Due to Congress’ proposals to cut spending for the State Department, the Obama administration is increasingly looking toward new funding mechanisms, referred to as blended funds, that pull from Defense Department budgets for activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, CQ reports. But that strategy could “undercut the Obama administration’s efforts to create a more robust State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)” and “create significant congressional oversight challenges,” the news service adds.
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Political Uprisings in North Africa Could Help Women Gain Political, Economic Rights Bloomberg News/Boston Globe examines how the recent political uprisings in Egypt and neighboring countries could lead to new opportunities for women in the region. The article describes the challenges Arab women in the countries face, as documented in…
An independent panel of experts commissioned by the WHO to probe its response to the H1N1 (swine flu) pandemic on Thursday released a draft report (.pdf) stating that while the organization performed well in many ways, it made “crucial mistakes” and “warned tens of millions could die if there is a severe flu outbreak in the future,” the Associated Press reports (3/10).
It “will not be possible” to meet the funding request for the State Department in President Barack Obama’s FY12 budget proposal, Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), chair of the House State-Foreign Operations Subcommittee, said at a hearing on Thursday, CQ reports. However, Granger said there are still ways for the House and State Department to “maintain an effective and efficient diplomatic and development capability.”
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Canadian House Of Commons Passes Bill That Could Ease Access To Generic Drugs In Developing Countries
Canadian lawmakers in the country’s House of Commons on Wednesday “approved a bill aiming to ease the process that lets generic drug manufacturers produce patented medicines for export to poor nations at cheaper prices in a move the pharmaceutical industry says could undermine intellectual property rights,” Bloomberg reports (Argitis, 3/10).
Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, “joined a chorus of celebrities, activists and officials Wednesday” calling for Congress “not to cut foreign aid to try to shrink the U.S. deficit,” Agence France-Presse reports.
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Cutting Foreign Aid Will Harm U.S. Influence, Strength In World The U.S.’ “influence and strength depend far more on convincing and enabling the peoples of the world to look to us as a partner for prosperity and security,” Truman National Security Project Fellow Michael Lieberman writes in a Huffington Post…
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U.S. Commits $12.6M In Emergency Aid To Cote dâ€™Ivoire President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. will “provide $12.6 million in emergency funds to help people displaced as a result of â€¦ political unrest and violence” in Cote dâ€™Ivoire, CNN.com reports (3/10). According to RTTNews, “[m]ore than 75,000 refugees…
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GAVI Alliance Board Appoints IAVI Head Seth Berkley As New CEO The GAVI Alliance Board on Tuesday announced it has appointed Seth Berkley, founder, president and CEO of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), as the new CEO of the GAVI Alliance, Pharmabiz.com reports (3/9).Â “The GAVI Board is delighted to…