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Reflections on a Post-Election Development Agenda

Bill Reese | Posted 01.03.2017 | Impact
Bill Reese

Like most people, I've been thinking a lot about how the results of the hard-fought presidential election of 2016 will shape the future. In this new y...

What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for the Future of Global Development & Foreign Policy

Caroline Avakian | Posted 11.21.2016 | Impact
Caroline Avakian

Photo courtesy of Shutterstock There is still much left to play out in the upcoming weeks when it comes to President-elect Donald Trump's foreign aid...

A Tiger Team to Cut Through Bureaucracy

Ann Mei Chang | Posted 11.07.2016 | Impact
Ann Mei Chang

What do you picture when you think about innovation? If you're a tech fan, maybe you picture someone taking an Uber to the Apple store. If you work in...

Innovation Alone Won't Change Habits

FOMIN | Posted 10.26.2016 | Impact

By Irani Arráiz Irani Arráiz leads the impact evaluations of many MIF projects, including projects that are designed to increase the competitiven...

40 Under 40: Latinos in Foreign Policy

Josue Lopez Calderon | Posted 10.27.2016 | World
Josue Lopez Calderon

For all the important international events that took place in 2016, there were a select group of Latinos who played an important role. During the ina...

The Power of Innovation to Save Moms and Babies

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 10.25.2016 | Technology
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

While innovative financing and new systems approaches will help achieve this goal, we cannot bridge the resource gap and truly accelerate our progress without innovation. The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is committed to fostering innovation to reach this goal.

Why is the global water crisis a women's issue and the top global risk over the next decade?

Shail Khiyara | Posted 10.14.2016 | Women
Shail Khiyara

Having worked on water projects in my past at Bechtel, I recently connected with Eleanor Allen, CEO of Water For People. Eleanor Allen is fiercely ...

Neglected Tropical Diseases: A Best Buy in Global Health

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 10.12.2016 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

One of the lesser known success stories in global health is about the progress we have made over the past decade in controlling and eliminating neglected tropical diseases or NTDs. And yes, the term "neglected" is there for a reason: because these diseases affect the poorest of the poor and have endured largely due to indifference and neglect.

American Support For Humanitarian Assistance Reflected In $1.2 Billion Pledge

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 09.20.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

On Sept. 15, InterAction announced that 31 of its member NGOs had pledged to collectively invest over $1.2 billion in private resources on global humanitarian assistance efforts over the next three years.

Fighting Wildlife Crime With Science And Technology

Mary Rowen | Posted 09.12.2016 | Green
Mary Rowen

Protecting wildlife is not just a matter of protecting our planet. It is also a security issue, an economic security issue, and an international development issue that is critical to all our interests.

What Wasn't Said At The White House Global Development Summit

Bill Reese | Posted 08.09.2016 | Impact
Bill Reese

Speaking at the recent White House Summit on Global Development, President Barack Obama celebrated a long list of important advances in health, clean energy, and food security made during his two terms in office.

Fight Poverty Through Entrepreneurship

Ann Mei Chang | Posted 06.22.2016 | Impact
Ann Mei Chang

It's a big week for entrepreneurship. Today is the start of the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, hosted by President Obama at Stanford University. Mo...

Political contests must not push Kenya over the precipice again

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 06.16.2016 | World
Siddharth Chatterjee

Protestors along a Kenyan street. Elections should not mean destroying every gain made over the previous years. PHOTO | TONNY OMONDI | NATION MEDIA GR...

Setting the Record Straight on ODA

OECD | Posted 06.15.2016 | World

Change is hard for many people - and organizations - to accept. This is particularly true when the waters are muddied by misunderstandings, even among well-meaning people, and when the stakes are so high.

The State Department Took an Important Step Against Extremists

Philip Seib | Posted 05.26.2016 | World
Philip Seib

This week, the U.S. State Department has taken a significant step forward by announcing that it will place greater emphasis on development aid in its CVE efforts. A joint strategy that will better coordinate State Department CVE projects with USAID should bring new substance to public diplomacy that has CVE potential.

Humanitarian System 'Stretched To The Limit' By Global Crises: USAID

Reuters | Sarah Grossman | Posted 05.24.2016 | Impact

(Reuters) - More complex humanitarian disasters such as the war in Syria and the Ebola epidemic threaten to overwhelm the international community's ab...

The Ben Rhodes I Know...

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 05.21.2017 | Politics
Dr. Rajiv Shah

The Ben Rhodes I know is a thoughtful and an experienced leader who spends more time figuring out how to elevate the people around him than himself. He is among a small handful of individuals who were hand-selected by President Obama to serve in his White House.

Seeking Solutions from the Unusual Suspects

Ann Mei Chang | Posted 05.18.2017 | Impact
Ann Mei Chang

Imagine you are the first in your family to graduate from college and get a job in a big city. Everyone is proud of you. But when you come home to visit your family, you find out your little sister has been missing school to help with household chores. What would you do?

A Turning Point in the Battle Against Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 05.13.2017 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

It should not be a surprise that the long treatment journey for MDR-TB makes it difficult for patients to continue to successful completion. One in five patients currently interrupts their treatment or are lost to follow up in health services, while for one in ten patients treatment fails.

Reflecting on Gayle Smith's Message of Hope

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 05.04.2017 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

Gayle assumed the position of USAID administrator in December 2015, building on her legacy at the White House and as a leader and advocate for development.

Investing in Water, Investing in Earth, Investing in Ourselves

Hari Sastry | Posted 04.23.2017 | Green
Hari Sastry

Water is the basic building block of our humanity--without it, human, animal, and plant life could not survive. Without it, our global goals of ensuri...

Yes, I'm Optimistic About Palestinian Youth

Bill Reese | Posted 04.20.2017 | Impact
Bill Reese

On a recent visit to the West Bank, I met with presidents, professors, and students from eight local universities to talk about the challenges Palesti...

Rethinking Policies for Afghan Women

Ishani Desai | Posted 04.19.2017 | Impact
Ishani Desai

The poor status of women under the Taliban regime was used to justify the U.S. intervention. However, given that conflict may disproportionately affect women, the U.S.'s policies on achieving gender equality in Afghanistan may not be all that effective.

Why Don't the Candidates Talk About Afghanistan?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 04.12.2017 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Heading into its sixteenth year, with no endpoint in sight, America's longest war is its least talked about. Afghanistan has not come up in any Repu...

Why Culture is Essential for Conflict Recovery and Sustainable Development

Cynthia P. Schneider | Posted 04.05.2017 | World
Cynthia P. Schneider

Think of what, for example, Cambodia, Rwanda, and Mali could learn from each other in deploying culture to help recovery from conflict. These countries all understand the value of culture in fostering peace, harmony, and economic development.