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A Promise Renewed: A Great Global Ambition and Every Father's Dream

Anthony Lake | Posted 08.16.2013 | Impact
Anthony Lake

What will you be doing this Father's Day? Grilling in the back yard with the family? We often take such simple pleasures for granted. But, elsewhere, millions of fathers around the world will struggle to help their children survive and thrive.

Dear NSA, George Orwell Is Watching You

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 08.16.2013 | World
Magda Abu-Fadil

It's a month of ironies focused on Net freedom and somebody is benefiting from it - with a great sense of humor to boot. Irony 1: "Dear NSA, you can ...

One Year Later: From Promise to Action on Ending Preventable Child Deaths

Nicole Schiegg | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Nicole Schiegg

The "celebrity" buzz captured new attention from media outlets and non-traditional audiences. But would a successful event build upon the decades of tireless work on child survival and lead to the movement that we all hoped for and envisioned? Would the promises turn into real action?

Opportunity for Federal Contractors to Lead on Human Trafficking

Kelly Heinrich | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Kelly Heinrich

The award of a federal government contract is contingent upon a laundry list of complex, lengthy, substantial assurances. Through those assurances, i.e. regulations, the USG has the leverage to shape corporate policy and is doing so quite purposefully for human trafficking.

Are African Lions One-Trick Ponies?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 08.10.2013 | World
Bhaskar Chakravorti

For the African growth story to be more than the "one-trick" resources story, its leaders have to prioritize the diversification of their economies. Natural resource extraction offers immediate benefits but this growth path is unlikely to translate into tangible improvements in the lives of most Africans.

June 8, 2013: A Now or Never Moment on Nutrition

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

At least 1/3 of all child deaths -- almost 3 million every year -- are linked to chronic undernutrition. No war, no flood, no coup necessary -- these are the children who fall through the cracks between food and nutrition.

Why the First-ever U.S. Water Strategy Is Sure to Have a Ripple Effect

David Winder | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
David Winder

The U.S. Agency for International Development has released its first-ever Water and Development Strategy -- a roadmap of the U.S. government's approach to water programming that focuses on efforts to save lives through the provision of sustainable water, sanitation and hygiene services.

A Partnership to Improve Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene

Maura O'Neill | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

The statistics around water, sanitation, and hygiene are daunting. 2.5 billion people worldwide still lack access to improved sanitation. Contaminated food and water cause up to 1.5 million deaths from diarrheal disease among children under five every year.

Location Matters: A Small Tweak Brings Clean Water Innovations to 5 Million People

Maura O'Neill | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

From the hills of western Kenya to the coastlines of Haiti, blue bins are popping up unexpectedly across local landscapes.

Review: Doing Bad by Doing Good: Why Humanitarian Action Fails

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.21.2013 | Books
Peter Van Buren

Coyne's book is a careful, detailed, academic answer to the real-world question surrounding U.S. reconstruction efforts: How is it possible that well-funded, expertly staffed and, at least rhetorically, well-intentioned humanitarian actions fail, often serially, as in Afghanistan?

Reducing the Deficit Through Foreign Aid

David Weiss | Posted 07.21.2013 | World
David Weiss

Providing foreign aid means making a long-term investment in developing our aid partners, which results in both trade and security benefits for the U.S.

Foreign Policy Begins at Home: Fact or Just Rhetoric?

Manjula Dissanayake | Posted 10.24.2013 | Politics
Manjula Dissanayake

I personally believe that the U.S. still has the capacity and the aspiration to remain the nation of opportunity for generations to come.

Hillary Was Right!!

Patricia DeGennaro | Posted 07.13.2013 | Politics
Patricia DeGennaro

You heard it here, the former Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton was right. Like she said, "what does it matter?". What does matter is that the Congress is wasting our time and money rehashing rhetoric instead of reason.

Who Owns Haiti's Future?

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Georgianne Nienaber

Three years and $6 billon later, we remain with the same questions and a very troubling report about USAID from CEPR. The big question remains. Who is capable of charting the way forward for Haiti?

Religious Leaders 'Noisy About Malaria' In Mozambique

Christopher LaTondresse | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Christopher LaTondresse

The disease steals 650,000 lives around the world each year, devastating entire communities and undermining opportunities for prosperity and growth -- and disproportionately affecting the African continent.

The Road to 2015 and Beyond: Keeping the Message Simple

Nicole Schiegg | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Nicole Schiegg

My experience simplifying a development message was last year during the "Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday" campaign. The rallying cry was easy to understand. No child should die from a preventable disease.

Peace Corps Volunteers Extend Malaria Efforts to Villages and Towns Across Africa

Carrie Hessler-Radelet | Posted 06.24.2013 | World
Carrie Hessler-Radelet

Peace Corps volunteers, in villages and towns across Africa, are complementing the work of global partners. Getting mosquito nets and malaria diagnostics and medicines to those in need is a core focus of PMI.

Kerry's Cuba Sanity

Arturo Lopez Levy | Posted 06.19.2013 | World
Arturo Lopez Levy

Kerry's experience in Vietnam, where visceral ideological attitudes prevailed over rational analysis, prompted him to advocate for a more realistic course. Kerry has sought to correct the foreign policy mistakes that led to the fiasco in Indochina, learning to value diplomacy and engagement.

Getting on the Same Page to End Child Deaths

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Kolleen Bouchane

Nearly 30% of child deaths around the world could be prevented using tools we already have. That we fail to prevent these deaths is one of the single largest failures of humanity.

A Huge Step Forward At USAID For The LGBT Community

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 06.11.2013 | Gay Voices
Peter D. Rosenstein

USAID is developing and refining a training package for workers around the world, to help them understand the various languages and cultures that surround local LGBT communities. In many nations the issues that the training brings up have never been discussed openly.

Study: Only 1% Of Earthquake Aid Went To Haiti Companies

AP | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A new report on American aid to Haiti in the wake of that country's devastating earthquake finds most of the money went ...

The Ephemeral Fugitives of Global Health Research

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 06.01.2013 | Impact
Dr Layla McCay

This week I went to the launch of a brand new journal, Global Health: Science and Practice. Funded by USAID, and supported by Johns Hopkins School of ...

More Coordination Needed to Combat Human Trafficking

Jane Mosbacher Morris | Posted 03.28.2013 | Impact
Jane Mosbacher Morris

Using an interagency working group, and with the leadership and input of civil society, the U.S. government could outline an interagency strategy to combat human trafficking.

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.