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How We've Helped Children Worldwide During A Record Year Of Disasters

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.29.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

I recently saw a list that surprised me. It was a record of emergencies that Save the Children has responded to so far in 2011. The year started wit...

America's 30 Pieces of Silver

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.26.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Few in Washington may realize that the issue of U.S. funding for Palestine is the talk of the town in Ramallah and other Palestinian cities. And the talk is not pleasant.

Wampanoags and Peanut Farmers

Mark Moore | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Mark Moore

This year's Thanksgiving celebration will take place as millions of children face starvation in the Horn of Africa and in developing nations around the world. And I am wondering if we will be as generous as the Wampanoags.

Commentary: 50 Years -- A Great Start But Still a Long Way to Go

Carol Peasley | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
Carol Peasley

On November 3rd, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was a somewhat quiet celebration, and too few Americans were given a chance to learn about the tens of millions of lives saved.

Let's Test a Life-Saving Balloon

Maura O'Neill | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Maura O'Neill

Worldwide, a woman dies from an uncontrollable postpartum hemorrhage every four minutes, totaling 140,000 deaths per year. There is a medical device called a balloon tamponade that can help save a mother from excessive blood loss.

Is USAID Being Set Up to Fail on the GHI?

Nandini Oomman | Posted 01.04.2012 | World
Nandini Oomman

By burdening USAID with eventual responsibility for the GHI's success but with no authority or leverage to make it happen, the QDDR has inadvertently placed USAID in an impossible situation.

Gender Equality and Social Justice: Why Foreign Assistance Matters

Rep. Jim Moran | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim Moran

I hate to see our Congress turning away from the rest of the world. That's not who we are as a people, and as a nation. Our values give hope to women and men struggling against poverty, discrimination and oppression everywhere

Convergence of Public and Private Sector Goals to Build a Better World: From CSR to Embedding Societal Needs into Business

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business
Dr. Derek Yach

Several emerging resource constraints-especially related to food, water and energy represent unparalleled threats to the economic and social wellbeing of all countries and many companies.

America's Investment in Global Leadership Advances U.S. National Security and Economic Prosperity

Thomas R. Nides | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact
Thomas R. Nides

Serious cuts to development and diplomacy -- to America's investment in global leadership -- would seriously undermine our long-term national security and economic prosperity.

US Congress Ruining Ten Years of American Effort in Palestine

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 12.13.2011 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Palestinian educational ministry sources estimated that as many as 65 percent of all Palestinian children enter first grade without having been exposed to any preschool learning. Perhaps this is why educators embraced the USAID-funded educational programs.

The Budget for True National Security

Jeffrey Sachs | Posted 12.07.2011 | Politics
Jeffrey Sachs

We are wasting a fortune on wars when a small fraction of that would and should enhance our national security by helping poor and unstable countries to control disease, boost food production, and protect the natural environment.

In a Big Risk-Taking Mood?

Karl Hofmann | Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact
Karl Hofmann

Americans often ask, why do we spend so many of our tax dollars on foreign aid? And what do we get for it? These questions are appropriate and important to our democracy. But so are informed answers.

Horn of Africa Crisis Is Not Over. How Can We Avoid Another One?

David J. Olson | Posted 12.04.2011 | World
David J. Olson

The current drought and famine is worse than the one in 1985 -- some say it is the worst in 60 years and affects more than 12 million people, most of them women and children -- but seems to be attracting a fraction of the world's attention.

U.S. Foreign Health Investments Improve Lives Abroad -- And Here at Home

Mandy Moore | Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact
Mandy Moore

When people are healthy, they can be productive. They work, earn an income, and buy products -- they build their economy. It's simple and logical, but to grow economies, the basic building block of health is necessary.

Chickening Out in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 12.03.2011 | World
Peter Van Buren

Who doesn't like roasted chicken? Fresh, crispy with a little salt, it falls off the bone into your mouth. It's a great thing, unless the price is $2.5 million of your tax dollars.

Will PEPFAR HIV Funding Be Flatlined by Budget Battles?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 11.29.2011 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Is Obama neglecting worldwide human rights issues, as critics charge?

US Approach to Punishing Pakistan Is Ineffective: Why Bridges, Books & Butter Approach Will Win Hearts and Minds

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 11.29.2011 | Politics
Rep. Mike Honda

Contrary to popular opinion among U.S. foreign policymakers, the way to undermine growth of insurgencies in Pakistan is not through drone strikes, air and night raids, or covert operations,

The State Department and USAID Get It

Alex Wirth | Posted 11.28.2011 | Education
Alex Wirth

This weekend I was in New York for a State Department Panel entitled, "Youth Driving Change: Global Youth and Civic Engagement." The event itself was just as amazing as the story behind it -- one that is still developing.

Behind the Scenes: Bringing a Commitment to Life

Anu Gupta | Posted 11.26.2011 | Impact
Anu Gupta

The world needs more than money to solve our global health challenges. Rolling up one's sleeves to help figure out the solution is a commitment in itself -- one that is often invisible when financial commitments are made.

FWD the Facts About Famine, War and Drought in the Horn of Africa

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 11.20.2011 | World
Dr. Rajiv Shah

FWD stands for the three major crises that have led to this perfect storm of devastation in the Horn of Africa. It also stands for our call to action -- that people get engaged and forward this information on.

Saki Knafo

Thailand's New Rice Policy Could Lead To International Food Price Crisis, Analysts Warn

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 11.20.2011 | World

A program sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is warning of a possible spike in international rice prices, a d...

USAID Goes FWD With Open Data and Open Government for Famine Aid

Alexander Howard | Posted 11.19.2011 | Technology
Alexander Howard

Today at Mashable's Social Good Summit, Dr. Raj Shah, the administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will launch ...

'Utterly Irresponsible': Donor Funding in Drug 'Treatment' Centers

Joe Amon | Posted 11.14.2011 | World
Joe Amon

A Human Rights Watch report on Vietnam's system of so-called drug "treatment" centers found abuse happening on a massive scale, yet international donors and NGOs are deeply engaged in these centers.

Private Sector Approach at U.S. Aid Agency: Can Tough Measures Aid U.S. Jobs?

Dan Silverstein | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

In the stock market the smart money knows "if you're going to panic, panic early". The same is true for entrepreneurs when it comes to recognizi...

How Afghanistan Is Rebuilding Itself

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

"One of the things that people don't appreciate is how dramatically far Afghanistan has come in the last ten years, in terms of the capacity for governance."