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Pain and Hope: An Aid Worker’s Reflections from Typhoon Washi

Over a week has passed since Typhoon Washi struck Northern Midanao—my home.  I feel I’ve had the busiest hours of my career as a worker with the non-profit organization World Vision.  I knew there was a typhoon coming, and I was even monitoring our areas.

NGOs Can and Should Help South Sudan Along the Path to Peace and Prosperity

Barely mentioned at South Sudan's international engagement talks this week, NGOs have spent decades forging ties in the country. But they will have to adjust to new realities.

The Evolution Of U.S. Foreign Assistance

“Country ownership” has become a popular term used in discussions about the future of U.S. foreign assistance. But its definition shifts depending on who you’re talking to. InterAction’s just released policy paper, “Country Ownership: Moving from Rhetoric to Action,” provides a clear and easy to understand definition that all who care about international development should consider using.  

Responsible Giving

Last Friday, I attended a great presentation for InterAction’s members’ communications directors by the Ad Council and the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) about a free online toolkit being created over the next several months on responsible giving. The Ad Council and CIDI are part of a coalition of organizations funding and coordinating the project, including InterAction.

Foreign Assistance, Even In Tough Times, Is A Good Investment

Investing in overseas development is sometimes a hard sell when our own country is focused on economic recovery and job creation. Sustainable development creates stronger economies, with more consumers to trade and do business with in our interconnected global marketplace. This, in turn, creates growth opportunities at home and abroad. Effective development directly improves the lives of the world's poor and contributes toward a thriving international economy that serves our shared economic interests.

Foreign Aid Makes Fiscal Sense

Originally published on on Nov. 22, 2011. 

Pulling Undernutrition From Its Roots

If we’re serious about ending poverty, then we have to get serious about improving nutrition. Nutrition is like the DNA of health and development. At an individual level, nutrition affects virtually every aspect of a human being’s physical and intellectual development. At a global level, how well (or poorly) people are nourished affects the overall health, prosperity and stability of communities and societies. Yet ironically, poor nutrition, specifically undernutrition, is one of the world’s most insidious, yet least addressed, health and development challenges.