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USAID, Private Companies To Donate $6.5M To Create Social Investment Tool

A group of public and private organizations – including Deloitte, Prudential Financial, the Rockefeller Foundation and USAID – will donate $6.5 million to expand the Global Impact Investment Rating System (GIIRS) so that it evaluates the social impact of investments, the Financial Times reports. The tool will widen its geographical reach and establish…

CQ Examines Foreign Aid Budget

CQ examines the challenges involved with passing the Obama administration’s FY 2011 “budget request for the State Department and foreign operations.” Though eight former secretaries of state recently urged Congress not to cut foreign aid, “lawmakers and aides involved in the appropriations process say that getting President [Barack] Obama all the money he wants will be a really tough sell.”

Recent Releases In Global Health

Lancet Comment Calls For Global Plan For Justice In Response To Health Inequalities A Lancet Comment appeals for “an international call to action through a global plan for justice—a voluntary compact between states and their partners” to help meet the health needs of people living in developing countries. Such a…

Report: Conditions In Zambian Prisons Fueling Spread Of HIV, TB

“Conditions in Zambia’s prisons are so overcrowded and medical care so inadequate that they are breeding grounds for disease and pose a serious threat to public health, says a new report by Human Rights Watch, produced in association with the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa and the Prisons Care and Counselling Association,” BMJ News reports. “Researchers report that similar conditions prevail in much of Africa, where prisons risk becoming reservoirs of HIV and drug resistant tuberculosis”(Moszynski, 4/27).

Canadian Leaders Focus On Hunger, Disease Prevention At G8 Meeting

G8 countries should make use of low-cost, effective tools to prevent hunger, disease and premature deaths among women and children in developing countries, Bev Oda, Canada’s international cooperation minister, said on Tuesday. Leaders defended Canada’s pledge not to fund abortions in the developing world.