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Australia Commits Additional Funds For Humanitarian Aid In S. Sudan

Australian Associated Press/The Guardian: Australia commits extra $7.8m humanitarian aid to South Sudan “Australia will provide an extra $7.8 million for South Sudan communities confronting the dire humanitarian crisis. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said that would take Australian aid to South Sudan to $50 million…” (4/11).

Country Ownership, Accountability Critical For Effective U.S. Development Policy

Devex: Charting a way forward on U.S. development policy George Ingram, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN); Carolyn Miles, president and CEO of Save the Children and MFAN co-chair; and Connie Veillette, senior fellow at the Lugar Center and MFAN co-chair…

Blog Post Examines IHME Report On Global Health Financing

A post in the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog examines the “Financing Global Health 2013: Transition in an Age of Austerity” report published by the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation. “While development assistance to middle and low-income countries for global health reached an all-time high last…

Development Partnership To Meet In Mexico; Group’s Report Notes Mixed Results

The Guardian: Global partnership gathers in Mexico amid faltering progress and skepticism “A gaggle of world leaders, diplomats, NGOs, corporate representatives, and think tanks will descend on a Mexico City conference center this week to continue their search for new solutions to old problems. According to the U.K.’s international development…

Foreign Aid Programs Can Boost Public Perceptions Of Donor Countries

Washington Post: Doing well by doing good: foreign aid improves opinions of the U.S. Benjamin Goldsmith of the University of Sydney; Yusaku Horiuchi of Dartmouth College; and Terence Wood of Australia National University “…A fundamental question … is whether helping the poor in recipient countries and bringing benefits to donor…

Oxfam America Guide Debunks False Notions About U.S. Foreign Aid

In a post for “Mom Bloggers for Social Good,” Jennifer James, founder of the website and a member of Oxfam America’s Sisters on the Planet, discusses American notions on how much the U.S. spends on foreign aid each year. She notes, “In a survey conducted last year by the Kaiser…

UNICEF Calls For Increased Investment In Syria’s Children

The Guardian: Syria’s children need guaranteed funding to prevent a ‘lost generation’ “The crisis in Syria, which has left 5.5 million children in need of urgent educational and psychological support, will become an even greater humanitarian catastrophe if the international community does not come up with three years’ guaranteed funding,…

U.S.-Funded Research On Ebola Treatments Shows Progress

CQ HealthBeat: U.S.-Funded Ebola Drugs Make Gains in Testing “While global health agencies confront the recent Ebola outbreak in western Africa, researchers funded by federal agencies are gaining ground in efforts to develop medicines to combat the deadly virus…” (Young, 4/11).

Cuts To U.S. Global, Domestic TB Program Funding Would Be Detrimental

The Hill: Not the time to reduce TB funding Gerald Friedland, professor at Yale School of Medicine and member of the scientific advisory committee for the Infectious Diseases Society of America’s Center for Global Health Policy “In testimony supporting the president’s budget request [last] week, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah asserted…

Humanitarian Aid System ‘Stretched To Breaking Point,’ U.K. Development Secretary Says

The Guardian: Justine Greening: global humanitarian aid system is near breaking point “The global humanitarian aid system is being ‘stretched to breaking point’ by climate change, war, population growth, and extremism, and must be overhauled to ensure that more is done to prepare for disasters rather than merely relieve them,…