Topic: U.S. Agency for International Development
Delegates in Durban, South Africa struck a deal to seek a new climate change treaty. Meanwhile, less-contentious projects like a famine early warning system help now.
12/12/2011 08:41 am
Ayman Zawahiri, the current Al Qaeda boss, released a recorded speech claiming credit for the kidnapping of veteran US aid worker Warren Weinstein.
12/02/2011 01:19 pm
Latin America Monitor Is it time for Obama to simply ask Cuba's President Castro to free Alan Gross?
US officials are proposing new measures to force Cuba to release USAID worker Alan Gross from prison, but guest blogger Anya Landau French suggests trying something different.
12/02/2011 11:00 am
Al Qaeda sees him as an American operative, but ordinary Pakistanis saw his helping hand.
12/01/2011 04:45 pm
As NATO troops prepare to leave Afghanistan in 2014, donor countries must rethink their aid to that war-torn country. Edward Girardet, who has reported on Afghanistan for more than 30 years, writes that they must focus on rural areas, where most Afghans live.
11/29/2011 11:07 am
Billions in US aid dollars to individual economies and militaries in the Middle East have not strengthened peace. The success of post-war Europe shows the key to unity is to get citizens of different nations to work together. That hasn't really happened with Israel, Jordan, and Egypt.
11/16/2011 11:38 am
The controversial Dodd-Frank bill, intended to block armed groups from reaping profits from Congo's mineral mining industry, is making inroads, according to a UN Group of Experts on Congo.
10/26/2011 03:54 pm
Latin America Monitor Cuba wrap-up: US fugitives, prisoner swaps, and a spike in illegal immigration
The US Coast Guard reports that illegal migration from Cuba is up; meanwhile, hope is dim that the release of the first 'Cuban Five' from jail would pave the way for Cuba to free American Alan Gross.
10/14/2011 10:02 am
Aid groups have a proven ability to monitor the way food is distributed in North Korea. So why is the US still delaying food aid when the need is so great?
10/13/2011 10:18 am
The Palestinian campaign for statehood hasn't sat well with Washington, and now some members of Congress have decided to freeze some of the $500 million US aid to Palestinians.
10/05/2011 08:20 pm
For Afghanistan to stabilize, it doesn't just need new buildings and better police forces. It must have educated citizens who can fairly run government, implement laws, and work in the courts. Based on our work with Afghan law students, we have hope for the future.
09/30/2011 11:53 am
With famine in Africa and food prices at record highs, governments and agencies around the globe are looking to educate small farmers about more efficient, sustainable agriculture practices.
09/20/2011 11:59 am
The US has relied on the military to hit back when attacked or even threatened; to place first priority on building up defenses; to sometimes shoot first, ask questions later. But the most difficult challenges ahead will require greater reliance on diplomacy and traditional statecraft.
09/09/2011 02:13 pm
The Somalia famine has spread to the Bay region, where acute malnutrition afflicts a majority of children, the UN says. Aid experts say the starving are losing the strength to reach refugee camps.
09/06/2011 05:21 pm
Wartime contracting is more prone to waste than in-house spending because it is harder to keep tabs on the money and motives of the private contracting firms, says a bipartisan legislative commission.
09/01/2011 12:32 pm
Police in Lahore, Pakistan, say multiple teams are investigating the abduction of an American working with a US consulting company. So far the kidnappers haven't contacted Warren Weinstein's colleagues for ransom.
08/15/2011 10:39 am
US citizen Warren Weinstein was abducted from his home in the city of Lahore, Pakistan early Saturday morning.
08/13/2011 11:03 am
Amid a US campaign to support democratic transition in Egypt, a state-run magazine derided the US 'ambassador from hell' and officials are investigating groups who accepted funding.
08/12/2011 04:55 pm
Africa Monitor West Africa Rising: New effort to boost regional trade by fighting delays, corruption
A pilot project in Ghana and Togo aims to make intra-African trade more efficient by educating shippers about customs procedures, required documentation, and traffic rules.
08/09/2011 03:19 pm
Jill Biden visited Somalia famine refugees in Kenya today. The total aid pledged to the Horn of Africa's humanitarian crisis still falls very short of the $2.5 billion that the UN says is needed.
08/08/2011 03:43 pm
Many aid organizations pulled out of Somalia after Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab took over much of the country, partly due to concerns that US officials would prosecute them for aiding the enemy.
08/02/2011 06:09 pm
Edgar Jimenez was sentenced to three years in juvenile detention for a murder case that critics said should have been used to send a message on consequences to other young violent offenders in Mexico.
07/28/2011 01:18 pm
A recent BBC Global Survey ranked it just behind the US as one of the world's friendliest countries for entrepreneurs.
07/25/2011 04:40 pm
Pakistan has responded to US demands to rout militants from the mountainous border with Afghanistan. Now Pakistan's gains are now being undermined by Taliban attacks.
07/25/2011 11:30 am
Guest blogger Alex Thurston writes that the US made the right call by giving aid to Somalia because it is the moral thing to do and because it could have unexpectedly positive political results.
07/21/2011 11:55 am