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Development Partnership To Meet In Mexico; Group’s Report Notes Mixed Results

The Guardian: Global partnership gathers in Mexico amid faltering progress and skepticism “A gaggle of world leaders, diplomats, NGOs, corporate representatives, and think tanks will descend on a Mexico City conference center this week to continue their search for new solutions to old problems. According to the U.K.’s international development…

MCC CEO Marks Agency’s 10th Anniversary With 10 Lessons

The Hill: 10 Years, 10 Lessons: How to win the fight against global poverty Daniel Yohannes, chief executive officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) “…For over four years, I’ve had a front row seat on just how the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a U.S. government agency committed to fighting global…

U.S. Initiatives To Support Development In Africa Represent ‘New Approaches’

U.S. News & World Report: Double Down on Helping Africa Stephen Hayes, president and CEO of the Corporate Council on Africa “…In each of his three stops during his 2013 trip, Obama announced a new initiative [— PowerAfrica, TradeAfrica, Young African Leaders Initiative, and Governance —] each unique from those…

Blog Summarizes Recent Discussion On WASH, NTDs, Poverty Reduction

“[An] important conversation also occurred this week: ‘Why water and toilets matter in foreign aid,’ hosted by WaterAid at the National Press Club. Barbara Frost, chief executive of WaterAid U.K.; Henry Northover, head of policy at WaterAid U.K.; and Lisa Schechtman, director of policy and advocacy at WaterAid America spoke…

Strengthen Political, Financial Commitments To Sustain NTD Control

The Lancet: Neglected tropical diseases: becoming less neglected “…Looking ahead the focus must be on long-term sustainability and continued equity in NTD control, including expansion of NTDs tackled beyond the selected ten. Putting in place coherent and sustainable health and social protection systems is also key. This can only be…

U.K. MPs Urge Development Programs To Prioritize Disability

The Guardian: Disability must be a priority within development programs, say MPs “Disability as an issue needs to be a priority within development programs, according to U.K. [members of parliament (MPs)]. A report published on Thursday by the parliamentary international development committee stresses the close links between disability and poverty…”…

Devex Interviews U.N. Official About Steps To Reach Women’s Health MDGs

Devex: Leith Greenslade: We have a long way to go on women’s health “As we approach the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals, there has been ‘fairly strong’ progress in some health areas — but not all. In particular, we have a long way to go in many aspects…

Sub-Saharan Africa Will Not Meet MDG For Sanitation, Study Says

VOA News: Sub-Saharan African Countries to Miss U.N. Sanitation Goal — Study “A new study by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine finds that no sub-Saharan African country will meet the U.N. Millennium Development Goal for sanitation, and that many are lagging behind achieving the target for clean…

USAID Highlights Programs On World Health Day

“…Preventing and controlling vector-borne diseases, diseases carried by insects, ticks and small animals, is central to achieving President Obama’s vision of ending extreme poverty. On World Health Day, commemorated each year on April 7, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlights actions we can all take to protect ourselves from the…

Gender Equality, Empowerment Of Women, Girls Remains Critical To Post-2015 Agenda

In the U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote” blog, Catherine Russell, ambassador-at-large for global women’s issues, reports from the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and discusses challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) for women and girls. Russell writes, “After lengthy negotiations the…