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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.

USAID Staffer Tracker

Sarah Jane Staats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Jane Staats

USAID administrator Raj Shah can't captain his own ship without a crew of Senate-confirmed leaders; four of the twelve appointees have been named. Bad news: zero have been confirmed.

USAID Administrator Raj Shah Can't Captain His Ship without a Crew

Sarah Jane Staats | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sarah Jane Staats

There are twelve USAID management jobs requiring Senate confirmation. There is a slim chance USAID will have its team in place before November. Must we add this to the Christmas wish list?

Investing in Game Changers

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Rajiv Shah

Now is the time to think strategically, and across sectors and boundaries, about how we as a nation can better deploy science, technology, and innovation in the service of humanity.

The Democratization of Aid

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

When I left the World Bank to start GlobalGiving, we tried to implement a simple idea: if you can effect change in governments and economies, you'll naturally reduce poverty and improve lives.

Glimmers of Hope on HIV

Isobel Coleman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Isobel Coleman

Today, in the nine hardest-hit African countries, young women are about three times as likely as young men to be HIV positive. Two recent studies offer some hope.

Applause for Chairman Berman's New Foreign Aid Legislation

George Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
George Ingram

Berman recently released a working draft of new legislation authorizing U.S. foreign assistance. This is a major step toward building a 21st century approach for promoting development.

Haiti Relief Is Not Charity: A Rights-Based Approach to Aid

Kerry Kennedy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Kerry Kennedy

Six months after the quake, the people of Haiti have a right to know who promised aid, when delivery can be expected, and what recourse they have if deadlines are not met.

If We Show Them, Will They Care?

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

Participants in this month's International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) meeting in Paris agreed to provide more responsive, detailed and tran...

From the American People? Prison and No Backup From the U.S. Government for Work on AIDS

Richard Elovich | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Elovich

When the US, the UK, or the Global Fund support NGOs to take on AIDS education, the contracts should be two-way agreements; you do the HIV prevention, and we watch your back and help protect you from those who might be angered.

Buying Venezuela's Press With U.S. Tax Dollars

Jeremy Bigwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Jeremy Bigwood

Covert foreign state support for ostensibly independent journalism violates basic principles of the profession's integrity; even if the journalists who benefited from the grants may not have known of the State Department funding.

Dear Clinton, Jones and Summers: Five Step Improvement Plan for U.S. Development

Nancy Birdsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nancy Birdsall

This post also appeared on the Center for Global Development's Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog Six months after the Haiti quake, many people ...