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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.

Foreign Aid Is a Very Sad Weapon

Ben Barber | Posted 08.25.2012 | World
Ben Barber

Ironically, we threaten to cut aid to countries where the people who might get the food, medicine, school books and other aid, have absolutely no control or responsibility for the actions of their governments.

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.

Global Motherhood: Saving Children's Lives -- What's New And What You Can Do

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 08.13.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

Every year, more than 3 million babies die before they turn one month old. That number is dropping, but not nearly as fast as more successful efforts to end deaths to older children and mothers. That's because global health efforts haven't quite caught up with what we now know works to save newborn babies.

Foreign Aid Faces Austerity Ax

Ben Barber | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
Ben Barber

The global financial crisis has made foreign aid a target for budget cutters who often hear from voters "keep our aid money at home." To get more bang for less buck, aid agencies are cutting the number of costly Western aid workers sent overseas.

The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates

Jim Wallis | Posted 08.07.2012 | Politics
Jim Wallis

Both Republicans and Democrats have a religion problem and it has nothing to do with same-sex marriage, abortion or religious liberty. Rather it is budgets, deficits, and debt ceiling deadlines that are their serious stumbling blocks.

America's Next Move in Afghanistan Must Be a Non-Military One

Michael Shank | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

The best way America can establish the infrastructure for long-term security and stability in Afghanistan is less through military means and more through improvements to quality of life and basic services.

The Quality of Mercy

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 07.24.2012 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

As Americans remember the sacrifices of our military on Memorial Day, I also recall the thousands of Project HOPE volunteers dispatched across the globe over the years to bring health and healing to foreign shores.

World Bank to Fund Destructive Dam Through the Backdoor?

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.23.2012 | Green
Peter Bosshard

On June 21, the World Bank is expected to submit to its Board of Directors a credit of $684 million for a 1,000-kilometer-long transmission line from Ethiopia to Kenya. Strong evidence links this transmission line to the Gibe III Dam.

What Does The American Public Know About Aid?

Amie Newman | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Amie Newman

It's critical that our news media cover these issues in a way that touches people, and helps people to understand exactly what's happening in the countries, cities, villages, towns, health centers and homes of people around the world.

New World Bank President Needs to Make Infrastructure Work for the Poor

Peter Bosshard | Posted 07.21.2012 | World
Peter Bosshard

The World Bank should shift its ample resources -- its lending, guarantees, technical assistance and policy advice -- from the top-down projects of the past to the bottom-up solutions of the future.

Increasing Israel Aid, Cutting Everything Else

MJ Rosenberg | Posted 05.17.2012 | World
MJ Rosenberg

I am no fan of budget cuts in general but with everything else under the sledgehammer, it is nuts to exempt Israel (nor would it be exempted but for the power of the lobby).

A Mother's Day Gift

Peter J. Donaldson | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Peter J. Donaldson

This Mother's Day, visit your mother, send a card, thank her for her favors, and forgive her faults. But in addition, honor your mother by doing something for mothers less fortunate than your own.

Calling All Creatives to Tackle Foreign Aid

Nick Law | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Nick Law

There is also a large disconnect about how much the public thinks is spent on aid, and the actual amount that is given. Our mission: to help judge and mentor a $1 million challenge to find fresh new ways of connecting people with the story of overseas aid.

More Than a Tagline: Change the Perception of Aid

Tom Scott | Posted 07.08.2012 | Impact
Tom Scott

Grand Challenges Explorations was created to tap into the ingenuity of anyone who might have an idea to help solve a complex problem. It's simple, you fill out a two page form with your idea and a chance to get $100,000 in seed funding.

Joshua Hersh

In Tough Primary Fight, Lugar Eschews Foreign Policy Legacy | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.07.2012 | Politics

In February of 2011, a few days after a surprising popular revolt brought down the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Sen. Richard Lugar (R-I...

Has Foreign Aid Hurt Haiti: An Interview with Mario Joseph

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 06.06.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

Mario Joseph is Haiti's most influential and respected human rights attorney. Since 1996, he has led the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, which uses prominent human rights cases and a victim-centered approach in the interest of the poor majority.

Grab the Land

Josh Tetrick | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

For millions of indigenous villagers and pastoralists it means forced relocation, loss of livelihoods, and a death blow to their ancient cultures. Ethiopia is a sad example of the worst of these outcomes.

Why Is U.S. Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen Against the Two-state Solution?

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.28.2012 | Politics
Daoud Kuttab

Why is a U.S. congressperson so opposed to actions that support peace, the two-state solution and the strengthening of the Christian community in Palestine?

The Dream Team Initiative

Ming Holden | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Ming Holden

I'd like to drop a dream team into developing nations.

Fixing the World Bank

Patrick Sharma | Posted 05.26.2012 | Business
Patrick Sharma

The fact that so many countries are graduating from World Bank lending is something to celebrate. So should the organization declare victory and close up shop? The answer, unfortunately, is no.

Every 20 Seconds: The Importance of World Water Day

Rep. Earl Blumenauer | Posted 05.22.2012 | World
Rep. Earl Blumenauer

Today, on World Water Day, I'm asking you to join me in raising awareness and help to break the poverty cycle for women and children whose days are otherwise filled by collecting dirty water, not going to school or successfully earning an income.

Misurata's Blue Fingers: Indigenous Standards for Democratic Elections

Gilbert Doumit | Posted 05.20.2012 | Politics
Gilbert Doumit

With the advent of international aid and support to Libya, it is becoming increasingly important to pause and reflect on the elections in Misurata.

Kony 2012 Video: Money for Nothing

Chase Harrison | Posted 05.09.2012 | Teen
Chase Harrison

If the U.S. wants deliver democracy and help the impoverished masses, we must stop the techniques employed in Kony 2012, and the concept of giving aid rather than providing economic structure.