“Much of the $19 billion in foreign aid that the United States has pumped into Afghanistan in the past decade may be fueling development on the ground in the short term, but is unlikely to produce change that will last once U.S. troops depart, according to a new congressional report,” the Christian Science Monitor reports (Mulrine, 6/8).
Programs, Funding & Financing
VOA News examines advocates’ concerns over funding levels for U.N. Women.
In this report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, released ahead of the GAVI Alliance pledging conference, authors Lisa Carty, J. Stephen Morrison, Margaret Reeves, and Amanda Glassman write, “Its many achievements notwithstanding, GAVI still needs a strategic approach in the coming years if it is to deepen…
Inter Press Service examines how “[m]oves by developed nations such as the United States to tighten intellectual property laws are threatening to limit production and distribution of generic drugs, which experts say have been and will remain key in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and currently account for 80…
The Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” examines the effects of the withdrawal of international aid and debt relief from Madagascar following the country’s last coup in 2009.
Oumar Ibrahim Toure, a former Malian health minister, “has been indicted for his role over the misuse of donor funds to fight malaria and tuberculosis in the poor West African nation, Mali’s supreme court said in a statement” on Thursday, Reuters reports.
Malawi’s health care system is “facing major setbacks” after the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) made its final aid disbursement to the country in March and decided not to renew a six-year spending commitment that ends this month, IRIN reports.
“Now is not the time for the United States â€“ or any other country â€“ to reduce spending on programs that deliver life-saving drugs at so tiny a cost,” a Des Moines Register editorial states, noting the relatively small cost of PEPFAR.
In his Washington Post column, Michael Gerson writes about British Prime Minister David Cameron’s approach to budget cuts.
More money, less waste and smarter programmes are urgently needed to consolidate precious gains in the war on AIDS and HIV, UNAIDS said” in a report released on Thursday ahead of the disease’s 30th anniversary and the beginning of the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS, Agence France-Presse reports.