All posts tagged aid


Doctors Without Borders Explains Decision to Pull Out of World Humanitarian Summit

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Why I Want to Take Over the World with Shea Butter

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There’s More Aid Than Ever, So Why Are Poorest Nations Getting Less?

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Ardent Aid Critic Says He’s Misunderstood

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The Great Surge in Developing Nations No One is Talking About

When we think about the world’s poor, we may assume that most are stuck in poverty, with few roads out. But that’s a misconception, according to Steven Radelet, former chief economist for the U.S. Agency for International Development. Radelet says economic prospects for the world’s poor have improved dramatically over the past 25 years. The Georgetown University professor details the progress in his new book, The Great Surge: the Ascent of the Developing World.
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A Syrian refugee camp in Aleppo. Credit: IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation/Flickr.

When Aid is Crowdsourced, Who Gets the Money?

By: Amy Ta

Kickstarter is known for funding film, music, photography and other creative projects. But it recently wrapped up a week-long campaign for humanitarian relief. More than 27,000 backers contributed $1,777,007 to USA for UNHCR, a nonprofit supporting the United Nations refugee agency. The campaign focused on UNHCR’s mission to aid Syrians fleeing their homes. It said that $15 afforded a sleeping bag, $70 an emergency rescue kit and $160 a group tent with sleeping bag and mat. Read more…

Good Deeds in Cold Blood: Extreme Altruists

So much bad news in the world today: mass shootings, refugee crises, poverty. But many ordinary people are responding in extraordinary ways to some of the big problems around them. They choose to help complete strangers, even at great cost to themselves. Their stories are part of Larissa MacFarquhar’s new book, Strangers Drowning: Grappling with Impossible Idealism, Drastic Choices, and the Overpowering Urge to Help. Read more…

Building a Self-Reliant Africa from the Bottom-Up

Teddy Ruge, aka TMS Ruge, has made a name for himself by pushing back against international do-gooders in Africa. The Ugandan-born writer and entrepreneur has spent most of his career questioning the very definition of international development.
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Your Letters: ‘Cultural Imperialism,’ Aid Work Advice

We recently hosted a debate about billionaire hedge fund manager John Paulson’s decision to donate $400 million to his alma mater, Harvard University. We explored whether the Ivy League is a worthy cause, or if Paulson’s money could have done more good elsewhere … say, by giving it directly to the poor. After our podcast was posted on The Chronicle of Philanthropy’s website, one guest wrote in there.

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Dhatur Sirin Tamang live with their children and relatives in a compound of 12 houses. Only one is livable now. Photo Credit: Emily Troutman

Sparking Our Interest: Nepal Relief, Big Money and Beating Hunger


We’re planning to regularly share stories with you that pique our interest. Here are a few that stood out to us this week:

Who’s Getting the Aid Money in Nepal?

Journalist Emily Troutman is continuing her work in aid transparency. She recently found that less than one percent of the UN’s Flash Appeal for the Nepal Earthquake went to organizations based in the South Asian country. Read more…