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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.

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.