Foreign Assistance May Be the United States’ Ace in the Hole

I grew up in the deep south of Reagan’s America. My father was a veteran and I lived near two Air Force bases, so just about everyone around me talked constantly about how great this country is. Maybe that is why during Rex Tillerson’s confirmation hearing for Secretary of State yesterday, some deep seated part of me couldn’t help but love his metaphor for the state of the world. “…We’ve got a tough hand of cards … and we’re just gonna play that hand out... because what I know is that America still holds all the aces.”  

Equality is not Equitable: An Important Distinction for Health Care

Mark Twain famously quipped the difference between the almost right word and the right word is “the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” This is an important lesson to remember during global health discussions which sometimes, incorrectly, interchange “equality” and “equity.” Let’s examine the two terms to understand their importance in planning and implementing global health programs.

Scaling Innovations: Perspectives from the NGO Community

Innovations are one of the driving forces behind accelerating effective development. They can offer new approaches to address complex development challenges in a way that is more efficient, sustainable, and less costly. Ultimately, innovations play an important role in the future success of development.

Best of 2016: Our Five Most Popular Blogs

What a year! To date, 2016 has seen many major accomplishments, such as the passing of the Global Food Security Act, and moments that challenged us, such as Hurricane Matthew and the ongoing crisis in Syria.

Beyond #GivingTuesday: Start a Relationship of Impact

In 2013, just after super Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines, I attended a benefit reception to support an NGO that had been working in the Philippines since 1985, called Handicap International. At that time I was a friend of Handicap International, and this was my first #GivingTuesday action on behalf of any organization.

Beyond #GivingTuesday: Amplify the Voices of the Poor

Donors to Catholic Relief Services (CRS) know their gifts improve the lives of millions of people in over 100 countries. Their donations build up local partners, directly benefiting children, women, and men who are poor and vulnerable. But that generosity does more — it also amplifies the voice of so many, the poor of the world who are so often ignored by governments, corporations, and international organizations.

Beyond #GivingTuesday: Why Cash Is Best

Global need has rarely been greater. Today, a disparate population of 65 million souls forced to flee armed conflicts and natural disasters in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa, live transient lives with uncertain futures as displaced people far from their homelands. Roughly half are children.

Beyond #GivingTuesday: Supporting Long-Term Relief Efforts

Later this month, we will celebrate Thanksgiving, a day when Americans pause and express gratitude for our blessings and good fortune in life. This day exemplifies for me some of the best of America, demonstrated by our generosity and celebrations of our unity.

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