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Fighting Poverty and Balancing Budgets

Government budgets worldwide are under pressure and we have to make sure every penny is well spent. Nowhere is this more apt than with foreign assistance budgets, which are targets of scrutiny on both sides of the Atlantic. Aid spent well can literally change millions of lives, and balancing budgets at the expense of the world's poorest people makes no sense for a whole host of reasons.

How Many InterAction Member Staff Were in the Peace Corps?

As the Peace Corps celebrated its 50th anniversary yesterday, I wondered how many InterAction member staff found their path to international development via service in the Peace Corps.

Haiti Through the Eyes of Gastro-Tourist Tony Bourdain

Chef and gastro-tourist Tony Bourdain visits Haiti in his "No Reservations" series on the Travel Channel tonight. Should be interesting to get his unvarnished take on Haiti -- not only for the food but also his assessment of  how the island is coping more than a year after the earthquake.

Rising Food Prices – Who Will Be affected?

The Haiti earthquake. Flooding in Pakistan, India, Australia, the Philippines, Brazil, Sri Lanka, China, South Africa and more. The past year will be remembered for devastating natural disasters. Hurricanes, monsoons and cyclones wreaked havoc on four continents. Wildfires devastated Russia. Millions were left homeless, and the damage cost billions. But there is another deadly consequence.

Let the Budget Games Begin

The battle lines have been drawn over the federal government’s 2011 spending bill. With negotiations scheduled to begin next week in Congress, one side recognizes the need for budget cuts but takes great issue with the depth and severity of the reductions included in the spending bill passed by the House of Representatives early Saturday that slashes $61 billion from this year’s budget and puts many critical programs, including U.S. foreign assistance at risk. The other side has stated their refusal to put their budget cutting scissors away.    

Women’s Rights Made a Difference in Tunisia, but What Now?

What made Tunisia successful in their revolution? One possible contribution is advanced women’s right in the country.

Spending Cuts Short-Sighted, Bad for America's Future

We have seen two starkly different approaches to funding the U.S. government’s civilian engagement in the world this week.

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