Reuters AlertNet analysizes a recent debate that addressed the complexities and challenges associated with humanitarian aid. The panel included two authors who have written about the topic. “Humanitarian principles and the reality of delivering aid in poor and often lawless environments create real dilemmas for relief workers, difficulties discussed in two recently published books, ‘War Games: The Story of Aid and War in Modern Times’ by journalist Linda Polman and ‘The Thin Blue Line: How Humanitarianism Went to War’ by aid worker Conor Foley,” the news service writes.
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During a meeting with women ministers from Afghanistan on Thursday, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton “promised aid for female education, maternal and other health services, protection of women from violence, and for enhancing their roles in agriculture and the economy,” Agence France-Presse reports.
The Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday unanimously voted to approve a $59 billion war funding measure that includes “more than $5 billion to replenish disaster aid accounts, as well as funding for Haitian earthquake relief,” the Associated Press reports (Taylor, 5/13).
“India and Brazil launched a trade dispute against the European Union and the Netherlands on Wednesday, saying their seizures of generic drugs were hurting healthcare in poor countries and disrupting international trade,” Reuters reports. “India said the repeated seizures were based on allegations of the infringement of intellectual property rights in the country of transit, even though the generic drugs in question were legal in their countries of origin and destination,” according to the news service.
TIME reports on the recent efforts of a “young Florida businessman” who started a project “to collect a million shirts and send them to poor people in Africa.” The project elicited a range of responses from people in the aid world who have been debating “the best and worst ways to deliver charity, or whether to give at all.” The magazine examines these different perspectives.
A recent report (.pdf) by Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) and Oxfam International warns “that the global campaign to vaccinate children in poor countries is being hampered by high prices and is facing an acute funding crisis,” BMJ News reports.
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Gates Foundation Signs Cooperative Agreement To Improve Health Care In Indian State The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on Wednesday signed a cooperative agreement with the Indian state of Bihar that “aims to improve and increase the availability, quality and utilisation of health care facilities and services,” the ANI/Economic Times…
“Arab countries need to invest some $144 billion in agriculture over the next 20 years to meet the food demands of the growing population, an Arab agricultural organization has said,” the Media Line/All Headline News reports in a piece that examines the contributing factors to gaps in food security in the region.
World Bank Announces Five-Year Plan To Reduce Maternal Deaths, Fertility Rates In 58 Low-Income Countries
During the release of its five-year plan to help drive down high maternal death and fertility rates in low-income countries, the World Bank on Tuesday said “that family planning and other reproductive health services have fallen off the radar of many governments, donors and aid agencies,” Reuters reports.
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U.S. Aid To Pakistan; Anti-Polio Efforts Politico examines the debate over how the U.S. should spend its aid to Pakistan, which has “new urgency after the Times Square car bomb attempt May 1.” According to Politico, “[m]ajor U.S. investments are now envisioned in energy, agriculture and education. The article looks…