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In Response to Amb. Cathy Russell

Janet Benshoof | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Janet Benshoof

Ambassador Russell's call for rescuing the nearly 300 Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram and then sending them to school ignores reality.

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 ...

The University Is for Counterrevolutionaries

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 05.03.2014 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

A rapper, a graffiti artist, a blogger, two independent lawyers: In all, 17 students have arrived from Cuba with U.S government-sponsored scholarships to study at Miami Dade College.

Growing Pains in Emerging States: What to Make of Mass Demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil?

Steven Feldstein | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Steven Feldstein

While unrest continues in Turkey, new demonstrations exceeding one million are sweeping Brazil. This moment compels us to reassess existing assumptions about the relative strength and ascendance of emerging nations, most of which face fundamental demographic, socio-historical, political and economic challenges.

How Not to Start a Revolution

Michael Spencer | Posted 08.15.2013 | Impact
Michael Spencer

"We want to focus on results for people," said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as she delivered a Feed the Future announcement at Mlandizi Farm Women's Cooperative in Mlandizi, Tanzania in June 2011. I wonder which people she was referring to?

Be Mine, Except in International Development

Ming Holden | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Ming Holden

Valentine's Day is upon us, and those little candy hearts pervasively sugaring the public sphere with the words "Be Mine!" got me thinking recently about the possessive language we use to describe love.

The Supreme Court's Chance to End the Anti-Prostitution Pledge, Save Lives, and Help End HIV/AIDS

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
John-Manuel Andriote

The only message the government should be sending is that it is committed to saving lives and supporting those who are working to bring an end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. That is a moral agenda worth advancing.

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.

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.

U.S. Ambassador in Botswana Takes Grassroots Approach

Ross Szabo | Posted 03.19.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

Ambassador Gavin is focused on three core areas in Botswana: youth issues, health and economic diversification. She possesses a distinctive leadership quality, which is to listen more than talk during meetings in local villages.

Is USAID Being Set Up to Fail on the GHI?

Nandini Oomman | Posted 01.04.2012 | World
Nandini Oomman

By burdening USAID with eventual responsibility for the GHI's success but with no authority or leverage to make it happen, the QDDR has inadvertently placed USAID in an impossible situation.

In a Big Risk-Taking Mood?

Karl Hofmann | Posted 12.04.2011 | Impact
Karl Hofmann

Americans often ask, why do we spend so many of our tax dollars on foreign aid? And what do we get for it? These questions are appropriate and important to our democracy. But so are informed answers.

Flooding Scours the Whitewash From Haiti Aid Efforts

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.13.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

The OCHA Haiti Flooding Situation Report covering the period from June 6-7 does not paint a pretty picture. This grim report was to be anticipated gi...

Ambassador Blasts U.S. Militarization of Foreign Policy and Development

Michael Hughes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Michael Hughes

Ronald E. Neumann, former ambassador to Afghanistan, delivered a refreshing allocution on Wednesday denouncing the progressive militarization of U.S. foreign policy and underlining the perils it has wrought.

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.

Transparencygate!

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

There has been a developing discussion and debate centering around the transparency of organizations in Georgia who receive USAID grant money. This is a condensed form of the discussion.

USAID Administrator Raj Shah Can't Captain His Ship without a Crew

Sarah Jane Staats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Jane Staats

There are twelve USAID management jobs requiring Senate confirmation. There is a slim chance USAID will have its team in place before November. Must we add this to the Christmas wish list?

The Next National Security

Richard Arthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Arthur

By Jack d'Annibale and Richard Arthur Last week, the USNS Mercy hospital ship completed its mission to Cambodia as part of the United States Navy's P...

US Attacks Taliban Funding, 'Like Punching Jello'

GlobalPost | Douglas Wissing | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The United States government is widening its investigation into reports that U.S. aid and development funds in Afghanistan are b...

Haiti's Tragedy and the Inevitable Controversy

J. Brian Atwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
J. Brian Atwood

The Obama administration deserves high marks for its response to the tragic Haitian earthquake and USAID has demonstrated once again why we need a strong foreign aid agency.

Taking an Oath to Improve Aid

Josh Ruxin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Ruxin

There's a fundamental irony in U.S. development policy: we give too little, and what we give, we give inefficiently. Our money is not translating into corresponding levels of goodwill around the world.

Rajiv Shah for USAID Administrator

politico.com | Laura Rozen | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

POLITICO reported yesterday that the 36-year-old USDA chief scientist and undersecretary for research, education and economics, a medical doctor who p...

The Right Choice For USAID

Dan Glickman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Glickman

The selection of Dr. Rajiv Shah to lead USAID is a tremendous choice that underscores the Obama Administration's commitment to the vital role development plays in foreign policy and to the rebuilding of this vital agency.

The Farmer Out of the Dell: Who's Next in the USAID Courtship Ritual?

Sheila Herrling | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sheila Herrling

An arduous vetting process coupled with diminished authority is a virtual perfect storm for leaving the post vacant and the elevation of development and reform of foreign aid stalled.

USAID Director Vacancy Threatens Agency's Future

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

As Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton begins a seven-country African trip with a visit to Kenya, the main U.S. foreign aid agency is in limbo, ...