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Clinton Seeks Revamp Of Foreign Aid

AP | MATTHEW LEE | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton wants to reorganize the State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development to...

Tea Party Defense Guidelines

Lorelei Kelly | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lorelei Kelly

The Defense Department should be red meat for the Tea Party. The best thing new Tea Party-elects can do for veterans will be to stop our unaudited spending and unaccountable behavior in that realm.

Haiti - What "work" are the "cash-for-work" programs really doing?

Jane Regan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jane Regan

"As Haiti suffers, the world dozes," remarked a recent Washington Post editorial. But not everyone is dozing... All across Haiti, humanitarian agen...

Join Us in Integrated Approach to Build The New Haiti

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Léogâne, Haiti. I am perhaps the most excited I have been in my entire life as I prepare to move to Haiti next month. Ten months after the earthqu...

A Tectonic Shift at State and USAID?

Tara Sonenshine | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tara Sonenshine

The time is ripe for a renewed commitment to a coordinated, comprehensive and coherent partnership between the agencies of the U.S. government to build stronger, more robust societies

Playing for Keeps: Students Who Rock Hunger

Dan Silverstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Dan Silverstein

Last week, as Midnight Madness showcased college basketball players with visions of massive wealth and self-indulgence written all over their face...

From the American People

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Dr. Rajiv Shah

We saw our common humanity in action earlier this year when nearly half of American households contributed to the Haiti earthquake response. In fact, more people gave money to Haiti relief efforts this year than watched the Super Bowl.

SHINE Makes It Easy To Donate Stress-Free To Pakistani Flood Victims, Earthquake Victims In Haiti

Ehsan Zaffar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ehsan Zaffar

Beloved by the locals since his arrival in 2005, Todd's good-natured persistence underlies his belief that in spite of floods or earthquakes, health care for Pakistanis in rural parts of the country is an attainable goal.

Haitian Orphans Launch Celebrity Intervention in LA

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

Los Angeles - A group of Haitian orphans is in Los Angeles for a week-long trip to raise awareness for the cause they consider essential to the recove...

Can USAID Reach Escape Velocity?

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

Few would argue that USAID is on the ropes. But there are some bright spots that offer hope.

Comparing Apples to Kittens

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Let's not be apologists for badvocacy. We must not ignore the fact that bringing advocacy about various issues to different parts of the western world will be met with different reactions.

Third World America -- How to Prevent our Crisis From Becoming a Disaster

Jonathan Bernstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jonathan Bernstein

Third World America is an excellent analysis of a crisis in progress -- what I have frequently called a slow burn crisis, one whose warning signs are all present if you look for them

US Wants Iraq To Pay Bill For War Victims

AP | MARJORIE OLSTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RAMADI, Iraq — Off a dusty street flanked by piles of rubble and bombed-out car skeletons, the Saleh family is rebuilding their home with Americ...

Unstable Foundations: Human Rights of Haiti's 1.5 Million IDPs

Mark Schuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Schuller

Haiti's 1.5 million homeless have once again become invisible. Because they are not seen or heard in mainstream media, most people assume things are improving, the problem solved. Unfortunately they are wrong.

Taliban to PSC: How May We Serve You?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Today we have news straight out of Mario Puzo. It seems the Taliban made local Afghan private security contractors an offer they could not refuse. Y...

The 3Ds: Defense(devleopment)Diplomacy

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

The message of the new U.S. development plan is about our interests. Obama made it clear and USAID director Dr. Raj Shah confirmed it.

Set to Lead Again? New U.S. Engagement on Global Development

Noam Unger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Noam Unger

Last week, President Obama unveiled his administration's global development policy. Much of the announcement focused on the reform of U.S. governmental systems and the strengthening of America's multilateral capabilities.

Changes in Cuba Challenge Obama's Will to Respond and Change Course

Sarah Stephens | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sarah Stephens

Barack Obama, who was born more than two years after Castro seized power, might want to rethink America's Cuba policy, now that even Castro is having second thoughts about fundamentals.

Listening and Learning

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

The ability to listen is one of the most important factors determining whether aid workers can have a positive -- and lasting -- impact on a community.

Election Protection in Afghanistan

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mike Signer

This Saturday, I'll be stepping off a plane in Dubai along with several dozen other Americans, on the way to Kabul for a mission to monitor elections for the Wolesi Jirga, Afghanistan's lower house of Parliament.

Building Business Opportunities in Haiti

Paul Weisenfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Paul Weisenfeld

The energy and creativity of the private sector -- both U.S. and Haitian -- will play a key role in the reconstruction effort.

American Educators And Aid Groups Help Haitian Schools Rebuild

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

American educators and aid groups are helping Haitian schools rebuild more than six months after January's 7.0 earthquake destroyed nearly 80 percent ...

Transparencygate!

Tom Murphy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Tom Murphy

There has been a developing discussion and debate centering around the transparency of organizations in Georgia who receive USAID grant money. This is a condensed form of the discussion.

Moving From Transactional to Transformational

Akhtar Badshah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Akhtar Badshah

In the near future when I drive up to a village in Africa, although the roads may be bumpy, I will see a woman using a tablet PC powered by the latest renewable energy source. This is a vision of Technology that the administrator of USAID painted.

Ignoring Floods in Pakistan Can Lead to Terrorism

Cameron Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Cameron Sinclair

Not all natural disasters are created equally. It is the most random hooks that spark international response. And lack of international response in regionally sensitive areas are a breeding ground for terrorism.