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In a world of abundant food, how is it possible that 45 percent of childhood deaths are still linked to malnutrition? You might be surprised to learn that part of the solution, according to Bill Gates, is chickens, which last year he called the best solution to global poverty. Teaming Up to Drive Global Development […]

As technology continues to transform the way we communicate, it’s easy to overlook radio as a viable means of communication. Instead, we look to the latest smartphone or social media platform. Despite the common misperception that radio is no longer relevant in today’s digital world, it remains one of the most powerful and cost-effective ways […]

Over 100 leading business and NGOs voices more than 40 diverse organizations such as Lockheed Martin, the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA), Chemonics, and Save the Children joined together this week on Capitol Hill with one mission: secure and protect $60 billion for the International Affairs Budget in FY18. Under the banner of “Leading Globally Matters Locally,” […]

“Women are a major force in our society,” writes Sheila Widnall, Institute Professor at MIT. “If women don’t belong in engineering, then engineering, as a profession is irrelevant to the needs of our society.” Not only do women make up less than 30% of researchers worldwide (and in some places, less than 20%), they often […]

2016 is finally behind us— and with it, much of the speculation regarding who will lead in Trump’s national security team. While some key picks remain unnamed (hint: USAID Administrator), many are watching to see how the Trump Administration will engage Africa, a continent with some of the world’s fastest growing economies and most intractable […]

Days after Donald Trump was sworn in as our nation’s 45th President, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) spoke with John Dickerson on CBS’ Face the Nation about why combatting terrorism necessitates a strong investment in our civilian-led tools of foreign policy. The Senator maintained that in order to keep America safe, strong, and secure the U.S. […]

Matt Damon was among the policy-makers, CEOs, and thought leaders from across the globe who descended on Davos, Switzerland last week for the 2017 World Economic Forum. He attended not as an actor, but as a co-founder of, an organization dedicated to bringing clean water and sanitation facilities to those without. While in Davos, […]

This week’s confirmation hearings gave a first glimpse into the views of the new Administration’s nominees on the foreign policy challenges we face today and on strategic investments in diplomacy and development. They also showcased strong bipartisan support in Congress for the International Affairs Budget. Secretary of State Chairman Bob Corker (R-TN) opened Secretary of […]

Food consumers across the world—from North Carolina to Nairobi, from Kiev to Kathmandu—are expected to number 9 billion in 2050. And right now, around 795 million don’t have enough food to lead healthy, active lives. To feed this future, there’s an urgent need to find new, long-term solutions. Fortunately, a good idea can come from […]

For the first time since the discovery of HIV more than 30 years ago, scientists are hopeful that a new vaccine will be a breakthrough in the battle against this deadly virus. Last week, South Africa launched a first major clinical trial of an experimental vaccine against the HIV virus. The new trial is being […]

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