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Poor Governance Is No Excuse For Withholding Aid

Recent improvements in health indicators in the Democratic Republic of Congo, “[i]n no small part, … are connected to the rollout of basic health services,” even at a time when the country’s economy is shrinking and its population is growing, Charles Kenny, a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, writes in his Foreign Policy column.

U.N. Official Calls For Additional Food Aid For North Korea

Valerie Amos, head of the U.N. Office of Coordination for Humanitarian Affairs, on Friday “plead[ed] with international donors to overlook political difficulties in the face of a humanitarian crisis” in North Korea, where she said it is estimated six million people are in danger of not getting enough to eat, Agence France-Presse reports.

House Passes Agriculture Spending Bill

“The House on Thursday afternoon approved the Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration and Related Agencies Appropriations Act by a 217-203 vote,” The Hill’s “Floor Action Blog” reports. A day earlier, the House “rejected several amendments from Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.) to cut the Food for Peace program, the International Food for Education and Child Nutrition program, and make further cuts to [the Women, Infants and Children program],” the blog notes (Kasperowicz, 6/16).

Economist Examines Decade Of Changes In Vaccine Field

The Economist examines how “the past decade has seen changes in how vaccines are developed, financed and delivered – solving, at least partially, the conundrum of the vaccine market: poor regions have ample demand for vaccines but little ability to pay for them. As a result, immunisation rates in the poor world have soared.”

More Money Needed To Fight Health Issues

“I can’t help worrying that, as donors slap themselves on the back over their generosity [shown through pledges to the GAVI Alliance] …, their feelgood factor will turn into a warm glow of satisfaction at having played out their part. Problem solved,” Sarah Boseley writes on the Guardian’s “Global Health Blog.” “What…

Budget Talks To Focus On Potential Foreign Aid Cuts Among Other Issues

White House budget talks entered a new phase on Tuesday “as the deficit reduction group led by Vice President Biden” started debate about “sensitive issues that they have purposely sidestepped during their six earlier meetings. At the top of the agenda for the next three days: deep cuts on domestic spending and foreign aid and imposing a dollar limit on federal spending,” the Washington Post’s “Political Economy” blog reports (Cha/Halzack, 6/14).

UK Should Continue To Provide Aid To India, Parliamentary Report Says

Despite enormous economic gains over the past 25 years, Britain should continue to provide aid to India until 2015 to ensure the country meets the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a cross-party report published by the House of Commons international development committee on Tuesday, the Guardian reports.