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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.

Senate Report Slams Nation-Building Efforts in Afghanistan

Malou Innocent | Posted 08.08.2011 | World
Malou Innocent

Given the corruption and dependency we'll leave in our wake, without an introspective self-critique our policies, America could turn Afghanistan into Central Asia's Haiti.

Volunteering With Spreadsheets, Not Screwdrivers

Stanley S. Litow | Posted 08.03.2011 | Impact
Stanley S. Litow

This timely, new program offers the rest of us an opportunity to do our part, with our own unique skills.

Flawed Earthquake Report a Bullwhip On the Backs of Haitians

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 08.02.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

In this age of public relations ploys masquerading as news, and personal and political agendas disguised as newsworthy "leaks," it is imperative that readers, writers, and editors apply critical thinking before jumping onto the information bandwagon.

A Special Relationship to Save Lives

Joanne Carter | Posted 07.25.2011 | World
Joanne Carter

Each year about 8.8 million children in developing countries die from mostly preventable and treatable conditions. Nearly 40 percent of those deaths are from two common diseases: pneumonia and diarrhea.

Handicap International Renews Focus On Humanitarian Aid

Rahim Kanani | Posted 07.21.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

Dr. Richardier was responsible for Handicap International's involvement as a founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which was collectively awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997.

Nutrition Rich National Security

Dan Silverstein | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

On May 24th, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs* will host a conference in Washington, D.C. to reinforce the relationship between food security in ...

Honoring Our Mothers by Changing the Dialogue

Carol Peasley | Posted 07.12.2011 | World
Carol Peasley

By stating simple facts and stepping away from the emotional rhetoric of the past 25 years, the Council on Foreign Relations has paved the way to improved lives for women, mothers and children globally.

WATCH: Celebrate The Technologies That Aid Moms In Need

Kate Otto | Posted 03.18.2012 | Impact
Kate Otto

As Americans gather on Sunday to honor our mamas, we should also be celebrating "MAMA," a new global health initiative launched by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

A New Voice for Women in U.S. Aid

Ritu Sharma | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Ritu Sharma

Women are the majority of the more than one billion people living on just a dollar a day, and account for 6 out of 10 of the world's hungry. Despite this, they very often get left out of assistance programs.

Haiti: Seeding "Reconstruction" or Seeding Destruction?

Jane Regan | Posted 07.01.2011 | Green
Jane Regan

About a month ago, a team of journalists in Haiti released a nine-article study of a massive seed distribution that took place after the earthquake la...

Weekly Pulse: DCCC Ad Shows Grandpa Stripping for Extra Cash to Pay for Medicare

The Media Consortium | Posted 06.20.2011 | Politics
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5z7FiBsR8OQ[/youtube] How will the next generation of seniors ...

Mortenson Is Not the Sole Suspect

Saad Khan | Posted 06.19.2011 | World
Saad Khan

There is more pomp and show with some modern charity organizations than actual groundwork. Corruption is a necessary evil even if an organization tries hard to stay transparent.

Our Job in Pakistan

Taha Gaya | Posted 06.11.2011 | Politics
Taha Gaya

We are already making smart development investments in Pakistan in energy and agriculture, but until we make credible game-changing investments in basic education, we can expect those gains to be unsustainable in the long-term.

Education Will Bring Societies Together -- We Can't Depend on Governmental Diplomacy Alone

David J. Skorton | Posted 06.08.2011 | College
David J. Skorton

The availability of high-quality postsecondary education is significant beyond the personal benefit of a college degree: the problem-solving capacity of a modern college or university and its graduates is enormous.

Impact of Global Health Cuts Alarming, But Not Alarmist

Joanne Carter | Posted 06.06.2011 | Politics
Joanne Carter

According to Dr. Rajiv Shah, head of the U.S. Agency for International Development, budget cuts proposed by the House would "lead to 70,000 kids dying" by scaling back on things like malaria and immunization programs.

David Wood

Libya's Civilians Suffer In Bloody Stalemate

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON -- Libya’s civilians, already suffering shortages of food, water and power, are being battered by Muammar Gaddafi’s military forces in ...