Category: Development

Learning to Better Treat Mentally Traumatized Patients in Iraq

This month, a group of Iraqi medical professionals, social workers and psychiatrists gathered in Mosul for three days to undergo intensive training on integrating the provision of mental health care in primary health care centers and hospitals. The professionals in this group work at 16 different facilities and organizations across… Read more

Reassessing the Global Refugee Crisis

“Conflict is natural. The issue is how well we manage conflict and attempt to not allow it progress to violence.” – President of USIP, Nancy Lindborg In a globalized world, it is nearly impossible to be completely insulated. There are faster planes, faster trains, and faster bandwidth. However, what has… Read more

The Power of Empathy and Advocacy

“I have long said that Americans are the most generous people in the world. But we do have the shortest attention spans. And when it comes to global crises today, I fear that too many in the United States believe that we can insulate ourselves from the world’s problems and… Read more

Helping Vulnerable Iraqis: USAID’s Access to Justice Program

Just mention the phrase “international development” in a crowded room, and you’re bound to get a wide range of reactions. For every person who supports American foreign aid, there’s another rallying against any type of “unnecessary” international involvement. As the lead governmental agency working to alleviate global poverty, USAID development… Read more

Iraqi Orphans, Part Two: A Center of Healing in Baghdad

As has been highlighted several times, we at EPIC have a great relationship with the Sponsor Iraqi Children Foundation, another non-profit based here in the Washington area. Last fall, we interviewed SCIF volunteer Cindy Fogleman about her organization’s work in Iraq, as well as highlighted their future goals in… Read more

Iraqi Orphans, Part One: 800,000 Forgotten Children

“I feel blessed waking up every day knowing that my parents are still alive,” – EPIC intern Farah Rasool, who lived in the heart of Baghdad with her family until late 2006. Imagine waking up one day and finding yourself without a family. As adults living in the United States… Read more