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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 ...

The Future of USAID

J. Brian Atwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
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J. Brian Atwood

We recognize that Congress is faced with agonizing budget choices. However, we must object to cuts that weaken USAID and other agencies that make vital contributions to global development and our national security.

Aid Reform Within Reach: Time for the President to Lead

George Ingram | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
George Ingram

The United States is falling short in getting the most bang for its development buck. Even our best aid projects often fail to maximize the benefits for either effective development or national interests.

What Does Secretary Clinton Really Mean By "Elevating Development"

Todd Moss | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Todd Moss

What does Secretary Clinton really mean by elevating development? I'm afraid, so far, not at all what the development community was expecting.

Official Aid Transparency: First the UK, Now the US?

Dennis Whittle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Dennis Whittle

This guest post is by Felipe Cabezas, who recently joined GlobalGiving. DFID, the UK's aid agency, recently committed itself to an Aid Transparency G...

Where Is Obama's Trade Policy?

Kimberly Ann Elliott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kimberly Ann Elliott

Presidential backing for a single bilateral trade agreement does not a policy make. The three-legged stool -- defense, diplomacy and development -- for promoting U.S. interests internationally is still looking pretty wobbly.