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USAID Reform Is Moving In Right Direction

Noting USAID on Wednesday released USAID Forward, “a progress report on its three-year-old reform effort … which in the words of Administrator Rajiv Shah has the ultimate goal of putting ‘ourselves out of business,'” Bill Lane, the director of International Governmental Affairs for Caterpillar, and Carolyn Miles, president and CEO…

IPS Examines First USAID Progress Report, Released Last week

“The United States’ main foreign assistance agency is getting widespread plaudits for new data on a series of internal reforms aimed at aid improvement, but some development experts are pointing to a persistent opaqueness from the agency,” Inter Press Service reports. “In a first-of-its-kind report released [last] week, [USAID] has…

Blogs Address Issues Surrounding TB, World TB Day

On Sunday, March 24, the international community observed World TB Day. The following is a summary of blog posts published in recognition of the day. USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: David Greeley, senior vice president of the TB Alliance, examines the need for improved treatment options for childhood TB (3/22). In a second…

USAID Blog Examines Water Management Issues In The Middle East

The first three entries of a four-part series, titled “USAID in the Middle East,” have been published in the agency’s “IMPACTblog.” The first post discusses the use of data to improve water management in the region (Harris, 3/20). The second post looks at the use of the Famine Early Warning…

Development Advocates Urge Congress To Protect Global Health Funding, Blog Reports

“Earlier this week, the [Global Health Technologies Coalition (GHTC)] and other global health and international development advocates called on the House Appropriations State and Foreign Operations subcommittee to fully fund key programs in the foreign affairs budget,” Ashley Bennett, the GHTC’s policy officer, writes in the coalition’s “Breakthroughs” blog. “Advocates…

GlobalPost Blog Examines First Progress Report For ‘USAID Forward’ Initiative

USAID on Wednesday “released its first progress report [.pdf] for USAID Forward, the major reform effort it initiated in 2010 ‘to change the way the agency does business,'” GlobalPost’s “Global Pulse” blog reports. “With USAID Forward, the agency has put forth a new model for development very much defined by…

Organizations Highlight World TB Day

World TB Day is commemorated each year on March 24, recognizing the discovery of the tuberculosis (TB) bacilli by Robert Koch in 1882. The following media outlets feature information on the day. USAID: A special edition of USAID’s “Global Health News” features different TB-related resources and includes links to “Accelerating…

Determining The Right Questions For Global Health Research

“Asking the right questions is the first step to generating the ‘downstream’ evidence needed for the implementation of health policies and practices, as my colleague E. Callie Raulfs-Wang described in her March 12 blog,” Kristina Gryboski, technical adviser for the USAID Child Survival and Health Grants Program, writes in a…

Blog Examines Survival Of Feed The Future Initiative Under Sequestration

“While the [Feed the Future] program took a few years to get off the ground, and is probably not all that well known to the public, it is a favorite of USAID Administrator Raj Shah — and also a go-to program budget hawks now want to cut back,” development blogger…