Recent Articles

Aug 3, 2011
Three new areas of southern Somalia now meet the requirements to have a famine declared: Middle Shabellei (in its Balcad and Cadale districts), and the IDP settlements in the Afgoye corridor and in Mogadishu. The Famine Early Warning System Network...
Aug 2, 2011
From 2002-2008, two-thirds of the growth in renewable and nuclear power was in developing countries, according to Foreign Policy. This rapid growth is expected to continue.  India plans significant renewable energy growth by 2020 and China can boast...
Aug 1, 2011
One of the challenges in diagnosing illnesses in the developing world is that many people live several hours’ journey from a clinic, and then they have to wait multiple days for blood test results to come back. A new invention called the mChip could...
Jul 29, 2011
As tense budget negotiations are quickly running into Tuesday's deadline, the international affairs budget is absorbing large hits to for the 2012 fiscal year.  One of the more drastic cuts is eliminating funding for multilateral efforts to combat...
Jul 28, 2011
  Severe cuts to foreign aid funding were pushed another step further in the House yesterday.  The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs passed cuts proposed in last week’s legislative markup debate.  Some of the deepest cuts...
Jul 27, 2011
This article originally appeared on CNN World on July 27, 2011. Editor's Note: Stewart M. Patrick is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations (where he writes the blog The Internationalist) and Director of the Program on International...
Jul 27, 2011
InterAction is pleased to announce that FedEx has awarded additional funding to continue work on Haiti Aid Map through July 2012. The map, an online interactive tool that charts where nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) are working in Haiti along...
Jul 27, 2011
In a statement today, InterAction said proposed cuts in the U.S. House of Representatives' State Department and foreign operations appropriations bill would have devastating consequences for the world's most vulnerable populations and gut core...
Jul 26, 2011
Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) calls for a bipartisan rewrite of the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act in a blog he wrote for the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN). “Although foreign assistance accounts for less than 1 percent of our national...
Jul 25, 2011
While the establishment of the United Nations Interim Security Force for Abyei (UNISFA) on June 27 tasked Ethiopian forces with monitoring and verifying the demilitarization of Abyei and protection of UN staff and humanitarian personnel, reports of...
Jul 22, 2011
InterAction’s Sam Worthington was interviewed on Public Radio International on July 22, 2011. Listen to the podcast on PRI’s page. Millions of Somalis are mired in a deep humanitarian crisis that is now driving thousands of refugees over the border...
Jul 22, 2011
InterAction’s Joel Charny was interviewed by Michele Kelemen on NPR’s Morning Edition on July 22, 2011. Listen to the podcast on NPR’s page. The international community is struggling to respond to the famine in Somalia. U.S. officials say the...
Jul 22, 2011
This article originally appeared on CNN on July 22, 2011.  By Jane Ferguson and Moni Basu Mogadishu, Somalia (CNN) -- War forced tens of thousands of Somalis to flee their capital, Mogadishu. Famine is bringing them back. Hungry and sick Somalis are...
Jul 22, 2011
Aid agencies are working to get food aid into Mogadishu and southern Somalia after al-Shabaab lifted a blanket ban on aid last week. Restrictions remain on which organizations can operate in the region, as the militant organization says that groups...
Jul 21, 2011
The House is currently marking up the Foreign Relations Authorization act (H.R. 2583), which determines the budget for the State Department. The bill mark-up began Wednesday, went into the night, and is expected to continue through Thursday.    CQ ...
Jul 21, 2011
This article originally appeared in AlertNet Publication on July 20, 2011. By Katie Nguyen LONDON (AlertNet) - Children in Somalia are being systematically recruited to fight on frontlines, killed in indiscriminate attacks and denied an education,...
Jul 21, 2011
This article originally appeared in The Christian Science Monitor Publication on July 20, 2011.  By Ariel Zirulnick, Staff writer  The United Nations has officially declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia and warned that without...
Jul 21, 2011
This article originally appeared in Voice of America Publication on July 20, 2011. Michael Onyiego | Dadaab, Kenya With the drought in Somalia officially declared a famine, the administrator of the United States Agency for International...
Jul 20, 2011
This article originally appeared in The Guardian Publication on July 20, 2011. Mark Tran guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 20 July 2011. The UN has officially declared two parts of Somalia to be in famine amid the worst drought in east Africa for 60 years....
Jul 20, 2011
Today, the UN declared a famine in two regions of southern Somalia: southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle.  The UN has certain requirements to declare a famine: • More than 30 percent of children must be suffering from acute malnutrition;• Two adults...