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How Feed The Future Initiative Is Working To End Extreme Poverty

“In his State of the Union address [last] week, President Obama laid out a challenge for our generation to eradicate the scourge of extreme poverty,” Lona Stoll, acting deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, and Jonathan Shrier, acting special representative for global food security for Feed the Future, write in…

Estimating Budget Sequestration’s Impact On Global Health, Foreign Aid

Writing in the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s (USGLC) blog, Molly Lester, government relations associate at the USGLC, highlights a report (.pdf) released last week by the House Appropriations Committee Democrats that outlines the potential impact of budget sequestration on different agencies and issues. “From embassy security to global health to international financial institutions,…

Senate Appropriations Subcommittee Gets 4 New Members

“The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, with oversight that includes funding for the State Department and USAID, has four new members announced this week with diverse approaches and backgrounds in global health issues,” the Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks” blog reports. The blog briefly profiles…

State Department Blog Summarizes U.S. Policies Addressing Gender Equality

Writing in the U.S. State Department’s “DipNote” blog, Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, who serves as senior adviser to the Secretary of State and directs the department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, discusses the One Billion Rising campaign calling attention to violence against women and girls. Noting some data on violence…

U.S. Should Provide Additional Humanitarian Aid To Syria

“As Syria burns, Washington has begun a debate over the supply of humanitarian assistance to the millions displaced, injured or penniless from civil war,” Morton Abramowitz, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation and a former ambassador to Turkey, writes in an opinion piece in The Atlantic. He summarizes differing…

Same ‘Bipartisan Energy’ Surrounding PEPFAR Needed To Combat Maternal Mortality

Erin Thornton, executive director of Every Mother Counts, recalls her memories of President George W. Bush’s 2003 State of the Union announcement of PEPFAR in a Huffington Post “Global Motherhood” opinion piece. “[T]hat night, we set out on a path to overcome that fear and take action,” she writes, adding, “Ten…

Delaware Senator Holds 2nd Annual ‘Opportunity: Africa’ Conference

“On Monday, U.S. Sen. Chris Coons [D-Del.], chairman of the Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs, sponsored the second annual ‘Opportunity: Africa’ conference at Delaware State University,” World Politics Review reports, adding, “The senator’s remarks emphasized the need for the U.S. to recognize the metamorphosis of the continent.” The news service writes,…