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Focus On Realistic Goals Essential For Establishing SDGs

Business Day: Setting the right global goals Bjorn Lomborg, director of Copenhagen Consensus Center and adjunct professor at Copenhagen Business School “…The ultimate decision about which targets to set for the coming 15 years is a complex and deeply political discussion, and advice from economists will not magically resolve all…

Global Community Must Reevaluate Humanitarian Goals

The Guardian: David Miliband: the humanitarian response must be fit for new crises David Miliband, president and CEO of International Rescue Committee and former U.K. foreign secretary “…Humanitarian goals (HuGos) could help tackle four fundamental issues. First, they could focus attention and resources on what the humanitarian system is trying…

Australian Government To Cut Aid Spending; Sachs Says Cuts Unacceptable

Media outlets report on the Australian government’s decision to cut aid spending. Devex: DFAT staffing cuts — brain drain (or gain) for Australian aid? “It is less than two months before the July 1 deadline set by the Abbott government in Australia to complete the integration process of the now-defunct…

Donors Must Step Up Efforts In S. Sudan ‘To Save This Generation’

Huffington Post: South Sudan: We Must Not Miss This Opportunity to Save Lives Toby Lanzer, U.N. assistant secretary-general and in Juba, South Sudan as deputy special representative and development and humanitarian coordinator “On 9 May, South Sudanese leaders signed an ‘Agreement to Resolve the Crisis’ that has gripped their country…

Kenya Receives $2M Donation For Obstetric Fistula Treatment; U.N. Calls For End To Injury

Media outlets report on Kenya’s receipt of a $2 million donation to treat obstetric fistula and the U.N.’s call to eradicate the injury. Thomson Reuters Foundation: Kenya gets ‘game changing’ record donation for fistula treatment “A ‘game changing’ $2 million donation will help Kenyan surgeons to give 1,200 women life-transforming…

Canada Keeps Focus On Maternal, Child Health

The Globe and Mail features two stories discussing Canadian efforts to improve maternal and child health, including the upcoming Saving Every Woman Every Child summit. Globe and Mail: Canada keeps its funding promises for world maternal and child health “…Ottawa is on track to spend some $2.85 billion [US$2.6 billion]…

Celebrating $12B Pledge, Global Fund Looks Ahead With ‘Collective Resolution’

Huffington Post: Reason to Celebrate in the New Year: $12 Billion to Fight AIDS, TB & Malaria Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria The Global Fund’s replenishment conference in December raised $12 billion, “the largest amount ever committed to fight the three…

Congress Releases FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Including Global Health Program Funding

The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations on Monday announced the release of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014” (HR 3547), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. Washington Post: Lawmakers unveil massive $1.1 trillion spending bill in bipartisan compromise “Congressional negotiators unveiled a $1.1 trillion funding bill late Monday…

GlobalPost Examines U.S. Spending In Haiti Since 2010 Earthquake

GlobalPost: Four years after the Haiti earthquake, what have billions in U.S. aid bought? “In the four years since Haiti’s disastrous earthquake, the United States has promised $3.6 billion in aid, at least $2.8 billion of which has already been spent. Has it helped? GlobalPost examined more than one dozen…

WFP Concerned Over Cuts To Food Aid In Zimbabwe

News outlets report on the World Food Programme’s (WFP) food aid cuts due to lack of funding. Reuters: WFP forced to cut food aid to 1 million Zimbabweans “A million Zimbabweans benefiting from United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) aid are facing hunger due to a lack of funding that…