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U.S. Aid Transparency Review Examines American Development Assistance

Publish What You Fund: Despite progress, U.S. continues to fail aid transparency commitments “Lack of aid transparency by main U.S. government agencies is hindering development outcomes in some of the poorest countries in the world, says Publish What You Fund’s [2015 U.S. Aid Transparency Review]. … It finds that USAID…

More Funding Should Be Allocated To Directly Improve Health Systems In Africa

American Journal of Public Health: Health and Justice in a Time of Austerity James Pfeiffer, executive director of Health Alliance International (HAI) and professor with the Department of Global Health at the University of Washington “…Even in a time of exponential growth in aid for health, only a trickle finds…

WFP To Scale Up Food Aid To Eastern Ukraine, U.N. Says

U.N. News Centre: Ukraine: U.N. scales up food assistance in country’s crisis torn eastern region “The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said [Wednesday] it will scale up its emergency operation in eastern Ukraine to provide 500,000 conflict-affected people in the region with food assistance until the end of the…

International Trade Can Play Critical Role In Ending Extreme Poverty

The Guardian: Making international trade work for the world’s poorest Jim Yong Kim, president of the World Bank Group, and Robert Azevêdo, director general of the World Trade Organization “…[T]he World Bank and the World Trade Organization — the world’s largest multilateral development and trade organizations — believe a series…

UNFPA Launches New Transparency Portal To Track Financial Data

Devex: UNFPA support: Where is the money going and coming from? “Last week, the United Nations Population Fund launched a transparency portal that shows important information about how the U.N. agency spent contributions from its donors in 2014. While UNFPA — which is not funded by the U.N. regular budget…

Continued Violence In Syria Blocks Humanitarian Access To Those In Need, U.N. Relief Official Says

U.N. News Centre: Syria: deputy U.N. relief chief urges political solution amid ‘extremely challenging’ humanitarian crisis “Humanitarian access to civilians trapped by the Syrian conflict is being increasingly obstructed by the ongoing fighting in the country and a shortfall in critical funding, [Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-Wha Kang] warned…

G7, G20 Governments Should Intensify Efforts To Address Antimicrobial Resistance

Project Syndicate: Squashing the Superbugs Jim O’Neill, commercial secretary to the U.K. Treasury and chair of the Review on Antimicrobial Resistance “…With the G7 leaders having committed, in a recent joint declaration, to tackle ‘antimicrobial resistance’ (AMR), it is time for the more inclusive G20 — and China, as it…

Access To Various Financial Tools Needed For Nations To Wisely Fund SDGs

Forbes: Financing The U.N.’s Sustainable Development Goals Aron Betru, CEO of Financing for Development Corp (F4D), and Paige Robson, special projects and communications manager at F4D “…Unsurprisingly, the question of just how much capital will need to be raised to implement the SDGs (and, subsequently, how much of that need…