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How the U.S. Can Maintain its Position as a Global Leader

In the face of humanitarian crises, increasing violent conflict, and famine, American leadership across the globe is needed now more than ever. 76 million people will require food assistance this year alone, and we are facing the largest displacement crisis since World War II. Standing with those living in the poorest and most vulnerable places is an investment in a bright future for our country and our world.

Moving in the right direction: A pledge to end sexual abuse and exploitation

This blog post was written by Abby Maxman, President of Oxfam America

More than 110 aid organizations commit to stronger global standards

Here’s some positive news: The heads of 116 development organizations based here in the US have endorsed a pledge to protect their staff and the people they serve from sexual abuse and exploitation, and to take concerted action against harassment and abuse.

The Impact and Future of the Global Food Security Act

Annie Dee loves to talk about soil.

And understandably so. Dee, an energetic woman with a fondness for farming technology, oversees Dee River Ranch, a 10,000-acre family farm in Pickens County, Alabama, that harvests timber, grows row crops, and raises cattle. As a farmer and member of the Farm Journal Foundation’s Alabama Farm team, she understands the value of improving soil quality to increase crop yields, combat food insecurity, and benefit both the local and global community.

The Importance of Learning from “Effects of Causes” and “Causes of Effects” in International Development

The British philosopher, John Stuart Mill, suggested two approaches to learning about “what works” in the real world: 1) forward causal questioning by studying “effects of causes” and 2) reverse causal investigation by studying “causes of effects.” Tracking and learning from both approaches to learning about “what works” should be prioritized in international development.

The Seventh Anniversary of the Syrian Conflict

The conflict in Syria began 7 years ago today. RI stands with the people of Syria, supporting refugee families living in Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. 

Click on the articles below to learn more about RI's efforts to empower Syrian refugee families:

Education for Syrian Refugee Youth in Jordan:

Mental Health Services for Syrian Refugees in Turkey:

Better Health for Afghan Refugees

Fleeing turbulence and conflict in their own country, Afghans have been seeking refuge in Iran for roughly four decades. Today, Iran’s Afghan refugees number more than 3 million, a figure that makes it one of the largest refugee populations in the world.

Celebrating Women and Girls Around the World

Every year, the world celebrates International Women’s Day.