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U.S. Foreign Aid System Needs ‘Overhaul’ To Better Foster Development

“In practice, the foreign aid system, and in particular, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), work very well in accomplishing what Washington politicians want them to do,” Charles Kenny, a fellow at the Center for Global Development and the New America Foundation, writes in Bloomberg Businessweek’s “Small World” blog.…

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah Publishes Annual Letter

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on Tuesday published his 2013 annual letter. “Today, I am pleased to share with you our third annual letter about the work our Agency does around the world to help answer President Obama’s call,” he writes in the letter, available on the USAID webpage. “For this…

U.S. Continues To Respond To Syrian Crisis

Noting “[t]he two-year anniversary of the Syria uprising coincides with another dark milestone: over one million refugees have fled Syria,” Anne Richard, assistant secretary of state for population, refugees and migration, writes in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, “This escalating crisis … is challenging all of us to do more.…

Blog Examines Survival Of Feed The Future Initiative Under Sequestration

“While the [Feed the Future] program took a few years to get off the ground, and is probably not all that well known to the public, it is a favorite of USAID Administrator Raj Shah — and also a go-to program budget hawks now want to cut back,” development blogger…

Determining The Right Questions For Global Health Research

“Asking the right questions is the first step to generating the ‘downstream’ evidence needed for the implementation of health policies and practices, as my colleague E. Callie Raulfs-Wang described in her March 12 blog,” Kristina Gryboski, technical adviser for the USAID Child Survival and Health Grants Program, writes in a…

USAID Blog Examines Water Management Issues In The Middle East

The first three entries of a four-part series, titled “USAID in the Middle East,” have been published in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” The first post discusses the use of data to improve water management in the region (Harris, 3/20). The second post looks at the use of the Famine Early Warning…

Blogs Address Issues Surrounding TB, World TB Day

On Sunday, March 24, the international community observed World TB Day. The following is a summary of blog posts published in recognition of the day. USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: David Greeley, senior vice president of the TB Alliance, examines the need for improved treatment options for childhood TB (3/22). In a second…

IPS Examines First USAID Progress Report, Released Last week

“The United States’ main foreign assistance agency is getting widespread plaudits for new data on a series of internal reforms aimed at aid improvement, but some development experts are pointing to a persistent opaqueness from the agency,” Inter Press Service reports. “In a first-of-its-kind report released [last] week, [USAID] has…

USAID Reform Is Moving In Right Direction

Noting USAID on Wednesday released USAID Forward, “a progress report on its three-year-old reform effort … which in the words of Administrator Rajiv Shah has the ultimate goal of putting ‘ourselves out of business,'” Bill Lane, the director of International Governmental Affairs for Caterpillar, and Carolyn Miles, president and CEO…

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