One thousand economists have signed a letter calling on G20 finance ministers, who are meeting in Washington this week, to support the “so-called ‘Robin Hood tax’ or Tobin tax on transactions in financial markets,” the Guardian reports.
Programs, Funding & Financing
Financial support for population-related activities worldwide has not significantly increased since 2008, according to a report (.pdf) from U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to the U.N. Commission on Population and Development (CPD), Inter Press Service reports. The CPD is meeting this week.
Traditional Aid Groups Continue To Play A Vital Role In Disaster Areas In a post on the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog,” Joel Charny,Â vice president for humanitarian policy and practice at InterAction, highlights the role traditional aid groups play in disasters around the world, refuting the idea that the 2010 earthquake…
Over the past decade, humanitarian aid worker casualties have tripled, rising to more than 100 deaths per year, according to a report (.pdf) released Tuesday by the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance (OCHA), the Associated Press reports (Snow, 4/12).
Multiple news outlets examined the proposed reductions of the FY11 spending measure that was released on Tuesday.
Distribution Of Cholera Vaccine To High-Risk Populations In Haiti Could Reduce Infections, Death, Study Says
Administering cholera vaccines to people in Haiti who live in high-risk areas could drive down the number of cholera infections and deaths in the country, according to a study published Monday in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Nature News reports. The study is the latest to weigh in on the impact such vaccination efforts could have on reducing the spread of the disease, which has sickened 274,418 people and led to the deaths of 4,787 in Haiti, according to the publication (Brower, 4/11).
Poverty Footprint Analysis Is Just A Start “Carbon and water footprint measurements have become almost commonplace among large corporations …Â But these measurements only tell part of the story. The piece where a corporation mows down an entire village in the developing world to make way for a carbon-cutting wind farm…
Details Of Latest FY11 Continuing Resolution, Including State Department And Foreign Ops Cuts, Released
The House Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released details of the spending deal “struck with Senate Democrats and the White House to avert a government shutdown and cut nearly $40 billion in government spending,” CQ reports.
While in Brussels on Monday, Michel Kazatchkine, executive director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, spoke about the potential effects several countries’ decisions to temporarily suspend payments to the Geneva-based fund could have on recipient countries, Reuters reports.
Also In Global Health News: HIV/AIDS In Indonesia; Mobile Phone Application For Malaria; Film Festival; Results-Based Financing; Role Of Civil Society, Private Sector In Fighting HIV/AIDS
Reuters Examines Growing HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Indonesia Reuters examines the growing number of HIV/AIDS cases in Indonesia, where “widespread ignorance” about the disease and a government afraid of campaigning “effectively against it for fear of being accused by conservatives of promoting promiscuity” have helped fuel the epidemic. Currently, 300,000 Indonesians…