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Integrated Development: Advancing the Conversation

Patrick Fine | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Patrick Fine

We need to be intentional, purposeful and practical, carefully thinking through when and how we approach and implement integrated programs.

Fulfilling the US and India's Extraordinary Promise Through Public Health

Akash Goel | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Akash Goel

Now is a defining moment of leadership between the U.S. and India. Any strategic partnership must include engagements on public health in order to fulfill the extraordinary promise of the world´s two largest democracies.

Commitments For Women Take Center Stage At 69th U.N. General Assembly

Casey Santiago | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Casey Santiago

Nearly 90 percent of maternal deaths are preventable with access to appropriate care, all of which can be provided for as little as $250 per woman.

Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya -- When Will It End?

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."

Five Ways to Strengthen the U.S. Response to Ebola

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

This is a manageable public health crisis that we know how to solve, but doing so requires our focus, our attention, our resolve and our resources, tools that only the United States has.

Obama Continues Misdirection in U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

This is a guest post by Adam Waters, a Senior History Major at Brown University. Adam worked at the Council on Foreign Relations as an intern over the...

Latest Development in USAID Controversy Reflects Years of Botched Cuban Policy

Laura Weiss | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Weiss

When it comes to U.S.-Cuba relations -- a history wrought with covert coup plans, bureaucratic missteps, and Cold War-era paranoia -- one struggles to know what to believe.

From Slums To Significance: The Communities Shaping Our Urban Future

David Weiss | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

Too often slum dwellers have been considered a problem. I believe they are the solution. If we help communities get the right tools and learn the right techniques we can empower them to take control of their and their cities' futures.

Bringing Conservation and Development Together

Mark Tercek | Posted 10.25.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

Development and conservation are often viewed as separate or even opposing needs. The truth is, we simply won't be successful in addressing either t...

Connections Matter in Mexico's Northern Border Region

Indre Biskis | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Indre Biskis

Mexico will face a shortage of about 115,000 professionals with computer networking skills by 2015, according to research by IDC. Young people who develop these skills now will have better opportunities in tomorrow's workforce -- and fewer reasons to yield to criminal activity.

500 Days Until the MDG Deadline: Accelerating Progress for Women and Children

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

This progress is remarkable and worth celebrating. Yet it is only a taste of what we can accomplish, and with less than 500 days until the deadline, we have a lot of work ahead of us.

Providing Humanitarian Assistance During Unprecedented Times

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Konyndyk

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to commemorate the fallen relief workers who died in the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, as well as the thousands of others who have given their lives to help those in need.

Reacting Is Not Enough -- Ebola Crisis Demands International Collaboration in Prevention

David Weiss | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

We all hope that soon the prevention efforts will get Ebola under control. But it should be a wake-up call that it is not enough to react after an event.

Prioritizing Chaos: The Challenges Humanitarians Face When Responding to Crises

Joel R. Charny | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Joel R. Charny

As Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan demonstrate, the reforms do not address the core challenges of providing assistance and assuring the protection of vulnerable people in the midst of unrelenting conflict.

Obama Says He Wants to Cut the 'Stupid Sh-t'? Start with Bad Cuba Policy

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 10.06.2014 | Latino Voices
Ricardo Herrero

President Obama drew attention earlier this summer for reportedly describing his policy doctrine to reporters with four simple words. Now it's time to see how serious the president is about adhering to this principle.

The Maxwell Smarts of USAID Are at It Again in Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

Four months after the Associated Press uncovered USAID's secret attempt to create ZunZuneo, a Twitter-like instant messaging service created to send subversive messages to Cuban users, AP has blown the cover on yet another covert USAID operation in Cuba.

Saving Mothers In Afghanistan: Progress, Challenges And The Road Ahead

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 09.29.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Afghanistan has once again been labelled one of the worst places in the world to be a mother. According to UNICEF, a woman dies every two hours due to complications during pregnancy in Afghanistan.

When Donor Driven Programs Work

Fron Nahzi | Posted 09.27.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

Ideally, USAID and other donors should make sustainability an umbrella aspect of their political, social, and economic development programming.

Children of Syria

Hind Kabawat | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Hind Kabawat

Teenagers joining extremist groups are a growing sign of the desperation facing young Syrian refugees. It should also be a stark warning to the outside world that has been content to stand by while the fighting continues.

USAID 2.0: Improving Impact and Outcomes

Jean Case | Posted 09.14.2014 | Impact
Jean Case

Administrator Shah and his team worked tirelessly with members of the Panel in a remarkable spirit of openness and transparency, and he and his team embraced the animating principle that saving a greater number of lives depends on fundamental revisions to existing practices at USAID.

Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships

David J. Olson | Posted 09.13.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

t used to be that a donor would sit down with the ministry of health to work out the design and implementation of a new global health initiative, with no significant input or involvement of other stakeholders. Those days, thankfully, are long gone.

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 09.05.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

Pregnant Alyssa Milano Shares Touching Photo With Son

The Huffington Post | Lauren Zupkus | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment

Here's your daily dose of cuteness, courtesy of Alyssa Milano. The 41-year-old actress shared a sweet Instagram photo of herself and 2-year-old son...

Not Just Baby Steps: Global Action Gives All Newborns A Fighting Chance To Survive And Thrive

Katie Taylor | Posted 08.30.2014 | Impact
Katie Taylor

This week, USAID is joining a global movement to give newborns a fighting chance to survive and thrive during the most perilous period of life -- during delivery and the post-natal period when prematurity, asphyxia and infection pose grave threats to their survival.

Living Miracles: Celebrating Child and Maternal Survival in Washington

Katherine Marshall | Posted 08.25.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Many parts of the world have yet to experience the transformation that modern medicine and better public health can bring, but there is rapid progress and very reasonable hope that we will soon live in a world where all families experience this miraculous change.