What We’re Hoping to See in the Next Release of USAID Data

The fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013 (FY2013) recently came to an end. This means that over the next few weeks, USAID will be working to put together its fourth quarter data for public release through the Foreign Assistance Dashboard. This summer, USAID posted information on more than 50,000 financial transactions for the first three quarters of FY2013.

Literacy Goal: 1 Million

In the Philippines, boosting literacy for 1 million students starts with teacher professional development.

Government Crackdown on Civil Society Threatens Global Progress

I bid farewell to my new friend fearing he might be in jail by the end of the week. That I cannot say his name underscores the gravity of the situation. All morning he had been on Skype seeking advice from family and colleagues back home. After his last call he turned to me in our little office in Washington and said: “That was Human Rights Watch and they also advised me not to go back.”

To Advance Development, Protect Civil Society

“The strength and success of all countries and all regions depends in part on protecting and supporting civil society.”

On Monday, September 23, President Obama convened a high level meeting on the margins of the 68th United Nations General Assembly to discuss the growing crackdown on civil society. He opened the discussion with the above statement.

Uniting Partners to Achieve a Shared Vision

"Wash your hands..." "Don't put your hands in your mouth..."

I cannot count the number of times I heard these admonitions as a child growing up in the rural outskirts of Hong Kong. Wise words they were, too. The simple act of eating a piece of fruit or a chocolate bar with soiled fingers and licking those delicious flavors off already dirty hands may have resulted in a stomachache - or so much worse.

For the most part, we in the developed world can usually escape those trespasses unscathed.

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