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Bringing Conservation and Development Together

Mark Tercek | Posted 08.25.2014 | Green
Mark Tercek

Development and conservation are often viewed as separate or even opposing needs. The truth is, we simply won't be successful in addressing either t...

Senator: 'Cuban Twitter' Was A 'Cockamamie' Idea

Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By DESMOND BUTLER & JACK GILLUM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — A Twitter-like Cuban social media network that the U.S. government built ...

Dem, Others To Grill Official On 'Dumb, Dumb, Dumb' Move

Posted 04.08.2014 | Politics

By DESMOND BUTLER AND JACK GILLUM, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development on T...

Does Foreign Aid Help U.S. Security? (VIDEO)

Nicholas Kralev | Posted 05.26.2014 | Politics
Nicholas Kralev

Rajiv Shah, administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), talks about how $33 billion in U.S. foreign aid contributes to American security.

USAID Co-hosts LGBT Global Initiatives Meeting During UN General Assembly

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

With much of the recent debate on LGBT rights (or the lack thereof) focused on the Russian anti-gay laws and how they will impact the Winter Olympics, scheduled to begin Feb. 7, 2014, in Sochi, it was encouraging to see the UN General Assembly include a positive focus on LGBT rights.

A Food Aid Miracle Waiting to Happen

Mark Moore | Posted 07.06.2013 | Impact
Mark Moore

Policy debates are one thing, but in the villages of Malawi and Ethiopia there are mothers who live on a fine line between life and death and who are desperately praying for their own little miracles.

U.S. Still 'Committed' To Helping Somalia, Gives $20 Million

AP | By ABDI GULED and JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 04.23.2013 | Impact

MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Signaling the latest step forward in rapidly strengthening U.S.-Somalia relations, the administrator of the U.S. Agency for Inte...

Curation Culture: USAID and the Mashup

Ming Holden | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Ming Holden

I remembered that former State Department Policy Planning Director Anne-Marie Slaughter's Twitter byline includes the descriptor "foreign policy curator." So what does curation actually mean?

A Dividend That Might Be Missed

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 09.11.2012 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

By accelerating the demographic transition and shifting dependency ratios, it turns out that investing in family planning can also be a solid investment producing dividends for years to come.

Remembering The Victims Of Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 05.25.2012 | Impact
Free The Slaves

USAID has made tremendous progress in the past year on C-TIP and I'm already looking forward to next year's PITF, where we can share how we've turned our policy into action, announce concrete deliverables, and make new commitments to combating this horrific crime. We hope all our partners inside and outside the government will hold us accountable.

Inside Dadaab Refugee Complex: What Is Working, What is Not

Dr. Bill Frist | Posted 10.09.2011 | Impact
Dr. Bill Frist

We heard stories from motherswho had lost their husbands. Families who journeyed for weeks to arrive malnourished and in need of medical assistance. And parents who had heartbreaking stories of losing children in the flight from famine in Somalia.

Visiting Refugee Camps in East Africa

Dr. Bill Frist | Posted 10.08.2011 | Impact
Dr. Bill Frist

Over 29,000 young children have died of malnutrition and disease in Somalia over the past 90 days. We are now on our way to the Horn of Africa to see what more we as a nation can do.

Joshua Hersh

U.S. Struggles To Delivery Aid To Al-Shabaab-Controlled Areas of Somalia

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.20.2011 | World

WASHINGTON – International organizations working to mitigate the devastating famine conditions in Somalia are actively looking for alternative solut...

Joshua Hersh

UN Declares Official Famine In Somalia

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.19.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The United Nations has officially declared the food crisis in parts of Somalia a "famine" and reiterated its desperate call for more aid...

Joshua Hersh

USAID Chief: Climate Change, Food Prices Spur East Africa Famine

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.12.2011 | World

The long-suffering nations in the Horn of East Africa are enduring the worst drought conditions in more than half a century, and are at risk of "massi...

Flawed Earthquake Report a Bullwhip On the Backs of Haitians

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

In this age of public relations ploys masquerading as news, and personal and political agendas disguised as newsworthy "leaks," it is imperative that readers, writers, and editors apply critical thinking before jumping onto the information bandwagon.

A Special Relationship to Save Lives

Joanne Carter | Posted 07.25.2011 | World
Joanne Carter

Each year about 8.8 million children in developing countries die from mostly preventable and treatable conditions. Nearly 40 percent of those deaths are from two common diseases: pneumonia and diarrhea.

Impact of Global Health Cuts Alarming, But Not Alarmist

Joanne Carter | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
Joanne Carter

According to Dr. Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, budget cuts proposed by the House would "lead to 70,000 kids dying" by scaling back on things like malaria and immunization programs.

How Rajiv Shah Can Buck the System: 5 Tips from the Frontlines of Conflict and Development

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Konyndyk

Administrator Shah is right to argue for the relevance -- even indispensability -- of USAID in stabilizing fragile states. Here is what he needs to do to make that vision a reality.

Hillary Clinton, Madame X & Rajiv Shah Release QDDR

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

I will be writing more soon about the just released Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, the first ever -- but wanted to post this video of...

Playing for Keeps: Students Who Rock Hunger

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

Last week, as Midnight Madness showcased college basketball players with visions of massive wealth and self-indulgence written all over their face...

The 3Ds: Defense(devleopment)Diplomacy

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

The message of the new U.S. development plan is about our interests. Obama made it clear and USAID director Dr. Raj Shah confirmed it.

State Department Should Have Gone for More in QDDR Process

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton she should have established an "Under Secretary for Development" at the Department of State and shored up that 'command' in her own shop.

An Internationalism Republicans and Democrats Can Agree On

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Believe it or not, there actually are Democrats and Republicans -- lots of them -- committed to robust international engagement, smart foreign aid, and coherent and sensible U.S. international public diplomacy.

Dear Clinton, Jones and Summers: Five Step Improvement Plan for U.S. Development

Nancy Birdsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Birdsall

This post also appeared on the Center for Global Development's Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog Six months after the Haiti quake, many people ...