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International Aid

Replacing International Oppression With International Aid

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lawrence Wittner

Suppose wealthy nations pumped billions into programs for the world's hungry, sick, and illiterate, not on an ad hoc, crisis basis, but long-term through the UN. Isn't this the ethical thing to do?

Haiti: Human Trafficking On The Rise After Earthquake

Eve Blossom | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Eve Blossom

Some groups (UNICEF) are now stating that thousands of children in Haiti are being trafficked out of the country. UNICEF has even reported children being taken from hospitals.

How to Help Haiti?

Karin Friederic | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Karin Friederic

Ask not only how to help, or where to pledge support, but what is it that you want to help with, and is that possible?

Darwin and Development

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

"Growth is innovation, and you can't know in advance how to do the innovative thing, or else it wouldn't be an innovation. Development is BOTTOM-UP ou...

Rockets to Markets

Iqbal Z. Quadir | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Iqbal Z. Quadir

Military action or aid to governments may be unavoidable in the short run, but unless coupled with commercial opportunities for people on the ground, they're unlikely to be cost-effective and efficacious in the long run.

Avoiding Darfive

Lee Bycel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lee Bycel

I just returned after spending 10 days in Eastern Chad, observing Rosh Hashanah in Darfuri refugee camps. There are no Jews there, but there are millions of humans struggling to survive.

New Year: Is There Hope for the Darfuri People, for Us?

Lee Bycel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lee Bycel

Why did I spend Rosh Hashanah in Darfuri refugee camps in Eastern Chad? Why would a rabbi welcome the Jewish New Year in a place where there are no Jews?

Innovation Improves Quality of Life Even When Incomes Lag

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dennis Whittle

The standard of living in developing countries has increased much faster than growth in income because of innovation, which has driven down the cost of goods and services.

Why Refugees Need to Make a Living

Dale Buscher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dale Buscher

It is time to implement interventions that are tailored to the local context, that build on the refugees' existing skills, and that match local market demand.

When Aid Agencies Listen

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dennis Whittle

The aid industry has spent over $2 trillion since World War II to help spur the development of poorer countries, with not enough to show for it.

Giving Markets and Official Aid in the UK

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dennis Whittle

There is a very good post over at Philanthrocapitalism, a blog by Matthew Bishop and Michael Green. It is worth reading the whole thing.

The Power of Proximity

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dennis Whittle

When large numbers of entrepreneurs, financiers, engineers, and other smart, creative people are constantly bumping into one another, business ideas are formed, sharpened and executed.

The Paradox of the Silver Bullet

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dennis Whittle

Microcredit is not a silver bullet for poverty alleviation. But Kiva has done an exceptional job in advancing the popular understanding of the role that credit can play in raising people out of poverty.

What Happens When One Man Takes on the System

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Dennis Whittle

Check out the trailer for the coming documentary for The White Man's Burden, a book by Bill Easterly. The movie is coming out in 2010, and I urge you to read the book in 2009.