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E.U. Must Stand Firm Against Initiative That Could Threaten Sexual, Reproductive Health

EurActiv: The E.U. must stand firm against ‘One of Us’ Sirpa Pietikäinen, member of the European Parliament (MEP) in the European People’s Party “A European Citizens Initiative (ECI) by a group called ‘One of Us’ could severely impact E.U. development funding for maternal health if it is successful. … This…

Promoting Gender Equity Will Break Down Barriers To Contraceptive Use

Huffington Post: Re-Examining the Global Barriers to Reproductive Freedom Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute “…[I]t will take more than expanded access to contraceptive services to ensure that all women are capable of spacing or limiting their pregnancies. So long as a woman’s reproductive freedom is constrained by her…

Global Leaders Discuss WASH Inequality At Summit

Inter Press Service: ‘Sanitation for All’ a Rapidly Receding Goal “World leaders on Friday discussed plans to expand sustainable access for water, sanitation, and hygiene, focusing in particular on how to reach those in remote rural areas and slums where development projects have been slow to penetrate…” (Tullo, 4/12).

Innovative Partnerships Will Help End Extreme Poverty

Devex: Ending extreme poverty with a new model of development Rajiv Shah, USAID administrator “…For the first time in history, we stand within reach of a world that was simply once unimaginable: a world without extreme poverty. … The Busan High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness has built a strong foundation…

Blog Features USAID Video On Ending Extreme Poverty

The Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ “Global Food for Thought” blog features a video from USAID on ending extreme poverty. “Through the narration of Presidents Kennedy, Clinton, Bush, and Obama, the film depicts America’s progress, mission, and means by which we intend to end extreme poverty over the next two…

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…