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Australian Government Commits $358M In Aid To Asia-Pacific Region For Attainment Of 3 MDGs

“The Australian government has committed A$390.9 million (around $358 million) through its AusAID program to help countries in the Asia-Pacific region attain three Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) — poverty and hunger, universal education and maternal health,” SciDev.Net reports. “The aid, spread over four years, will finance nutrient supplements and supplementary…

Working Paper Discusses Universal Health Coverage

A post in the Medicus Mundi International Network (MMI) blog describes a working paper (.pdf) “drafted by an ad hoc working group of the MMI Network and adopted by the MMI Board on August 13,” which “presents key elements of the concept of [universal health care (UHC)] as promoted by…

World Vision Publishes Background Paper On Food Aid

On Thursday, World Vision published a background paper on food aid and development assistance, which “are key tools to fight hunger and the food insecurity that causes chronic or emergency shortages of nutrition around the world,” the paper states. The background paper examines factors contributing to rising food prices, the…

The Guardian Examines Global Partnership On Effective Development Cooperation

The Guardian reports on the Global Partnership on Effective Development Cooperation, “the only forum for aid donors and recipients, emerging economies, civil society, the private sector and foundations to focus on the quality of development assistance.” Nearly two years after its unveiling at the 2011 Fourth High-Level Forum (HLF4) in…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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