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E.U. Pledges $431M To UNICEF To Improve Maternal, Child Health

News outlets report that the European Union has pledged more than $400 million to UNICEF to improve maternal and child health. EurActiv: E.U. donates €320 million to UNICEF for child health, nutrition “The European Union announced yesterday (4 February) that it will give €320 million to UNICEF for projects tackling…

More Aid Needed To Tackle Zimbabwe’s Food Shortage, WFP Says

Deutsche Welle: More aid needed to stave off hunger in Zimbabwe “An estimated two million people in Zimbabwe are said to be facing starvation. The World Food Programme (WFP) has been finding it hard to raise funds to ease their situation due to demands from more recent crisis regions on…

USAID Operating Budget ‘Could Get Rocky’ Beyond 2014, Devex Reports

Devex: USAID looks ahead to uncertain operating budget “The U.S. Agency for International Development will ‘exhaust’ this year any carryover funding it has to help offset operating expenses budget cuts included in the fiscal year 2014 omnibus bill, according to an agency official. That means things could get rocky in 2015…

U.S. To Announce About $300M In Aid To Afghanistan

News outlets report on an expected announcement from the Obama administration regarding aid to Afghanistan. Bloomberg: Afghanistan Aid of $300 Million Pledged by U.S. Agency “The U.S. is proposing almost $300 million in new aid programs over five years for Afghanistan in an effort to stabilize the economy and offset…

Establish Global ‘Super Fund’ To Support Children In Conflict Zones

Huffington Post: Sad Faces, Sad Futures and a Recipe for Change Harry Leibowitz, co-founder and board chair at World of Children “…All [children in conflict zones] want is to grow up in peace and have a chance at life. Instead, they are forced to suffer in horrendous conditions and are,…

Gates Pushed Congress To Increase Polio Eradication Funding

Los Angeles Times: Bill Gates: The world is better than ever Doyle McManus, columnist at the Los Angeles Times “Bill Gates wants you to feel much better about the future of mankind. Things are looking up, he says, way up. … Fewer children are dying from preventable diseases, thanks partly…

USAID Administrator Shah Says New Farm Law Will Feed More Abroad

Associated Press/Washington Post: USAID says new farm law to boost food aid abroad “U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah says changes to the way the United States distributes food aid could help feed 800,000 more people abroad, many of them Syrian refugees. The changes come in a wide-ranging…

USAID Continues To Pursue Country Strategies Under Reform Agenda

Devex: USAID continues country strategy rollout, pushes deadline to end of 2014 “In line with its USAID Forward reform agenda, which aims to transform the way the largest U.S. aid agency does business, the U.S. Agency for International Development continues to prepare five-year country development cooperation strategies for the 64…

Rwanda, Global Fund Sign $204M Grant To Fight HIV

On Monday, “Rwanda signed a $204 million (around Rwf 138 bn) grant with the Global Fund for implementation of the five-year national strategic plan (2013-2018) to curb HIV/AIDS through this innovative financing mechanism. The innovative approach is expected to significantly contribute to improve the efficiency of the fight against HIV…