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USAID Official Speaks About U.S. Response To Typhoon Haiyan In Philippines

USAID’s “IMPACTblog” presents remarks made by USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Greg Beck at a recent Center for Strategic and International Studies conference on the U.S. response to Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. “…The government of the Philippines has been building their capacity and their ability to respond quickly…

Blog Examines U.S. Government Attention To South Sudan

Beth Schwanke, senior policy counsel at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in the center’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy” blog about recent congressional discussion regarding South Sudan. “…Ongoing congressional attention to South Sudan, including the House Foreign Affairs’ Committee’s hearing Wednesday, as well as once the current crisis has…

Donors Pledge $2.4B In Humanitarian Aid For Syrians; U.N. Says $6.5B Needed

News outlets report on the outcome of a one-day donor pledging conference for humanitarian relief efforts in Syria and neighboring countries. Agence France-Presse/Khaleej Times: Donors pledge nearly $1.3 billion at Syria meeting “Donors meeting in Kuwait on Wednesday [by midday] pledged nearly $1.3 billion in humanitarian aid for victims of…

Canada Can Help Save A Generation Of Syrian Children

Huffington Post Canada: An Investment Today Could Save a Generation of Syrian Children David Morley, president and CEO of UNICEF Canada; Patricia Erb, president and CEO of Save the Children Canada; and Dave Toycen, president of World Vision Canada “Can the Government of Canada champion the children of Syria and…

Guinea Worm Disease Nears Eradication

News outlets report on the progress of eradicating Guinea worm, saying that the steep decline in cases indicates that eradication of the parasite is reachable. Carter Center: 148 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide “The Carter Center announced today that 148 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2013.…

U.N. Relief Official Calls For Increased Humanitarian Support For Philippines

U.N. News Centre: Philippines: U.N. humanitarian chief urges donors to increase aid for typhoon recovery “The recovery process in the Philippines has been steady but uneven, the United Nations top relief official said today, urging donors to increase support for the $788 million response plan for Filipinos, who continue to…

U.N. Says Syrian Crisis Threatening MDG Progress In Arab Region

Inter Press Service: Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World “The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.’s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and…

Sustained Peace In South Sudan Critical For Guinea Worm Eradication

Huffington Post: The World’s Youngest Country and a Very Old Disease: South Sudan Proves Guinea Worm Can Be Defeated With Return to Peace Donald Hopkins, vice president for health programs at the Carter Center “…[T]his past year, the [South Sudanese] national program reported a 99 percent reduction in [Guinea worm]…

U.N. Fears Genocide In CAR, Appeals For More Assistance

News outlets examine the worsening humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR). U.N. officials express fear over possible genocide, while food aid and funding assistance to the country remain limited. Agence France-Presse: U.N. fears ‘genocide’ in C. Africa: humanitarian chief “The spiraling violence in the Central African Republic could turn…

Blog, Feature Examine Role Of Aid In Haiti Since 2010 Earthquake

“…Looking at the four years that have elapsed since a violent earthquake shook Haiti to its core in 2010, the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Jake Johnston shows in painstaking detail how American corruption played a huge role in Haiti’s faltering reconstruction process,” journalist Ansel Herz writes in Humanosphere.…