We saw our common humanity in action earlier this year when nearly half of American households contributed to the Haiti earthquake response. In fact, more people gave money to Haiti relief efforts this year than watched the Super Bowl.
Beloved by the locals since his arrival in 2005, Todd's good-natured persistence underlies his belief that in spite of floods or earthquakes, health care for Pakistanis in rural parts of the country is an attainable goal.
Haiti's 1.5 million homeless have once again become invisible. Because they are not seen or heard in mainstream media, most people assume things are improving, the problem solved. Unfortunately they are wrong.
Last week, President Obama unveiled his administration's global development policy. Much of the announcement focused on the reform of U.S. governmental systems and the strengthening of America's multilateral capabilities.
This Saturday, I'll be stepping off a plane in Dubai along with several dozen other Americans, on the way to Kabul for a mission to monitor elections for the Wolesi Jirga, Afghanistan's lower house of Parliament.
In the near future when I drive up to a village in Africa, although the roads may be bumpy, I will see a woman using a tablet PC powered by the latest renewable energy source. This is a vision of Technology that the administrator of USAID painted.
Not all natural disasters are created equally. It is the most random hooks that spark international response. And lack of international response in regionally sensitive areas are a breeding ground for terrorism.