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Rwanda, Ethiopia Provide Examples Of How To Reduce Child Mortality

Inter Press Service: Looking to Africa’s LDCs to Learn How to Save the Lives of Millions of Mothers and their Babies “Every year, three million newborn babies and almost 6.6 million children under five die globally, but if the rest of the world looked towards the examples of two of…

Opinion Pieces Address Maternal, Child Health

The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding maternal and child health. Huffington Post: Not Just Baby Steps: Global Action Gives All Newborns a Fighting Chance to Survive and Thrive Katie Taylor, deputy assistant administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Global Health “…This week, USAID is joining a global movement to give…

Senate, House Taking Steps To Codify Obama’s Power Africa Initiative

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: Turning on the Lights to Energize U.S. Leadership in Africa Ashley Chang, deputy policy director at USGLC, writes, “…The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved the ‘Energize Africa Act’ this week and, like the ‘Electrify Africa Act’ that passed the House in May, it would codify and…

U.N. SG Ban Urges Strong Voice For New Body Focused On Sustainability

U.N. News Centre: Saying ‘change is in the air,’ Ban urges new U.N. body to galvanize global sustainability agenda “With the close of the Millennium Development Goal era just months away, and work already beginning on a successor agenda to reign in poverty and put the planet on a sustainable course…

Opinion Pieces Address Efforts To End Preventable Maternal, Child Deaths

The following opinion pieces address issues surrounding child survival and the “Acting on the Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths” meeting that took place on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. GlobalPost: Building on a movement for maternal, newborn, and child survival Kate Rogers, senior program manager for Committing to Child…

U.N. Official Outlines 6 Lessons From The SUN Movement

Food Tank: Rebuilding the International Nutrition System So it’s Fit-for-Purpose David Nabarro, special representative of the U.N. secretary general for food security and nutrition and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement coordinator, discusses six lessons learned over the past four years in the 50 countries of the SUN Movement (6/23).

World Bank’s Move To Focus On Women, Girls Vital To Economic Development

Huffington Post: As the World Bank Turns Robert Walker, president of the Population Institute “The World Bank, which for decades has been criticized has overly focused on the construction of dams and other infrastructures as the cure for poverty, is turning its focus to the real engine of economic progress…

View Foreign Aid As Long-Term Investment, Not Charity

Bloomberg Businessweek: Foreign Aid Isn’t Charity. It’s an Investment Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…It’s time to view aid as an investment — like spending on roads and schools here in the U.S. — rather than an act of charity. In the long term, that…

Global Community Should Commit To Funding For Basic Education

Washington Post: Universal basic education is the millennium goal everyone forgot Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University “…When the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals were set in 2000, they included both health and education objectives. The health goals were pursued with vigor — and money — and…