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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...

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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.19.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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.

Prioritizing Chaos: The Challenges Humanitarians Face When Responding to Crises

Joel R. Charny | Posted 08.13.2014 | Impact
Joel R. Charny

As Syria, the Central African Republic and South Sudan demonstrate, the reforms do not address the core challenges of providing assistance and assuring the protection of vulnerable people in the midst of unrelenting conflict.

Obama Says He Wants to Cut the 'Stupid Sh-t'? Start with Bad Cuba Policy

Ricardo Herrero | Posted 08.07.2014 | Latino Voices
Ricardo Herrero

President Obama drew attention earlier this summer for reportedly describing his policy doctrine to reporters with four simple words. Now it's time to see how serious the president is about adhering to this principle.

The Maxwell Smarts of USAID Are at It Again in Cuba

William M. LeoGrande | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
William M. LeoGrande

Four months after the Associated Press uncovered USAID's secret attempt to create ZunZuneo, a Twitter-like instant messaging service created to send subversive messages to Cuban users, AP has blown the cover on yet another covert USAID operation in Cuba.

Saving Mothers In Afghanistan: Progress, Challenges And The Road Ahead

Vanessa Thevathasan | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Vanessa Thevathasan

Afghanistan has once again been labelled one of the worst places in the world to be a mother. According to UNICEF, a woman dies every two hours due to complications during pregnancy in Afghanistan.

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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.25.2014 | 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 08.20.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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.