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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.

Curation Culture: USAID and the Mashup

Ming Holden | Posted 10.22.2012 | World
Ming Holden

I remembered that former State Department Policy Planning Director Anne-Marie Slaughter's Twitter byline includes the descriptor "foreign policy curator." So what does curation actually mean?

What Wyclef Lays Bare for Monday's Foreign Policy Debate

Mark Schuller | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Mark Schuller

Wyclef Jean's charity, Yéle Haïti, is evidence that NGOs, like mortgage bankers, need regulation. While Haiti reconstruction will probably not be part of the conversation in Monday's debate, exposing Wyclef's NGO can hopefully offer a good peep show into the aid apparatus.

Foreign Aid: Better Evaluation, More Transparency

Sen. Dick Lugar | Posted 12.09.2012 | Politics
Sen. Dick Lugar

We should be forthcoming about where precious taxpayer dollars are spent, what goals they are meant to accomplish, and whether those goals are achieved.

Joshua Hersh

Afghanistan: The Long and Winding Roads

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 12.12.2012 | World

(BANARAS KHAN/AFP/Getty Images) In late 2008, Andrew Wilder set out on a hunt for answers in Afghanistan. For years, Wilder, a former development...

Aid Transparency: Will Obama and Romney Walk the Walk?

George Ingram | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
George Ingram

In an era when people empowered by technology demand transparency and accountability from public institutions, foreign assistance must keep pace with trends toward greater openness and participation.

Cutting Off Aid to Arab World Hurts U.S. Business

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 11.25.2012 | World
Mehrunisa Qayyum

It would seem reasonable for a government to take a step back from aid pledges to other governments when an international incident involves American deaths. However, discontinuing aid might not make pragmatic sense when considering all of our interests.

Indonesia's "Three R's"

Stanley Weiss | Posted 11.21.2012 | World
Stanley Weiss

For the government of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, determined to join the ranks of the world's truly advanced democracies, the "three R's" of modernization may as well be reading, writing, and road-building.

USAID's Eviction From Russia: An Opportunity for Online Learning as E-Development

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 09.20.2012 | Impact
Stephanie Rudat

What's a development agency to do when the intended recipients of U.S. assistance don't want to be helped?

USAID Expulsion Means the End of "Reset"

Oleg Kozlovsky | Posted 11.20.2012 | World
Oleg Kozlovsky

On September 18 the U.S. announced that they are shutting down USAID activities in Russia at a request of the Russian government. End of USAID operations poses a very serious threat to development of the country's civil society for years to come.

Healing and Rehabilitation in Laos

Noam Schimmel | Posted 08.31.2012 | World
Noam Schimmel

The suffering, disability, and poverty that results from Laotian civilians being maimed by U.S. ordinance is massive and no amount of aid can bring back the individuals killed by these bombs, nor the quality of life for individuals who are now injured.

Is the U.S. Better on Gender-based Violence Abroad Than at Home?

Amy J. Sennett | Posted 10.29.2012 | Politics
Amy J. Sennett

Their ignorance and intransigence expose the U.S. to charges of hypocrisy and accusations that the U.S. is more interested in being the world's policeman than keeping its own women and children safe.

The Future President of Palestine

David Weiss | Posted 10.13.2012 | World
David Weiss

Even people who may seem too young to understand the issues affecting their country today are doing their part and working toward a more peaceful and prosperous future for the Palestinian people.

Global Alliance to Fight Toxic Pollution

Ben Barber | Posted 10.10.2012 | Green
Ben Barber

The Global Alliance for Health and Pollution (GAHP) aims to work together to protect the health of over one hundred million people in poor countries who are at risk from toxic pollution.

How to Get a Mule's -- I Mean Contractor's -- Attention

David Isenberg | Posted 08.03.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

The Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan (CWC) may be gone, but it is hardly forgotten. At least not by the U.S. Government Accou...

Servicing the State Department

David Isenberg | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
David Isenberg

Sometimes, in all that is said and written about the use of private contractors in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, people forget that it is not just the Defense Department that uses them.

Talking Global Health Is Talking Jobs

Dr. Orin Levine | Posted 09.19.2012 | Impact
Dr. Orin Levine

As the campaigns start looking to win over every vote in the pivotal swing states, it may be worth examining more closely the local links between global health and jobs, and the opportunity to tap into an issue that could energize university students.

A Year After South Sudan's Independence, a Needless War of Attrition Between South Sudan and Sudan

Earl W. Gast | Posted 09.08.2012 | World
Earl W. Gast

Many Sudanese people are trapped in the conflict zone, with little access to food, water, shelter, or medical care. However, the government continues to deny international humanitarian organizations full and unfettered access to affected areas.

Georgia Sheds Its Soviet Past for a New Generation

David Weiss | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
David Weiss

Georgia's efforts to better the lives of its children are to be applauded. For in a region of the world scarred by its past, Georgia's actions on behalf of its most vulnerable citizens have ensured a better, more stable and brighter future.

Chronic Crisis in the Sahel Calls for a New Approach

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Nancy Lindborg

We can't prevent what appears to be increasing cycles of drought, but we can and are working to create better solutions and build greater resilience among the most vulnerable.

Having It All Starts with Defining 'ALL'

Maura O'Neill | Posted 11.02.2014 | Women
Maura O'Neill

Like Ann-Marie, I made sacrifices when I went to Washington, leaving behind a husband and house in Seattle for an amazing set of public service opportunities. Her willingness to share her struggles and bare her family's story makes the conversation about women having it all palpable.

USAID and UNICEF: A Winning Partnership for Child Survival and Development

Kul Chandra Gautam | Posted 08.22.2012 | Impact
Kul Chandra Gautam

As it celebrates its 50th anniversary, USAID can have no nobler mission than to rededicate itself to the original call to action by its founding father -- President Kennedy -- to lead the way to eradicate world poverty, and help build a world fit for all our children.

Young Diplomacy

Alex Wirth | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Alex Wirth

On a rainy morning in Moscow this May, I sat at a table listening to Russia's best students articulate, in perfect English, their concerns with the United States' anti-ballistic missile system and explain their hope for the future of Russia.

Connecting Health and Nutrition Boosts Child Survival Efforts

Michele Learner | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Michele Learner

Ensuring that young children are well nourished has a dramatic impact on their whole lives -- most immediately, on their survival to celebrate a fifth birthday.