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Raj Shah Unveils Common Values for Dems and Republicans

Maura O'Neill | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Maura O'Neill

In October 2009, Raj Shah walked across the reception area into my office and closed the door. He told me that President Obama and Secretary Clinton wanted to nominate him to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAID). The decision wasn't so easy.

U.S. International Aid Head Rajiv Shah To Step Down

AP | By JACK GILLUM and DESMOND BUTLER | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the nation's global development agency said Wednesday he will step down from his post in February, following an announ...

Counter-Terrorism: Counter-Humanitarianism?

Chris Lockyear | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Chris Lockyear

As international troops leave Afghan security in the hands of their domestic counterparts, ISAF will let its "clear, hold, build" counter-insurgency mandate fade.

Building a Green Economy for the Middle East

David Weiss | Posted 12.14.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

As the green business sector continues to grow, opportunities for businesses and individuals will grow with it. It is up to all of us who work in the region to find innovative ways to forge these partnerships and help create sustainable economic growth.

U.S. Reportedly Tried To Overthrow Cuba With Hip-Hop Infiltration

AP | DESMOND BUTLER, MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, LAURA WIDES-MUNOZ and ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

HAVANA (AP) — A U.S. agency's secret infiltration of Cuba's underground hip-hop groups scene to spark a youth movement against the government was "r...

4 Truths About Water and Sanitation

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 12.05.2014 | Politics
Lisa Schechtman

Right now, one-third of the world's population lives without a decent toilet. One in ten people doesn't have access to safe drinking water. Without these, even basic handwashing can be beyond reach.

How a GOP Congress Could Harm Women Worldwide

John Seager | Posted 11.18.2014 | Politics
John Seager

What do a 25-year-old woman in Dhaka, Bangladesh and an 18-year-old woman in Niamey, Niger have in common? Their lives could be threatened by destructive measures passed by the new GOP-controlled Congress.

USAID Leads as the United States Strengthens Its Commitment to the LGBT Community

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 11.17.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

While this is only a beginning in studying this issue, it seems clear that giving people their rights and allowing them to participate fully in society, particularly economic society, is beneficial to countries.

Cuban Dissident/Kitten Lover Reveals Hardline Strategy on Alan Gross

Sarah Stephens | Posted 11.07.2014 | World
Sarah Stephens

"If you ever meet (Carlos Luis Pardo), you will probably see him lovingly carrying a newborn kitten in his hands, or taking care of one of his persecu...

Cuban Government and USAID, a Fraught Relationship

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The bottom line is that Raul Castro's government is eager to express and receive belligerence from its great northern neighbor. What it will not tolerate and will never accept is grants to or recognition of the belligerence of its own civil society.

"REpower Kosovo"

Nezir Sinani | Posted 10.31.2014 | Green
Nezir Sinani

As Kosovo positions itself to join the European Union in the near future, the country's energy profile bears great importance.

World Mental Health Day: Let's Do It for the Children

Curt Goering | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Curt Goering

With counseling and psychosocial support, young lives devastated by war and childhoods violently taken away can be reclaimed. We see it happen when they begin to smile again, laugh again, and play again.

Integrated Development: Advancing the Conversation

Patrick Fine | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Patrick Fine

We need to be intentional, purposeful and practical, carefully thinking through when and how we approach and implement integrated programs.

Fulfilling the US and India's Extraordinary Promise Through Public Health

Akash Goel | Posted 12.03.2014 | World
Akash Goel

Now is a defining moment of leadership between the U.S. and India. Any strategic partnership must include engagements on public health in order to fulfill the extraordinary promise of the world´s two largest democracies.

Commitments For Women Take Center Stage At 69th U.N. General Assembly

Casey Santiago | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Casey Santiago

Nearly 90 percent of maternal deaths are preventable with access to appropriate care, all of which can be provided for as little as $250 per woman.

Female Genital Mutilation in Kenya -- When Will It End?

Siddharth Chatterjee | Posted 11.25.2014 | Impact
Siddharth Chatterjee

Consider this: Nashiru, a practitioner of female genital mutilation (FGM) in a Maasai community in Kenya, says, "Cutting girls is something our people have done for hundreds of years. No one can convince us that it is wrong."

Five Ways to Strengthen the U.S. Response to Ebola

Sen. Chris Coons | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics
Sen. Chris Coons

This is a manageable public health crisis that we know how to solve, but doing so requires our focus, our attention, our resolve and our resources, tools that only the United States has.

Obama Continues Misdirection in U.S. Policy Toward Cuba

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 11.11.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

This is a guest post by Adam Waters, a Senior History Major at Brown University. Adam worked at the Council on Foreign Relations as an intern over the...

Latest Development in USAID Controversy Reflects Years of Botched Cuban Policy

Laura Weiss | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Laura Weiss

When it comes to U.S.-Cuba relations -- a history wrought with covert coup plans, bureaucratic missteps, and Cold War-era paranoia -- one struggles to know what to believe.

From Slums To Significance: The Communities Shaping Our Urban Future

David Weiss | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

Too often slum dwellers have been considered a problem. I believe they are the solution. If we help communities get the right tools and learn the right techniques we can empower them to take control of their and their cities' futures.

Bringing Conservation and Development Together

Mark Tercek | Posted 10.25.2014 | 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...

Connections Matter in Mexico's Northern Border Region

Indre Biskis | Posted 08.20.2014 | Impact
Indre Biskis

Mexico will face a shortage of about 115,000 professionals with computer networking skills by 2015, according to research by IDC. Young people who develop these skills now will have better opportunities in tomorrow's workforce -- and fewer reasons to yield to criminal activity.

500 Days Until the MDG Deadline: Accelerating Progress for Women and Children

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

This progress is remarkable and worth celebrating. Yet it is only a taste of what we can accomplish, and with less than 500 days until the deadline, we have a lot of work ahead of us.

Providing Humanitarian Assistance During Unprecedented Times

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 10.19.2014 | Impact
Jeremy Konyndyk

Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to commemorate the fallen relief workers who died in the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, as well as the thousands of others who have given their lives to help those in need.

Reacting Is Not Enough -- Ebola Crisis Demands International Collaboration in Prevention

David Weiss | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

We all hope that soon the prevention efforts will get Ebola under control. But it should be a wake-up call that it is not enough to react after an event.