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Examining Possible Scenarios In U.S. Budget Negotiations And Effects On Foreign Aid

In the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s “Budget Watch” blog, Tod Preston, director of government relations at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, discusses four theories on what could happen with U.S. budget negotiations and the possible effects on foreign aid. “The first three scenarios are relatively defined, although only approximations of…

House Appropriations Committee’s State And Foreign Operations Subcommittee Gets 6 New Members

“The House Appropriations Committee’s State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, with oversight on funding issues involving USAID and the State Department, has six new members — three Republicans and three Democrats — bringing a mix of experience and stances on global health issues, including on policy, funding, and research,” the Center…

Voluntary Moratorium On H5N1 Research Ends; Fate Of U.S.-Funded Research Unknown

“Almost a year after they announced it, leading influenza researchers are ending a voluntary moratorium on certain types of controversial experiments involving the H5N1 avian influenza virus,” Science Insider reports (Malakoff, 1/23). “The research touched off a firestorm in 2011 when it became known that two groups, one in the Netherlands and another in…

Obama Should ‘Cement His Legacy On Global Development’ In Second Term

President Obama “has made some good headway [on foreign aid] in his first term, producing the government’s first global development policy and an innovative new policy on disaster resilience, launching new efforts to combat global hunger, supporting reforms to the U.S. Agency for International Development and committing to greater aid…

Examining Role Of Public-Private Partnerships In Health, Development

Leslie Mancuso, president and CEO of Jhpeigo, discusses public-private partnerships in the InterAction blog. “The Obama administration has recognized the importance of these relationships in the past, and we applaud any effort by the president to incentivize programming that brings together the best of the public and private sectors and…

Commentaries Examine Aid Community’s Expectations As President Obama Begins Second Term

Noting “Barack Obama’s second term as president of the United States officially began on Sunday,” Devex’s “Pennsylvania Ave.” blog highlights “a series of guest commentary by non-profit leaders” that examine what the aid community expects from Obama in the next four years. According to the blog, the commentaries touch “on…

Do Not ‘Give Up’ On Successful Anti-Hunger Initiatives

“As an anti-hunger advocate, … I am hopeful about the global change that President Obama could make in his second term, especially when it comes to reducing poverty, but I worry Congress might toss the hungry off the fiscal cliff,” Katie Campbell, senior policy analyst with ActionAid U.S., writes in…

Harvard School Of Public Health Conference Recognizes PEPFAR Achievements

PEPFAR “has played a major role in changing the course of the global AIDS epidemic,” Harvard Magazine reports. “On January 10, Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) recognized that achievement, and its own role therein, by hosting a conference titled ‘PEPFAR in Africa: HSPH’s Role in the Largest Public Health Endeavor in…

92% Of Voters Surveyed Favor U.S. Support Of WHO, Better World Campaign Poll Shows

A new poll (.pdf) released on Wednesday by the Better World Campaign (BWC) “found that 61 percent of voters see the WHO favorably and 92 percent say the United States should continue contributing money to the agency,” The Hill’s “Healthwatch” blog reports. “The BWC touted its figures and argued U.S. funding for…