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World Bank, Partner Countries, NGOs Launch Global Financing Facility For MCH

Media sources report on the formation of a new Global Financing Facility to address maternal and child health issues. Reuters: Donors launch $4 billion health fund to cut mother and child deaths “The World Bank has announced a new global fund to invest about $4 billion in health care for…

U.S. House Appropriators Approve Ebola Funding With Restriction; Top Republican On Senate Armed Services Committee Withholding Approval

News outlets report on congressional action to approve funding for U.S. Ebola efforts. Associated Press: Inhofe demands details before OK-ing Ebola funding “The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee is holding up money to fight Ebola until the Obama administration provides details on how the military would protect…

U.N. Discusses SDGs; Report Estimates Goal Monitoring To Cost $250B

News outlets report on the U.N.’s discussions surrounding the post-2015 development agenda and a new report estimating development goal monitoring will cost $250 billion. GlobalPost: At U.N. General Assembly, global health projects are big business “…While it is clear that the eight goals will not be met by the December…

Data, Resources Needed To Monitor Development Goals

The Guardian: Cost of gathering data on new development goals could be crippling Bjørn Lomborg, adjunct professor at the Copenhagen Business School and director of the Copenhagen Consensus Centre “For the past decade and a half, the world has made a few smart promises with the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs):…

Denmark, Netherlands Launch Fund To Support Sexual, Reproductive Health Groups

The Guardian: Denmark and Netherlands launch fund for sexual health groups “A €15m (£12m) fund to support small, grassroots organizations that are defending sexual and reproductive health and rights was launched in New York on Monday. The Amplify Change fund, financed by the Danish and Dutch governments, along with the…

Political, Financial Investments Critical To Keeping Up Momentum On MDGs

Devex: Ending poverty through sustainable development and leaving no one behind Amina Mohammed, U.N. secretary general’s special adviser on post-2015 development planning, and Winnie Byanyima, executive director of Oxfam International “As two African women and development leaders deeply involved in efforts to irreversibly end poverty and set the world on…

WFP Head Warns Global Food Aid Demand Outpacing Resources

News outlets report on warnings from the World Food Programme that worldwide demand for food aid is overwhelming its resources. Associated Press: U.N. says there’s unprecedented demand for food aid “The World Food Programme’s top official said it’s unprecedented that the U.N. aid agency finds itself simultaneously responding to half…

Bill Gates Pledges To Match $100K For Water In Ethiopia

TIME: John Green and Bill Gates Are Teaming Up to Bring Clean Water to Ethiopia “…[Author John] Green’s biggest fans call themselves ‘Nerdfighters,’ those whose goal in life is to, in Green’s words, ‘decrease world suck,’ and [Bill] Gates seems to have joined the bandwagon, pledging to match the $100,000…

U.S. Announces Additional Funding For Gender-Based Violence Initiative

U.S. Department of State: U.S. Funding for Safe From the Start Announced at the Call to Action on Protection from Gender-Based Violence in Emergencies On Monday, Secretary of State John Kerry “announced that the United States is making available an additional $12 million for Safe from the Start to strengthen…

Bill, Melinda Gates Meet With Indian Government To Discuss Development Efforts

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s “Impatient Optimists”: Bill and Melinda Shine a Light on India’s Progress and Offer Hand in Partnership Girindre Beeharry, director of the Gates Foundation’s India Country office, discusses the recent visit of Bill and Melinda Gates — the foundation’s co-chairs — to India and their meetings…