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Devex Talks To USAID About New Nutrition Strategy

Devex: The story behind USAID’s new nutrition strategy “The international community has struggled to deliver when it comes to nutrition, but the issue is gaining unprecedented traction, and aid donors are looking for ways to take advantage of that new momentum. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s new ‘multi-sectoral nutrition…

Provision Mandating Food Aid Be Shipped On U.S.-Flagged Ships Would Hurt Efficiency

Seattle Times: Protect U.S. food aid from the shipping industry Rick Steves, travel writer and member of Bread for the World “…Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a provision, hidden inside Coast Guard reauthorization bill H.R. 4005, … [that] mandates that 75 percent — an increase from 50…

Secretary Kerry Provides Remarks At 2014 PEPFAR Annual Meeting

U.S. Department of State: Remarks for 2014 PEPFAR Annual Meeting in Durban, South Africa The department presents video remarks from Secretary of State John Kerry for the 2014 PEPFAR annual meeting in Durban, South Africa (6/3).

Number Of Latin American Children Crossing Into U.S. Is ‘Urgent Humanitarian Situation,’ Obama Says

Washington Post: Obama calls wave of children across U.S.-Mexican border ‘urgent humanitarian situation’ “President Obama on Monday declared a wave of unaccompanied children across the U.S.-Mexican border an ‘urgent humanitarian situation’ and directed federal agencies to coordinate a response to provide housing and other services…” (Zezima/O’Keefe, 6/2).

U.S. Must Continue Leadership To Strengthen Global Health Workforce

Frontline Health Workers Coalition: U.S. leadership for the health workforce we need post-2015 Mandy Folse, director of the Frontline Health Workers Coalition, writes, “As the Millennium Development Goals reach their target date next year, the U.S., along with country governments and other development partners, must continue to strengthen these programmatic…

U.S. Foreign Assistance Reforms Must Be Written Into Law, Former Congressman Says

Devex: U.S. aid reforms lack staying power, says former congressman “U.S. foreign assistance has seen some notable successes — and a few failures — during the last six years, but for progress to be sustained it needs to be written into law, Jim Kolbe, honorary co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign…

USAID To Work More With Business Community

Devex: How USAID’s approach to partnerships is evolving “The U.S. Agency for International Development has been pushing cross-sectoral partnerships for years. Now, with the creation of the U.S. Global Development Lab, the agency has a new platform and more holistic approach to working with partners. In a recent conversation with…

Number Of U.S. Measles Cases Reaches 20-Year High

New York Times: Measles Cases in U.S. Reach a 20-Year High “Largely because of resistance to vaccination, cases of measles have reached a 20-year high in the United States, federal health officials said on Thursday…” (McNeil, 5/29).

Public Health Programs ‘Should Be Politically Neutral’

The Lancet: Polio eradication: the CIA and their unintended victims “…On May 16, 2014, the White House announced that the CIA will no longer use vaccination programs as a cover for espionage. The news comes in the wake of a series of militant attacks on polio vaccination workers in Pakistan,…

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