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Development Aid

More or Better Development Data? Yes, Please...

Morten Jerven | Posted 12.08.2014 | World
Morten Jerven

The debate on Sustainable Development Goals, which are to replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, is reminiscent of a Winnie-the-Pooh-approach to measuring development. Do you want your poverty measure disaggregated by region or by gender? Both, and don't bother worrying about the measurement please.

Christina Wilkie

Internal Memo Recommends Major Global Charities Adopt New Outreach Strategy

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the international community considers the next round of development goals to address some of the world's most critical challenges, mo...

The Best Way To End Poverty

www.washingtonpost.com | Posted 12.31.2013 | Impact

In May 2009, a small experiment involving 13 homeless men took off in London. Some of them had slept in the cold for more than 40 years. The presence ...

Germany's Contribution to Development: Let's Grow the Conversation

Kate James | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Kate James

If we're going to be successful in solving huge and challenging global problems, then informing, engaging and inspiring people on the issues is going to be absolutely essential. In Germany, I hope this is just the beginning of growing the conversation.

Why the World Bank Continues to Fund Environmental Destruction

Peter Bosshard | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Peter Bosshard

If the Chad-Cameroon pipeline is a prism, what is wrong with the World Bank's approach? A new book by Bruce Rich, a veteran Bank observer and critic, provides a compelling answer.

Meeting Goals to End Extreme Poverty Is Possible -- But Only When We Focus on Jobs, Jobs and Jobs

Bill Reese | Posted 09.18.2013 | Impact
Bill Reese

We simply cannot eradicate extreme poverty without embracing broad-based and inclusive economic growth that directly focuses on youth and jobs. Here's why.

Civil Society Development and Its Discontents

Maryam Abolfazli | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Maryam Abolfazli

"Are there any other groups similar to yours that also work with women and political participation in Yemen?" I asked. "Well to be honest, every grou...

Providing Aid Hurts Recipient Countries' Local Businesses Too

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 12.12.2012 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Locals in the aid recipient countries will have the best descriptive term. We should probably ask them before we start patting ourselves on the back on how development aid is an alternative to their lackluster foreign direct investment.

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan War Waste: Lawmakers Gear Up For Fight Over Development Aid

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 08.03.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- Top Democratic lawmakers are gearing up for a fight to drastically scale back America's foreign aid to Afghanistan when Congress returns...

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.

Development That Works: OPIC Earns Money for the Treasury While Funding Development Throughout the World

Maxwell Kennedy | Posted 03.14.2012 | World
Maxwell Kennedy

In a new year in which the candidates will rehash arguments about American exceptionalism, it is worth paying attention to a little known aspect of American foreign policy that breaks the mold in many ways.

Less Talk, More Do on Capacity Building for Development

David de Ferranti | Posted 02.20.2012 | Impact
David de Ferranti

A country should always be in the driver's seat, making decisions as they arise -- no one knows a road like a local citizen. Helping countries as they learn to drive that road is the goal of capacity building.

Make US Strong

Alex Cornell du Houx | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Alex Cornell du Houx

America's greatness does not come solely from its military might, but also from its unique role as a force to provide stability and opportunity in the...

From Aid to Investment -- Successes, Challenges and the Way Forward

Hillary Clinton | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
Hillary Clinton

With official development assistance representing a much smaller share of the resources flowing into developing countries, we have to think differently about how we use it. We need to shift our approach and our thinking from aid to investment.

Does Your Aid Count?

Princess Haya Al Hussein | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Princess Haya Al Hussein

If in the last few years you got out your checkbook or credit card and donated to help rebuild Haiti, rescue Pakistanis from floods or fund a school in Tanzania, your contribution did not make its way into global aid figures.

When Stretching A Dollar Means Saving A Life

Muhammad Yunus | Posted 11.27.2011 | Impact
Muhammad Yunus

In these hard economic times, we cannot blindly rely on donor governments to endlessly reach into their budgets to give more. Rather, we must think creatively about new ways to financially support global health and development goals.

Whither Civil Society?

Jonas Rolett | Posted 09.12.2011 | World
Jonas Rolett

The NGO model has proved relatively sturdy but has also inhibited experimenting with other approaches to promote social change. As we move into new regions and issues, we must develop fresh ways of engaging with local actors.

Senate Report Slams Nation-Building Efforts in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Given the corruption and dependency we'll leave in our wake, without an introspective self-critique our policies, America could turn Afghanistan into Central Asia's Haiti.

Knowledge Is Power: Transparency and Participation Will Be the Drivers of Effective Development

Rebecca Harris | Posted 06.19.2011 | World
Rebecca Harris

If effective, informed development is, in fact, the desired endpoint of the World Bank and partner international organizations, they must strive to empower communities and encourage local ownership, fostering a true and equal partnership with civil society.

Can the Gaming Industry Save Foreign Aid From Looming Budget Cuts?

Andrew B. Einhorn | Posted 06.14.2011 | Impact
Andrew B. Einhorn

Whether for education or generating charitable contributions, online and smartphone games are rapidly becoming attractive and popular vehicles for social change.

Simple Solutions Save Women's Lives in Afghanistan

Shannon Galpin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Shannon Galpin

No other country in the world loses more women in childbirth than Afghanistan. None. Rarely has being first at something meant so much loss.

All politics is local: Al-Qa'eda and the Afghanistan War

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...

Investing in Africa: Defining the "Missing Middle"

J. Skyler Fernandes | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
J. Skyler Fernandes

U.S. financial institutions can both make money and help alleviate poverty in Africa and throughout the developing world by investing in Small and Medium Enterprises in those countries.

Foreign Aid: Shifting Our Perception

Manisha Singh | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Manisha Singh

Increased focus on private sector development, trade preferences, direct investment and serious focus on accountability will take us toward a middle ground on foreign aid that moves us forward rather than lagging in debate.

Rethink Afghanistan: Clinging to Guns and Counterinsurgency

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The view...