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Why Is the United States Letting Its Best Foreign Aid Tool Fall Apart?

As America is blowing billions by using its military as a one-size-fits-all solution for emergencies around the world, USAID is understaffed, underfunded, and on the cusp of crisis.

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New Head of African Development Bank Wants a Continent He’s Proud to Call Home

Akinwumi Adesina won Thursday's election for the presidency of the African Development Bank. Now he's ready to improve infrastructure, create jobs, and encourage green growth on the continent.

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Rebuilding Nepal, from the Government Up

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake that wreaked havoc in Kathmandu has opened up an opportunity for the reform the country so desperately needs.

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Critics Riled by USAID Nominee’s Tenure Under Bill Clinton

Critics of Gayle Smith's tenure in the Clinton White House are lining up to blast her Africa policy.

The Cable

Obama Taps Insider Gayle Smith to Lead USAID

President Obama picks Gayle Smith, a member of his inner circle, to take over USAID.

The Cable

Afghanistan Watchdog: Poor U.S. Planning Puts $488 Million at Risk

According to a new report from the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction, lack of government strategy puts $500 million of American taxpayers' money at risk.

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Afghan Watchdog Finds That If You Build It, They Won’t Necessarily Come

A 37-acre industrial park in Kandahar built with $7.8 million in USAID funds has sat mostly empty since construction finished more than four years ago, says a new report.

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‘Here They Can Be Themselves’

How the trials and triumphs of an ancient transgender community could make headway for the slow-moving fight against a blame-the-victim culture in India.

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