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USAID, Rockefeller Foundation Launch $100M Fund For Disaster Resiliency In Asia, Africa

News outlets report on a new partnership between USAID and the Rockefeller Foundation to help Asia and Africa better cope with disasters and crises. Thomson Reuters Foundation: USAID, Rockefeller launch $100 million climate resilience fund for Asia, Africa “A $100 million fund launched by two U.S. organizations on Tuesday aims…

Financial Commitments To Improve Agriculture Can Help Prevent Food Crises

Devex: We can prevent another food price crisis Josh Lozman, deputy director of program advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…This year, African leaders have recommitted to investing in agriculture at their annual leaders’ summit, but there is currently a significant financing gap toward these plans. The support…

Humanitarian Funding Reaches Record High But Gaps Remain

IRIN: Donors giving more but needs are greater than ever “Humanitarian funding reached a record US$22 billion in 2013, yet almost a third of needs remained unmet, according to data recently released by the U.K.-based think tank Global Humanitarian Assistance Programme’s Development Initiatives…” (7/14).

Shah Speaks About Impact Investing In Forbes Interview

Forbes: USAID, Pope Francis, And Impact Investing In an interview, Forbes contributor Rahim Kanani speaks with USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah about his “participation in last month’s impact investing conference at the Vatican, how USAID harnesses private capital to fight poverty, the future of impact investing, and more…” (Kanani, 7/11).

U.N. Set To Address Aid Delivery In Syria, Asks Europe To Help More Refugees

News outlets report on the ongoing crisis in Syria, where aid delivery is hampered by fighting. New York Times: Bid to Deliver Aid to Syria May Set Stage for a U.N. Clash “The United Nations Security Council was potentially headed for a showdown on Monday over getting food and medicine…

IRIN Examines MSF Report On Aid Community’s Response To Humanitarian Crises

IRIN: How flawed are current aid responses? “Last week, international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released a hard-hitting report, Where is everyone?, outlining a number of severe shortcomings in the international aid community’s response to humanitarian crises…” (Siegfried, 7/15).

BRICS Nations Form New Development Bank

News outlets report on the establishment of a new development bank by the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa). Agence France-Presse: BRICS, South American leaders seek alternative to U.S. influence “Leaders of the BRICS group of emerging powers will hold a summit Wednesday with South American presidents,…

South Sudan Conflict Causes Surge In Malnutrition, Aid To Fall Short

News outlets report on the ongoing conflict in South Sudan and its worsening hunger and aid crisis. Agence France-Presse/News24: At least 7 million need aid in Sudan “Worsening conflict in Darfur and an influx of people fleeing war in South Sudan helped push to almost seven million the number needing…

World Bank Reinforces Commitment To Philippine Development With Increased Funding

Devex: Jim Kim: Healthy, educated people center to development “The World Bank reinforced on Tuesday its commitment to Philippine development with a new country partnership strategy focused on hard and soft infrastructure amounting to more than $4 billion in the next four years. And this time, the goal is to…