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Media Examine Potential Obama Administration Engagement With Africa In 2011, Foreign Policy Action On Capitol Hill

“President Barack Obama is quietly but strategically stepping up his outreach to Africa, using this year to increase his engagement with a continent that is personally meaningful to him and important to U.S. interests,” the Associated Press writes in a story looking at how the Obama administration might engage with African countries in the upcoming year.

IANS/Sify News Reports On International Aid Response To Haitian, Pakistani Disasters

“Nearly 260,000 people died in earthquakes, floods, typhoons, heatwaves, fires and landslides in 2010 – the worst toll since 1976 – compared with 15,000 last year, according to reinsurance company Swiss Re. Haiti and Pakistan stood out because of the massive death toll and millions of homeless, and the extent to which both countries tested the limits of international aid. In both countries, the collapsed infrastructure will take decades to rebuild, and the disasters likely set back development gains for generations,” IANS/Sify News writes in an article examining the fall out from the disasters in Haiti and Pakistan.

Financial Times Examines How Brazil’s State-Run Drug Sector Is Engaging In Partnerships At Home, Abroad

“Dilma Rousseff had barely been confirmed as Brazil’s new president in November when she made her first foreign visit, to Mozambique,” which “included a symbolic stop-off at a pharmaceutical factory that is under construction in preparation for opening in 2014. … The plant will produce a range of medicines for one of its leading lusophone – Portuguese-speaking – African partners, marking the resurgent power and growing reach of its sponsor, Brazil’s own state-led drug sector,” the Financial Times writes in an article that examines the partnerships Brazil is establishing at home and abroad.

Recent Releases In Global Health

The Problem With A ‘Robo Budget': In a post on “The Hill’s Congress Blog,” Senator Patrick Leahy, (D-Vt.), writes about the recent defeat of the omnibus bill, calling the passage of a continuing resolution a “robo budget” that is a “disservice.” According to Leahy: “The Omnibus would have funded global…

New York Times Reports On How Foreign Governments, Investors Are Pushing Some African Farmers Off Land

“Across Africa and the developing world, a new global land rush is gobbling up large expanses of arable land. Despite their ageless traditions, stunned villagers are discovering that African governments typically own their land and have been leasing it, often at bargain prices, to private investors and foreign governments for decades to come,” the New York Times writes in an article that examines the factors contributing to a growing interest in such land among investors.

New York Times Reports On Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges In Global Health Grant Program

The New York Times examines the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Grand Challenges in Global Health program, which gave a total of $450 million to 43 research projects over five years. “On drawing attention to ways that lives might be saved through scientific advances, I’d give us an A,” Bill Gates, co-founder of the foundation, said of the program in an interview with the newspaper. “But I thought some would be saving lives by now, and it’ll be more like in 10 years from now,” Gates said.