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Humanitarian Aid

The Good, the Bad, and the Budget: What President Obama's Plan Means for Foreign Aid

Jeremy Kadden | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Jeremy Kadden

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.

Reshaping the business of social change

Monique Villa | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Monique Villa

Profit and social progress go hand in hand, not their own ways. They happen together. There is no reason why a company cannot boost its competitiveness while also creating value within society.

My Miserable Week in North Korea as a VIP Guest

Richard Walden | Posted 06.04.2013 | World
Richard Walden

After more than 30 years of humanitarian aid operations in some of the world's most dangerous and/or autocratically-run places, I felt that it was at least worth a try to see what access an international NGO could have to people in need.

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Need Our Help

Linda Mason | Posted 06.02.2013 | World
Linda Mason

Imagine the population of your town swelling with war refugees by 25 percent in one year - or even doubling or tripling in size. Imagine the competition for work, housing, and social and medical services.

Mahmood Digs U2

Dr. Raghu Venugopal | Posted 05.21.2013 | World
Dr. Raghu Venugopal

Nothing beats having fun in medicine and helping a child get through a potentially painful procedure. Was it Bono in action on stage, a great song by an incredible band or a cool little gizmo that helped Mahmood and me get this test done?

How Illness Can Make Us Better

Riva Greenberg | Posted 04.29.2013 | Healthy Living
Riva Greenberg

Illness bestows for many, and perhaps particularly for young people, deeper wells of compassion, maturity and the desire to make a difference in the world.

Nonprofit: The Real Reason Aid Doesn't Reach The Poorest

www.takepart.com | Posted 02.14.2013 | Impact

When academics or the media criticize aid organizations for inefficiencies or promises unfulfilled, I think about the vast and endlessly tangled compl...

To Meet Immediate Needs of the Syrian People, Access Is Paramount

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 04.13.2013 | World
Nancy Lindborg

The women of Syria and their children -- the families who have been displaced two or three times -- urgently need our help, and it is our responsibility as the international community to push harder than ever for the access we need to reach them.

Guilty Until Proven Innocent: Reexamining How We Donate to Non-Profits

Daniela Papi | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Daniela Papi

Jaded. Skeptical. A hypocrite. A hater. You get called all sorts of things when you say critical things about the international aid sector. People say...

Syria and Forced Migration: The World Stands Witness

Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland | Posted 02.04.2013 | World
Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

We speak about humanitarian aid and the vulnerable, and we learn about mass-violence in one specific location. Yet the media do not link what is happening in Syria to larger questions of global politics. And, the risk, therefore, is that neither do we.

Smaller, Younger NGOs to Davos: "We Have a Few Tips Too"

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 03.27.2013 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

NGO accountability is far from a dull subject, and the sector can learn about accountability from smaller, younger NGOs. Soliciting feedback from clients and maintaining openness, which doesn't necessarily have to be a function of size, are musts.

2013: The Beginning Of The End Of Hunger

Tom Arnold | Posted 03.25.2013 | Impact
Tom Arnold

The IF campaign focuses on four "ifs" that could free millions from the cycle of hunger and food insecurity... if we can make them a reality.

Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe of Haiti: "We don't want to be known as an NGO nation"

Elisabeth Braw | Posted 03.20.2013 | World
Elisabeth Braw

Previously published in Metro www.readmetro.com. Less than a year into the job, Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe of Haiti has already made a mark. The ...

Obama's Global Development Legacy

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 03.18.2013 | Politics
Jeremy Konyndyk

President Obama has been a strong supporter of foreign aid throughout his first term, but unlike his predecessor, he has yet to translate his support into an enduring legacy on global development. As he enters his second term, the president should take several steps to cement that legacy.

Investing in Haiti's Future Means Listening Humbly

Ruth Messinger | Posted 03.16.2013 | Impact
Ruth Messinger

As governments and international organizations continue to invest in Haiti's future, we must have the humility to admit that we don't have all the answers. Let's heed the advice that knowledge lives with people on the ground -- not within the bowels of bureaucracies.

The Beginnings of a Humanitarian Spring

Albina Du Boisrouvray | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Albina Du Boisrouvray

As each passing day brings the United States closer to the brink of the impending fiscal cliff, we are reminded by the challenges in America that many...

A Simple Gift Can Have a Profound Impact

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 01.21.2013 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

Poverty is a complicated problem, its causes so multiple and interconnected that trying to solve it often seems like an impossible Rubik's cube of a task. But finding a solution to poverty is exactly what humanitarian groups like Catholic Relief Services try to do every day.

American Democracy Looks Pretty Good... From Cambodia

Sarah Kenyon Lischer | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Sarah Kenyon Lischer

The country enjoys a bounty of natural resources and a popular culture which combines initiative, warmth, and hard work. So why do forty percent of Cambodians live on less than $1.25 per day? And why are the streets clogged with refuse?

What Wyclef Lays Bare for Monday's Foreign Policy Debate

Mark Schuller | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Mark Schuller

Wyclef Jean's charity, Yéle Haïti, is evidence that NGOs, like mortgage bankers, need regulation. While Haiti reconstruction will probably not be part of the conversation in Monday's debate, exposing Wyclef's NGO can hopefully offer a good peep show into the aid apparatus.

Bridges Not Barriers: Securing Futures and Improving Lives Through Expanded Foreign Aid

Thomas H. Kean | Posted 11.20.2012 | Impact
Thomas H. Kean

We are at a crossroads as a global community. We can either embrace our connection as human beings or we can pull back into isolationism.

From Antonovs to Frisbees

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 10.09.2012 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

It almost makes you forget this is a refugee camp and its inhabitants have endured -- and will continue to endure -- a tremendous amount of suffering. How long will they remain here? No doubt years.

Damn the Rains

Margaret Aguirre | Posted 09.29.2012 | Impact
Margaret Aguirre

As our six-seater closes in on the small outpost of Walgak, South Sudan, the thing we feared most -- short of a plane crash -- happens. It starts to rain.

HOPE After the Earthquake: Learning to Walk Again

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 09.17.2012 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

The film below tells the story of HOPE volunteer and NYC-based physical therapist Claude Hillel. Claude left New York and traveled to Haiti where he would change countless lives for the better amid unimaginable destruction.

Chronic Crisis in the Sahel Calls for a New Approach

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Nancy Lindborg

We can't prevent what appears to be increasing cycles of drought, but we can and are working to create better solutions and build greater resilience among the most vulnerable.

Snarky Charts Explain Intersection Of Humanitarian Aid And Social Media!

Aaron Ausland | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Aaron Ausland

A lot of people think pretty deep thoughts about the nexus of humanitarian aid and social media. I'm not one of them. Nevertheless, I started blogging and tweeting about international development and humanitarian aid a couple of years ago.