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U.S., Ireland Recommit To Goals Of 1,000 Days Initiative

Writing in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog, Jonathan Shrier, acting special representative for global food security and deputy coordinator for diplomacy at Feed the Future, describes an event co-hosted on Monday by Bread for the World Institute and Concern Worldwide, during which USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and Irish Minister of…

Lawmakers Continue Debate Over U.S. Food Aid Policy

“Lawmakers attempted Wednesday to push along an ongoing effort to modernize U.S. international food aid policy amid mounting bipartisan support for the use of more locally grown food products over the long-standing practice of shipping U.S.-grown commodities,” Inter Press Service reports. “The Food Aid Reform Act, introduced by House Foreign…

Feed The Future Working Group Launched To Engage Civil Society

“Feed the Future — [USAID’s] global food security initiative — has formed a working group tasked with finding ways to engage more effectively with civil society both at home and abroad,” Devex reports. “While little is yet known about the specific goals, focal areas, or even how the panel is…

Food Aid Reform Proposal Should Garner Bipartisan Support

“Unfortunately, American food assistance today is far less efficient and effective than it could be,” Joshua Bolten, managing director of Rock Creek Global Advisors and former chief of staff to President George W. Bush, and John Podesta, chair of the Center for American Progress and former chief of staff to…

USAID Assistant Administrator For Global Health Discusses Nutrition

In a new interview blog series called “Behind the Scenes,” USAID’s “IMPACTblog” features an interview with Ariel Pablos-Méndez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID, in which he discusses nutrition’s key role in global health. He talks about the Child Survival Call to Action, the Lancet series on child and…

Brookings Institution Hosts Public Release Of 2013 Aid Transparency Index

The Brookings Institution on Thursday hosted the public release of the 2013 Aid Transparency Index — “the only global measure of donors’ aid transparency,” George Ingram, a senior fellow in the Global Economy and Development program, reports in the Brookings “Up Front” blog. Ingram examines the importance of making such…

International Community ‘Must Act Quickly’ To Deliver Life-Saving Assistance To Syrians

“The world already knows that [Syria’s] Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons, indiscriminate bombing, arbitrary detentions, rape, and torture against his own citizens,” U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry writes in a Foreign Policy opinion piece. “What is far less well known, and equally intolerable, is the systematic denial of…

Blogs Examine U.S. Agency, Initiative Rankings In Aid Transparency Index

Writing in the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog,” CGD’s Ben Leo, Charles Kenny and Will McKitterick discuss Publish What You Fund’s (PWYF) recently released Aid Transparency Index rankings and present “our own extremely modest scheme for classifying U.S. agencies’ performance into the good, the bad,…

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