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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.

The Next National Security

Richard Arthur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard Arthur

By Jack d'Annibale and Richard Arthur Last week, the USNS Mercy hospital ship completed its mission to Cambodia as part of the United States Navy's P...

Foreign Aid Reform: Spaghetti, Leaks and Hope

Carol Peasley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Peasley

For those who care about international development and global poverty reduction, for those who want to see the United States government reestablish it...

Healthy Mothers Nurture Hope

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

The Huffington Post's Living section joins Mothers Day Every Day, a joint campaign of the White Ribbon Alliance and CARE, in a daily countdown to Moth...

How Many Soldiers Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

Josh Mull | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Josh Mull

I am the Afghanistan Blogging Fellow for The Seminal and Brave New Foundation. You can read my work on The Seminal or at Rethink Afghanistan. The vie...

Global Engagement: An Approach for Mutual Respect and Mutual Interest

Maura O'Neill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Maura O'Neill

Shamim, a proud woman in Pakistan vividly recalls when she received her very first order: A buyer requested several hundred pieces of the handicraft s...

Attacks On Contractors Surge In Afghanistan

AP | NOOR KHAN and TIM SULLIVAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — The message, very often, is sent with bloodshed. A suicide bombing last week on a fortified Kandahar guesthouse shared ...

Begging for Security in Pakistan

Taha Gaya | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Taha Gaya

As Albert Einstein famously remarked, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Last week, the UN humanita...

The Power of Social Media to Save Lives

Veronique Pittman | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Veronique Pittman

Thanks to Ushahidi, an open-source platform developed in Kenya, we now have the power at our fingertips to anonymously report violence against women, instances of human trafficking,

Fathers Can Stop Violence, Too

Dr. Paul Zeitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Zeitz

This weekend I, like many other fathers in this country, had the joy of celebrating Father's Day with my family. As Dad to five sons, I take special pleasure in helping them to become positive forces in the world.

Haiti Offers Opportunity to Begin New Era for U.S. Foreign Assistance

Samuel A. Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Samuel A. Worthington

The end goal should be a new era for foreign assistance; one that does not rely on Cold War-era rationales. Still, though, the window to enact lasting change is closing.

Whirlwind Visit to Haiti Finds Chaos and Normalcy Side by Side

Philip Wegner | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Philip Wegner

My first impression is that Haiti seems, on the surface at least, similar to West Africa. There is such vibrancy here and resilience among the people -- but, just under the surface, there must also be a lot of pain and loss.

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 ...