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Opinion Pieces Address Global Development Agenda

The following is a summary of two opinion pieces addressing the global development agenda. Paul Callan and colleagues, Devex: “With about 750 days remaining until the Millennium Development Goals expire,” Callan, a global operating partner at Dalberg, and colleagues examine whether the MDGs can be considered successful. “Our analysis presents…

Blog Examines Next Steps For USAID’s Focus On Eradicating Extreme Poverty

Noting USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah last week delivered a speech at the Brookings Institution on eradicating extreme poverty, Beth Schwanke, senior policy counsel at the Center for Global Development (CGD), writes in CGD’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy” blog, “Shah’s speech primarily focused on the big picture of what [an] increased…

USAID Working To Eradicate Extreme Poverty

Alex Thier, assistant to the USAID administrator for policy, planning, and learning, writes in USAID’s “IMPACTblog” about a recent panel held “at the Brookings Institution to discuss a bold vision of a world without extreme poverty by 2030.” He continues, “At USAID, we recognize that — for the first time…

USAID Administrator Outlines Agency’s Commitment To End Extreme Poverty

“In a speech at the Brookings Institution on Thursday, [USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah] outlined USAID’s new three-part commitment to helping end extreme poverty,” Devex reports. “He said the agency will increasingly focus on public-private partnerships, country programs that demand mutual accountability, and disaster-prone, fragile areas and communities,” the news service…

Blog Examines Whether Aid Helping To End Extreme Poverty

In the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Views From The Center” blog, CGD President Nancy Birdsall and researchers Christian Meyer and Nabil Hashmi write about the international goal of ending extreme poverty by 2030. “Reaching the goal requires reaching the right places, where most of the world’s poor people live.…

USAID’s Shah To Deliver Speech On Ending Global Poverty

“On Thursday, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah is set to give a speech at Brookings on the goal of ending extreme poverty, planned to put a bit more policy oomph behind the president’s call in the State of the Union earlier this year for America to join with its allies to…

‘More Comprehensive, Integrated Approach’ Needed For Future Global Health Targets

The “disease-specific and demographic-selective approach” taken under the global health-related Millennium Development Goals “has skewed funding, resources and the global health narrative to the exclusion of other important causes of global morbidity and mortality,” physician and development advocate Tim Crocker-Buque writes in a Devex opinion piece. “Although the decline in…

Technology, Innovation, Partnerships Critical For Sustainable Development, Ban Says

During a visit to Estonia on Saturday, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “underscored the vital role of technology and innovation in finding solutions to some of today’s most pressing challenges such as advancing the global sustainable development agenda,” the U.N. News Centre reports. “Our sustainable development goals must be informed by…

Most Countries Have Made ‘Enormous Progress’ In Health, Development In Recent Decades

In a BBC News Magazine opinion piece, Hans Rosling, professor of global health at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute and co-founder of Gapminder, highlights five facts that show “the enormous progress most countries have made in recent decades.” Rosling discusses the slowing of global population growth, says the divide between “developed” and…