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How to Turbo-charge Development? Innovation + Women

Ann Mei Chang | Posted 03.17.2016 | Impact
Ann Mei Chang

This blog is co-authored by Susan Markham, Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment for the U.S. Agency for International Develo...

Invest Now in Ethiopia to Sustain Progress, Save Lives

David Beckmann | Posted 03.08.2016 | Impact
David Beckmann

Ethiopia is suffering from the worst drought on record. It is vital that the United States and its partners act now to sustain the progress that has been made over the years in reducing hunger.

The Return on Investment of Foreign Assistance

Hari Sastry | Posted 03.09.2016 | Politics
Hari Sastry

As the worldwide landscape continues to evolve, we are truly a global community. What may appear to be a distant concern has the power to impact Americans right here on our home soil.

America's Foreign Engagement Gap

Christopher Holshek | Posted 03.04.2016 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

The U.S. is once again in the midst of an inward turn. Unlike the disconnection following the First World War, America's growing national deficit in the capacity and will to engage other people not like them is not the innocent confidence of a rising power but the false bravado leading one to its fall.

Our Nation's Budget Should Reflect Bipartisan Support for Wildlife

John F. Calvelli | Posted 02.29.2016 | Green
John F. Calvelli

Remarkably, a few priorities have broken through the partisan gridlock as things that appropriators from both parties agree that the U.S. budget should support. For the past few years, wildlife trafficking has been one of those priorities.

Fewer Pilots, More Scale: Making Digital Development Work

Ann Mei Chang | Posted 02.29.2016 | Impact
Ann Mei Chang

Over the past two decades, the digital revolution has transformed almost every aspect of our lives. Smartphones have become a virtual extension of our...

The "Orphan" Generation in Cambodia

Lindsay Stark | Posted 02.19.2016 | Impact
Lindsay Stark

A quiet, but alarming, trend is happening in Cambodian "orphanages." Instead of predominantly serving the needs of children whose parents have died, these institutions are increasingly being filled with children from poor families whose living parents are seeking better opportunities for their children's future.

Walking the Talk: Three Keys to Ending Vaccine-Preventable Deaths

Katrin DeCamp | Posted 02.19.2016 | World
Katrin DeCamp

At month's end, African health and finance ministers will meet in Ethiopia for the Ministerial Conference on Immunization in Africa. Alongside technical experts and policymakers, their focus will be expanding access to vaccines, knowing 1 in 5 African children still don't receive all necessary immunizations.

For US in Haiti, Black Votes Don't Matter

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 01.29.2016 | World
Mark Weisbrot

Basically, Haitians managed to put Washington in the situation of having to maintain that a runoff election with only one candidate, businessman Jovenel Moïse, would be legitimate, or postpone the election.

Taking Lessons from Silicon Valley to End Extreme Poverty

Ann Mei Chang | Posted 02.01.2016 | Impact
Ann Mei Chang

To address these realities, we must work faster and harder to ensure the world's most vulnerable are empowered and served. We must apply the insights of innovation communities like Silicon Valley to find new, more effective ways to reach the very poor.

How Promises of Aid Stiffed Haiti

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 01.24.2016 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Reports from the ground in Haiti say that most of the unrest is centered there, and this is the same experience I had in December when the election protests began and the countryside remained quiet as people went about the business of living.

Finding a Balance Between Counterterrorism and Supporting NGOs

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

Fear and anxiety should not encourage U.S. NGOs to first ask local partners or activists if they are terrorists before they ask if they can be partners.

If It's Broken, Let's Fix It

Justin van Fleet, Ph.D | Posted 01.19.2016 | Education
Justin van Fleet, Ph.D

Not only is the education of 65 million children disrupted today because of emergency, crisis and conflict -- but new projections we are working on at the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity show that these children will continue to fall behind.

Criminal Financial Support for the Khartoum Regime: A Last Chance for U.S. Justice for the People of Sudan

Eric Reeves | Posted 12.10.2015 | World
Eric Reeves

Gayle Smith, who has long worked as a senior Africa specialist in the Obama administration's National Security Council, was recently confirmed by the ...

Only 3 Congressmen Showed For A Hearing On The World's No. 1 Infectious Killer

The Huffington Post | LaurenWeber | Posted 12.09.2015 | Politics

Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was there. Dr. Eric Goosby, the United Nations envoy for tuberculosis, wa...

Rwanda: Empty Orphanages, Communities Filled with Hope

David Weiss | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
David Weiss

Marie (second from left) and Emil (fourth from left) have been reunited with their oldest sister Emmy (far right). Marie and Emil are typical seven-ye...

The Deadly Cholera Book of Numbers Swells in Haiti

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 12.01.2015 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

There are many shackles still attached to the Haitian people. International meddling has tightened them, but cholera should surely be one of the easiest to loosen and break. It is the least the international community can do. It requires will, a moral stance and a sincere apology.

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 10.27.2016 | 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 10.04.2016 | 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 09.29.2016 | 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 09.28.2016 | 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 09.27.2016 | 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 09.22.2016 | 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 07.28.2016 | 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.