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When Donor Driven Programs Work

Fron Nahzi | Posted 07.28.2014 | World
Fron Nahzi

Ideally, USAID and other donors should make sustainability an umbrella aspect of their political, social, and economic development programming.

Children of Syria

Hind Kabawat | Posted 07.24.2014 | World
Hind Kabawat

Teenagers joining extremist groups are a growing sign of the desperation facing young Syrian refugees. It should also be a stark warning to the outside world that has been content to stand by while the fighting continues.

USAID 2.0: Improving Impact and Outcomes

Jean Case | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Jean Case

Administrator Shah and his team worked tirelessly with members of the Panel in a remarkable spirit of openness and transparency, and he and his team embraced the animating principle that saving a greater number of lives depends on fundamental revisions to existing practices at USAID.

Global Health Needs More Strange Bedfellows, Unorthodox Partnerships

David J. Olson | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

t used to be that a donor would sit down with the ministry of health to work out the design and implementation of a new global health initiative, with no significant input or involvement of other stakeholders. Those days, thankfully, are long gone.

4 Reasons the Detroit Water Shut-Offs Matter

Lisa Schechtman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Detroit
Lisa Schechtman

Last month, the City of Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department began to shut off water service for around 3,000 customers a week, people who have fallen behind on payments by more than $150 or 60 days.

Pregnant Alyssa Milano Shares Touching Photo With Son

The Huffington Post | Lauren Zupkus | Posted 07.02.2014 | Entertainment

Here's your daily dose of cuteness, courtesy of Alyssa Milano. The 41-year-old actress shared a sweet Instagram photo of herself and 2-year-old son...

Not Just Baby Steps: Global Action Gives All Newborns A Fighting Chance To Survive And Thrive

Katie Taylor | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Katie Taylor

This week, USAID is joining a global movement to give newborns a fighting chance to survive and thrive during the most perilous period of life -- during delivery and the post-natal period when prematurity, asphyxia and infection pose grave threats to their survival.

Living Miracles: Celebrating Child and Maternal Survival in Washington

Katherine Marshall | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

Many parts of the world have yet to experience the transformation that modern medicine and better public health can bring, but there is rapid progress and very reasonable hope that we will soon live in a world where all families experience this miraculous change.

U.S. NGOs Investing to Help Children Reach Their 5th Birthday

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Samuel A. Worthington

In 2012, 6.6 million children died before their fifth birthday. While this represents huge progress over past years, in far too many communities parents simply assume that half of their children will not make it.

All Parents Deserve to See Their Child's Fifth Birthday

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

In the United States, eight out of every 1,000 children born die before age 5 every year. In Mali, that number is 16 times higher, according to UNICEF. Globally, 6.6 million children -- almost New York City's entire population -- die before they turn 5.

Relief Agencies Must Just Say "No" to War in Iraq

Richard Walden | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Richard Walden

I am hoping that money won't trump morality in the current conflict and that US relief agencies will weigh in on the Obama administration that picking up the pieces from someone else's civil war is not the job of US humanitarian relief agencies.

Climate Change: Expect the Unexpected

Lorena Aguilar | Posted 06.13.2014 | Green
Lorena Aguilar

In the past few weeks, three different events/situations have kept me wondering about how climate change is impacting our lives in ways we cannot even imagine.

InterAction's Development Forum: Reflections and Anticipations

Joseph Peterson | Posted 06.06.2014 | Impact
Joseph Peterson

It's that time of year again where some of the biggest personalities in international development head to Washington, D.C., for the preeminent confe...

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.

Pollution Deaths Soar but Aid Is Cut

Ben Barber | Posted 06.05.2014 | World
Ben Barber

A widening plague of industrial pollution in the developing countries has become the largest cause of global deaths each year -- killing 10 million pe...

Free Alan Gross by Freeing the Cuban Five

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 07.19.2014 | Politics
Arturo Lopez Levy

While the U.S. government has vigorously protested his treatment, it has proven unwilling to make the diplomatic overtures -- like releasing the Cuban Five -- that could secure his release.

Joshua Hersh

The Real Cost Of Benghazi Politics

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 05.12.2014 | Politics

ISTANBUL -- In early January, as a violent rebellion flared across South Sudan, the world's youngest country, the U.S. State Department announced that...

This Mother's Day, Let's Bring More Women to the Table Through Economic Empowerment

Kathy Spahn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Kathy Spahn

When we give impoverished women a place at the global table of economic development, we take a firm stand in decreasing rates of child mortality and fostering health and prosperity in the developing world. This is something that is well worth celebrating on Mother's Day and supporting all year round.

On the Death of Anne Smedinghoff, Three U.S. Soldiers and an Interpreter

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

How did the Afghan kids who were to receive books from Anne and the Afghan kids who were blown up by NATO that same day differ? Just an accident of location. Everyone was a victim.

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan Special Investigator Drops Hammer On State Department Waste

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 04.25.2014 | World

ISTANBUL -- The special investigator tasked with assessing America's deployment of resources in Afghanistan over the past decade launched a trio of da...

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 ...

From the Bay of Pigs to the 'Bay of Tweets'

Sarah Stephens | Posted 06.22.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

Another covert action, another effort to conceal the truth from the American people, another deceit in our endless struggle to overthrow Cuba's government.

USAID's Twitter Trojan Horse

Sarah Stephens | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Sarah Stephens

This is President Obama's chance to rethink his administration's support for the regime change programs that should have been retired with the fax machine.

Obama and Cuban Twitter

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 06.09.2014 | World
Julia E. Sweig

At its peak, some 68,000 Cubans used the Twitter-type "Zunzuneo," thus potentially, the developers hoped, giving the United States the platform to induce anti-government flash-mobs, identify potential opposition leaders, and broaden pools of dissent. All of this while concealing Washington's hand from Cuban users.

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 ...