged effort to assist throngs of foreign workers who fled the fighting in Libya, sending two ...

UNRWA: A Good Investment for American Taxpayers

Amb. Philip C. Wilcox, Jr. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Philip C. Wilcox, Jr.

At a tumultuous turning point in the Middle East, where cries for freedom, jobs and human development are resonating, America needs to reinforce its investment in human development and more dignified lives for Middle Easterners.

Don't Downsize Democracy -- Here or Abroad

Milburn Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Milburn Line

Massive budget cuts in our capacity to support democracy abroad could take the United States out of play just when the global tipping point may have finally been reached.

Fed Budget Changes Could Hit Aid, Art Charities Hardest

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

The new budget promises to decrease spending by at least $1 trillion over the next decade, however it may come at a high price -- the decline of chari...

This Lent -- Looking Inward, Looking Outward

Jim Wallis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jim Wallis

We certainly did not get into this fiscal trouble by spending too much on the poor, and trying to reduce the deficit at the expense of our most vulnerable people is simply morally unacceptable.