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Global Gender Equality Critical For Successful Development Programs

“Many steps have been taken during the Obama administration to elevate the issues of global gender equality,” but “[p]erhaps the most critical thus far occurred on January 30, 2013, when President Obama signed a presidential memorandum focusing on these issues,” contributor Juliana Thong writes in the “Global Washington” blog. She outlines the…

Blog Examines Potential Issues For President Obama’s State Of The Union Address

“President Obama will deliver his 2013 State of the Union Address on Tuesday, February 12,” Jenny Ottenhoff, policy outreach associate at the Center for Global Development (CGD), and Beth Schwanke, senior associate for policy outreach at CGD, write in the center’s “Global Development: Views from the Center” blog. They quote…

AIDS.gov Blog Examines Global Fund’s Future

“During January’s World Economic Forum, international leaders welcomed former U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Mark Dybul as the new head of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria,” Deborah Derrick, president of Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, writes in the AIDS.gov blog. “Assuming his post…

Supporting Innovation Through Public-Private Partnerships

“Given the increasingly aligned incentives” between the private sector and global health and development practitioners, “the time is right for more effective and consistent collaboration between these two groups,” Dheeraj Batra, head of business design at IDEO Mumbai, and David Milestone, senior adviser at USAID’s Center for Accelerating Innovation and…

President Obama Delivers SOTU Address, Mentioning Trade Agreements, AIDS-Free Generation

“President Barack Obama outlined an ambitious agenda in his State of the Union address Tuesday that included raising the minimum wage, increasing spending on infrastructure, attacking climate change and passing gun-control legislation,” the Wall Street Journal reports (2/13). “Obama used his State of the Union address Tuesday night to urge the United States to…

USAID Blog Reports On India’s Call To Action Summit For Child Survival, Development

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Ariel Pablos-Mendez, assistant administrator for global health at USAID, provides an overview of India’s “Call to Action Summit for Child Survival and Development,” which took place last week, writing, “Led by India’s Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Summit called for an accelerated response to…

IOM Report Offers Recommendations To Combat Distribution Of Fake, Substandard Medicines

The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies “is urging stronger regulation of pharmaceuticals around the world to combat the growing problem of fake and poor-quality medicines,” NPR’s “Shots” blog reports (Knox, 2/13). “The risks of fake and flawed medicines have leapt from developing nations to Western supply chains, thanks…

Delaware Senator Holds 2nd Annual ‘Opportunity: Africa’ Conference

“On Monday, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons [D-Del.], chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, sponsored the second annual ‘Opportunity: Africa’ conference at Delaware State University,” World Politics Review reports, adding, “The senator’s remarks emphasized the need for the U.S. to recognize the metamorphosis of the continent.” The news service writes,…

Same ‘Bipartisan Energy’ Surrounding PEPFAR Needed To Combat Maternal Mortality

Erin Thornton, executive director of Every Mother Counts, recalls her memories of President George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union announcement of PEPFAR in a Huffington Post “Global Motherhood” opinion piece. “[T]hat night, we set out on a path to overcome that fear and take action,” she writes, adding, “Ten…