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Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Case Challenging Federal Anti-Prostitution Pledge

“The Supreme Court agreed [on Friday] to consider whether the government can require groups that receive federal funding for overseas HIV/AIDS programs to have explicit policies that oppose prostitution and sex trafficking,” Reuters reports. The case “involves the government’s effort to overturn a July 2011 lower court decision voiding the policy requirement set forth…

What Will Obama Say About Global Development In His State Of The Union Address?

In a Devex commentary, Devex President Raj Kumar speculates about what President Barack Obama might say about global development in his upcoming State of the Union address. “The president has made clear his view that global development is a top national security priority,” he writes, adding, “It seems logical that he…

PlusNews Examines Potential Cuts In U.S. HIV Funding To Ethiopia

PlusNews discusses potential cuts in U.S. funding for HIV-related activities in Ethiopia and the role of greater in-country funding for health. In 2013, “Ethiopia will experience a 79 percent reduction in U.S. HIV financing from PEPFAR,” according to a blog post written last year by Amanda Glassman, director of global health policy and…

ONE Videos Examine Public’s Beliefs, Knowledge About U.S. Foreign Aid

Meagan Bond, ONE’s creative manager, writes in this ONE blog post about how she traveled the country last year to talk with people about their beliefs and knowledge of U.S. foreign aid. “My goal was to help capture, through a series of short, creative videos, the way Americans feel about giving our money…

Global Health Spending Levels Remain Unresolved Under ‘Fiscal Cliff’ Deal

The “fiscal cliff” deal agreed to by Congress “leaves suspended in mid-air the fates of programs essential to meeting the goals of continued global health responses — including the implementation of PEPFAR’s blueprint for an AIDS-free generation, and whatever promise the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy will offer,” the…

U.S. Must Take Steps To Rebuild Trust Broken By CIA’s Fake Vaccination Campaign In Pakistan

“The news that the Central Intelligence Agency had been running a fake vaccination program in Pakistan first surfaced in 2011 and quickly ignited fears that the covert operation could compromise the global campaign to eradicate polio,” Lynn Goldman, dean of the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services, and…

USAID Series Examines Risk Reduction Activities In Bangladesh

USAID’s “IMPACTblog” introduces the newest installment of the agency’s “Pounds of Prevention” series, which focuses on risk reduction activities in Bangladesh. “Bangladesh is one of the world’s most hazard-prone countries, susceptible to earthquakes, droughts, flooding, tidal surges, and cyclones,” USAID writes in an accompanying document (.pdf), adding, “To meet the challenges posed by these threats as well as the effects of climate change, USAID, the Government of Bangladesh, and their partners have invested in a comprehensive approach to disaster risk reduction” (Fleming, 1/4).

Secretary Of State Nominee Sen. John Kerry Would Continue Administration’s Focus On Global Health, Food Security, Devex Reports

“President Barack Obama’s ‘perfect choice’ for state secretary” — Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) — “is not only expected to advance the administration’s agenda on global health and food security, but he might also lend new heft to efforts to rein in climate change, one of Kerry’s long-time priorities, with a team of advisers that is expected to include several with a background in international development,” Devex reports. “As secretary of state, Kerry can be expected to continue the administration’s reform agenda and reliance on what it calls ‘smart power,’ a mix of diplomacy and development cooperation focused on health, food security and governance through capacity building and engaging with local civil society and the private sector,” Devex continues, adding, “The Massachusetts senator and former presidential candidate laid out his support of a robust U.S. aid budget and what he calls ‘economic statecraft’ in a February 2012 Wall Street Journal op-ed …, in which he wrote that ‘energetic global leadership is a strategic imperative for America, not a favor we do for other countries'” (Rosenkranz, 1/2).