Advocates at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal, “launched a campaign Tuesday to end financial secrecy in tax havens by multinationals they say deprive developing countries of enormous sums of money,” Agence France-Presse reports (Boutreaux, 2/8).
Programs, Funding & Financing
House Appropriations Committee Approves $32B Budget Cut, Reducing Foreign Aid, Domestic Spending For FY11
The House Appropriations Committee “voted, 27-22, Tuesday evening to move ahead with Republican plans for cutting” $32 billion “from domestic and foreign aid spending over the last seven months of this fiscal year,” Politico reports (Rogers, 2/8).
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met Thursday with Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), the new House Budget Committee chair, “to set out her objections to the House Republicans’ deficit-cutting plans,” the Financial Times reports. Obama administration officials and congressional Democrats argue that Republican’s proposed budget cuts “will reduce U.S. influence throughout the world … and cost lives in Africa and beyond,” the newspaper writes in a story outlining the different perspectives over how far budget cuts should go.
Foreign Aid, Antipoverty Advocates, Others Must Back Deficit Commission Report Efforts To Restore Budget Choices “Over the past few weeks, I’ve had a chance to interview some amazing people,” ranging from Bill Gates to scientists and teachers, who are all concerned about impending budget cuts,Â the New York Times’ David Brooks…
The Future Of Global Health Journalism:Â This reportÂ for the Kaiser Family Foundation found that shrinking newsroom budgets and the closing of many foreign bureaus are curtailing global health coverage within traditional news media outlets. Advocacy and nongovernmental organizations are increasingly bypassing news outlets and producing their own content, leading to questions…
Data from the World Food Program (WFP) â€“ available ahead of the release of its annual report â€“ shows the cost of feeding people around the world “increased markedly in 2010 as rising grain prices pushed up the cost of staple foods,” the Wall Street Journal reports.
A two-day summit of the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF) in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, concluded on Wednesday with African leaders calling for stronger “efforts in building capacity that goes beyond achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) target of 2015,” the New Times reports.
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Oxfam ReportÂ Says Aid Money Being Used To Promote Military, Security Objectives Donor countries “are ‘increasingly concentrating’ both humanitarian and development aid on countries and regions seen to threaten their own immediate security interests, while neglecting other equally insecure, impoverished and conflict-afflicted places,” the humanitarian group Oxfam said in a report…
House Republicans on Wednesday released a list of 70 proposed budget cuts to be debated next week as Congress must vote to “fund the government past March, when the current temporary budget expires,” USA Today’s “On Politics” blog reports (Camia, 2/9).
“President Barack Obama will send Congress a ‘tough choices’ budget next week that would cut some of his own programs in the environment, community development and services for the poor to rein in the deficit,” Jacob Lew, the White House budget director, wrote recently in a New York Times opinion piece, Bloomberg reports.