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Countries Need Support To Provide ‘Their Own Development With Their Own Resources’

Gargee Gosh, director of development policy and finance at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “It’s tempting to think that development assistance — aid from the outside — is the biggest force supporting development today. … But aid is really just a drop…

Elimination Of NTDs, Poverty Go ‘Hand-In-Hand’

Ashley Schmidt, program and operations associate for the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases at the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes in the “End The Neglect” blog, “Not only are [neglected tropical diseases (NTDs)] found in what I like to call ‘poverty pockets’ in our society, but these diseases keep people…

U.S. Strengthens Environmental, Human Rights Policies Surrounding Development Aid

Inter Press Service: U.S. Tightens Development Safeguards “Development activists and rights watchdogs are applauding a surprise strengthening of environmental and human rights policies governing U.S. development funding and overseas financial assistance. Under the new provisions, the United States will be required to vote against multilateral funding for large-scale hydroelectric projects…

Liberia, Malawi, Other Countries Overcoming Challenges To Reduce Child Mortality

NiiAmah Stephens, a program officer for Africa on the Global Policy and Advocacy Team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, writes in the foundation’s “Impatient Optimists” blog, “MDG success in Malawi and Liberia is far from complete — both countries are expected to miss at least five out of…

Devex Highlights Foreign Policy Issues Presented In Obama’s SOTU Address

Devex highlights U.S. foreign policy issues President Obama addressed in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night. Devex: Obama highlights U.S. aid priorities in SOTU “As expected, foreign aid was barely a footnote in U.S. President Barack Obama’s annual address to the nation — but a few interesting…

Financial Times Publishes Commentaries From Easterly, Sachs On Development Aid

The Financial Times recently published an opinion piece by William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University, and a response from Jeffrey Sachs, director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute and founder of the Millennium Villages Project (MVP). “…The obsession with international aid is a rich-world vanity that exaggerates the…

USAID Will Better Engage ‘Fragile States’ To Reach Top Goal Of Ending Extreme Poverty

IIP Digital: USAID Sets Ending Extreme Poverty as Top Goal “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will make ending extreme poverty its top goal, say senior development officials. Addressing a January 28 gathering discussing extreme poverty in conflict-affected areas at the Center for American Progress, Alex Thier, USAID’s assistant…

More Money, Political Will Needed To Collect Better Development Data

The Guardian: Development data: how accurate are the figures? Claire Melamed, head of the growth and equity program at the Overseas Development Institute “…The call, in the post-2015 high-level panel report for a ‘data revolution’ has created big buzz among researchers, NGOs, and others at the geekier end of the…

February Issue Of WHO Bulletin Available Online

The February issue of the WHO Bulletin features a commentary about the importance of strong local health systems, an article about solar energy’s potential impact on health in Africa, and a research article on the global research agenda for family planning, among other articles (February 2014).