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Aid Community Variously Affected By Government Shutdown, Devex Reports

“The immediate impact of a government shutdown on U.S. foreign aid programs is expected to be minimal, and guidance given to implementing partners suggests that almost all grants and contracts will continue to be funded for the foreseeable future,” Devex reports. “A longer-term shutdown, though, could delay payments to contractors…

Donor Funding For HIV/AIDS ‘Essentially Remained Flat Since 2008,’ Devex Reports

“[A] joint report from UNAIDS and the Kaiser Family Foundation reveals donor contributions to HIV and AIDS have essentially remained flat since 2008,” Devex reports. “The report also notes that total HIV and AIDS commitments among major donor countries decreased in 2012 — governments pledged to provide $8.8 billion in…

AVAC, amfAR Release Progress Report On Global Effort To End AIDS

AVAC and amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, on Friday released a new progress report (.pdf) following up on the release of the Action Agenda to End AIDS (.pdf), which was launched in July at the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), amfAR writes on its webpage. “The Action Agenda…

Rep. Lee Reflects On Her Attendance At U.N. General Assembly

In a San Francisco Chronicle opinion piece, Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) reflects on her attendance at the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly. “Every year since the early days of the United Nations, two representatives have been sent from Congress to participate in the U.N. General Assembly,” she notes,…

USAID Issues Statement Addressing Prospect Of Government Shutdown

USAID “has reassured contractors and grantees that a possible government shutdown on Monday is unlikely to impact their programming,” Devex reports. “In a statement issued Friday, [USAID Senior Procurement Executive Aman Djahanbani] suggested that ‘the majority’ of the agency’s grants and contracts ‘are not dependent on additional appropriations,'” the news…

Benchmarks Of Global Health Program Success Should Include Impact Measurements

Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and a research fellow with the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Yuna Sakuma, a research assistant at CGD, write in the center’s “Global Health Policy” blog about Glassman’s recent opinion piece in The Guardian and why she is “critical of using indicators…

Rep. Clarke Introduces Global Sexual And Reproductive Health Act

“[T]he Obama administration has made up a lot of ground in boosting women’s health globally — both on policy and funding — that was lost during the previous administration. But our current foreign aid falls short of supporting a more comprehensive program for sexual and reproductive health,” Rep. Yvette Clarke…

New Innovations In Contraception Essential For Women’s Health

Noting “222 million women have an unmet need for modern contraceptive methods” and summarizing some of the reasons for this lack of access, Judy Manning, health development officer with USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health, and Zeda Rosenberg, CEO of the International Partnership for Microbicides, write in the Carnegie…

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