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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.

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.

InterAction Maps Food Security Projects

Global food prices are at their highest level in several years, with the World Bank saying last month that another 44 million people joined the ranks of those living in extreme poverty in low and middle-income countries since June of last year.

Why President Obama's Peace Corps is relevant

**Originally posted by Lindsay Coates in the Huffington Post

This month, my daughter left for Morocco, an eager volunteer in the Peace Corps, a U.S. program created exactly half a century ago by President John F. Kennedy with the goal of spreading peace and friendship.

About 200,000 volunteers have served in 139 nations and my daughter, Helen Rose Patterson, is one of more than 8,650 people this year who are working in 77 countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Europe and elsewhere.

New Education Resource for Tuberculosis

By Alison Cohen

Unveiled for World TB Day (March 24th) a new online tool that teaches students about tuberculosis is now available to middle and high school educators. The website,, offers resources, such as interactive curriculum units, for use in social studies and health settings.