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Supporting Promise with Action in Africa’s Rise

Supporting Promise with Action in Africa’s Rise

It started with a simple drink, or more accurately, the inability of Senegalese-born Magatte Wade to find it when she returned to Senegal. In searching for a hibiscus drink she remembered fondly from her childhood, it was nowhere to be seen in Dakar. The reason, she discovered, was that as …

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Opinion: Cutting Aid Will Help End African Corruption

Opinion: Cutting Aid Will Help End African Corruption


Guest Post by Andy Kristian Agaba
Four European governments froze some aid meant for Uganda following the discovery of massive corruption in the Prime Minister’s (PM) office. A forensic audit by …

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Do Good But Don’t Offend Africa

Do Good But Don’t Offend Africa

Guest post by Andy Kristian Agaba
Recently, a friend recently sent forwarded to me an article he had read curious to hear what my opinion was. He wrote that after reading the article, he had mixed emotions of which I am not keenly aware …

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Romney Takes on Foreign Aid at CGI 2012

Romney Takes on Foreign Aid at CGI 2012

This week marks the official opening of the UN General Assembly in New York. As a result, several other events are taking place in New York to take advantage of the heads of state in town for the General Assembly and to focus on the many different facets of international …

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Planting Seeds of Sustainable Development in Haiti

Planting Seeds of Sustainable Development in Haiti

Growing suspicions that recently engulfed the credibility of humanitarian organizations working in Haiti could cause people to underestimate the significant initiative launched in Cap-Haitien by Hands on Haiti, Mothering Across Continent and STARS Alliance; however, their work in Northern Haiti this spring will be nothing short of extraordinary.
Haiti proclaimed its …

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The World Loses a Champion of Development in Wangari Maathai

The World Loses a Champion of Development in Wangari Maathai


Wangari Maathai, Nobel laureate and founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, passed away late Sunday night while undergoing cancer treatment in Nairobi. But she left the world having fully lived her 71 years, to the benefit of the rest …

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Between Isolation and Intervention: Charting an Achievable Development Strategy

Between Isolation and Intervention: Charting an Achievable Development Strategy

“[In the decade since 9/11] I think we have learned a lot about limits. But I don’t think the lesson is: We can do nothing to shape better outcomes in the world; we only make things worse. I would say that …

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MSF President Sparks Debate Over the Limits of Humanitarian Aid

MSF President Sparks Debate Over the Limits of Humanitarian Aid

Over the weekend, Médecins Sans Frontières president Dr. Unni Karunakara created a stir by chastising charities for creating an unrealistic expectation of what humanitarian aid was capable of achieving in Somalia. According …

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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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