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Yuppies To The Rescue

Yuppies To The Rescue


Beginning this week, Odwalla plans to donate 10 cents from every purchase of Mango Tango Smoothies to the Haiti relief effort. The money is intended to promote training and better market access for Haiti’s mango farmers.
“With the one-year anniversary of the earthquake upon us, …

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Happy Sudan Referendum Day!

Will the world’s newest nation be created today?

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A New Year for Aid

Interesting op-ed today in the Huffington Post concerning the new Congress and its plans for USAID. As an excerpt, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FLA), the incoming Republican chairwoman of the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, made it clear that cuts are coming in …

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Development Aid: A Year in Review

It’s difficult to assess the impact of development aid in 2010- there has been a lot going on. The Millennium Development Goal summit yielded little, except further confirmation that China and India have been the driving forces behind the majority of progress toward what MDGs may be achievable, and much …

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Weekend Reading

Europe and Africa: a partnership of equals?
The UN launches a $678 million appeal for humanitarian aid in Afghanistan
What the average …

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Friday Spotlight: Ushahidi

Friday Spotlight: Ushahidi

Ushahidi, which means “testimony” in Swahili, is a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Ushahidi’s roots are in the collaboration of Kenyan citizen journalists …

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Liberian Men Convicted of Stealing WorldVision Aid

The United States federal court convicted two Liberian men on Tuesday of conspiring to steal more than $1.4 million in U.S. aid from World Vision. Prosecutors said the two Liberians had sold nearly all of World Vision’s food aid; auditors said a …

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Facebook Negotiation

Several UK aid workers/activitsts have had their ship, part of the Road to Hope effort to deliver aid to Gaza, “seized” by Greek Commandos. While the aid workers remain in questionably safe surroundings (they have access to a couch and water, but “not drinking” water), it’s worth pointing out several interesting …

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Re-Vuvu Your Zela: The Winner

Re-Vuvu Your Zela: The Winner

The winner of the recycled-vuvuzela competition in South Africa has been announced: earrings! I actually think they look quite nice.

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Adventures in Aid Work

Adventures in Aid Work

I recently finished this book (and stole the photo from Amazon!), which was…interesting.
Here’s the blurb from Publisher’s Weekly:
Ah, to be young, Western and ambitious in a war zone. It’s the early 1990s, and Cain and Postlewait are two American U.N. employees sent …

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Don't Try This Abroad

Today, read this: a most fantastic discussion about the Kristof “Do-It-Yourself” Foreign aid op-ed that came out recently. Do you agree with the criticisms raised in this piece? Or are you solidly on Team Kristof?

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South African Development Partnership Agency- Coming Soon!

South Africa is creating its own USAID! Set to launch before the end of the SA fiscal year…

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Friday Spotlight: DIY Foreign Aid

This weekend’s New York Times Magazine features an article by Nick Kristof on the “new” phenomenon of “do-it-yourself” foreign aid work. The idea of young, idealistic Westerners leaving behind a life of privilege to try to fix the many …

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Johnnie Carson at CSIS

Yesterday I went to CSIS downtown to hear Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson talk about the Administration’s “Dual-Track” approach to Somalia.
The speech was good, but I didn’t hear anything that sounded particulary new when it came to foreign policy. The introduction was along the lines of, …

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Re-Vuvu Your Zela

Re-Vuvu Your Zela

So, apparently there was a contest in South Africa to decide what to do with old vuvuzelas following the World Cup this summer. Possible ideas include hearing aids (because now you’re deaf), lampshades, and 200 other ideas, all competing for a 10,000 Rand prize. My mother uses hers to keep …

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About the Author

Keena Seyfarth

Keena Seyfarth is a graduate student at Johns Hopkins University, getting a combination Masters degree in International Health and Humanitarian Assistance at the Bloomberg School of Public Health and International Development and International Economics at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, D.C. She has lived much of her life in rural Africa, and traveled extensively through southern and eastern Africa. She recently returned from six months in Ethiopia, where she worked for the public hospital system.

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