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Dancing in the Storm: Leveling the Digital Gender Divide One Woman at a Time

Karen Sherman | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact
Karen Sherman

Less than half of the world's population can get online. And women are connecting more slowly than men, with an estimated 200 million fewer women than men online in 2014. This digital gender divide isn't just unfair; it's fundamentally detrimental for women.

It's Time for America to Stand with Survivors of Rape

John Seager | Posted 10.27.2015 | World
John Seager

Since its passage in 1973, the Helms Amendment has been grossly misinterpreted to prevent U.S. funds from being used to provide safe abortions for rape survivors in the world's poorest countries, even in the case of incest or a life-threatening pregnancy.

How USAID's Secret Think Tank Funding Hurts the Poor

Till Bruckner | Posted 10.05.2015 | Impact
Till Bruckner

Over the past two decades, support by USAID and other Western donors has led to an explosion in the number of think tanks in developing countries. However, much of this money is still being given and taken behind closed doors, threatening to hurt rather than help the world's poor.

Waiting for the White House Plan on Tuberculosis

Lee Reichman | Posted 10.06.2015 | Impact
Lee Reichman

18 cases of XDR-TB have occurred in the U..S since 2008. However, much more common is multi-drug resistant TB (MDR-TB), a strain very nearly as bad as XDR-TB, with an average global treatment success rate of just 48 percent and requiring a similarly toxic regimen.

Haiti's Multi-Billion Dollar Humanitarian Aid Problem

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy | Posted 09.28.2015 | World
Young Professionals in Foreign Policy

The reality is that a confluence of poor accountability and lack of local partnering by international organizations have severely hindered the effectiveness of aid dollars, and hence, Haiti's development.

Obama Sends Merten Back to Haiti as New Election Crisis Looms

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 09.27.2015 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Merten is a predictable choice to defend U.S. interests in the Haiti Parliamentary elections, since he was Ambassador to Haiti during the 2010-11 Haiti Presidential election cycle that installed musician "Sweet Mickey" Martelly.

Making the Sustainable Development Goals a Reality: Five Things We Need To Know

Katrin DeCamp | Posted 09.29.2015 | World
Katrin DeCamp

Even as this set of 15-year objectives--related to health and poverty, climate change and social equity--are pending adoption by the United Nations this month, the global health community is asking this question.

100 years of Occupation in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 07.28.2015 | World
Mark Schuller

Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of the commencement of the U.S. Occupation of Haiti. On July 28, 1915, U.S. Marines landed on the shores of Haiti, occupying the country for 19 years. Several have argued that the U.S. has never stopped occupying Haiti, even as military boots left in 1934.

A Glimpse Of An Everyday Struggle Among Haiti's Health Care Workers

The Huffington Post | Peter Mellgard | Posted 07.20.2015 | World

JEAN DENIS, Haiti -- At the health clinic here, three hours northwest of Port-au-Prince, a crowd of mostly women and girls linger in the shade away f...

U.S. Court Upholds Federal Contractor Campaign Finance Ban

Reuters | Lawrence Hurley | Posted 07.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, July 7 (Reuters) - A federal appeals court on Tuesday rejected a challenge to a long-standing ban on U.S. government contra...

Jessica Schulberg

USAID May Not Even Know Locations Of Clinics It Funds In Afghanistan, Watchdog Says | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A government oversight agency reported on Wednesday that the U.S. Agency for International Development provided inaccurate or incomplet...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Were Schools A U.S. Win In Afghanistan? Maybe Not So Much. | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With Afghanistan's situation already looking more precarious than ever because of a re-energized Taliban insurgency and potential Islami...

Surprised by MERS Again? The Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in Asia

Dr. William Karesh | Posted 06.15.2015 | World
Dr. William Karesh

It's hard to believe but I first posted the article that this is adapted from almost two years ago to the day. Little has changed other than Ebola drawing the world's attention away from MERS until a new and significant outbreak erupted in east Asia three weeks ago after being introduced by a traveler returning from the Middle-East.

State Department Clarifies Stance on Western Sahara, USAID Activities

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.09.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I asked the State Department to clarify the official U.S. position on the Western Sahara. Below a Q&A conducted via email in May 2015 with an official State Department spokesperson, with answers provided for quotation on background.

Capital Ideas That Can Best 'Isms'

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 05.20.2015 | Politics
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

The victorious nations of World War II emerged from their searing experience with several conclusions about how the world worked. Most of these prov...

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.

American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics, Claims Whistleblower

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

As American pundits are discussing the Clinton Cash affair and worrying about possible undue foreign influence on U.S. foreign policy via donations to...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

Pakistani Friends Mourn U.S. Aid Worker Killed In CIA Drone Strike | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 04.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Warren Weinstein made his Pakistani friends nervous when he first arrived in their country in 2004. The trouble wasn't that the vete...

Building on Today's Progress for 2016 and Beyond

Michele Jolin | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics
Michele Jolin

We know more than ever before about what works to improve results for young people, their families and communities, and across the country there is growing bipartisan momentum behind shifting public funds toward evidence-based solutions.

A Grim Anniversary for Liberia

Jolene Mullins | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Jolene Mullins

Anniversaries. We use them to commemorate the best of times and the worst of times. In Liberia, this is a grim anniversary -- one year of fighting Ebola. As I look back on my past year, I think of where we all were in the beginning of April, 2014, and I think of where we need go.

From Food Security to Regional Security: How Community Resilience Can Prevent Conflict in Africa

Darius Mans | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Darius Mans

All told, the project reached approximately 180,000 people across two regions of the country. With this rising tide, and with new knowledge and skills to keep growing, communities can start distancing themselves from severe poverty and scarcity.

Celebrating #WorldWaterDay

Danielle Nierenberg | Posted 05.20.2015 | Green
Danielle Nierenberg

March 22nd, World Water Day, is a day to celebrate one of the planet's most precious resources, fresh water. But that resource is being rapidly depleted.

Oh, Snap!

Astrid Caldas | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Astrid Caldas

f you know what to expect it is easier to plan or agree on actions. That was the message I got from an interactive exercise during the USAID-led Advancing Climate-Resilient Development Symposium yesterday.

Let's 'Make It Happen': No Woman Should Die Giving Life

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 05.07.2015 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

As we commemorate International Women's Day, it is crucial to take stock of progress and outstanding challenges that confront women and girls and rededicate ourselves to making a difference in their lives.

Is Alan Guilty of Gross Ingratitude?

Sandy Goodman | Posted 06.05.2015 | Politics
Sandy Goodman

Gross may not have been an American spy. But he was surely a U.S. government agent who got caught on the job breaking Cuban law. Now that he's home, his continued lawsuit against the government that saved his life, paid him millions and made him a celebrity, is nothing less than Gross ingratitude.