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Support For Food Aid Reform Should Be ‘No Brainer’

“The president took a bold step forward earlier this year when he requested wide-ranging changes to our food aid program to make them more efficient and cost-effective,” Jim French, the lead agriculture organizer for Oxfam America, writes in The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” noting Reps. Ed Royce (R-Calif.) and Karen Bass…

Proposed Food Aid Reform Needs Bipartisan Support

Noting “[t]he Obama administration’s FY14 budget request included a food aid reform proposal that the administration estimated would allow U.S. food aid to reach an additional two to four million people per year — for roughly what the United States spends now,” Beth Schwanke, senior associate for policy outreach at…

E.U., UNICEF To Provide $59M To Nigeria For Health, Water Initiatives

The European Union (E.U.) and UNICEF have agreed to provide 44.75 million euros ($59 million) to Nigeria for water and health projects, Bloomberg reports. Maternal and child health programs in two northern states will receive 40 million euros over four years, with the remaining 14.75 million euros going to water…

Blog Highlights Efforts To Increase Funding For TB Research

The Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports on recent efforts to lobby Congress to maintain or restore funding for tuberculosis (TB) research. The blog also highlights “‘Exposed,’ a four-part series of short films on the global TB epidemic and efforts to develop the treatments and vaccine needed…

U.S. Must Maintain Investments In Foreign Aid, International Development

Writing in an opinion piece in The Hill’s “Congress Blog,” Jeremy Kadden, the senior legislative manager at InterAction, discusses 302(b) allocations, which are spending caps for individual appropriations bills. He says the House Appropriations Committee recently approved a cap for the “State, Foreign Operations bill (SFOPs), which covers nearly all…

Support Of PEPFAR As Important Now As It Was 10 Years Ago

“Ten years ago this May, when the AIDS pandemic was at its worst, ravaging many African countries and a sure death sentence for millions, our country responded in an unprecedented way,” Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.) and former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-Tenn.) write in an opinion piece in The…

Partnership Becoming Central Aspect Of Health-Related Foreign Assistance

In an opinion piece in The Atlantic, Lindsay Abrams, an editorial fellow with the Atlantic Health channel, examines how a “new culture of questioning, commonly attributed to the signing of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness in 2005, … is now driving the [WHO] to change the way international aid…

Blogs Examine Addition Of Treasury, Defense Data To Foreign Assistance Dashboard

Last week, the U.S. Departments of Treasury and Defense added data to the Foreign Assistance Dashboard. In a post on the Center for Global Development (CGD) blog, Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) Principal Sarah Jane Staats and Will McKitterick, a research assistant at CGD, examine the new data, writing, “There…

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