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Devex Reporters Discuss Public-Private Partnerships In U.S. Foreign Aid

Devex features a YouTube video with commentary from Michael Igoe, global development reporter at Devex, and Adva Saldinger, Devex Impact reporter, regarding a recent panel at the Wilson Center discussing the value of public-private partnerships for U.S. foreign aid. They highlight comments from USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, who said the…

USAID Launches Program In Zimbabwe To Strengthen Agricultural Sector

VOA News: USAID Targets Zimbabwe Food Shortages, Malnutrition “The U.S. government has launched a five-year, $100 million program to assist more than a half-million hungry Zimbabweans. At the launch of the new program, which is aimed at strengthening Zimbabwe’s agricultural sector, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Bruce Wharton said Washington remained…

Global Health Security Agenda ‘Is Timely, Coherent, Compelling, And Concrete’

Writing in the Center for Strategic & International Studies’ “Smart Global Health” blog, J. Stephen Morrison, CSIS senior vice president and director of the CSIS Global Health Policy Center, examines the recently launched Global Health Security Agenda. “…The GHS Agenda marks an important and promising turning point in U.S. policy.…

USAID’s Shah Reiterates Agency’s Support Of Public-Private Partnerships

Devex: Is the private sector always welcome in development? “Are there any areas of development where the private sector should not be involved? According to U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah, the answer is plainly, ‘no.’ ‘There is really no element of any of this where I think…

Obama, Rice React To Revelation Uganda’s President Will Sign Anti-Gay Bill

News outlets report on U.S. officials’ reactions to an announcement by a Ugandan official that the country’s president plans to sign an anti-gay bill. Associated Press: Obama: Anti-gay bill step backward for Ugandans “President Barack Obama warned Uganda Sunday over its plans to further criminalize homosexuality, saying it would ‘complicate…

FDA Expresses Concern Over Safety Of Indian Drugs

New York Times: Medicines Made in India Set Off Safety Worries “India, the second-largest exporter of over-the-counter and prescription drugs to the United States, is coming under increased scrutiny by American regulators for safety lapses, falsified drug test results and selling fake medicines…” (Harris, 2/14).

Global Community Must Address Nations’ Fragility In Order To Eradicate Poverty

“…The mutually reinforcing relationship between fragility and armed conflict creates circumstances that perpetuate extreme poverty. … To eradicate extreme poverty in the next 20 years and fulfill the commitment made by President Obama, together, our collective development efforts must result in accountable, legitimate, inclusive democracies that can ultimately sustain our…

Blogs Discuss U.S. Global Health Security Agenda

Writing in the White House Blog, Lisa Monaco, assistant to the U.S. president for homeland security and counterterrorism, discusses the newly launched “Global Health Security Agenda, an international effort to enhance our ability to prevent, detect, and respond to outbreaks of infectious disease threats. … The president’s FY 2015 Budget…