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State Department Disagrees With SIGAR Report On Funding For Afghanistan

News agencies report on a new report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction and the State Department’s response to allegations of funding misuse. Associated Press/Washington Post: Watchdog points finger at USAID over Afghanistan “Money is still flowing to Afghan ministries from the U.S. Agency for International Development despite…

U.S. Continues To Support Humanitarian Efforts In CAR

In a post on the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, USAID Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg describes a recent trip to Central African Republic (CAR), where conflict has caused “the suffering of the more than one million women, children, and men who have been forced from their homes as a result of…

Facing $1B Funding Shortfall, WFP Scales Back Projects In Some Countries

News outlets report on funding shortages at the World Food Programme, which are causing the U.N. organization to scale back operations in some countries. Agence France-Presse/South China Morning Post: U.N. World Food Programme scales back projects to feed the hungry “The U.N.’s World Food Programme (WFP) is scaling back projects…

India Donates To GAVI For First Time, Commits $4 Million To Programs

News outlets report on the GAVI Alliance’s announcement that India will commit $4 million to its vaccination and immunization programs. The Hindu: India to donate $4 million to GAVI Alliance “India has committed itself to contributing $4 million over the next four years to GAVI Alliance to immunize children worldwide…

E.U. To Provide $190M In Humanitarian Aid To Sahel Countries

News outlets report the European Union will support humanitarian assistance programs to African Sahel countries. RTT News: E.U. Announces EUR142 Million In Humanitarian Aid To Sahel Crisis “The European Commission on Monday announced that it will give EUR142 million in humanitarian funds to the Sahel region of Africa in 2014,…

Help ‘Stop The Myth’ On Foreign Aid

Devex: It’s our responsibility to #stopthemyth on foreign aid Joe Cerrell, managing director for global policy and advocacy at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation “…One constant refrain about aid that I’ve heard — particularly in more recent years living in Europe — is this: ‘We have to choose between…

Blog Examines Conundrum In Using ‘Scientific Data’ To Evaluate Development Aid

Development blogger Tom Paulson writes in Humanosphere about recent discussions on the effectiveness of development aid. “There’s a popular trend today among many humanitarians, aka the aid and development sector, to try to show the benefit of their projects — be it digging a well, feeding kids or improving access…

amfAR Launches ‘Countdown To A Cure For HIV/AIDS’ Initiative

amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research on Tuesday announced its “Countdown to a Cure” initiative, “a research initiative aimed at finding a broadly applicable cure for HIV by 2020. ‘Countdown to a Cure’ is designed to intensify amfAR’s cure-focused HIV research program with plans to strategically invest $100 million in…

USAID, U.N. Introduce Humanitarian Development Plans In Sahel Region

News outlets report on USAID’s new humanitarian initiative, Resilience in the Sahel Enhanced (RISE), as well as the U.N.’s announcement of a three-year response plan in the region. IIP Digital: USAID Commits New Funds to Help Sahel Nations Build Resilience “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has allocated $130…