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Foreign Assistance

Ending Gender-Based Violence Around the World

Nazanin Boniadi | Posted 11.06.2014 | Impact
Nazanin Boniadi

Women and girls, men and boys all share the right to live free of violence, which is, unfortunately, experienced by both men and women. Women and girls, however, disproportionately experience violence due to a deeply rooted global culture of gender discrimination.

The House and Senate Battle over Egypt Aid

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi is expecting the United States to deliver the $1.3 billion in annual military assistance without any delays or restrictions, he may be in for a "rude awakening," as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez said during a hearing on Egypt earlier this month.

Shipping Companies Could Benefit From the Suffering of Millions

David Beckmann | Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact
David Beckmann

Simply put, U.S. food aid works for its intended purpose: to fight long-term hunger and respond quickly in emergency situations. This is about the millions of lives saved with U.S. food aid and its long-term benefits in developing countries -- benefits that will be diminished if this bill is passed.

Paul Blumenthal

U.S. Aid To Ukraine Flows Though Opaque Groups

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 03.07.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the United States readies $1 billion in loan guarantees to the new government in Ukraine, along with even more aid for reforming elec...

US Should Rethink 'Democracy Promotion' in Southern Africa

Jeffrey T. Smith | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jeffrey T. Smith

Given that the prevailing environment in southern Africa is characterized by widespread democratic backsliding, it is high time that the United States both reevaluates and reshapes its strategy in the region.

Reducing the Deficit Through Foreign Aid

David Weiss | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
David Weiss

Providing foreign aid means making a long-term investment in developing our aid partners, which results in both trade and security benefits for the U.S.

Africa and the Sequester: A Matter of Life or Death

Rev. Derrick Boykin | Posted 07.16.2013 | Black Voices
Rev. Derrick Boykin

Sequestration threatens more than flight schedules. For many people around the world, sequestration is literally a life-or-death issue. Its impact may be most deeply felt by those living in developing nations.

Joshua Hersh

John Kerry Offers Major Defense Of Oft-Disparaged Foreign Effort

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- John Kerry used his first public address as secretary of state to focus on the domestic side of foreign policy, delivering a full-throat...

Questions for Secretary of Defense Nominee Chuck Hagel

Freedom House | Posted 03.31.2013 | World
Freedom House

This Thursday, former senator Chuck Hagel will appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee to seek confirmation as secretary of defense. While h...

Questions for Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry

Freedom House | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Freedom House

Freedom House has compiled the following questions for Senator John Kerry, who has been nominated as the next U.S. secretary of state. Kerry’s c...

Don't Let Foreign Aid Fall Off the Fiscal Cliff

David Weiss | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
David Weiss

As the budget battles wage in Washington, our national leaders must be challenged to put politics aside and remember the values that define us.

To Our Next President: Global Leadership Begins With Foreign Aid

David Weiss | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
David Weiss

With Election Day now here and the outcome an apparent toss-up, one important topic left uncovered has been the important role of U.S. foreign assistance.

Foreign Aid: Better Evaluation, More Transparency

Sen. Dick Lugar | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Sen. Dick Lugar

We should be forthcoming about where precious taxpayer dollars are spent, what goals they are meant to accomplish, and whether those goals are achieved.

Which Country Receives The Most U.S. Foreign Aid?

Posted 08.30.2012 | World

The United States is notorious for having its fingers in many pies. One of the ways Uncle Sam tries to coerce other states to get in line with his pre...

Who Is Really Doing Russia's Bidding in Tbilisi

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 10.07.2012 | World
Lincoln Mitchell

Today, Georgia is approaching a battery of elections, for parliament in 2012 and president in 2013, that will not only have tremendous bearing on that country's future, but on the U.S. role and position in the region for years to come.

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...

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.

Foreign Assistance for the 21st Century

Sarah Trister | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Sarah Trister

Howard Berman's bill is the first serious, comprehensive attempt at rewriting the foreign assistance act to make it appropriate for the 21st century.

When Washington Works

Linda Flanagan | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Linda Flanagan

What most of us don't see, and rarely hear about, is the silent army of civil servants who do the actual work of running the institutions that make up our government.

Our Job in Pakistan

Taha Gaya | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Taha Gaya

We are already making smart development investments in Pakistan in energy and agriculture, but until we make credible game-changing investments in basic education, we can expect those gains to be unsustainable in the long-term.

U.S. Investments in Health are Working -- and Georgia Reminds Us We Must Sustain and Extend the Gains

Joel Lamstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Joel Lamstein

Twenty years ago, the countries of the former Soviet Union declared independence. Since that time, many countries in the region have experienced a revolution in women's health care.

Ugandan Tragedy, Human Rights, and US Foreign Aid

Serra Sippel | Posted 06.17.2011 | World
Serra Sippel

While the U.S. has condemned egregious examples of rights-violating policies in Uganda, it still funds HIV interventions that are inherently anti-LGBT and anti-woman.

The Post Election Foreign Policy Hangover

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

Any Congress, particularly a hostile Congress, has the power to give any sitting president a major national security migraine -- and the incoming House GOP leadership has proven their determination to do just that.

What Real Foreign Aid Reform Means

David Beckmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Beckmann

At stake is America's ability to effectively address the global challenges of the 21st century. And the timing is important: in just two months, the eyes of the world will be on the Millennium Development Goals Summit.

Budget Accountability Must Be Strengthened to Advance Human Rights in Africa

Christina Holder | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Christina Holder

That Zambian officials stole millions from the health budget is particularly reprehensible in a country where 14% of the population has HIV/AIDS, and over one in 10 children dies before age 5.