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International Aid

What Americans Get Wrong About Charity

Rhema Hokama | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Rhema Hokama

Less than 5 percent of American donation dollars went to international causes, and an even smaller fraction was allocated for effective anti-poverty relief. Unfortunately, this means that the majority of American charitable dollars never reaches the people in the developing world, those who need our help the most.

One Year After Ceasefire, 'Temporary' Housing for Gazans Seems to be Permanent

Nora Lester Murad | Posted 08.27.2015 | World
Nora Lester Murad

The Gaza Strip is among the most densely populated areas in the world, and the 1.8 million Palestinian residents suffer from economy-crippling mobility restrictions. They survived an exceptionally cold winter, in which at least four babies died of exposure, and are now enduring a summer of record-breaking heat.

No Tech Solutions for Poverty, Says Former Microsoft Researcher

Amy Costello | Posted 08.17.2015 | Technology
Amy Costello

I founded Tiny Spark four years ago to investigate philanthropy, nonprofits and socially responsible companies. As a former Africa correspondent, I had seen with my own eyes how difficult is it to have lasting impact in places far from where we live and discovered that well-intentioned projects can sometimes cause harm.

New Hope in Nepal: Education Transforms Lives

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 06.23.2015 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

In the aftermath of Nepal's earthquakes, my first concern has always been for the children. A million children affected by the earthquake need homes. They need to be cared for and protected from very real dangers such as trafficking.

The Spiritual Core in Ruins

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 06.02.2015 | Religion
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

People are in trauma everywhere in Nepal. Like a doctor in an emergency room, aid workers are focused on the most immediate needs first: food, shelter and medical care.

Food to the Mountaintop: Feeding Disaster Victims in Nepal

Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Trungram Gyaltrul Rinpoche, PhD

Over the past few days, the Buddhist Relief Services has been distributing food to villagers in the hardest hit regions of Nepal. We understand, what I call, Ground Reality; we see and hear what is happening on the ground, and are able to give aid where no one else has.

Birth Control and the Human-Wildlife Connection

John Seager | Posted 05.01.2015 | Green
John Seager

Champions of fossil fuels and others have long tried to frame the debate as a choice between either helping humans or helping the environment. But they're shortsighted and wrong. Helping humans helps the environment.

Israel Devastated Gaza, But 'Aid' Helps It Stay That Way

Nora Lester Murad | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Nora Lester Murad

Accountability cannot be achieved without honest, critical, constructive discussion about what is really happening. We must tell the whole, complex, discomforting truth, even if it leads us to conclude that "aid" isn't as helpful as we want to believe it is.

Clean Water and Strong Institutions for Haiti

Pedro Medrano Rojas | Posted 03.29.2015 | Impact
Pedro Medrano Rojas

The cholera epidemic in Haiti has highlighted the international community's historic lack of attention to water and sanitation. Water and sanitation coverage in Haiti has stagnated for decades and is the lowest in the Western Hemisphere, far behind the average of other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Syrian Refugees: Prostitution Rises When Aid Fails

Chaker Khazaal | Posted 03.25.2015 | Impact
Chaker Khazaal

During a recent visit to Lebanon, walking along Hamra Street, I was taken back to my childhood. My father and I meandered down this road en route to my favorite spot. Constantly stopped by friends, eager to talk, it seemed to take forever to reach the Modca Cafe, and the ice cream I so eagerly anticipated.

The UN Says $16.4 Billion Is Needed To Aid The World's Most Vulnerable

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 02.07.2015 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations appealed Monday for $16.4 billion to pay for global humanitarian needs in 2015, saying it needs that money to help ...

Kate Sheppard

Obama To Commit $3 Billion For Climate Aid | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama will pledge $3 billion this weekend to an international fund that helps developing countries address climate c...

Ebola Has No Greater Friend Than Fear

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 12.31.2014 | World
Ambassador Samantha Power

This is a crisis that is so vast, with needs so great, with potential consequences so dire, that no country can afford to stand on the sidelines. A few are doing a lot. But a lot are doing very little, or nothing at all. It is well past time to join what is a historic, groundbreaking, lifesaving mission -- a noble mission.

'SNL' Nails Important Point About Aid Programs In Africa With Spot-On, Hilarious Sketch

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact

Ever wonder how international aid organizations determine how much to ask for from donors? So does "Saturday Night Live." In last Saturday's show,...

U.S. "vs." China in Africa: A Message to President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang: you don't need to be so competitive because you're not actually competing. A more formal collaborative approach could be in your mutual interest.

No One Should Live Outside the Web of Connectivity

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Rev. Larry Hollon

Various agencies designed to deal with such emergencies were already being stretched before Ebola struck. Equally frustrating is the fact that this crisis graphically demonstrates how the lack of reliable communication today is a matter of life and death, but communication infrastructure lags behind human need.

Beyond Beliefs: The International Fight to Protect Childhood

Lauren Book | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Lauren Book

For the past week and a half, I've been traveling the rural island of Barbados teaching primary and secondary school students vital lessons on how to stay safe.

When Is 70 Percent Better Than 100 Percent?

Hardy Vieux | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

What if those of us searching for solutions made peace with the fact that we just do not -- and, perhaps, may not -- fully understand all of the contours of some of the seemingly intractable problems facing the Syrian refugee population?

The Trials and Triumphs of Aiding Africa

Bill Gates | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Bill Gates

In the world of venture capital, a success rate of 30 percent is considered a great track record. In the world of international development, critics hold up every misstep as proof that aid is like throwing money down a rat hole. When you're trying to do something as hard as fighting poverty and disease, you will never achieve anything meaningful if you're afraid to make mistakes.

'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 ...

Half A Million North Korean Children No Longer Receive Food Aid

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 04.25.2014 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A funding crunch for aid to North Korea has become so severe 500,000 rural schoolchildren are as of this month no long...

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.