FAO Quotables

"But being right, even morally right, isn't everything. It is also important to be competent, to be consistent, and to be knowledgeable. It's important for your soldiers and diplomats to speak the language of the people you want to influence. It's important to understand the ethnic and tribal divisions of the place you hope to assist."
-Anne Applebaum

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

FUUO Daily Dose: Foreign Aid, Rape in the DRC and Foreign Service helps orphanages in Kenya

FUUO recommended daily dosage:

Global Summitt on AID Programs .  This summit will be occurring from today till Thursday.  Global foreign aid and assistance has not reached its potential and has yet to be effectively applied.  The scattered anecdotal success stories are overshadowed by BILLIONS wasted.  Perhaps Dambisa Moyo will deliver the keynote address.

Sexual Violence in Eastern DRCJust because you don't hear Secretary Clinton addressing it on CSPAN does not mean sexual violence and rape is not a MAJOR  and CONTINUING problem, especially in the DRC.   I've written about it before late last summer and discussed the logistical challenges to stopping it.

Associates of American Foreign Service Award Winner in KenyaThis award rewards volunteerism abroad.  These are great stories about the power of motivated and compassionate individuals.  The Association might also be an organization that my fellow FAOs would be interested in joining.


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