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Devex Examines U.S. Foreign Assistance, USAID Agendas In 2014

Devex: U.S. aid reform in 2014: 8 issues Congress may tackle “Congress has long avoided comprehensive reform of U.S. development cooperation, and 2014 will likely be no different. But there’s a good chance lawmakers will consider a number of issues that could affect international development…” The news service says the…

Prospects For 2014 U.S. Foreign Aid Budget Remain Unknown, Devex Reports

Devex: Despite progress, 2014 budget outlook still murky for U.S. foreign aid “With a signed bipartisan budget deal in their hands and tens of billions of dollars to spend, U.S. appropriators are the center of attention at the start of this New Year. Aid advocates are urging them to look…

In Terms Of Foreign Aid, U.S. Is Most Generous Nation

Foreign Policy: America Is Not The Grinch John Norris, executive director of the Sustainable Security and Peacebuilding Initiative at the Center for American Progress “All told, more than $200 billion from the United States flows into the developing world each year. … Now consider that the United States has more…

World Must Continue Efforts To Prevent, Treat, Research A Cure For HIV/AIDS

Tampa Bay Times: No time to let up in fight against AIDS “Representatives from around the world made financial commitments in Washington last month that would allow the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to continue to operate for the next three years. … Separately, [President] Obama announced…

PLOS Paper Examines Relationship Between Child Mortality Reductions, Foreign Aid

This paper by Eran Bendavid of the Stanford University School of Medicine, published in PLOS ONE, aimed “[t]o determine the extent to which the narrowing of child mortality across wealth gradients has been related to foreign aid to the health sector in low- and middle-income countries. … Foreign aid to…

Cost Of New Hepatitis C Drug Out Of Reach For Developing Countries

IRIN: Life-saving hepatitis C drug approved, but cost is high “Following approvals in the U.S. and Europe this month of a new drug to treat hepatitis C, activists are pushing for the medication to be made available in poor countries, a development reminiscent of the activism that forced down HIV/AIDS…

U.N. Relief Coordinator Voices Concern Over Multiple Humanitarian Crises In 2014

Two articles examine U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos’s warning that global humanitarian crises will continue to prove challenging in 2014. U.N. News Centre: Multiple emergencies pose great test of the global humanitarian system, U.N. official says “An unprecedented number of people are beginning 2014 either internally displaced or as…

More Effort Needed To Improve Myanmar’s Family Planning Services

IRIN: Burmese family planning left behind “Despite donor funding to advance Myanmar’s health care system, experts say more work is needed in life-saving family planning services, which have yet to receive the support they need. … At 200 deaths per 100,000 live births, Myanmar’s maternal mortality rate is one of…

U.K. MPs Criticize Timing Of DfID’s Decision To End Aid To India, South Africa

The Guardian: U.K. MPs censure DfID over decision to end aid to India and South Africa “The U.K.’s decision to end bilateral aid to India and South Africa by 2015 was ‘neither methodical nor transparent, but related to short-term political pressures,’ a group of MPs has said. … The committee…

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