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‘Power Africa’ Initiative Holds Promise, But Obama Must Follow Through

“President Obama’s ‘Power Africa’ initiative, unveiled during his recent trip there, has the potential to make a major impact on a continent where millions of people — including more than two-thirds of those in the sub-Saharan region — live every day without reliable access to affordable electricity,” a New York…

Globe And Mail Profiles World Bank President Jim Yong Kim

Globe and Mail correspondent Kevin Carmichael profiles Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank and former “point man on HIV/AIDS” for the WHO, noting that in 2003, “he rallied the world’s governments to endorse ['3 by 5,'] an audacious plan to treat three million [people living with HIV] with…

Science, Engineering Education Important For Public Health Capacity

“The path to development in all geographies goes through higher education. In particular, sustainable development in meeting the public health challenges relies heavily on reliable local capacity of doctors, nurses and public health professionals,” Muhammad Zaman, director of the Laboratory of Engineering Education and Development at Boston University, writes in…

Al Jazeera’s ‘South2North’ Reports On Maternal Health In Africa

Al Jazeera’s “South2North” reports on “maternal health and the impact it has on children, women and the communities in which they live” in Africa, noting, “A recent African Union report shows sub-Saharan Africa is trailing behind its 2015 Millennium Development Goal of reducing maternal mortality by 75 percent.” According to…

Devex Interviews European Commissioner For Development On Post-2015 Agenda

“At a Brussels event on Tuesday, Andris Piebalgs, the European commissioner for development, presented recommendations by a high-level U.N. advisory panel on post-2015 global development to an audience of researchers, aid officials and representatives from civil society and E.U. member states,” Devex reports, and provides a transcript of an interview…

Blog Discusses President Obama’s Global Development Council

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog,” Sarah Jane Staats, director of CGD’s Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Program, provides a timeline of operations for President Obama’s Global Development Council. Staats says “[i]t was created in Obama’s 2010 U.S. global development policy directive to offer…

U.N. MDG Report Shows Uneven Progress, Calls For More Action To Meet Goals By 2015

“Millions of lives have been saved and improved as several Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have been met or are within reach, but bolder action is needed in many areas, a U.N. report card said on Monday, with less than three years until the 2015 deadline,” The Guardian reports. “Though targets…

Private Sector, Civil Society Can Play Central Role In Ending Extreme Poverty

“We are closer than ever before to ending global poverty,” World Bank President Jim Yong Kim writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece, adding, “As a result, the World Bank Group has adopted two new goals: end extreme poverty by 2030 and boost shared prosperity by maximizing income growth for…