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Private Sector Approach at U.S. Aid Agency: Can Tough Measures Aid U.S. Jobs?

Dan Silverstein | Posted 11.13.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

In the stock market the smart money knows "if you're going to panic, panic early". The same is true for entrepreneurs when it comes to recognizi...

How Afghanistan Is Rebuilding Itself

Jayshree Bajoria | Posted 11.12.2011 | World
Jayshree Bajoria

"One of the things that people don't appreciate is how dramatically far Afghanistan has come in the last ten years, in terms of the capacity for governance."

10 Things You Should Know About the State Department and USAID

Thomas R. Nides | Posted 10.25.2011 | World
Thomas R. Nides

The United States is a leader for peace, progress and prosperity, and the State Department and USAID help deliver that. All of this (and more) costs the American taxpayer about one percent of the overall federal budget.

Innovations to Save Moms and Babies

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Dr. Rajiv Shah

We know that it is not sufficient to simply develop a single innovation that can save lives. We also have to find ways to deliver these innovations to scale in order have countrywide impact for those in greatest need.

Joshua Hersh

Somalia Famine: Aid Groups Say U.S. Anti-Terror Laws Are Still Holding Them Back

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.18.2011 | World

Aid workers struggling to combat the massive famine in Somalia say that complex American counter-terrorism rules are still impeding the delivery of ai...

Why Is America Cutting Emergency Food Aid in the Middle of a Famine?

Ambassador Tony Hall | Posted 10.10.2011 | Politics
Ambassador Tony Hall

When I first visited Ethiopia at the height of the 1984 famine, I watched as twenty-four people died of starvation in less than fifteen minutes, right in front of my eyes.

On Health Home Visits and Being a Life-Changer

Karen Walrond | Posted 01.17.2012 | Impact
Karen Walrond

2011-08-10-Screenshot20110810at12.23.10PM.jpg Since 2008, this home health program has recruited and trained 150 counselors who continue to go door-to-door to provide counseling, testing and household education.

What Conflict Minerals Legislation Is Actually Accomplishing in Congo

Sasha Lezhnev | Posted 10.09.2011 | Impact
Sasha Lezhnev

Ending the world's deadliest conflict is no easy task, but a growing consensus of Congolese civil society, electronics and metals companies, investors, and governments are now taking action to do so.

Creativity, Energy And Extra-Ordinaryness In Kenya

Lindsay Maines | Posted 01.18.2012 | Impact
Lindsay Maines

I heard a Kenyan joke, "We don't have oil here in Kenya -- our people are our main exports." We all laughed, but the truth is, though Kenya has many great natural resources, the people are an amazing asset. I have yet to meet an ordinary person.

Joshua Hersh

Somalia Famine: Confusion Reigns Over New U.S. Policy For NGO Aid

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 10.08.2011 | World

The Obama administration is facing more hurdles in its efforts to expedite aid to Somalia, as humanitarian workers remain confused about a week-old U....

Eighteen Months After the Earthquake: A Return to Haiti

David Weiss | Posted 10.04.2011 | Impact
David Weiss

I returned to Haiti and was astonished by the progress that I saw. There remains a monumental amount of work to do but it is important to understand that the contrast between now and three months after the earthquake is night and day.

Joshua Hersh

U.S. Struggles To Delivery Aid To Al-Shabaab-Controlled Areas of Somalia

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.20.2011 | World

WASHINGTON – International organizations working to mitigate the devastating famine conditions in Somalia are actively looking for alternative solut...

Joshua Hersh

UN Declares Official Famine In Somalia

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.19.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- The United Nations has officially declared the food crisis in parts of Somalia a "famine" and reiterated its desperate call for more aid...

WASH for Life: Testing Promising Solutions and Scaling Proven Successes in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

Maura O'Neill | Posted 09.18.2011 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

Proper access to water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services is critical to saving lives. These failings have a profound effect on the health of people around the world.

11 Million People in Need

Donald Steinberg | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
Donald Steinberg

The sight of families stumbling into the camps after days of exodus through the desert and receiving their first nutritious meals in months is heart-breaking. We will pursue a coordinated, forceful and comprehensive response.

Threatened Snow Leopards Found In Afghanistan

AP | DENIS D. GRAY | Posted 09.13.2011 | Green

BANGKOK — A healthy population of snow leopards, elusive big cats threatened across their homes in the mountain ranges of Central Asia, has been...

Joshua Hersh

USAID Chief: Climate Change, Food Prices Spur East Africa Famine

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 09.12.2011 | World

The long-suffering nations in the Horn of East Africa are enduring the worst drought conditions in more than half a century, and are at risk of "massi...

USAID and ISC Celebrate Anniversaries with Ben and Jerry's!

Maura O'Neill | Posted 08.24.2011 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

For USAID, this anniversary is a time to reflect on service and an opportunity to continue to deliver meaningful results by cultivating future alliances for development. Together, as partners, we can create a safer world that strives to let all people realize freedom's potential.

A Big Day for International Development Companies and the Development Debate

Betsy Bassan | Posted 08.22.2011 | Impact
Betsy Bassan

Today I am joining more than 50 of the nation's most effective and innovative international development companies in announcing the formation of the Coalition of International Development Companies.

When Washington Works

Linda Flanagan | Posted 08.21.2011 | Politics
Linda Flanagan

What most of us don't see, and rarely hear about, is the silent army of civil servants who do the actual work of running the institutions that make up our government.

Back to Bangladesh -- Day 2

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 08.21.2011 | Women
Christy Turlington Burns

Narshingdhi, in Bangladesh, is a community that has suffered the losses of too many women in pregnancy and so has organized itself to make a change.

Back to Bangladesh -- Day 1

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 08.20.2011 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

Given that Bangladesh is one of the countries in the world with the highest burden of maternal mortality rates, the latest news of significant improvement on that front gives me great hope.

Finding And Serving The Most Vulnerable Of All

David Weiss | Posted 08.16.2011 | Impact
David Weiss

Even among vulnerable communities one can find groups that seem to be the most vulnerable of all.

Shooting Ourselves in the Foot: Paying Twice in Colombia to Grow and Kill Legal Crops

Jim Fruchterman | Posted 08.15.2011 | World
Jim Fruchterman

The US government pays one group of people to help convince people to switch to growing legal crops, and then while paying another group of people to kill illegal crops, they accidentally kill the legal plantings.

Aid to Pakistan: America's Headache

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 08.09.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

Despite calls to 'get out of Pakistan' and 'leave them to their own devices,' this does matter to global security, and not just because of Pakistan's expanding nuclear capability.