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House Foreign Affairs Committee Clears Bill To Power Africa

News sources report on a House committee’s passage of the Electrify Africa Act, aimed at providing electricity in Africa. The Hill: Panel clears bill to help electrify Africa “The House Foreign Affairs panel unanimously on Thursday approved legislation requiring the Obama administration to come up with a plan to encourage…

Conflict Linked To Water Management, Food Security

News outlets examine the links between conflict and water management, and between conflict and food security. IIP Digital: Effective Water Management Can Prevent Conflict, USAID Says “Countries with unreliable supplies of water are more vulnerable to conflict, according to a new report from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).…

Global Health Security Agenda Will Help ‘Protect The Health And Safety’ Of Citizens

The Lancet: Safer countries through global health security Thomas Frieden, CDC director, et al. “…One of the primary responsibilities of any government is to protect the health and safety of its people. There are three key elements of health security: prevention wherever possible, early detection, and timely and effective response.…

Humanosphere Examines Individual Remittances, Foreign Aid Funding

In Humanosphere, development blogger Tom Murphy discusses the role of individual remittances compared with U.S. foreign aid, as well as the multiple outcomes of funding global health programs (2/27). In addition, Humanosphere blogger Tom Paulson further examines how the U.S. spends foreign aid dollars in a State Department interactive (2/27).

Videos Feature Experts Discussing Global Health Security Agenda

The Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health” blog features two videos discussing the recently launched Global Health Security Agenda. In one, Kavita Berger, associate director at the Center for Science, Technology, and Security Policy at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, “explains how the science…

New York Times Examines Foreign Policy, Diplomacy Surrounding Gay Rights

New York Times: Antigay Laws Gain Global Attention; Countering Them Remains Challenge “…The issue of gay rights has catapulted up the diplomatic agenda in recent years, as international organizations have extended rights protections to gays and lesbians and donor nations have faced new challenges in dealing with governments that discriminate…”…

U.S. Must Address International Violence Against Women

Arizona Daily Star: Plight of world’s women must be addressed Ritu Sharma, co-founder and president of Women Thrive Worldwide “Saturday is International Women’s Day, a 105-year-old annual call to action for women’s equality. But for many women and girls around the world, its most basic promise of freedom remains unfulfilled.…

Senate Hearing Scheduled For Global AIDS Coordinator Nominee Deborah Birx

“A U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing on the nomination of Dr. Deborah Birx to be the next Ambassador at Large and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator has been scheduled for March 6, at 2 p.m.,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. “…The hearing, which will…

USAID, P&G Launch Clean Drinking Water, Health Projects In Myanmar

USAID “Administrator Rajiv Shah [on Thursday] helped deliver the first liter of clean drinking water under the Global Development Alliance (GDA) between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Procter & Gamble (P&G) to improve health in [Myanmar]. … Over the next two years, USAID and P&G intend to…