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‘High-Quality Aid’ Can ‘Save Lives And Promote Development’

Foreign Policy: The Case for Aid Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University “…As experience demonstrates, it is possible to use our reason, management know-how, technology, and learning by doing to design highly effective aid programs that save lives and promote development. This should be done in…

U.N. Releases $86M In Humanitarian Aid For 10 Countries

U.N. News Centre: U.N. releases $86 million in humanitarian aid for ‘neglected crises’ in 10 countries “The United Nations announced the allocation today of $86 million for emergency aid operations in some of the world’s worst, yet most neglected crises, allowing life-saving relief work to continue in 10 countries where…

Devex Reports Congress Divided Over Issue Of Aid ‘Localization’ For USAID

Devex: U.S. Congress sending mixed messages on aid ‘localization’ “If the U.S. Agency for International Development is looking for clear signals from Congress on whether or not lawmakers support the agency’s efforts to direct more of its funding to local organizations, the spending bill approved on Thursday by the Senate…

Blog, Feature Examine Role Of Aid In Haiti Since 2010 Earthquake

“…Looking at the four years that have elapsed since a violent earthquake shook Haiti to its core in 2010, the Center for Economic and Policy Research’s Jake Johnston shows in painstaking detail how American corruption played a huge role in Haiti’s faltering reconstruction process,” journalist Ansel Herz writes in Humanosphere.…

Omnibus Appropriations Bill Has Mixed Results For Global Health, Blog Says

Writing about the omnibus appropriations bill released this week by Congress, Nick Taylor, senior program assistant at the Global Health Technologies Coalition, writes in the group’s “Breakthroughs” blog, “…Funding for many accounts that fund research for new global health tools — such as those at the U.S. Agency for International…

U.N. Fears Genocide In CAR, Appeals For More Assistance

News outlets examine the worsening humanitarian situation in Central African Republic (CAR). U.N. officials express fear over possible genocide, while food aid and funding assistance to the country remain limited. Agence France-Presse: U.N. fears ‘genocide’ in C. Africa: humanitarian chief “The spiraling violence in the Central African Republic could turn…

U.N. Says Syrian Crisis Threatening MDG Progress In Arab Region

Inter Press Service: Syrian Crisis Threatens Development in Arab World “The widespread sectarian violence and ongoing military conflicts in several political hotspots, including Syria, Iraq and Lebanon, have not only claimed thousands of human lives and devastated fragile economies but also undermined the U.N.’s longstanding plans to eradicate hunger and…

Guinea Worm Disease Nears Eradication

News outlets report on the progress of eradicating Guinea worm, saying that the steep decline in cases indicates that eradication of the parasite is reachable. Carter Center: 148 Cases of Guinea Worm Disease Remain Worldwide “The Carter Center announced today that 148 Guinea worm cases were reported worldwide in 2013.…

Researcher Discusses Need For USAID Support Of Microbicide R&D

In its fourth and final post in its series highlighting the impact of USAID’s commitment to global health research and development (R&D), the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog features an interview with Cynthia Gama, “a principal investigator with MatCH [who] works with the International Partnership for Microbicides (IPM) in…

Report Examines PEPFAR Transition In South Africa

Health GAP and its partners on Wednesday released a report that “looks at the PEPFAR ‘transition’ in [South Africa] — moving from ‘directly supporting’ over one million people on ARV treatment in South Africa in early 2011 to a near complete withdrawal from support for ‘direct services.’ … The report…

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