Development aid

Angelina Jolie writes about the devastation she witnessed in the war-torn Iraqi city.
Change is hard for many people - and organizations - to accept. This is particularly true when the waters are muddied by misunderstandings, even among well-meaning people, and when the stakes are so high.
The freedom to maintain or adopt a religion is a fundamental human right. However, this freedom cannot be realized in the absence of other fundamental freedoms, such as the right to food, shelter, healthcare, education and a decent livelihood.
The debate on Sustainable Development Goals, which are to replace the Millennium Development Goals in 2015, is reminiscent of a Winnie-the-Pooh-approach to measuring development. Do you want your poverty measure disaggregated by region or by gender? Both, and don't bother worrying about the measurement please.
If we're going to be successful in solving huge and challenging global problems, then informing, engaging and inspiring people on the issues is going to be absolutely essential. In Germany, I hope this is just the beginning of growing the conversation.