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U.S. Government Sending Disaster Response Teams, Funding To Earthquake-Hit Nepal

U.S. Department of State’s “DipNote”: Providing Shelter and Food Assistance to Nepal’s Earthquake Survivors “…In the aftermath of the earthquake [in Nepal], USAID quickly deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to the region and provided $10 million in emergency assistance. USAID also activated Urban Search and Rescue Teams to…

Blogs Discuss Recently Released QDDR

The following blogs discuss the recently released Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR). U.S. Global Leadership Coalition: Five Key Takeaways on the 2015 QDDR John Glenn, policy director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, discusses five key takeaways from the recently released QDDR: “strengthening economics in diplomacy and development ……

Humanitarian Organizations Disagree Over ‘Fast Track’ For Trans-Pacific Partnership

Humanosphere: Humanitarians split on Obama’s trade agenda: Trans-Pacific Partnership Humanosphere founder and lead journalist Tom Paulson writes, “Leading humanitarian organizations like the ONE Campaign and Oxfam appear to strongly disagree on whether to support the Obama Administration’s push to ‘fast-track’ [the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement] — and if its impact…

U.S. Pledges Additional $11M In Aid To Earthquake-Hit Nepal, Bringing Total To Almost $26M

Wall Street Journal: U.S. Pledges $11 Million in Additional Aid to Nepal “Acting U.S. Agency for International Development administrator Alfonso Lenhardt has pledged an additional $11 million in assistance to Nepal, bringing the total U.S. contribution to nearly $26 million. With the focus in Nepal shifting to recovery almost two…

U.S. Special Coordinator For Post-2015 Development Discusses SDGs In Devex Interview

Devex: Why do U.S. aid agencies care about global goals? “Why do U.S. development agencies, which have their own strategic plans and priorities, care about a global development agenda? The Millennium Development Goals were ‘transformational,’ but the sustainable development goals will be, ‘a step up,’ Tony Pipa, the U.S. government’s…

Groups Protest USAID’s Award Of Global Health Supply Chain Project To Chemonics International

Devex: The largest-ever USAID award is under protest “A partnership of government contractors including John Snow, Inc. is protesting the U.S. Agency for International Development’s decision to award its largest-ever contract to a group led by development consulting firm Chemonics International. The Global Health Supply Chain — Procurement and Supply…

ActionAid Criticizes New Alliance For Food Security And Nutrition In New Report

Humanosphere: Advocates urge U.S. to cease support for African agriculture initiative Humanosphere reporter Tom Murphy writes, “A program meant to help agriculture in Africa is causing more harm than good and should be closed, says an advocacy group. The three-year-old New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition allowed large corporations…

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