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Experts Discuss Future Of PEPFAR, Potential For Reauthorization

While “experts agree” the “chances of [PEPFAR] being reauthorized is slim,” they also “say that Congress does not need to reauthorize the program,” CQ Online News reports. Chris Collins, vice president and director of public policy at amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, “said reauthorization is not imperative as long…

U.S. To Send Additional $195M In Humanitarian Aid To Syria

“President Obama on Wednesday announced the U.S. would give an additional $195 million in humanitarian aid to displaced Syrians as a gesture to celebrate Eid al-Fitr, the holiday marking the end of the Muslim holy month,” The Hill’s “Blog Briefing Room” reports (Easley, 8/7). “A statement from Obama marking Eid…

Working To Improve Sanitation Practice, Safe Water Supply In Liberia

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Pieter DeVries, chief of party of the Improved Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene (IWASH) Project, examines the program’s efforts to improve sanitation practices and safe water supply in Liberia, where “open defection is the most common sanitation practice.” He notes, “This fact, coupled with a…

USAID Supporting Delivery Of HIV/AIDS Services In Zimbabwe

In a post in USAID’s “IMPACTblog,” Margot Welk, communications and development outreach adviser at USAID in Zimbabwe, reflects on how the agency “is supporting the delivery of high-quality HIV/AIDS services” in the country. “USAID provides infant HIV test kits and [antiretrovirals (ARVs)] to many clinics throughout Zimbabwe,” she writes, highlighting…

BBC News Magazine Examines Proposed U.S. Food Aid Reform

The BBC News magazine on Monday examined the debate over proposed food aid reforms in the U.S. “President Barack Obama’s 2013 budget proposed to change the law so that [up to] 45 percent of food for aid could be bought outside the U.S., or the hungry could be given cash…

Congress Should Move Forward With Food Aid Reform To Feed More People, Save Money

“For decades, U.S. aid has fed millions overseas but the policy is stuck in a time warp and has failed to keep up with 21st-century innovations and smarter practices,” Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps, writes in a Seattle Times opinion piece. “With common-sense modifications, U.S. food assistance could reach…

Thinking Differently About Global Development, USAID

In the Center for Global Development’s (CGD) “Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Blog,” Kate Almquist Knopf, a visiting policy fellow at CGD, states, “The FY14 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill passed out of the House Appropriations Committee last week is a stinging reminder of the low esteem in which many…

Advocacy Groups Push For More Efforts To End Child Marriage

“Advocacy groups are urging for partnerships between governmental organizations and private sector businesses to better prevent child marriage and combat the economic, development and health problems it causes,” Inter Press Service reports. “A recently released report by Rachel Vogelstein, a fellow at the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the…