Sara Tansey

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A-List: Not your average wine tasting

One South African farming community is reclaiming the vineyard with something called Oesfees, a festival that captivates Western Cape communities every spring. Combining their annual wine harvest with traditional food and dance, the farm workers of Franschhoek Valley keep their culture alive through music and spirit. Though t......

Life-Saving Programs: a Great Tax Return

As another exhilarating tax season draws to a close, a sense of withholding withdrawal inevitably creeps in. Our W-2s have served their purposes, and we’ve sworn off accounting software for the next 11 months. But as the excitement dies down, many of us are left wondering: where exactly is my money going? What did I…...

Mapping for Results: Pinpointing Anti-Poverty Programs

You’ve heard the arguments before. Foreign assistance—whether funded by US programs or global institutions like the World Bank—is a waste of money. Bureaucrats are out of touch with what’s happening on the ground, and the help never reaches those who need it most. We know how much we’ve accomplished, and how importa......

Water for the World Act reintroduced to Senate

Today is World Water Day. In anticipation of this day, Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the bipartisan Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act last week. They were joined by Senators Reid, Roberts, Cardin, Isakson and Leahy. This bill would strengthen America’s ability to build partnerships to......

Quick notes from MCC’s budget hearing

Last week, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes testified before Congress about the program’s innovative approach to development assistance. MCC has created economic opportunities in countries across the globe, building capacity and offering sustainable solutions to eradicate poverty.   An MCC pro......

Keep the US’ long-term spending plans in mind

We are watching the current debate on balancing the budget with great interest — and some trepidation. With all the chaos surrounding the budget debate, it can be easy to forget our country’s long-term spending plans and how ONE’s priorities could be affected by them. Former Senator Alan Simpson and Former White Hou......