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Sustaining U.S. Commitment to Food Security and Agricultural Development

By Anna Applefield

In 2010, President Obama committed $3.5 billion over three years to global food security programming. This commitment became USAID’s flagship initiative on food security, called… 566 more words

Policy Perspectives

Joe Hockey and the spirit of Christmas

It’s that time of year. The weather is heating up, the kids are on holidays, boozy work Christmas parties, and presents. Lots of presents. 500 more words

How Venezuela's Collapse Helped Thaw Cuban-American Relations

“We have two presidents: Fidel Castro and Hugo Chávez,” declared Cuba’s then Vice President Carlos Lage in a visit to Caracas just under a decade ago. 738 more words

On Australia's cuts to Federal Foreign Aid

Recently, the Australian Treasurer released some information on cuts to Australia’s nationalised foreign aid programs. I have observed many Australians express concern and in some cases… 1,374 more words

Is anger useful?

I cannot help being struck by the absence of anger from many congregations, especially for matters that appear to be quite external. For example, here in Australia, matters such as our government foreign aid allocation may seem to be quite ‘external’. 427 more words

The Political Ineffective Nature of Development

In the article, Development Bloat: How Mission Creep Harms The Poor, Marc F. Bellmare examines the practice of development from the 1960s to the present.  He argues that the field of development has changed from foreign powers assisting the agricultural and industrial sectors of their colonies to one that is now a booming multi-billion dollar industry with ambiguity. 1,193 more words

Red Train Rising

The railroad barons of China made their largest overseas deal ever on Nov. 19, signing a $12 billion contract with the government of Nigeria to build a train linking the eastern city of Calabar with the economic hub of Lagos. 1,267 more words