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This Is Where You Don't Want Your Tax Dollars Going

Danielle Higgins | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Danielle Higgins

Though I surely did not become more conservative with age or my first paycheck, I found a few things that I do not want my tax dollars funding. Unless we stand up for our values and make an attempt to have some say in where our tax dollars are going, we are complicit in the very types of oppression to which we are ideologically opposed.

Overcoming the Emotions That Discourage Us From Giving to Those in Need

David Ropeik | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
David Ropeik

Studies have found that people donate more to save two lives out of four potential victims, than to save the same two lives if they are two of 1,700 possible victims.

Half A Million North Korean Children No Longer Receive Food Aid

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 04.25.2014 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A funding crunch for aid to North Korea has become so severe 500,000 rural schoolchildren are as of this month no long...

Three Million Syrians Go Hungry as UN Waits

John Jackson | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
John Jackson

The UN has the legal right to cross the border without consent from the regime. Now is not the time to wait for unanimous legal opinion, because unanimity will never come. Now is the time to start the trucks and drive that aid to the millions who need it. But instead, we wait.

Why Tackling Corruption Matters in Development Aid

Huguette Labelle | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Huguette Labelle

Corruption is not just the bribery that happens when a mother tries to enroll her daughter in school. It is also the grand corruption that plagues government and makes institutions dishonest and ineffective.

From Dhangadhi to Davos: The Post 2015 Development Agenda from the Bottom-Up

Blair Glencorse | Posted 03.31.2014 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

While conferences like Davos are absolutely essential to make sure decision-makers get development right in the future, it is also imperative that these meetings are informed by the mistakes of the past and ground realities of the present.

Aid To Besieged City At Center Of Syrian Peace Talks

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and ZEINA KARAM | Posted 03.30.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Syrian government anger over a U.S. decision to resume aid to the opposition prompted the U.N. mediator to cut short Tuesday's peace t...

The Simple Touch: Children of Syria Continue to Pay the Price for Conflict

World Vision | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
World Vision

There are words we are trained not to use as humanitarian communicators. "Traumatized" is one of them. It's a word with a very specific meaning applied in specific circumstances. But as I looked at this little boy standing with a plastic gun aimed at my head, I could think of no other word.

Amid the Ruins of Haiyan, a Kitten Connects Us

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

By Jennifer Hardy Not long after I arrived in Palo on the eastern coast of the Philippine island of Leyte - a city that lay in ruins - I heard a s...

The action we can take on Syria

A View from the United Nations | Posted 11.16.2013 | World
A View from the United Nations

By Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator The crisis in Syria and the use of chemical wea...

China and Nigeria: Neo-Colonialism, South-South Solidarity, or Both?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.18.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

Bilateral relations between China and Nigeria will likely take one of two paths in the long term: either China will remain the overwhelmingly dominant actor or Nigeria will become a regional superpower, evening out the playing field.

NGegO and the Waste We Cause by Fueling Aid "Hero-preneurs"

Daniela Papi | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Daniela Papi

We can't just read a book and then adamantly defend the author's words as truth without having ever even stepped foot in the place they are speaking about or having much understanding of the context for their work.

Catherine New

Post-Sandy Borrowers Face Uncertain Credit Help Due To Bank's Murky Policies

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 11.14.2012 | Money

Karen Sposato is one of the lucky homeowners in Breezy Point, N.Y., a community ravaged by Hurricane Sandy and the devastating fires that followed -- ...

Here's a 'Surprise' Tuition Is Set to Increase

Maura Kastberg | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Maura Kastberg

As state funding is decreased, tuition is increased. So how can you protect yourself from the ever increasing cost? Here are five good tips to get you started.

Surviving Yemen's Hunger Crisis

Caroline Gluck | Posted 11.27.2012 | World
Caroline Gluck

Yemen is in the midst of catastrophic hunger crisis with 10 million people -- almost half the population -- without enough food to eat and five million people needing urgent assistance.

Unlocking Local Solutions to Better Health and Education

David de Ferranti | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
David de Ferranti

Governance is so much more than just elections or the number of women or minorities in public office. It's about how much the public feels they're a part of the decision-making process.

How The U.S. Farm Bill Is Causing 6 Million People To Go Hungry

Kelly Hauser | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Kelly Hauser

If Congress passed an amendment to the Farm Bill to allow just 25 percent of Food for Peace food aid grains to be purchased closer to their destination, the U.S. government could save almost $200 million and reach 6 million more people -- almost exactly the shortfall in the Sahel.

Using Both Heart And Head To Help The Sahel

Tim McCully | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Tim McCully

As we watch a devastating drought unfold in the Sahel for the third time in less than a decade, putting millions at risk of hunger, it occurs to me that perhaps the international community has been responding to these crises over the years with a lot of heart, but maybe not as much head.

Waiting For Water: What The Drought In The Sahel Means For Mali

Lane Hartill | Posted 08.25.2012 | Impact
Lane Hartill

For women in Gao, water has become a nemesis. Without it, you can't bathe the kids, clean yourself after using the bathroom, or wash out the grit that settles into your hair. You can't slake your thirst -- a problem in a city where temperatures have been averaging over 105 degrees.

How The UPS Voluntarily Delivers Food Aid To Starving People In The Sahel

Capt. Reed Potecha | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
Capt. Reed Potecha

Stifling summertime heat is just one of the problems in the Sahel, a weather-battered band that stretches from coast to coast in northern Africa. The region has a long history of alternating drought and damaging floods that torment its residents with famine.

Fighting Turns Food Crisis Into Humanitarian Catastrophe: What We Can Do

Elisabeth Anderson Rapport | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Elisabeth Anderson Rapport

It's become apparent that one of the most efficient, cost-effective, and impactful interventions that we and our NGO colleagues have to offer is one that may come as a surprise to some. It's cash.

Help For A Niger Village Suffering From 95% Food Deficiency

Abed Ayoub | Posted 08.20.2012 | Impact
Abed Ayoub

Having not fully recovered from drought in 2010, many communities in Niger have seen their struggles multiply as more Malian refugees arrive.

Understanding Community Development on a Global Level

Tom Murphy | Posted 08.04.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

I had the chance to speak with Lara Crampe, Development Officer for IIRR. She has proposed to give the talk titled "Sex, Slacktivism, and How Not to C...

Saw Kony 2012? A Must Read New Book on Conflict and Aid

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.20.2012 | Books
Tom Murphy

The timing of the Kony 2012 campaign is quite apt in light of the recent release of Dr Samantha Nutt's memoir-cum-aid commentary Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies & Aid.

Social Programs Vs. Entitlements: Setting the Record Straight

Tom Murphy | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Millions of Americans have been hit hard by the economic downturn and are working hard to escape the trap of poverty. Mischaracterizing social welfare programs makes it hard to adequately understand and address these problems.