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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 08.19.2012 | 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.

1,000 Photos

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 08.14.2012 | Impact
Dr. Rajiv Shah

Age five is an important time. It's when we start going to school, learning to read and making our own decisions. Age five is also an important milestone in the health and development of children.

Africa's Green Revolutionaries

Michael Spencer | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Michael Spencer

Can you imagine having so little money that you have to choose which of your children will receive a basic education? Sadly, that's the reality for the vast majority of rural families in Africa.

For Yemen's Future, Global Humanitarian Response Is Vital

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 08.05.2012 | World
Nancy Lindborg

At a time of historic political transition, nearly half of Yemen's population is without enough to eat, and nearly 1 million children under the age of 5 are malnourished, putting them at greater risk of illness and disease. This is a humanitarian crisis that requires collective global action.

Zimbabwe's Great Leap Toward Preventing HIV in Children

Chip Lyons | Posted 08.01.2012 | Impact
Chip Lyons

By committing to the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV, Zimbabwe has ensured that its children will not only survive, but have the opportunity to thrive.

How U.S. Taxpayers Are Funding the Taliban (Updated)

Michael Hughes | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Michael Hughes

The U.S. has been financing both sides of the war in Afghanistan since 2001 as a startling percentage of foreign aid continues to flood Taliban coffers on a daily basis, according to Douglas A. Wissing in his new book.

Standing Up for All the Fallen

Christopher Holshek | Posted 07.25.2012 | Impact
Christopher Holshek

We should respect each other's commitment to community and country. There is no reason why we cannot stand up for all the fallen, so that Memorial Day will honor all those who gave their lives in the service of their neighbors as well as their nation.

Prey Lang: A Forest on the Brink of Destruction (PHOTOS)

Mathieu Young | Posted 05.20.2012 | Green
Mathieu Young

We stayed in the forest homes of members of the Prey Lang Network, a grassroots association of villagers risking their lives to try and slow the destruction of their forest.

The Hunt for Impact Investments

Maura O'Neill | Posted 06.29.2012 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

If a boat is financial capital, and deals are the fish, investors want to be floating in a river where the fish are jumping.

World Malaria Day: The Faces Behind The Numbers

Katharine McPhee | Posted 04.25.2012 | Impact
Katharine McPhee

I recently went on a trip to multiple locations in Africa, where I learned that although I can't save the world, I can help save one life.

Every Child Deserves A 5th Birthday

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Dr. Rajiv Shah

As a father of three, I see unlimited potential when I look at my children. And I am reminded that my own parents came to the United States from India so that my sister and I could have a strong education and greater opportunity in life.

Is Lack of Diversity a Factor in Our Failure in Afghanistan?

Richard Dickerson | Posted 06.10.2012 | Black Voices
Richard Dickerson

When you constantly pick the same people with similar backgrounds to serve and lead, it's hard for new and different ideas to be considered -- or even discussed. There is a value to different perspectives that come from different experiences, including a minority experience.

Has Foreign Aid Hurt Haiti: An Interview with Mario Joseph

Dr. Tukufu Zuberi | Posted 06.06.2012 | Black Voices
Dr. Tukufu Zuberi

Mario Joseph is Haiti's most influential and respected human rights attorney. Since 1996, he has led the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI) in Port-au-Prince, which uses prominent human rights cases and a victim-centered approach in the interest of the poor majority.

But That Is Another Story

David Isenberg | Posted 05.30.2012 | Business
David Isenberg

Perhaps the private military and security industry is right; maybe using contractors IS more cost-effective than using regular military folks. But is that really the case?

The 21st Century Urban Disaster: How Do We Respond?

David Weiss | Posted 05.28.2012 | Impact
David Weiss

Regrettably, disasters are inevitable. But with continued investment in disaster risk reduction activities, municipal governments can mitigate the impact of those disasters when they do occur.

Remembering The Victims Of Slavery

Free The Slaves | Posted 05.25.2012 | Impact
Free The Slaves

USAID has made tremendous progress in the past year on C-TIP and I'm already looking forward to next year's PITF, where we can share how we've turned our policy into action, announce concrete deliverables, and make new commitments to combating this horrific crime. We hope all our partners inside and outside the government will hold us accountable.

Responding Early and Building Resilience in the Sahel

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 05.02.2012 | World
Nancy Lindborg

A year after the worst drought in 60 years sent 13.3 million people in the Horn of Africa into crisis, we are now facing a rising threat of crisis in the Sahel -- an arid belt that stretches from Senegal through Niger and Burkina Faso to Chad.

U.S. Ambassador in Botswana Takes Grassroots Approach

Ross Szabo | Posted 03.19.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

Ambassador Gavin is focused on three core areas in Botswana: youth issues, health and economic diversification. She possesses a distinctive leadership quality, which is to listen more than talk during meetings in local villages.

Coming Together for Water for the World

Jan Eliasson | Posted 03.18.2012 | Impact
Jan Eliasson

The best intentioned development efforts fail if the basic necessity of clean water and sanitation is not met.

Nicholas Kristof To Launch Humanitarian Facebook Game

Posted 01.13.2012 | Impact

Though his writing has impacted people worldwide, prolific journalist Nicholas Kristof is set to parlay his dedication to humanitarian issues to an ev...

Haiti Is on the Move

Mark Feierstein | Posted 03.13.2012 | World
Mark Feierstein

While much remains to be done, today Haiti is on the move. The multinational reconstruction effort led by President Michel Martelly's government is spurring the economy, strengthening the capacity of Haitian institutions and improving living standards.

U.S. Content to Sit on Haiti Aid

Dave (Mudcat) Saunders | Posted 03.13.2012 | Politics
Dave (Mudcat) Saunders

Two years ago, President Obama promised the people of Haiti: "You will not be forsaken. You will not be forgotten." From what I've seen, working with those already in Haiti who have a record of getting things done is the only way the United States can fulfill that promise.

Haiti: Two Years After The Earthquake, Where Did The Money Go?

Posted 01.22.2012 | World

By Donovan Webster, GlobalPost To see where the enormous sums of humanitarian aid directed to Haiti after its catastrophic earthquake in 2010...