USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah outlined a “broad plan” for reforming the agency and discussed the “overarching themes that will guide USAID reform under his tenure” during a town-hall meeting on Wednesday, Foreign Policy’s blog, “The Cable,” reports.
Programs, Funding & Financing
Advocates Ask Donor Nations, African Governments To Maintain Health Commitments As WEF On Africa Starts
As the 2010 World Economic Forum on Africa begins Wednesday in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, advocates from more than 10 African countries plan to “stage a demonstration” highlighting the need for funding for HIV/AIDS and other diseases, health-e reports (Thom, 5/5).
A group of public and private organizations â€“Â including Deloitte, Prudential Financial, the Rockefeller Foundation andÂ USAID â€“Â 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 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.”
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 justiceâ€”a voluntary compact between states and their partners” to help meet the health needs of people living in developing countries. Such a…
Financial Times Reports On Challenges NGOs, Development Agencies Face When Partnering With Businesses
The Financial Times reports on some of the challenges non-governmental organizations and development agencies face as they grow more accustomed to partnerships with businesses.
Inter Press Service examines Uganda’s “controversial Counterfeit Goods Bill,” which some say will limit the public’s access to “life-saving generic medicines.”
G8 development ministers “agreed to a set of guiding principles [for Canada's G8 maternal and child health initiative] that leaves flexibility for countries to ‘build their basket of initiatives,'” Bev Oda, the Canadian minister for international cooperation, said at a closing news conference on Wednesday, the Toronto Star reports.
“As the Senate Foreign Relations Committee begins mark up today of the first foreign affairs authorization bill in five years, all eight living former U.S. Secretaries of State have written a letter [.pdf] urging Congress not to cut the international affairs budget,” Politico’s Laura Rozen writes on her blog.
“Conditions in Zambiaâ€™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).