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Does the $1 Trillion Key to Winning the Afghan War Lie Under the Sand?

Sam Sedaei | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Sam Sedaei

A small group of Pentagon and USAID officials and American geologists may have found the biggest single solution to permanently transforming Afghanistan's economy and winning the struggle against Taliban.

Double Victims: The Earthquake Through Haitian Women's Eyes

Mark Schuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Schuller

Haitian women were already marginalized before the earthquake. In the words of Edele, a feminist activist, "women are double victims. I mean, the justice system doesn't work for anyone."

Sudan Hunger Crisis: Emaciated Children, Families Struggling To Survive

AP | JASON STRAZIUSO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

AKOBO, Sudan — Three-day-old Odong Obong lay in the hospital bed, his pencil-thin arms almost motionless and his shriveled, gaunt face resemblin...

Foreign Aid Reform: The Road Ahead

Carol Peasley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Carol Peasley

Over the past two years, experts on global development have come to a consensus that the current system for managing U.S. foreign aid is outdated, is ...

Haiti Donor Conference Presents Major Challenges

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Speaking about rebuilding Haiti's economy, Biotek Solutions CEO Regine Barjon summed it up by saying "We can grow our own chickens."

Aid in Haiti Creates Competition With Local Business Owners

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
MP Nunan

The humanitarian response to the Haitian earthquake is killing the demand for locally packaged goods and hurting small business owners.

Haiti: Stuck in a Trap

Richard Morse | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Richard Morse

Haitians aren't living in tent and bed sheet cities because there was an earthquake on January 12. This is the lifestyle one gets used to when elites and the Delatour/Preval lobby machine run the economy.

Haiti Relief Effort Needs Immediate Ramp-Up to Avoid Another Disaster

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Weisbrot

President Clinton apologized on March 10 for the role that his government played in destroying a big part of Haitian agriculture: "It may have been go...

Helping People Help Themselves

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

Just outside Kigali, in the central African country of Rwanda, Emmanuel Harelimana goes to work at a coffee roasting company. Set high on a hill, CAFE...

Got Ideas for Changing the World?

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Dr. Rajiv Shah

Just over one year ago, President Obama gave a rousing speech in Cairo laying out a vision of a new ethic for U.S. relations with the world - that of ...

US Public Diplomacy in Pakistan

Jordan Dey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jordan Dey

(Originally published in The Hill newspaper) Spending a few weeks in Pakistan is a jaw-dropping experience. On a typical day, you can wake up to ...

Epistemology and PMC

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Epistemology is useful to keep in mind when considering private military and security contractors because so much of what passes for common wisdom is based on assertions instead of facts.

1,000 Words About Zambia

Bernard Pollack | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Bernard Pollack

After many months of drought the rain seems to be coming at the wrong time, too late to help farmers harvest crops. People were clearly getting nervous as newspapers predicting an entire week of rain.

Why Nutrition Matters

Joel Lamstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Joel Lamstein

Today's release of the Obama administration's Feed the Future implementation strategy will confirm what many in the global public health world have kn...

A New CGD Initiative on U.S. Development Strategy in Pakistan: What Is It and Will It Work?

Nancy Birdsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Nancy Birdsall

This is a joint post with Molly Kinder. At CGD, we normally conduct research and analysis on development issues (trade, aid effectiveness, climate ch...

To Protect Taxpayer Dollars, Agencies Must Suspend and Debar Bad Government Contractors

Rep. Edolphus Towns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Edolphus Towns

With billions of tax dollars on the line, it is far past time for agencies to suspend and debar bad actors and for agency managers to aggressively enforce this process.

Haitian Women: Rea Dol vs. the Republic of NGOs

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

Take a walk for ten years in Rea Dol's shoes and you might learn something about the imperialist attitude of NGOs in Haiti. "They would not help me before the quake. Why would I bother to ask them now?"

Haiti: "All the Resources Are in the Wrong Place"

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Georgianne Nienaber

There is plenty of blame and criticism to go around, but that being said, the humanitarian situation in Haiti is so dire it seems as if there may be no comprehensive solution.

Fonkoze Helps Rebuild Haiti through Microfinance Following Earthquake

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Unprecedented Collaboration Assists the Most Vulnerable In the pre-dawn hours of Saturday, January 23, an unprecedented joint NGO-military operation ...

Debunking the Gaza Siege Myth

Jacob Shrybman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jacob Shrybman

The UN claims there is a siege on Gaza when it has given $200 million to the strip in the past year -- $190 million more than it has given to Haiti after the natural disaster there claimed the lives of an estimated 230,000.

The Other 3Ds: Decapitate, Demote, and Deny USAID?

Todd Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Todd Moss

Like many U.S. policy watchers, I have been reserving judgment on the administration's development policy while they staffed up and worked through the PSD and QDDR. But, at sixteen months and counting, I have a nagging question.

From Gossip to Good Global Development

Nancy Birdsall | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nancy Birdsall

This is a joint posting with Sarah Jane Staats and also appeared on Global Post and CGD's Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog. In insider Washing...

Earthquake Hits Turkey - 57 Dead

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Jack Hidary

UPDATE: A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck in the Elazig province of eastern Turkey this morning at 4:32 local time. At least 15 of the dead were in...

Fault Lines: Haiti's Earthquake and Reconstruction, Through the Eyes of Many

Mark Schuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Schuller

Our view of Haiti is often constrained by an implicit binary frame of a "good" civil society and a "bad" state. Missing from this discussion is the central role played by foreign actors.

Passing the "Riot Test" in Haiti

Mark Schuller | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mark Schuller

I don't like to be the bearer of bad news, but as important as this discussion of Haiti's future is, there is a more urgent situation that must be addressed right now. Any day now, it is going to rain.