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Humanitarian Aid

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.

Good News From Pakistan

Muqtedar Khan | Posted 08.13.2012 | World
Muqtedar Khan

Groups and individuals in Pakistan who struggle against great odds, with very limited resources, like CHEF International and Edhi Foundation, rarely receive the attention they deserve.

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.

RIO+20 and Sustainable Agriculture: How to Feed the World Without Wrecking the Planet?

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

I interviewed Dr. Frank Rijsberman, the newly appointed CEO of the CGIAR Consortium, to find out how agriculture and the environment are now "best friends."

Understanding Community Development on a Global Level

Tom Murphy | Posted 08.04.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

I had the chance to speak with Lara Crampe, Development Officer for IIRR. She has proposed to give the talk titled "Sex, Slacktivism, and How Not to C...

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.

The $25 Million Creep-Out

Richard Walden | Posted 07.22.2012 | Impact
Richard Walden

Operation USA, one of the world's most agile and innovative relief agencies, on average, runs on about $1.5M (cash) per year. That sum allows us to de...

Award-Winning Director Joshua Seftel Tells Dr. Dana Braner's Amazing 'Journey' of HOPE

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

HOPE on Film is a series of short films that follow the lifesaving work of Project HOPE volunteers around the world.

U.N. Strike Shows Convergence of Labor and Middle East Politics

Michelle Chen | Posted 07.15.2012 | World
Michelle Chen

In a way, this was a classic labor conflict between a public agency and workers. But UNRWA is a unique international bureaucracy, with a global budget crisis intertwined with the politics of the conflict-ridden regions it serves.

Congress Needs Bipartisan Friendships Now More Than Ever

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 07.08.2012 | Politics
Ambassador Tony Hall

Bipartisan friendships don't erase our political divisions, but they do fundamentally change how political opponents view one another and engage with one another in the public arena.

On a Mission With MISSION.tv

Amy Schrier | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Amy Schrier

For some time I had been ruminating on the growing need for a humanitarian media brand, a source of content, videos, articles, photography and community that would serve as a platform for dialogue among the growing number of people interested in social action.

Killing Journalists and Aid Workers

Ben Barber | Posted 06.15.2012 | World
Ben Barber

For decades, as a reporter I had an invisible shield, allowing me to wade into bloody conflicts, interview the killers and the families of the victims. But times have indeed changed.

Medieval Times Are Alive and Well in Gaza

Hani Almadhoun | Posted 06.11.2012 | World
Hani Almadhoun

No power, no fuel, and little water: darkness is everywhere, the public is deeply distrustful, and the only people making a living are those who walk around town flaunting big guns often accompanied by a huge entourage.

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.

CGI University 2012: Some Constructive Criticism -- The Necessity for a New Holistic Paradigm in the Humanitarian Field

Nikolas Katsimpras | Posted 06.04.2012 | College
Nikolas Katsimpras

Initiatives like this are desperately needed in our troubled times, but at the same time they should be promoting a change in a paradigm that has been tragically unsuccessful. It is time for self-assessment and constructive criticism.