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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.

Fiscal Fools

As I contemplate the short-sighted slashing of the international affairs budget proposed by the House Republican budget resolution, I find myself thinking about the Midas muffler guy from the old commercial, who says to the camera in a droll voice, with a shrug: “You can pay me now… or you can pay me later.”  In the commercial, that translates as “You can pay me a little bit now to keep your car’s engine in good condition… or you can be a fool, save that little bit now, and pay me 10 times as much later when your car’s engine seizes up and needs a massive overhaul because you haven’t taken

Floods in Pakistan Expose Chronic Poverty, Injustice

Last summer’s massive floods swept through and destroyed lives, houses, crop lands and road infrastructure, causing enormous suffering and damage across an area the size of Italy. The disaster has drawn a significant emergency and recovery response from many international NGOs, taking them to often remote areas where any kind of aid had been sparse for many years.

Write for Monday Developments Magazine

Are you an expert in a particular area of international development or humanitarian relief? If so, of course you are already blogging on AidBuzz (aren't you?) but you should also consider contributing to Monday Developments Magazine. Each month MD focuses on the latest issues, trends, controversies and best practices that affect the NGO community.

Where the Need is Greatest

Once again the American people are showing their generosity of spirit through an outpouring of concern and donations to the many humanitarian crises that are unfolding, from the Japan earthquake to the political upheaval across the Middle East.  This modern age of connectivity is a blessing to any humanitarian organization seeking to raise funds for its work. 

That is, if the crisis for which they are trying to raise monies happens to be in the headlines.

My Next Journey

Thank you to everyone for making the first couple of months of AidBuzz eventful. Your blogs have been insightful and heart-felt, informative and empowering.