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International Aid

The UN Says $16.4 Billion Is Needed To Aid The World's Most Vulnerable

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 12.08.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — The United Nations appealed Monday for $16.4 billion to pay for global humanitarian needs in 2015, saying it needs that money to help ...

Kate Sheppard

Obama To Commit $3 Billion For Climate Aid

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 11.14.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama will pledge $3 billion this weekend to an international fund that helps developing countries address climate c...

Ebola Has No Greater Friend Than Fear

Ambassador Samantha Power | Posted 10.31.2014 | World
Ambassador Samantha Power

This is a crisis that is so vast, with needs so great, with potential consequences so dire, that no country can afford to stand on the sidelines. A few are doing a lot. But a lot are doing very little, or nothing at all. It is well past time to join what is a historic, groundbreaking, lifesaving mission -- a noble mission.

'SNL' Nails Important Point About Aid Programs In Africa With Spot-On, Hilarious Sketch

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact

Ever wonder how international aid organizations determine how much to ask for from donors? So does "Saturday Night Live." In last Saturday's show,...

U.S. "vs." China in Africa: A Message to President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 12.14.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

President Obama and Premier Li Keqiang: you don't need to be so competitive because you're not actually competing. A more formal collaborative approach could be in your mutual interest.

No One Should Live Outside the Web of Connectivity

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 12.03.2014 | Impact
Rev. Larry Hollon

Various agencies designed to deal with such emergencies were already being stretched before Ebola struck. Equally frustrating is the fact that this crisis graphically demonstrates how the lack of reliable communication today is a matter of life and death, but communication infrastructure lags behind human need.

Beyond Beliefs: The International Fight to Protect Childhood

Lauren Book | Posted 09.06.2014 | Impact
Lauren Book

For the past week and a half, I've been traveling the rural island of Barbados teaching primary and secondary school students vital lessons on how to stay safe.

When Is 70 Percent Better Than 100 Percent?

Hardy Vieux | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

What if those of us searching for solutions made peace with the fact that we just do not -- and, perhaps, may not -- fully understand all of the contours of some of the seemingly intractable problems facing the Syrian refugee population?

The Trials and Triumphs of Aiding Africa

Bill Gates | Posted 07.22.2014 | World
Bill Gates

In the world of venture capital, a success rate of 30 percent is considered a great track record. In the world of international development, critics hold up every misstep as proof that aid is like throwing money down a rat hole. When you're trying to do something as hard as fighting poverty and disease, you will never achieve anything meaningful if you're afraid to make mistakes.

'Be Quick, But Don't Hurry'

Hardy Vieux | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

Crises have a way of swallowing quality and achievement when we allow them to justify haste. The antidote seems to be action that is strategic, reflective, and urgent.

This U.S. Law Contributes To Women's Deaths Around The World

Huffington Post | Alissa Scheller | Posted 04.25.2014 | Politics

The Helms Amendment, passed more than 40 years ago, prevents U.S. foreign assistance funds from being used to pay for abortion as "a method of family ...

Half A Million North Korean Children No Longer Receive Food Aid

AP | ERIC TALMADGE | Posted 04.25.2014 | World

PYONGYANG, North Korea (AP) — A funding crunch for aid to North Korea has become so severe 500,000 rural schoolchildren are as of this month no long...

20 Years After Genocide in Rwanda, Violence Against the Global Poor Still a Reality

Gary Haugen | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Gary Haugen

Billions of the poorest people throughout the developing world know in a terrible and personal way the same truth the Rwanda genocide taught me: Violence has the power to destroy everything -- and is unstopped by our other responses to poverty.

Lifting All Boats

Hardy Vieux | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Hardy Vieux

Here in Jordan, we, in the humanitarian aid community, are addressing the myriad, stubborn problems born of the Syrian civil war.

The Privilege of Doing Development Work: Voluntourism and Its Limitations

Mario Machado | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Mario Machado

While I applaud the intentions of the voluntourists of the world, I think it is important for them to remain grounded in reality. They need to be constantly cognizant of their privileged positions to be doing development work in the first place and the limitations of both their time commitments and outsider status.

St. Frank: Sharing the Beauty in Social, and the Dignity in Enterprise

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 02.09.2014 | Good News
Erin Bernhardt

It all boils down to one realization: I learned to see and expose the beauty and dignity in the children I was trying to help, instead of merely throwing dollar bills at them like they were problems.

The U.S. Provides Plenty Of International Aid, But To All The Wrong Places

Posted 11.22.2013 | World

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, the United States has launched a thorough and concerted relief effort that flies in the face of ...

Smarter Foreign Policy: Put Women in the Center

Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz | Posted 10.21.2013 | World
Senay Ataselim-Yilmaz

We need more Hilary Clintons as Secretary of State to break cultural barriers on the global arena and change perceptions. But, we also need more people advocating for women in foreign policy and women's issues.

Uganda Love This One, I Just Know It

MeiMei Fox | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Uganda is home to an estimated 2.5 million orphans, due to the widespread AIDS epidemic, poverty, and a 25-year-long war. The nation is unable to provide free education to its children. Therefore the majority of students never make it past elementary school.

Naming the Issue: Women in Afghanistan

Borany Penh | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Borany Penh

Afghanistan has come a long way in improving women and girls' welfare since the fall of the Taliban in 2002. But major work is needed to improve gender equality and safeguard past gains from backsliding.

What India's Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.20.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Anu Mokal wasn't breaking the law when she was out walking with her friend last year, yet to the police, her very existence was criminal. As a sex wo...

Understanding the Aid to GDP Relation: Not a Piece of Cake

Borany Penh | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Borany Penh

Anxieties over future aid levels in Afghanistan and the possible effects on the economy make it important to understand the relationship between international assistance and GDP.

Is Assad Winning Hearts and Minds?

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 08.08.2013 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

A year ago, when the death toll stood at 14,000, the Assad regime proved to be the bully while the international community responded in five stages. Now the death toll stands at 94,786 and the international community has entered the sixth stage: a return to denial.

How Moving to the West Bank Brought Me Closer to My Parents

Donna Stefano | Posted 07.14.2013 | Parents
Donna Stefano

As a parent myself, living overseas so far away from my family, it has been important to me to find creative ways to maintain this intergenerational tie between my own son and his grandparents.

Kenya Balancing Act: Human Rights, Civil Society, Neo-Colonialism, and Democracy

Daniel Ben-Horin | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Daniel Ben-Horin

The drama plays out of whether or not Kenyatta and Ruto will appear in the Hague. The balance between repudiating colonialism and protecting human rights is infinitely tricky. We must get it right.