The world is one large community, and we are all its citizens. If you wanted to help your neighbor, you could easily just go next door. But how exactly can you help someone who’s half-way across the world? Proximity is one obstacle. But then there’s also the question of gathering enough funds to make a difference, figuring out what to do with those funds, and determining who to give those funds to. Fortunately, there are a number of foreign aid charities that do all of the work for you.
Here’s a look at some of the top-rated charities in International Relief and Development according to Charity Watch. All of these organizations have received an A+ Grade, the highest grade that an organization can receive.

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Stated Mission: Serves refugees and communities victimized by oppression and violent conflict worldwide. Provides emergency relief, protection of human rights, post-conflict development, resettlement assistance, and advocacy…

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The Not So Fine Line: Differences Between Humanitarian and Developmental Aid

Aid – in terms of sending money, supplies, food, and manpower to foreign countries – is often used broadly by the general public. Many would say that humanitarian and developmental aid have the same goals in mind; and to an extent, they are right. There is though, a difference between humanitarian and developmental aid that is overlooked and ignored. Discussed below are some of these differences.

According to the Humanitarian Coalition, humanitarian aid is designed to save lives and alleviate suffering during the immediate aftermath of a tragedy or natural disaster. In the case of armed conflict breaking out, or a devastating earthquake, humanitarian aid is there to provide assistance to the affected populations. Development aid on the other hand attempts to navigate and address ongoing structural issues. It is designed to improve the institutional and economic irregularities that are hindering social development. In short, it seeks to provide long term solutions to affected populations. Although goals of both are seemingly identical, they are in fact, not…

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