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UK Should Continue To Provide Aid To India, Parliamentary Report Says

Despite enormous economic gains over the past 25 years, Britain should continue to provide aid to India until 2015 to ensure the country meets the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to a cross-party report published by the House of Commons international development committee on Tuesday, the Guardian reports.

Panel Discusses Funding For Universal Access To HIV Treatment

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog includes a summary of a recent Global Fund meeting on HIV financing. “The most dynamic and passionate remarks came from Morolake Odetoyinbo, CEO of the non-governmental organization Positive Action for Treatment Access in Nigeria and a woman living with HIV/AIDS. She argued…

Providing Aid Is Not An Overly Generous Act

Noting that aid “has mixed impacts,” Jonathan Glennie, a research fellow with the Overseas Development Institute, writes in the Guardian’s “Poverty Matters Blog” that “there is one argument against aid that we need to tackle head on; the idea that we cannot afford aid, that we are being over-generous, especially in a time of cuts at home.”

Editorial, Opinion Pieces Respond To GAVI Pledging Conference

Editorials and opinion pieces are responding to the GAVI Alliance pledging conference, which raised $4.3 billion for childhood vaccinations. The following is a summary of some of those pieces: Financial Times: Boosting vaccines: The editorial calls on GAVI to review its governance and do more to help reduce the price…

Large Donations Help GAVI Raise $4.3B, Exceeding Goal

“Large donations from the U.K., Norway and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation helped a global vaccine charity raise $4.3 billion at a summit Monday, exceeding its targets and allowing it to carry out all its immunization plans through 2015,” the Wall Street Journal reports. The U.K. pledged $1.34 billion to the GAVI Alliance, the Gates Foundation promised $1 billion and Norway offered $677 million (Whalen, 6/14).

U.S. To Provide Up To $30M Per Year For African Trade Expansion

Feed the Future Deputy Coordinator for Development Julie Howard writes on State’s “DipNote” blog about attending the 10th annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) forum in Zambia and an announcement from U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk that the U.S. will provide “up to $30 million per year for four…

Development Through Foreign Aid Requires Global Cooperation

The GAVI Alliance pledging conference is “being seen as a litmus test of how well aid can survive in the age of austerity,” columnist Madeleine Bunting writes in a Guardian commentary, addressing how foreign aid is viewed as “soft power … [to] establish influence and spread values – which is often more useful than diplomacy or defence in a post-cold war world.”

Now Is Not The Time To Give Up On Fighting AIDS

Accomplishing the targets set forth in the U.N. High Level Meeting on AIDS declaration “would cost billions more per year from all sources,” a New York Times editorial states, adding, “These are tough economic times. But there has been so much progress over the last decade, there can be no…

U.K., U.S., Australia, Gates Foundation Promise Funds To GAVI Alliance At Pledging Conference

At a pledging conference for the GAVI Alliance in London on Monday, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Microsoft founder, announced his foundation will provide an additional $1 billion in funding for the organization over the next five years, while Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd said his country will provide $210 million over the next three years, Reuters reports (Croft/Kelland, 6/13).

The U.S. And The GAVI Alliance

This fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation examines the GAVI Alliance and the role the U.S. government plays in supporting the partnership. Created in 1999, GAVI began operations in January 2000 and by the end of 2010 had received over $5 billion in donor financing and disbursed over $2.8…