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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...

You Never Know Who Will You Be Faced With Meeting

J. Branson | Posted 03.09.2012 | Impact
J. Branson

You never know whom you are going to meet, but you should know who you are when you meet them. After a day of reflection in Accra questioning whether...

USAID: Building Resiliency In The Horn of Africa

Tom Murphy | Posted 02.27.2012 | Good News
Tom Murphy

Programming in the HoA seeks to give people living in the region the ability to adjust to the cyclical droughts that return every few years. Feed the Future is one USAID program that hopes to build the capacity to withstand weather challenges.

Smoke and Mirrors: Deflecting Attention Away From Failure in Haiti's IDP Camps

Mark Schuller | Posted 02.21.2012 | World
Mark Schuller

In many senses the lack of progress following Haiti's earthquake centers on housing.

Crowd-Sourcing Development Innovation in India

Maura O'Neill | Posted 02.19.2012 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

With a booming social enterprise sector, a number of the world's leading academics, Nobel Prize winners and thinkers, a vibrant private sector, and world-class NGOs like Pratham, India has been dubbed the innovation hub for the West.

Growing Tomorrow's Leaders, One Land Title at a Time

Tim Hanstad | Posted 02.08.2012 | Education
Tim Hanstad

It should be simple. A country ensures free education for all children, and everyone benefits. But we all know it's not that easy.

From Aid to Investment -- Successes, Challenges and the Way Forward

Hillary Clinton | Posted 01.30.2012 | World
Hillary Clinton

With official development assistance representing a much smaller share of the resources flowing into developing countries, we have to think differently about how we use it. We need to shift our approach and our thinking from aid to investment.

How We've Helped Children Worldwide During A Record Year Of Disasters

Carolyn S. Miles | Posted 01.29.2012 | Impact
Carolyn S. Miles

I recently saw a list that surprised me. It was a record of emergencies that Save the Children has responded to so far in 2011. The year started wit...

America's 30 Pieces of Silver

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 01.26.2012 | World
Daoud Kuttab

Few in Washington may realize that the issue of U.S. funding for Palestine is the talk of the town in Ramallah and other Palestinian cities. And the talk is not pleasant.

Wampanoags and Peanut Farmers

Mark Moore | Posted 01.23.2012 | Impact
Mark Moore

This year's Thanksgiving celebration will take place as millions of children face starvation in the Horn of Africa and in developing nations around the world. And I am wondering if we will be as generous as the Wampanoags.

Commentary: 50 Years -- A Great Start But Still a Long Way to Go

Carol Peasley | Posted 01.16.2012 | Impact
Carol Peasley

On November 3rd, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrated its 50th anniversary. It was a somewhat quiet celebration, and too few Americans were given a chance to learn about the tens of millions of lives saved.

Let's Test a Life-Saving Balloon

Maura O'Neill | Posted 01.09.2012 | Healthy Living
Maura O'Neill

Worldwide, a woman dies from an uncontrollable postpartum hemorrhage every four minutes, totaling 140,000 deaths per year. There is a medical device called a balloon tamponade that can help save a mother from excessive blood loss.

Is USAID Being Set Up to Fail on the GHI?

Nandini Oomman | Posted 01.04.2012 | World
Nandini Oomman

By burdening USAID with eventual responsibility for the GHI's success but with no authority or leverage to make it happen, the QDDR has inadvertently placed USAID in an impossible situation.

Gender Equality and Social Justice: Why Foreign Assistance Matters

Rep. Jim Moran | Posted 12.28.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jim Moran

I hate to see our Congress turning away from the rest of the world. That's not who we are as a people, and as a nation. Our values give hope to women and men struggling against poverty, discrimination and oppression everywhere

Convergence of Public and Private Sector Goals to Build a Better World: From CSR to Embedding Societal Needs into Business

Dr. Derek Yach | Posted 12.26.2011 | Business
Dr. Derek Yach

Several emerging resource constraints-especially related to food, water and energy represent unparalleled threats to the economic and social wellbeing of all countries and many companies.

America's Investment in Global Leadership Advances U.S. National Security and Economic Prosperity

Thomas R. Nides | Posted 12.19.2011 | Impact
Thomas R. Nides

Serious cuts to development and diplomacy -- to America's investment in global leadership -- would seriously undermine our long-term national security and economic prosperity.