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State Department Launches Second QDDR

News sources report on the launch of the U.S. Department of State’s second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. Devex: John Kerry launches 2nd QDDR: ‘Not everything to everyone’ “The U.S. government’s second Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review will focus on a small number of concrete proposals that will help modernize…

SciDev.Net Examines Implications Of Development Aid Agency Mergers

SciDev.Net: What do aid agency mergers mean for development? “Moves by Canada and Australia to merge their respective development aid agencies into their foreign affairs and trade ministries are being followed closely amid fears that global poverty alleviation aims could be diluted and some of the poorest regions, such as…

‘Grand Convergence’ In Global Health Possible

Business Day Live: Grand convergence in global health is realizable Gavin Yamey, a professor in the Global Health Group at the University of California, San Francisco, and Helen Saxenian, a consultant at the Results for Development Institute “…By 2035, we could achieve a ‘grand convergence’ in global health, reducing preventable…

Kaiser Family Foundation Releases Infographic On U.S. Global Health Funding

The Kaiser Family Foundation has released “A Snapshot of U.S. Global Health Funding,” an infographic produced in partnership with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) as part of a monthly series. “This month’s Visualizing Health Policy infographic shows global health funding’s share of the U.S. federal budget, the…

Canada Announces Funding Contribution To Address Ebola Outbreak In West Africa

The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada on Friday “announced a joint funding contribution of $1,285,000 [CAD] to address the current outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa.” The agencies “will continue to work closely together with the WHO…

GAO Report Examines USAID’s Push For ‘Local Solutions’

Devex: Afghanistan, Pakistan programs skew USAID’s progress on ‘local solutions’ “A new report from the Government Accountability Office raises fundamental questions about U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah’s drive for ‘local solutions’ to pressing development challenges. Chief among them: What are local solutions, how is USAID keeping track…

Continued Violence In S. Sudan Exacerbating Humanitarian Crisis, Food Insecurity

News sources report on continuing violence and the resulting humanitarian crisis in South Sudan. Agence France-Presse: Gunmen storm S. Sudan U.N. base, wound dozens of civilians “Gunmen stormed a U.N. base in South Sudan Thursday, wounding dozens of civilians from a rival tribe in an ‘unprovoked’ attack before peacekeepers fought…

Blog Discusses Future Of Development Assistance For Global Health

Writing in the Health Affairs Blog, Jennifer Kates, vice president and director of Global Health & HIV Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, discusses findings from a new analysis by Dielemen et al. on global health funding. Kates notes the analysis raises “important questions about the future for policymakers, particularly those in…

U.S. Spends Billions On HIV Treatments Worldwide

Healthline: U.S. Pumps Billions of Dollars into HIV Care Worldwide “…[W]hat does it cost to keep so many people alive as well as clamp down on a public health crisis across the globe? And how is greater access to [antiretroviral therapy (ART)] being financed? The United States is footing a…

U.N., Aid Agencies Ask for $274M To Help CAR Refugees

News outlets report on relief agencies’ pleas for additional humanitarian aid funding for Central African Republic (CAR). New York Times: Central African Republic: Aid Sought for Those Fleeing Unrest “The United Nations refugee agency said Wednesday that it was working with 14 other humanitarian relief groups to seek $274 million…