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Blog Examines Prospects For FY15 U.S. Foreign Aid Budget

Writing in Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the prospects for the FY 2015 U.S. foreign aid budget. “…Everyone is not happy with the White House plan, though nobody is ever completely happy with the U.S. foreign aid budget. Despite that, foreign aid supporters are more concerned with fending off…

MSF Criticizes U.N. For ‘Shocking Indifference’ Toward Displaced In S. Sudan

News outlets report on Médecins Sans Frontières’s criticism of the U.N. over the living conditions in displacement camps in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse/Al Jazeera: U.N. accused of ‘shameful attitude’ in S. Sudan “A leading international aid agency has issued a stinging attack on the United Nations mission in South Sudan,…

Conflict Must Stop In Order To ‘Build A Better Future’ For S. Sudan

Washington Post: Saving South Sudan from chaos “South Sudan, a new nation midwifed into being by the United States out of the ashes of war, is sinking into a mire of senseless violence and chaos. President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar are wrecking their country in a conflict…

Development Aid Spending Reached Record Level In 2013, OECD Report Says

News outlets note that official development aid spending rose to a record high in 2013, according to a report from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Devex: Foreign aid spending by OECD-DAC donors rises to all-time high in 2013 “Spending on official development aid rose by 6.1 percent…

U.N. Report Warns Drought In Syria Further Threatens Food Security

Media outlets discuss a new U.N. report (.pdf) warning that drought could worsen an already fragile food security situation in Syria. Al Jazeera: U.N.: Syria drought to deepen food crisis “The United Nations has warned that a looming drought in Syria could push millions more people into hunger and exacerbate…

Officials Urge Burmese Government To Allow Aid Into Rakhine

VOA News: U.N., U.K. Call for Burma to Allow Humanitarian Aid into Rakhine “The U.N.’s Special Rapporteur for Human Rights to Burma is urging the government to allow foreign aid workers to return to Rakhine state. The workers were evacuated last month because of ethnic unrest, but the U.N. warns…

Rwanda Marks 20 Years Since Genocide; Progress In Public Health System Noted

News outlets describe how Rwanda and the global community is commemorating the 20th anniversary of the country’s 1994 genocide, as well as the economic and public health progress Rwanda has made since. Associated Press/The Guardian: Rwanda genocide: 20th anniversary brings a nation together to mourn “…President Paul Kagame and Ban…

Polio Spreads To Iraq From Syria

New York Times: Polio Spreads From Syria to Iraq, Causing Worries “Syria’s polio outbreak has now officially spread to Iraq, the first neighbor of the war-ravaged country to be hit by the crippling virus despite an ambitious Middle East inoculation effort, and global health officials warned Monday that dozens of…

U.N. Forced To Cut Food Rations In Syria Due To Donor Funds Shortage

Reuters: U.N. has to cut Syria food rations for lack of donor funds “The United Nations has been forced to cut the size of food parcels for those left hungry by Syria’s civil war by a fifth because of a shortage of funds from donors, a senior official said on…