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Imagining “Bold Endgames” in Global Health

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A Policy Primer On Foreign Aid, And Not Just For Congress

U.S. foreign assistance is not only a critical piece of U.S. foreign policy – it is important for millions of the world’s most poor and vulnerable striving to improve their lives. That’s why it’s crucial that we understand what works and what should be prioritized. These decisions must come from individuals who are engaged with the issues, have decades of experience, and possess personal knowledge of the challenges.

Clean Water: Crucial Ingredient for Effective Development

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Striving To Reduce Poverty In Chad, One Dam At A Time

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To Eradicate Poverty, Water And Sanitation Are Vital

This week the global community marks its 20th year in observing the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty. Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger is the first of the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG) that world leaders committed to more than a decade ago. The goal includes a target to halve, by the year 2015, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty – people whose income is less than one dollar a day. Yet, all other MDG targets contribute to this one – and vice versa.

Is Gaza Livable?

The United Nations has released a report predicting that Gaza will be "unlivable" by 2020, with nearly 2.1 million Gazans expected to be displaced by deteriorating water, power, health, education and sanitation services.  As I sit here without electricity to cook dinner for my family, I have news for the UN: Gaza is already unlivable. I feel lucky when the power is out for only six hours now, compared to 18 hours a few months back, during an unbearably hot summer when fuel supplies were not getting into Gaza.  

New Collaborations to Address Neglected Tropical Diseases

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Signs of Hope in Haiti

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