Bolivia's expulsion of USAID this month is a troubling development on its own, but when viewed in the context of similar actions by other governments, it raises questions about the future of American foreign assistance in the face of authoritarianism.
The 2012 Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index, published yesterday, finds Afghanistan at the absolute bottom, sharing this dismal place with North Korea and Somalia. There is a brutal message here for the architects of Western geo-political strategy.
Ironically, we threaten to cut aid to countries where the people who might get the food, medicine, school books and other aid, have absolutely no control or responsibility for the actions of their governments.
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.
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.
There is also a large disconnect about how much the public thinks is spent on aid, and the actual amount that is given. Our mission: to help judge and mentor a $1 million challenge to find fresh new ways of connecting people with the story of overseas aid.
In 2010, the United States spent 20 percent of its budget on Defense and Security, as opposed to less than 1 percent on non-security related international assistance. This 1 percent is less than half of the foreign aid budget of the 1980s, and even less of earlier decades. What's the deal?
The U.S. took a groundbreaking step on global LGBT rights Tuesday, joining the U.K. in tying foreign aid to governments' protection of sexual minorities and drastically raising the stakes in the increasingly globalized battle over gay rights.
All of us can agree that we need to spend our tax dollars as wisely as possible, and with that in mind we must recognize how important our global health investments are, providing security and diplomatic advantages to the United States.
The very real needs of Americans pale in comparison to the needs foreign aid addresses. Poor families around the world are right now starving to death. If we cut American aid, we can be sure that millions will die.
The famine in East Africa must be viewed within the messy political context of regional politics in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya. Aid organizations and their recipients deserve physical protection rather than rhetorical support.
Great nations should pay their bills. But in the last two weeks, House Republicans voted to sharply decrease funding for international organizations, peacekeeping missions, and human rights, putting the United States back on the world community's "dead beat" list