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Top 10 Global Health Moments of 2013

Karl Hofmann | Posted 03.01.2014 | World
Karl Hofmann

Drug-resistant TB, slowing donor funding, new outbreaks of polio and a devastating typhoon showed how easily progress can stall. Amid these challenges emerged a changing global health landscape.

The People of Jonglei Need Peace

Catholic Relief Services | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Catholic Relief Services

With the stability of the world's newest nation, South Sudan, endangered, Catholic Relief Services' Brigid O'Connor reports on her experiences in one ...

Top 10 Sustainable Business Stories of 2013

Andrew Winston | Posted 02.22.2014 | Green
Andrew Winston

This year, like recent years, saw some continuation of big trends: with a few exceptions, the international policy community keeps failing to come to a meaningful agreement on climate change.

Lessons From the Past: Securing Land Rights in the Wake of Typhoon Haiyan

Yuliya Neyman | Posted 02.12.2014 | World
Yuliya Neyman

In America, land ownership is usually well-documented and formalized. We own deeds to our land, and have clear legal ways to sell it, rent it or otherwise transfer it. But that's not the case in many countries, including in the Philippines.

Africa's New Generation of Young Leaders

David Weiss | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

While the Mo Ibrahim Foundation announcement conveys a bleak message about some aspects of Africa's politics, there is great reason for optimism in that continent.

A World in Transition: Sharing in the Responsibility for HIV and AIDS

Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez | Posted 01.31.2014 | World
Dr. Ariel Pablos-Mendez

We have a lot to celebrate today. And, while our work in HIV and AIDS is not over, we have a tremendous opportunity to demonstrate shared responsibility by making smart transitions, identifying strong, strategic partnerships and leveraging new opportunities that will help countries further their goals and their own responses to their epidemics.

Global Dialogue: Probing the Possibilities

Katherine Marshall | Posted 01.24.2014 | Religion
Katherine Marshall

The King King Abdullah Bin Abdulaziz International Center for Interfaith and Intercultural Dialogue plans to address theological and practical issues that contribute to tensions with a religious dimension.

Food Aid Crisis as Typhoon Victims Hungry

Ben Barber | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ben Barber

The rush to deliver food to the Philippines for survivors of the massive Typhoon Haiyan has renewed pressure on Congress to end a requirement that most U.S. food aid be bought from U.S. farmers and delivered thousands of miles on costly U.S. ships.

Rachel Maddow Should Co-anchor NBC's Olympic Broadcast

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

As long as the Russians won't change their current policies toward the LGBT community among other groups they discriminate against, we should demand that NBC focus only on the athletes and competitions and not on the country hosting the Games.

A Tale of Two Cyclones

Jeremy Konyndyk | Posted 10.25.2013 | World
Jeremy Konyndyk

While much now remains to be done to help bring relief and recovery to those affected by the storm, Cyclone Phailin has shown India's ability to address a major disaster using its own disaster management institutions.

The International Landscape of Small Businesses

Gina Harman | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Gina Harman

La Idea encourages knowledge transfer between entrepreneurs in the U.S. and Latin America. In addition to providing free business education events and resources, La Idea facilitates networking among entrepreneurs across borders.

Egypt's Rebels Who Lost Their Cause?

Khaled Diab | Posted 10.30.2013 | World
Khaled Diab

Some critics in Egypt have wondered whether Tamarod's cosy relationship with the military and its growing jingoism is a sign that the movement sold out its revolutionary ethos to become a loyal lapdog to the SCAF.

Role of Midwives in Improving Maternal and Child Health in Afghanistan

Aziz Baig | Posted 10.28.2013 | Impact
Aziz Baig

In developing countries like Afghanistan, midwives bring great hope to the tens of thousands of women who have no access to doctors or clinics.

USAID Invests in Open-Source Mobile Tech for Water Sanitation Monitoring

Amanda Sperber | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Amanda Sperber

USAID just announced its investment in mWater, a non-profit tech startup, whose phone app can instantly test and analyze water quality from local sources and share this information on their global, open-source water monitoring database.

From Iran in 1953 to Egypt in 2013 -- Why Should the World Have to Pay for U.S. Empire?

Chris Ernesto | Posted 10.20.2013 | World
Chris Ernesto

The U.S. has the power to help calm the situation by stopping military aid and by sincerely condemning violence against Egyptian protesters. But many are lobbying Washington to turn a blind eye to what is happening in strategically important Egypt.

Hidden Trade Risks for US Big Business in Colombia

Robert Shaw | Posted 10.19.2013 | Politics
Robert Shaw

John Kerry's trip to Colombia last week builds on President Obama's renewed efforts to deepen relations with Latin America but hidden in his security and trade agenda lie many unanswered questions for U.S. exporters around the pitfalls of starting a business in the midst of an on-going conflict.

The Promise of Health Care Innovation in Djibouti

Ethan Chorin | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Ethan Chorin

Who will make sure the clinic and the outpost work properly, and coordinate between the Djiboutian Ministry of Health and USAID? Will this become a successful and exportable model for rural health care in Africa, or a white elephant?

The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention: Bringing Light to the Darkness

Michael B. Kleinman | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Michael B. Kleinman

New technologies are marking it harder for perpetrators to hide their crimes, allowing the rest of us to peer into this darkness and giving victims in affected communities the tools to tell the world what's happening.

TCHO: Changing Chocolate

Naomi Starkman | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Naomi Starkman

TCHO designates its dark chocolates by their flavor profiles: "Fruity" (single origin sourced from Peru); bright acids like in mandarin oranges in "Citrus" (from Madagascar); hearty richness in "Chocolatey" (Ghana); and roasted nuts in "Nutty" (Ecuador).

What India's Sex Workers Want: Power, Not Rescue

Michelle Chen | Posted 09.20.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

Anu Mokal wasn't breaking the law when she was out walking with her friend last year, yet to the police, her very existence was criminal. As a sex wo...

Why Does The U.S. Still Give Millions Of Dollars In Aid To China

Foreign Policy | Isaac Stone Fish | Posted 07.15.2013 | World

The United States provided $28.3 million in foreign assistance and funding programs to China via USAID and the State Department in 2012, according to ...

Growing Pains in Emerging States: What to Make of Mass Demonstrations in Turkey and Brazil?

Steven Feldstein | Posted 08.27.2013 | World
Steven Feldstein

While unrest continues in Turkey, new demonstrations exceeding one million are sweeping Brazil. This moment compels us to reassess existing assumptions about the relative strength and ascendance of emerging nations, most of which face fundamental demographic, socio-historical, political and economic challenges.

How Many Afghan Hearts and Minds Do You Win When a School Collapses?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.26.2013 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

One (of thousands) example of how we lost the war for the hearts and minds of the Iraqi people was our shoddy management of the things we built. We're repeating those same mistakes in Afghanistan, this time with potentially fatal results.

The Other Gay Rights Case: Why Today's Obscure Supreme Court Decision Is More Important Than We Think

Jay Michaelson | Posted 08.20.2013 | Gay Voices
Jay Michaelson

Most commentators on the Supreme Court will regard June 20 as the day that the big thing didn't happen: No decision on marriage equality. But in fact, a lesser-known decision will have a wide-reaching, positive impact on LGBT equality, and civil rights generally, worldwide.

How Not to Start a Revolution

Michael Spencer | Posted 08.15.2013 | Impact
Michael Spencer

"We want to focus on results for people," said US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, as she delivered a Feed the Future announcement at Mlandizi Farm Women's Cooperative in Mlandizi, Tanzania in June 2011. I wonder which people she was referring to?