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.
In 2010, the United States spent 20 percent of its budget on Defense and Security, as opposed to less than 1 percent on non-security related international assistance. This 1 percent is less than half of the foreign aid budget of the 1980s, and even less of earlier decades. What's the deal?
Programming in the HoA seeks to give people living in the region the ability to adjust to the cyclical droughts that return every few years. Feed the Future is one USAID program that hopes to build the capacity to withstand weather challenges.
Over the years, we have seen a marked increase in the focus on accountability in what is now a $10 billion a year industry. But there is no systematic approach to assessing humanitarian operations through the eyes of recipients.
While Israel itself is a global Jewish mosaic with many internal differences, the country mourns collectively when tragedy strikes and the Fogel family murders have shaken the country to its very core.
Many have been quick to point fingers and assign blame for the slow speed of recovery in Haiti. This can dangerously lead to a poorly-informed public and a skewed set of incentives for donors and NGOs.