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"Put Food First," Help Rural Farmers

“Put Food First” is a big theme at the World Bank and IMF’s annual meetings in Washington this week, where global financial leaders are looking at how best to respond to spiraling food prices. Everywhere you go in the bank, there are posters, giant screens and other material – including a ticking “hunger clock” – to remind you of a gruesome statistic. One in seven people are hungry in the world – in sheer numbers, that is one billion people.

Traditional Humanitarian Aid is Vital

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the prevailing analysis was that the traditional pillars of relief response – UN agencies, large international NGOs and the Red Cross – were becoming irrelevant in the face of a vast array of new aid providers, including corporations, celebrities, citizens groups and the military.

Global Poor Need Protection Against Rising Food Prices

After seven straight months of growth, global food prices are now at their highest levels since records began.

Global Health and American Moral Power

“After all we had been through, it reminded me that there were still good people in the world.”

A Roadmap for Muslim Philanthropy

The theme of the Fourth World Congress of Muslim Philanthropists was “defining the roadmap for Muslim giving into the next decade.” Philanthropy is integral in the Muslim faith, which stipulates alms giving (zakat) of 2.5 percent of income or possessions to the poor and underprivileged.

Working Together to Rebuild Haiti

Even before the earthquake, Haiti was not equipped to provide adequate healthcare services to its disabled population. When the earthquake struck, need for these services increased dramatically.