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Examining Global Health Research Funding Under FY14 Budget Request

Writing in the Global Health Technologies Coalition’s (GHTC) “Breakthroughs” blog, GHTC Policy Officer Ashley Bennett examines proposed funding for global health and research under President Obama’s FY 2014 budget request, which was released last week. She says the budget request holds “mixed results” for global health and “provide[s] specific details…

USAID Reform Should Be ‘Priority’ For U.S. Government

“The amount of good our nation has done for poor and hungry people around the world over the last 10 years is astounding,” Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World; George Ingram, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution; and former Rep. Jim Kolbe (R-Ariz.), a senior fellow…

Development Experts Praise Proposed Changes To Food Aid Program In FY14 Budget Request

“Civil society groups [in the U.S.] are praising parts of President Barack Obama’s newly unveiled [FY 2014 budget request], saying it appears to build on momentum gathered in recent years toward a robust overhaul of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the country’s main foreign aid agency,” Inter Press Service…

President’s FY14 Budget Proposal Encourages More Donation To Global Fund

By proposing $1.65 billion for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria “in his 2014 budget request to Congress, President Obama gave the world the next big shove it needs to control and end AIDS, tuberculosis [TB], and malaria,” Kolleen Bouchane, director of ACTION, writes in the Huffington Post’s…

Accessing CSIS iTunes University Course

The Center for Strategic & International Studies’ (CSIS) “Smart Global Health” blog provides a brief tutorial on accessing the center’s “Global Health Policy in the Second Obama Term” iTunes University course on a mobile device as well as through iTunes (4/11).

FY14 Budget Request Has Mixed Implications For Foreign Aid, Humanitarian Programs

Writing in the Huffington Post’s “Impact” blog, Jeremy Kadden, senior legislative manager at InterAction, examines the potential implications of the Obama administration’s budget request for U.S. foreign aid. He states that “[d]igging in to the details of the budget plan” there is “mixed news,” and provides figures from the request.…

Blogs, Press Releases Respond To Obama Administration’s FY14 Budget Request

The Obama administration on Wednesday released its FY 2014 budget request, including funding for U.S. global health activities and proposed changes to the U.S. food aid program. The following is a summary of blog posts and press releases addressing the request. Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, “ModernizeAid” blog: The blog provides…

Blog Examines Debate Around Anti-Prostitution Pledge Law

In the Open Society Foundations’ “Voices” blog, Zoe Hudson, a senior policy analyst for the group, discusses a case pending before the U.S. Supreme Court — USAID v AOSI — which “challenges a 2003 law that requires all groups receiving U.S. government funds for international HIV and AIDS work to…

White House releases FY 2014 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2014 budget request, which included funding for U.S. global health activities.  Overall, funding for global health programs (at USAID and the State Department combined) increased in the FY 2014 request as compared to FY12 actual and FY13 estimated levels. This varied by specific global…

InterAction Global Health Briefing Book Warns Of Implications From U.S. Budget Cuts

InterAction, an umbrella group representing 37 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), “is calling on Congress and President Barack Obama’s administration to keep spending on global health aid at current levels, warning that recent budget cuts risk a dangerous backslide in health and development gains achieved over the past three decades,” Inter Press Service reports.…