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OECD DAC Chair Says Wealthy Countries Becoming ‘Risk Averse’ In Aid Spending

“Aid to the poorest countries is dropping because donors are becoming more ‘risk averse,’ according to a senior official from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD),” The Guardian reports, noting that “OECD figures last week showed that official development assistance (ODA) from rich countries fell by four percent in…

Ending Extreme Poverty By 2030 Is Possible, World Bank President Says

“World Bank President Jim Kim has unveiled a series of new institutional goals aimed at ending extreme poverty by 2030 and focusing on the promotion of ‘shared prosperity’ — increasing the incomes of the poorest 40 percent in each country while placing increased focus on dealing with climate change,” Inter Press…

Post-2015 Framework Will Fail In Tackling Inequality Without Inclusion Of Disability

“The communiqué released at the end of the U.N. high-level panel (HLP) meeting on the post-2015 development agenda failed to mention disability, repeating in Bali the same omission notable in last month’s official communiqué from the Monrovia meeting,” Dominic Haslam, director of policy and strategic program support at Sightsavers, and…

Post-2015 Development Agenda Must Address Global Health

“A proliferation of complex challenges to development, such as political conflict, economic austerity, and environmental degradation, all demand attention, but should not deflect from recognizing that good health is central to advancing global prosperity,” GAVI Alliance CEO Seth Berkley, WHO Director-General Margaret Chan, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and…

U.N. HLP Issues Communique Highlighting Key Focus Areas For Post-2015 Development Goals

“The U.N. high-level panel (HLP) working on a global development agenda for after 2015 has reached a turning point through making concrete agreements, the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, said on Wednesday … after a meeting of the panel in the Indonesian resort of Bali,” The Guardian reports. “The third…

Scientists Call For Leaders To Combine Poverty, Environmental Goals

Writing in the journal Nature, 10 scientists from around the world “say the only chance of achieving global prosperity is for all countries to combine poverty and environmental targets,” and they ask “[w]orld leaders [to] set six goals around universal clean energy, an end to water and food shortages, thriving…

IRIN Examines Maternal Mortality In Nepal

IRIN examines maternal mortality in Nepal, writing, “Observed declines [in the maternal mortality ratio (MMR)] since the early 1990s make Nepal, together with Bangladesh, the most recent ‘success story,’ comparable to countries like Malaysia, Thailand and Cuba that gained ground decades earlier, Julia Hussein, lead author of a 2011 medical…

European Commission Holds High-Level Nutrition Meeting

The European Commission on Thursday began a two-day high-level meeting on nutrition in Brussels, aimed at “ensuring the cause remains atop the development agenda,” the Devex “Development Newswire” reports. “The Scaling-Up Nutrition event comes a day after the release of the commission’s new policy on nutrition,” the news service notes (Ravelo, 3/14).…

U.N. SG Ban Calls On Public Health Academics To Play Role In Post-2015 Development Goals

Speaking on Wednesday at the Global Colloquium of University Presidents, hosted by New York University, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “called on the global public health academic community to be active partners in the future development framework as the international community starts to set its post-2015 anti-poverty goals,” the U.N. News Centre reports.…