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NPR Reporter Exposes Charity’s Failings

The Red Cross spent a quarter of the donations it received after the 2010 Haiti quake on internal expenses — some $125 million. That’s according to a new report from Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley. The Republican lawmaker said that he didn’t get satisfying answers after a year of back-and-forth with the charity, and concluded that there are “substantial and fundamental concerns about [the Red Cross] as an organization.” Read more…

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

The first ever World Humanitarian Summit takes place in Istanbul on May 23-24, but one of the world’s most respected humanitarian organizations will not be there. Doctors Without Borders announced it was pulling out, even though it helped plan the summit for 18 months. In announcing its decision, the organization acknowledged that the gathering has “never been more needed,” but also noted that shocking violations of international humanitarian law and refugee rights continue daily. They say the summit has become a “fig-leaf of good intentions.” Read more…

Why Students Like Malia Obama Should Go Abroad for Gap Year

This week, the White House announced that President Obama’s daughter Malia will take a gap year before attending Harvard University, where both her parents went to law school.

Tiny Spark discussed the merits of postponing college with Abby Falik, founder of Global Citizen Year. Read more…

Top 10 of the Good Country Index  (Courtesy of Simon Anholt.)

How Much Good Does Your Country Do?

You’ve probably seen countries ranked by wealth, corruption and even happiness. But independent policy advisor Simon Anholt proposes a different yardstick: how much good a country does for humanity and the planet. Read more…

‘Slingshot’ Takes Aim at Water Crisis, Gains Ground in Cinemas

JULY 7, 2015 UPDATE – The Slingshot documentary is screening in New York and Los Angeles this month. The Huffington Post just came out with a glowing review of the film: “If you want to make an indelible gift impact on your family, your friends, your children and yourself, Slingshot is a certain success.”  Tiny Spark spoke to director Paul Lazarus last year. Read more…

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

06/22/2015

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…

Tracking the Aid Money: Mission Impossible

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the more recent Ebola crisis in Sierra Leone, billions of foreign aid dollars flowed into those countries. But figuring out how that money was spent has been enormously frustrating our two guests.

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A Global Detour Before College

Graduation season is here, but not all high school seniors are taking the direct route to college. In recent years, some 350 seniors have chosen to put higher education on hold for Global Citizen Year, which offers them year-long apprenticeships in Africa and Latin America. Read more…

Spring Cleaning? Before You Donate It…

It’s spring here in the US, so for many that means it’s time for the “big clean”. We dig into our closets, find a pile of tired clothes, and dump them at the Salvation Army or Goodwill. Maybe Oxfam if you’re in London.

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Journalist Questions Her Paycheck After Aid Scandal

Update 8/5/2015: U.S. district court judge Royce C. Lamberth recently ruled that USAID acted unlawfully when it suspended IRD for financial misconduct. Judge Lamberth is requiring USAID to hastily revert the suspension and to remove potentially damaging mentions of the suspension from its admin records. See more from Devex’s report.
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