Thursday, November 14, 2013
China has promised $1.6million in aid to the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan (this after receiving criticism for their initial pledge of only $200,000). Jane Perlez, chief diplomatic correspondent in the Beijing bureau of The New York Times, discusses the effort on the part of China and what it means about their role in the region and as a global superpower.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Jessica Alexander talks about life as a foreign aid worker. She arrived in Rwanda in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide as an idealistic intern, but the experience in the field was messy, chaotic, and difficult—but she was hooked. Her memoir Chasing Chaos: My Decade In and Out of Humanitarian Aid traces her personal journey from naïve newcomer to critical realist.
Thursday, July 28, 2011
A confluence of economic crises plaguing the Palestinian Authority are threatening to derail a number of efforts to unify and legitimize the emerging state. State employees have seen their salaries halved in recent weeks as the Palestinian government has struggled to pay its bills. Palestinian banks are refusing to loan the state any more money, and aid from Arab nations has dried up. Ethan Bronner, Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, reported on this story for today's paper.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
The Horn of Africa is facing its worst drought in 60 years. Already, 10 million people are in urgent need of food in Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya and yesterday the United Nations declared its first famine in 27 years for parts of Somalia. On today’s first Underreported, Nora Love, the International Rescue Committee’s deputy director of programs, discusses the situation across the region.
Thursday, July 21, 2011
More than 2.5 million Somalis are now in desperate need of food, but it wasn’t until late Wednesday that the State Department announced that it would send food aid to the country. The reason? Concerns that sending food aid would be aiding al-Shabab, which controls parts of southern Somalia and which the United States views as a terrorist organization. On today’s Underreported, Eliza Griswold, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation and author of The Tenth Parallel, describes why the State Department was concerned that al-Shabab would use the food as a weapon and the challenges of providing food aid to areas where aid workers were banned until quite recently.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Why should America give millions in foreign aid to a country where the United States' number one enemy was able to hide for years? That's a question many in the U.S. are asking in the wake of the discovery of Osama Bin Laden's hideout. But it's also being asked by many in Pakistan, who wonder if America's financial aid is worth the influence and pressures that come with it. Has it helped or hurt the country? Aleem Maqbool, reporter for our partner the BBC, joins us to discuss the growing debate.