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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.

The Strongest Generation

Josh Tetrick | Posted 04.07.2012 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

Janessa Goldbeck is a woman on a bicycle -- and a mission to ride 4,200 miles for her country. But she needs your help. Janessa's not a professional ...

Why Your Passion Is Not Enough

Marianne Elliott | Posted 04.09.2012 | Impact
Marianne Elliott

passion, perseverance and innovation are sometimes highlighted at the expense of professionalism. When Nick Kristof, for example, told Maggie Doyne's story, he highlighted her youth and her passion.

The Future of Foreign Aid Money

Tom Murphy | Posted 04.02.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Reuters is stepping up to provide more comprehensive coverage of humanitarian aid. Recently, they launched the 'Future of Aid' section that is filled ...

Flea-Markets and Foreign Aid: Things Aren't Always What They Seem

Rachel Cook | Posted 03.18.2012 | World
Rachel Cook

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?

USAID: Building Resiliency In The Horn of Africa

Tom Murphy | Posted 02.27.2012 | Good News
Tom Murphy

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.

Mark Kirk To Obama: Show Boehner Jobs Speech

Posted 11.06.2011 | Chicago

Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk defended President Obama's jobs speech scheduled for Thursday in light of 8th District Rep. Joe Walsh's announcement th...

Pakistan Floods One Year On

Caroline Gluck | Posted 10.01.2011 | World
Caroline Gluck

As Pakistan marks the one-year anniversary of the worst floods in living memory, the aid agency, Oxfam, has warned that the country is still unprepared for the monsoon season.

Frustration With The Feds Over Financial Aid

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 09.18.2011 | College

BOSTON -- In a tough budgetary environment for federal financial aid, with even the bedrock Pell Grant Program on the chopping block, anxiety is omnip...

Turkey Recognizes Libya Rebels, Promises $200 Million In Aid

AP | SELCAN HACAOGLU | Posted 09.02.2011 | World

BENGHAZI, Libya — Turkey's foreign minister recognized Libya's rebel leaders as the country's legitimate representatives and promised them an ad...

Was Afghanistan Aid A Huge Waste Of Money?

LA Times | Posted 08.17.2011 | Politics

U.S. officials had pledged to improve the aid program begun by the George W. Bush administration. But pouring more money into Afghanistan has only und...

Zen of Giving and Receiving: a Buddhist Take on Effective aid

Marianne Elliott | Posted 08.08.2011 | Impact
Marianne Elliott

If what I think I have to offer isn't needed and yet I insist on giving it, then I have to suspect that something other than generosity is at play.

Are We Neglecting Crucial Links in the Results Chain?

Vinod Thomas | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Vinod Thomas

What explains the wide variability of development programs in achieving the targeted outcomes? Are we neglecting crucial links that can make development work more effective?

PM Pledges Federal Aid For Slave Lake | CBC | Posted 07.22.2011 | Home

The federal government will help rebuild Slave Lake, Alta., after a devastating wildfire, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said while visiting the fire-r...

Aid Agencies Must Listen to the People They're Helping

Nicholas van Praag | Posted 06.21.2011 | Impact
Nicholas van Praag

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.

When Disaster Strikes: Federations Send Aid and Mourn the Tragedies in Israel and Japan

Jerry Silverman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jerry Silverman

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.

Baghdad Is the Reason Why Libya Gets a No-Fly Zone but Sudan Does Not

Rebecca Tinsley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Rebecca Tinsley

Too many U.N. members care more about protecting the principle of state sovereignty than stopping massive human rights abuses.

Aid to Israel Should Not Be Exempt From Budget Axe

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MJ Rosenberg

Once upon a time, Social Security was considered the "third rail" of American politics. Today, the $3 billion Israel aid package is the new third rail of American politics: touch it and die.

Demonstrators Overthrow Al Jazeera

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

(Doha, Qatar) - In the latest twist to the wave of protests spreading across the Middle East, demonstrators have overthrown the Al Jazeera television ...

Haiti: Pointing Fingers and Embracing Failure

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

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.

One Year After: Haiti Aid Is not Rocket Science nor a Spectator Sport

Richard Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Richard Walden

Many reports from NGOs are clearly inflated either by overvaluing supplies having been sent or by counting as money spent things which are planned for later on.

Cote D'Ivoire, Celebrities and Aid

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Now is the perfect time for Bono, Clooney, Jolie and company to step up and speak out against the stolen election and human rights abuses in Cote D'Ivoire.

Afghanistan Conditions At Their Worst For Red Cross

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which usually seeks to avoid the public eye, held a rare news conference here on Wednesday to express de...

Lacking Credibility, Egypt Tests American Hegemony

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Dejavu. An election in the Middle East marred by voter intimidation, fraud, and a series of sobering violent incidents - except this time, this isn't ...