Imagine the benefits that the end of these diseases would bring: more healthy mothers and children, an increased number of productive workers, greater global economic growth, and a safer, more stable world for all of us.
In what can only be interpreted as a major setback for children all over the world, a new policy paper released by the EFA Global Monitoring Report and UIS on 10th June confirms that our world faces a crisis like never before.
If foreigners are seen participating in this much-needed charitable work, terrorists don't just act out on them. They bomb the school and carry off more explosions inside the country to send their message: We don't want you. The rest of Pakistan, well, they are seen as helpless.
Close to 600 million people in sub-Saharan Africa live in a state of permanent power outage. The Grand Inga Dam would divert the Congo River near its mouth and meet the electricity needs of more than 500 million people.
Africa has long been a place where charity goes to die. Tragically, most of this aid has been wasted, either stolen by corrupt local politicians or handed out in a way that traps people in a state of dependency that only generates more need for aid.
Bolivia's expulsion of USAID this month is a troubling development on its own, but when viewed in the context of similar actions by other governments, it raises questions about the future of American foreign assistance in the face of authoritarianism.
Philanthropy can cause harm in myriad ways. We need to get it right. For those considering support for or work with international development and health projects, here are a few ideas on how to assure that money and effort leads to real impact in a way that "does no harm"
Like most difficult undertakings, the field of International Development is rife with failure. Sites like Admitting Failure and events like FailFaireDC 2012 have attempted to bring together stories of projects gone wrong.
Immigrants are more efficient than any organization -- foreign or domestic -- doing charitable work in the countries we come from. Yet, unlike charitable organizations, we can't deduct that money from our tax burden.
His plan includes boosts to some health and development programs, and overall higher funding levels for foreign assistance than what Congress has put forward. But his funding recommendation is still a decrease from previous years, and specific cuts are cause for concern.
As Turkey makes this transition, donors like the United States should pitch in by supporting the United Nations' regional response plan for Syria. If the situation in Turkey is serious, then conditions within Syria are truly dire.
Donor countries, like the U.S., the UK and Canada have noticed the social entrepreneurship potential. Each are revamping their donor agencies to partner with institutions that focus on working with social entrepreneurs.
Anthropologist Mark Schuller's new book Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs examines why abundant foreign aid dollars and agencies have not improved the socio-economic status or security of Haiti's people.
Can you imagine being the parent whose child contracts one of these illnesses and you know halfway around the world children will survive and perhaps never even come in contact with one of these diseases because of modern medicine?