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U.K. Umbrella Aid Group Launches Unprecedented Funding Appeal For Ebola

News outlets report that Britain’s Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) has launched an appeal to raise funds to fight Ebola, making this the first time the group has sought to raise money in response to a disease outbreak. The Guardian: Ebola crisis: DEC launches unprecedented appeal for public help “The Disasters Emergency…

U.S., Germany To Provide Humanitarian Assistance For Syrian Refugees

News outlets report on U.S. and German humanitarian aid pledges for Syrian refugees in Middle East host nations. The Hill: U.S. pledges $10M more to aid Syrian refugees “The United States will provide an additional $10 million in humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees, the State Department announced Tuesday. The new…

Devex Series Continues To Examine Ways To Advance Global Health

The following opinion pieces are part of Devex’s new #HealthyMeans series examining ideas to advance global health outcomes. Devex: For-profit health care: Eliminate, tolerate or stimulate? Marty Finnegan, a consultant focused on building and strengthening social enterprises “…Policy choices range from eliminating the involvement of the private sector in health…

Guardian Launches Interactive Ebola Funding Tracker

The Guardian: Ebola funding tracker — interactive “Actual payments fall significantly short of amounts pledged … to fight Ebola. Our interactive tracks daily the total contributions pledged by countries and organizations, and records what has actually been paid out towards the U.N. target of $988m…” (Galatsidas, 10/28).

International Community Steps Up Efforts Against Ebola

Associated Press: International community ramps up Africa Ebola aid “…Accra, the capital of Ghana, has become the main staging area and headquarters for the U.N. Mission for Ebola Emergency Response, or UNMEER. The establishment in September of what the U.N. describes as its first-ever emergency health mission comes as international…

Global Leaders Pledge $8B To Spur Development In Horn Of Africa

News outlets report on new commitments to help spur development in the Horn of Africa. U.N. News Centre: U.N.’s Ban, global leaders join forces in multi-billion dollar Horn of Africa pledge “Spearheading a high-level delegation of global and regional leaders in a visit to the Horn of Africa, United Nations…

Blog Examines Ebola Donor Contributions, Calls for Better Data, Accountability

Center for Global Development’s “Global Health Policy Blog”: How Much Is Actually Being Spent on Ebola? Amanda Glassman, senior fellow and director of global health policy at CGD, examines donor funding for Ebola and the discrepancies in reported funding among information sources. She writes, “The importance of reliable information about…

Private Finance, Policy Shifts Needed For Sustainable Development

The Guardian: $2.5tn shortfall for sustainable development in developing countries Paul Hohnen, independent consultant, associate fellow of Chatham House, and participant of the 2014 World Investment Forum “At the level of international agenda-setting for the rest of the century, 2015 is shaping up to be a big year. Possibly the…