Extreme Resilience: Finding Hope in Afghanistan

In Afghanistan, there are extremists everywhere – but not the kind you think: I mean people living in extreme poverty, extreme pain, extreme despair. At the same time, there is extreme resilience and extreme hopefulness. Resilient is how I describe a country whose people have survived decades of warfare and instability and have always managed to prevail.

Small Acts of Kindness When Everything Was Lost to War

It is olive season here in Lebanon.

In Akkar, the northernmost district in Lebanon, many of the olive orchards have been passed down from generation to generation. Fueled by September and October rains, the window for olive-picking runs from mid-October to December, a time when farmers dot the hillsides, picking and shaking olives from silvery branches.

Plan Community Development Worker Captures Typhoon Haiyan on Video

Super Typhoon Haiyan has been described as "tsunami-like," with storm surges that engulfed coastal communities in seconds. An eyewitness video released over the weekend and picked up by national media shows how powerful – and terrifying – the storm was when it struck the Philippines on November 8.

The video was shot by Nickson Gensis, a community development worker for Plan Philippines. He was sheltering with five other people on the second floor of a boarding house in Hernani, Eastern Samar, only a few hundred meters from the sea.

Foreign Aid Transparency Legislation Moves Forward, with a Few Changes

Big news for the foreign aid advocacy community: the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act (S. 1271), or FATA, was passed unanimously by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on November 14.  This marks an important step for the legislation, designed to foster improved accountability and transparency in U.S. foreign assistance programs, and I hope that the full Senate and the House Foreign Affairs Committee will soon follow suit and vote on the bill.

Typhoon Haiyan: Four Questions About This Super Storm and Major Humanitarian Disaster

The images coming out of the Philippines are shocking – the scope of the devastation and the depth of the humanitarian crisis left in Typhoon Haiyan’s wake is seemingly immeasurable. As I wait in airport lounges between flights, I am glued to television reports and Twitter posts coming from cities like Tacloban, which was largely flattened by the super storm.

A Letter from InterAction's CEO on Typhoon Haiyan

Super Typhoon Haiyan that struck the Philippines last week has triggered a massive and coordinated global response. As our community mobilizes and responds, I want to take a moment to share what we know so far, and to ask for your help.

Keeping Track of Program Progress in Honduras

One of the major challenges for any large-scale education, health, or economic development program is keeping track of activities and data, all while monitoring and evaluating progress. This means pulling together myriad pieces of information across multiple program sites and sharing it with those who need it.

One youth development program in Honduras is no different. But thanks to some technical savvy, program staff have come up with an innovative technology tool to help share information, make decisions, and improve programming.

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