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U.N. SG Releases Synthesis Report On 17 SDGs, Says No Plan To Lower Number Of Goals, Targets

News outlets discuss the release of U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Sustainable Development Goals synthesis report. Devex: Ban Ki-moon’s (early) vision for post-2015 “U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon revealed Thursday his vision for the post-2015 development framework that will replace the Millennium Development Goals when these expire at the end of next…

World Bank Annual Report Recommends Development Policies Reflect Human Behavioral Drivers

News outlets discuss the World Bank’s annual World Development Report, which was released on Thursday. Inter Press Service: World Bank Calls for Development Policy “Redesign” around Human Behavior “The World Bank has taken an unusual but highly visible step away from traditional economics, encouraging policymakers and development implementers to place…

Blog Post Assesses Progress On HIV/AIDS As MDG Deadline Approaches

U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: An AIDS-free Generation is Within Reach Zach Silberman, policy manager at USGLC, and Lindsay Markle, a USGLC intern, outline progress made over the past 15 years in stemming the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and they write that as the world approaches the Millennium Development Goals deadline, “an AIDS-free…

Devex Interviews Incoming Head Of USAID’s Global Development Lab

Devex: Ann Mei Chang’s vision for USAID’s Global Development Lab “…Devex spoke with [Anne Mei] Chang in Washington, D.C., to learn more about the vision she is bringing to a USAID initiative that is supposed to produce ‘transformative development solutions,’ but within the confines of a government bureaucracy that is…

USAID Names Former Google Executive Ann Mei Chang To Head Global Development Lab

National Journal: Former Google Exec Wants to Try Some ‘Crazy’ Ideas to Combat Global Poverty “…The U.S. Agency for International Development has named Ann Mei Chang, a former Google executive, to head the new U.S. Global Development Lab. The mission of the lab, which launched earlier this year as part…

FAO Recognizes 13 Countries For Achieving MDG Hunger Target

U.N. News Centre: U.N. recognizes achievement of thirteen countries in eradicating hunger ahead of 2015 deadline “To honor their outstanding progress in fighting hunger, 13 countries were commended [Monday] by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) for achieving food security milestones ahead of the global 2015 deadline and…

Reuters Examines Obama Administration’s ‘Power Africa’ Initiative

Reuters: Exclusive: Obama plan to ‘Power Africa’ gets off to a dim start “…[T]he U.S. president’s flagship project for Africa [Power Africa] has already achieved 25 percent of its goal to deliver 10,000 megawatts of electricity and bring light to 20 million households and businesses, according to its annual report.…

Strengthen Health Care Systems In West Africa To Create Stability, Eliminate Poverty

Globe And Mail: In West Africa, disease just as devastating as war Ibrahim Boubacar Keita, president of Mali “…Long after this [Ebola] outbreak has been brought under control, people in the region will continue to suffer; feeling its impact on trade, agriculture, public health services, human migration, and the economy…

Investment In Child Nutrition Could Provide Future Economic Benefits, Study Shows

Wall Street Journal: Study Ties Children’s Nutrition to Indonesia’s Future “…In a paper released [Tuesday], a team of economists commissioned by a think tank called the Copenhagen Consensus Center looks at where money can be invested in development to ensure the biggest impact. It finds that every dollar invested in…