Foreign Aid

Burundian children, who fled their country, stand behind a fence as they wait to be registered as refugees at Nyarugusu camp, in north west of Tanzania, on June 11, 2015. (Stephanie Aglietti/AFP/Getty Images)

Don’t Make African Nations Borrow Money to Support Refugees

Poor countries have borne the brunt of the refugee crisis. Tanzania’s refusal to bear the cost of a new U.N. program is a warning to the West.

Foreign ministers during the international conference for Iraq reconstruction in Kuwait City, on Feb. 14. (Yasser al-Zayyat/AFP/Getty Images)

The Post-Islamic State Marshall Plan That Never Was

The $30 billion pledged toward reconstruction in Iraq was more than some expected, but still short of the total needed to rebuild the country.

Aida Abdulla speaks to Dr Samrin Farouk Habbani at the Khartoum Breast Care Centet on Oct. 15, 2015.  (Ashraf Shazly/AFP/Getty Images)

The Crime of Gender Inequality in Global Health

There’s no way we’ll be able to grapple with the coming health crises unless we fix the gaping problem of women’s empowerment in global health.

U.S. Marines assigned to Joint Task Force - Leeward Islands stack boxes of tarps from the U.S. Agency for International Development as they prepare supplies for distribution at Douglas-Charles Airport in Melville Hall, Dominica, Sept 29. (Sgt. Melissa Martens/U.S. Marines via Getty Images)

Let USAID Run USAID

Rex Tillerson’s “terrible mistake” is actually the right thing to do.

A woman with a boy walk in a flooded area on May 31 in Panthau, Northern Bahr al Ghazal, South Sudan. An estimated 63 per cent of the population in Northern Bahr al Ghazal is experiencing severe food insecurity. (Albert Gonzalez Farran/AFP/Getty Images)

Treasury Takes Aim at Global Food Security Program

The Trump administration wants to dismantle another Obama-era development program.

Global destinations of Chinese foreign aid between 2000 and 2014. (Map used with permission of AidData).

Russia Is the Biggest Recipient of Chinese Foreign Aid

China has given Moscow $36.6 billion in aid since 2000. The goal? Russian oil.

TOPSHOT - The UN Security Council during an emergency meeting over North Korea's latest nuclear test, on September 4, 2017, at UN Headquarters in New York.
The UN Security Council on Monday opened an emergency meeting to agree to a response to North Korea's sixth and most powerful nuclear test, as calls mounted for a new raft of tough sanctions to be imposed on Pyongyang. / AFP PHOTO / KENA BETANCUR        (Photo credit should read KENA BETANCUR/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Security Council Members Are More Likely to Receive World Bank Loans

A study shows that World Bank aid is vulnerable to geopolitical influence.

The State Department headquarters in Washington on Sept. 12, 2012. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Foreign-Policy Uber Report Targets State Department Overhaul

Most foreign-policy experts agree the former oilman is doing his job wrong.

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Senate Panel Rejects Trump Plan for Cutting Foreign Assistance

Lawmakers also push back on Tillerson’s plans to reshape State Department.

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Senate Committee Votes Against Administration on Anti-Abortion Global Gag Rule

The surprise move is a direct repudiation of Trump’s approach to foreign aid and reproductive rights.

A Syrian family break their fasting on June 16, 2017, in the centre of Diyarbakir, during the Muslim holy fasting month of Ramadan.  / AFP PHOTO / ILYAS AKENGIN        (Photo credit should read ILYAS AKENGIN/AFP/Getty Images)

Inside Turkey’s NGO Purge

The Turkish government is targeting aid workers with intimidation tactics, inane red tape, and senseless deportations.

BANGKOK - JULY 18:  A nurse prepares the AIDSVAX B/E vaccine for injection July 18, 2002 at the Boon Mee Clinic in Bangkok, Thailand.  Some 2,500 uninfected intravenous drug users  at risk of HIV-1 infection are being tested at 17 different clinics in Bangkok on a volunteer basis during the Phase III trial to determine the efficacy of the vaccine. (Photo by Paula Bronstein/Getty Images)

The Next AIDS Pandemic

Funding cuts to key U.S. programs that support medicine and treatment are coming. And with a booming African population and drug-resistant strains on the rise, the future is grim.

ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN-OCTOBER 31: USAID blankets being distributed by Mercy Corps are about to be loaded onto trucks at Chaklala airport October 31,2005 in Rawalpindi, Islamabad surrounded by relief goods waiting to be distributed. The current death toll is now believed to be over 55,000 from the South Asian earthquake that happened over 3 weeks ago. Over 3 million people are still without proper shelter and aid organizations including the U.N are warning that thousands could die in remote mountainous regions as Winter approaches. Atleast 1,400 died in Indian-Kashmir. 
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Trump Should Fix Foreign Aid, But Not at the Expense of U.S. Interests

The country's international goals, not arbitrary budget decisions, should motivate its development strategy.

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