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New Report From ONE Reviews Agricultural Development In Africa Over Past Decade

“In a report launched [on Tuesday] — a valuable yardstick called, ‘A Growing Opportunity: Measuring Investments in African Agriculture’ — ONE reviews the past decade and finds some notable successes in terms of mustering money and political commitment, and the impact of agricultural development,” Roger Thurow, senior fellow on global…

Bill Gates Tours Ghana’s Health System, Discusses Polio Eradication

Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “is currently in Ghana to assess the country’s health systems,” Ventures Africa reports. Gates “touched down in Accra March 25, 2013, and says he is in Ghana to get firsthand information on why the country’s immunization system is working so…

Rebel Coup, Looting Hampering Humanitarian Aid Delivery In CAR

“A rebel-led weekend coup in the Central African Republic (CAR) took place against a backdrop of worsening humanitarian conditions in many parts of the country, with access to affected populations severely restricted,” IRIN reports. The Séléka rebel group overtook the capital of Bangui on March 24, causing President François Bozizé to…

Kerry Announces $51M In Additional Humanitarian Aid For Sahel Region

“[T]he United States has announced an additional $51 million in humanitarian aid to the people of the Sahel — a belt up to 1,000 kilometers wide that spans Africa from the Atlantic Ocean to the Red Sea — bringing its total aid to $520 million” in FY 2012, Devex’s “Pennsylvania…

‘Leadership At All Levels’ Required For Successful Health Systems

Jonathan Quick, president and CEO of Management Sciences for Health (MSH), writes in the group’s “Global Health Impact” blog about Rwanda’s success at implementing a “health system [that] has emerged from devastation as a model for others.” He notes, “For nearly a decade, with support from USAID and the Rockefeller…

U.N. Forced To Delay Urgent Food Aid To Guinea Bissau Due To Lack Of Donor Support

“The United Nations said Tuesday that it had been forced to delay desperately needed food aid to nearly 300,000 people in Guinea Bissau since it so far had received no donations to support the operation,” Agence France-Presse reports. “‘The assistance was due to start on March 1, 2013, but operations…

WFP Director Says Food Security Crisis In Sahel Is Not Over

The World Food Programme (WFP) “is helping feed more than 10 million people in eight countries” in the Sahel, but WFP Executive Director Ertharin Cousin “stressed the crisis was not over,” AlertNet reports. Conflict in Mali “has forced around 340,000 people to flee their homes, compounding a hunger crisis in Mali and neighboring countries…

Increasing Transparency Would Help China Strengthen Its Role In Global Health Development

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) blog, Victoria Fan, a research fellow at CGD, describes a panel session during the 4th Conference of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) recently held in Washington, D.C. “The speakers briefly discussed China’s history in international health activities …, different kinds of…

IRIN Examines British Plan To Improve Health Care Services In DRC

IRIN examines Britain’s new $270 million plan to improve health care services in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). “Civil war has destroyed much of the country’s health infrastructure, as well as the road networks and vital services such as electricity, meaning patients often have to travel long distances to health centers…

Global Consortium Aims To Use Surplus Food To Tackle Hunger In Developing World

“A consortium of donors, NGOs, supermarkets and agro-businesses are working on plans to [send] surplus food, currently wasted in industrialized countries, to the developing world to tackle hunger,” Owen Barder, senior fellow and director for Europe at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the center’s “Global Development: Views…