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Hottest Year on Record: What Universities and Aid Agencies Can Do

Fron Nahzi | Posted 03.28.2015 | World
Fron Nahzi

Providing the next generation with the skills and experience that could begin to reverse an impending global-scale ecologic crisis and bring us a bit closer to putting the planet and its population on a trajectory towards sustainability.

5 Years Later, Haiti Is Embracing Its Potential

John Groarke | Posted 03.14.2015 | Impact
John Groarke

This shift encourages us to keep an eye toward the future. Working closely with Haiti's Education Ministry, USAID is helping schools introduce proven methodologies for teaching kids how to read. This will help diversify and expand Haiti's labor pool to compete for 21-century jobs.

Five Years Later: Haiti's Progress, Before and After the Earthquake

David Weiss | Posted 03.11.2015 | Impact
David Weiss

As we remember the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti five years ago, it is important that we understand that tragic event in the broader context of that nation's recent history. Thirty-four years ago, I was assigned to Haiti for two years as an economic officer in the U.S. Embassy.

Promoting Press Freedom -- U.S. Spends Over $100 Million Per Year

Frank Vogl | Posted 03.01.2015 | Media
Frank Vogl

The First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States guarantees freedom of expression by prohibiting Congress from restricting the press or the rights of individuals to speak freely.

Lessons Learned a Decade After the Indian Ocean Tsunami

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 02.28.2015 | World
Nancy Lindborg

I will never forget the surreal sights and stench of such massive destruction. In a humid heat, bodies were still trapped beneath towers of debris and piled along the road. Survivors and humanitarian workers alike had a dazed look. In the face of this utter tragedy, the world mobilized to save lives and reconstruct.

Obama Administration Brings Global LGBTI Community Together to Advance Human Rights and Development

Todd Larson | Posted 02.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Todd Larson

The resounding international LGBTI-affirming commitments in the communique are a direct result of strong U.S. Government support to organize as inclusive a convening as possible.

Raj Shah Unveils Common Values for Dems and Republicans

Maura O'Neill | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Maura O'Neill

In October 2009, Raj Shah walked across the reception area into my office and closed the door. He told me that President Obama and Secretary Clinton wanted to nominate him to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The decision wasn't so easy.

U.S. International Aid Head Rajiv Shah To Step Down

AP | By JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the nation's global development agency said Wednesday he will step down from his post in February, following an announ...

Counter-Terrorism: Counter-Humanitarianism?

Chris Lockyear | Posted 02.10.2015 | World
Chris Lockyear

As international troops leave Afghan security in the hands of their domestic counterparts, ISAF will let its "clear, hold, build" counter-insurgency mandate fade.

Building a Green Economy for the Middle East

David Weiss | Posted 02.10.2015 | Impact
David Weiss

As the green business sector continues to grow, opportunities for businesses and individuals will grow with it. It is up to all of us who work in the region to find innovative ways to forge these partnerships and help create sustainable economic growth.

U.S. Reportedly Tried To Overthrow Cuba With Hip-Hop Infiltration


HAVANA (AP) — A U.S. agency's secret infiltration of Cuba's underground hip-hop groups scene to spark a youth movement against the government was "r...

4 Truths About Water and Sanitation

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Lisa Schechtman

Right now, one-third of the world's population lives without a decent toilet. One in ten people doesn't have access to safe drinking water. Without these, even basic handwashing can be beyond reach.

How a GOP Congress Could Harm Women Worldwide

John Seager | Posted 01.18.2015 | Politics
John Seager

What do a 25-year-old woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh and an 18-year-old woman in Niamey, Niger have in common? Their lives could be threatened by destructive measures passed by the new GOP-controlled Congress.

USAID Leads as the United States Strengthens Its Commitment to the LGBT Community

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

While this is only a beginning in studying this issue, it seems clear that giving people their rights and allowing them to participate fully in society, particularly economic society, is beneficial to countries.

Cuban Dissident/Kitten Lover Reveals Hardline Strategy on Alan Gross

Sarah Stephens | Posted 01.07.2015 | World
Sarah Stephens

"If you ever meet (Carlos Luis Pardo), you will probably see him lovingly carrying a newborn kitten in his hands, or taking care of one of his persecu...

Cuban Government and USAID, a Fraught Relationship

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.03.2015 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The bottom line is that Raul Castro's government is eager to express and receive belligerence from its great northern neighbor. What it will not tolerate and will never accept is grants to or recognition of the belligerence of its own civil society.

"REpower Kosovo"

Nezir Sinani | Posted 12.30.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

As Kosovo positions itself to join the European Union in the near future, the country's energy profile bears great importance.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

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.