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A Tale of Two NGOs: In Haiti, Disaster Aid or Aid Disaster?

Beverly Bell | Posted 05.18.2013 | Books
Beverly Bell

Anthropologist Mark Schuller's new book Killing with Kindness: Haiti, International Aid, and NGOs examines why abundant foreign aid dollars and agencies have not improved the socio-economic status or security of Haiti's people.

Kenya Elections: Reducing Political Violence Through Community Dialogue

David Weiss | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
David Weiss

As the world waits to see what the upcoming Kenyan elections will bring, we celebrate the tangible progress made by Kiambiu Youth for Peace and Development in reducing politically-charged violence and seeking to heal the wounds of a previously broken community.

Pakistan-U.S. Relations More Than Just Politics

Common Ground News Service | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Common Ground News Service

It is extremely heartening that the United States and Pakistan have chosen educational cooperation, among other types, as a key instrument of engagement with each other.

Alan Gross: Time to Negotiate

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 04.22.2013 | Latino Voices
Arturo Lopez Levy

The day there is political will in Washington and Havana to solve the structural problems of the bilateral relationship between the two countries, they will creatively solve the Gross affair.

The Most Important Conversation This Week: India on the Survival of Its Children

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

On the heels of the Child Survival Summit that took place in Ethiopia at the end of January, India is using its summit to continue the conversation about building a roadmap and strengthen partnerships to end preventable child deaths.

A New Investment Model for Afghanistan

Alex Thier | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Alex Thier

I'm proud to announce that the United States government has signed a memorandum of understanding to establish a new and innovative public-private partnership in Afghanistan with the Aga Khan Foundation.

Be Mine, Except in International Development

Ming Holden | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Ming Holden

Valentine's Day is upon us, and those little candy hearts pervasively sugaring the public sphere with the words "Be Mine!" got me thinking recently about the possessive language we use to describe love.

Interview: Oxfam and Gates Foundation Discuss How We Change the Conversation About Aid

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.10.2013 | World
Impatient Optimists

When we saw the new Oxfam campaign, featuring powerful images of community leaders, change makers, and advocates in developing countries, who have used foreign aid investments in their work, we were impressed.

What a Sick F'ing Joke...

Matthew Hoh | Posted 04.09.2013 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

What a sick f'ing joke. I am not sure what else to say about the state of Washington, D.C. and its wars. Just in Friday's reporting: - Senator Chu...

Opportunity in the Middle East?

David Weiss | Posted 04.08.2013 | World
David Weiss

At a time when the perceived turmoil in the Middle East is so easily seen as a disincentive to invest, the smart money must recognize the opportunity before us of a region hungry to build a better future.

Coding for Hunger: Not Development as Usual

Maura O'Neill | Posted 03.06.2013 | Technology
Maura O'Neill

Through social media, we can harness crowd-sourced wisdom and rapid diffusion networks to imagine a day in our lifetime where families everywhere can take pride in the accomplishments of their healthy children.

The Supreme Court's Chance to End the Anti-Prostitution Pledge, Save Lives, and Help End HIV/AIDS

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 03.30.2013 | Politics
John-Manuel Andriote

The only message the government should be sending is that it is committed to saving lives and supporting those who are working to bring an end to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. That is a moral agenda worth advancing.

Bombshell Claims Lead To Probe Into Government Agency

AP | LARRY MARGASAK | Posted 03.26.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is conducting an investigation into possible contract rigging by the general counsel at the government agenc...

Questions for Secretary of State Nominee John Kerry

Freedom House | Posted 03.25.2013 | World
Freedom House

Freedom House has compiled the following questions for Senator John Kerry, who has been nominated as the next U.S. secretary of state. Kerry’s c...

Aid Groups Fight Anti-Prostitution 'Oath' on Free Speech Grounds

Michelle Chen | Posted 03.22.2013 | World
Michelle Chen

For the global fight against HIV/AIDS, the struggle continues to keep Washington's sexual politics from blocking any health workers' mission to uphold the only pledge that matters: their commitment to healing their communities.

Billions to Haiti, Little to Haitians

Bill Quigley | Posted 03.12.2013 | Impact
Bill Quigley

Despite billions in aid that were supposed to go to the Haitian people, hundreds of thousands are still homeless, living in shanty tent camps as the effects from the earthquake of Jan. 12, 2010, remain.

New Frontiers in South Asia?

Alex Thier | Posted 03.10.2013 | World
Alex Thier

I first travelled to Pakistan twenty years ago and many of the changes I see today are impressive. Many serious barriers to success remain as well, but Pakistanis aren't taking these challenges sitting down.

Recommendations for a Prosperous Post-2014 Afghanistan

Anne Stevenson | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Anne Stevenson

This week, Mustafa Yasa, director of foreign relations for the Municipality of Kabul, has joined me in writing this column. We plan to share with read...

'Fair Weather' Friends of Syria

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The Syrian refugee crisis is, by any objective measure, an international humanitarian catastrophe, and the all-too-belated and by any standard paltry international response is one reason why so many Syrians are so furious with the west's measured indifference.

Two of a Kind: Where Technology Meets Social Innovation

Patricia Morizio | Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact
Patricia Morizio

Technology can be a great catalyst of change, but it cannot be considered a silver bullet to the world's myriad of complex problems. We must involve the creative and cultural industries with the technical.

Hope, Progress in the New Afghanistan (Part 1)

Anne Stevenson | Posted 02.11.2013 | World
Anne Stevenson

Yesterday's "rebels" are today's newer, younger generation of legitimate political and business leadership who will continue to transform the country from a post-conflict society to an active player in the global economy.

Jailed Aid Worker Alan Gross Seeks High-level US Envoy, $60 Million

Ben Barber | Posted 02.03.2013 | World
Ben Barber

Supporters of Alan Gross, the 62-year-old aid worker jailed three years ago by Cuba for handing out Internet equipment, called Friday on the U.S. government to send a high-level envoy to Havana and seek release of the ailing humanitarian worker.

Change Politics? Change Business

Patrick Furlong | Posted 01.20.2013 | Impact
Patrick Furlong

While watching election results a couple weeks ago, I decided to take a peek at what my friends and loved ones were saying on Facebook. There was a st...

USAID's New Youth Policy Is Timely and Urgent: Here's Why

Bill Reese | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bill Reese

New policies and procedures are announced nearly every day in Washington, D.C., often with little notice, and sometimes, deservedly so. However, a new youth policy just released by the U.S. Agency for International Development deserves not only our attention, but real applause.

Despite Risks, International Relief and Development's Keys Hands Out $3 Billion in Foreign Aid

Ben Barber | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Ben Barber

Dr. Arthur Keys has given out $3 billion in aid to the world's poorest families. As founder and CEO of one of the largest U.S. nonprofit agencies, International Relief and Development, he is still handing out about $500 million in aid a year.