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Global Commitment From Public, Private Sectors Can End Extreme Poverty

Noting the “proportion of households in developing countries below the extreme-poverty line (now measured as $1.25 per person per day at international prices) has declined sharply” since 1980, Jeffrey Sachs, special adviser to the U.N. Secretary General on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and director of Columbia University’s Earth Institute,…

Devex Examines Private Sector Involvement In Post-2015 Planning Process

“Planning for the post-2015 development agenda — which will officially kick off [this] week in New York during the U.N. General Assembly meetings — is expected to feature an aspect the expiring Millennium Development Goals [MDGs] did not in their infancy: vocal leadership from the private sector,” Devex reports. “Still,…

U.N. Report Gives Mixed Review Of MDG 8 On Partnerships, Trade

“The international community must live up to the commitments it made in support of achieving universally accepted anti-poverty targets, [U.N.] Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [on Thursday] said launching a new report [.pdf] which finds that despite significant successes, the global economic slowdown continues to hinder progress on the Millennium Development Goals…

Cross-Sector Partnerships Essential To Reaching Health-Related Development Goals

The race to meet the health-related U.N. Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda “requires new thinking and fresh commitments from across all sectors — including industry, governments, multilaterals, [non-governmental organizations (NGOs)], and other organizations — to cross-sector partnerships that drive systemwide change,” Eduardo Pisani, director general of…

Public, Private Sectors Should Address Antibiotic Resistance After Latest CDC Warning

Noting CDC Director Tom Frieden on Monday released a report showing “two million people in the United States are sickened every year with antibiotic-resistant infections, with at least 23,000 dying as a result,” a Washington Post editorial states, “The global toll is certainly much higher.” The editorial asks, “What is being…

Fully Funding Global Fund, Continuing PPPs Will Help Defeat TB, HIV, Malaria

The WHO “projects that as many as two million people may develop drug-resistant strains of [tuberculosis (TB)] worldwide by 2015 — despite everyone’s efforts to achieve the 2015 Millennium Development Goals related to TB,” John Lechleiter, chair, president and CEO of Eli Lilly and Company and chair of the Pharmaceutical Research…

Rajiv Shah Discusses Diversifying USAID Partners In Scientific American Interview

In an interview with Scientific American, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah discusses modernizing and diversifying foreign assistance. He says his agency has “moved more than $730 million to more than 1,200 small-scale, diversified, local partners,” including small businesses and small non-governmental organizations (NGOs). “We have the same high standards of accountability for…

Devex Publishes Slideshow Examining History Of USAID-Walmart Partnerships

Noting USAID, Walmart, and the Walmart Foundation on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on development programs, Devex provides a slideshow on the history of USAID-Walmart partnerships. According to the description, the slide show examines “how and where USAID and Wal-Mart have cooperated on global development projects,” and…

USAID, Walmart Sign MOU To Work Together On Development Programs

USAID, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation “signed on Monday a Memorandum of Understanding expected to integrate the world’s largest retailer’s supply chains with the Feed the Future program,” Devex reports. “While it remains unclear whether the MOU establishes any binding commitments for either party, the partnership is expected to focus…