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USAID’s New Mission Statement Helps Professionals Envision Agency’s ‘End Goal’

Devex: USAID’s new mission: Why it matters Michael Igoe, global development reporter for Devex “The U.S. Agency for International Development launched a brand new mission statement Wednesday. It’s the latest move by USAID to reconcile limited resources with ambitious goals, and it’s in line with an international donor landscape more…

CDC Global Health Security Projects In Uganda, Vietnam Boost Disease Response

Three news outlets report on findings published in the CDC’s journal, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, regarding global health security projects in Uganda and Vietnam. CBS News: CDC: Other countries’ health threats can affect U.S. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that just because there’s a disease outbreak…

U.S. Congress Set To Approve ‘Modest’ Changes To International Food Aid Program, IPS Reports

Inter Press Service: U.S. Reforming ‘Outdated’ Overseas Food Aid “U.S. lawmakers are in the final stages of approving reforms to a half-century-old system of providing overseas food assistance that critics say is outdated, inefficient and sometimes harmful to local economies in developing countries. Development experts and implementers have fought for…

USAID Fact Sheet Outlines Uses Of U.S. Aid In Philippines

United Press International: U.S. commits $86.7M to assist Philippines “The United States government pledged $86.7 million dollars in USAID and Defense Department funds for 2014 assistance to the Philippines as the country recovers from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. According to a USAID fact sheet released January 24, the largest…

USAID Will Better Engage ‘Fragile States’ To Reach Top Goal Of Ending Extreme Poverty

IIP Digital: USAID Sets Ending Extreme Poverty as Top Goal “The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will make ending extreme poverty its top goal, say senior development officials. Addressing a January 28 gathering discussing extreme poverty in conflict-affected areas at the Center for American Progress, Alex Thier, USAID’s assistant…

Global Community Progressing On Challenge Of Ending 10 NTDs By 2020

January 30 “is the second anniversary of the London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) — the largest coordinated effort against NTDs to date,” Alex Gordon, a communications associate with the Sabin Vaccine Institute, writes in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog. “This week we’re…

USAID Awards Science And Technology Pioneers Prize To South African HIV Trial

SAnews.gov.za: South African HIV/AIDS trial scoops USAID award “The Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) 004 Tenofovir gel trial was … announced as the winner of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Science and Technology Pioneers Prize. … The CAPRISA 004 Tenofovir gel…

Funding For USAID NTD Program Increased In U.S. FY14 Budget

A post in the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases’ “End the Neglect” blog examines the potential impact of increased U.S. funding for NTD programs. In the federal FY 2014 budget, “[f]unding for USAID’s NTD Program was ramped up from $85.5 million ($89 million less five percent for sequestration) to…

Devex Highlights Foreign Policy Issues Presented In Obama’s SOTU Address

Devex highlights U.S. foreign policy issues President Obama addressed in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday night. Devex: Obama highlights U.S. aid priorities in SOTU “As expected, foreign aid was barely a footnote in U.S. President Barack Obama’s annual address to the nation — but a few interesting…

Hunger, Nutrition Should Be Central Component Of U.S. Policy

Huffington Post: Hunger Emergencies Cast Shadow Over State of the Union William Lambers, author and member of the Feeding America Blogger Council “As President Obama delivers the State of the Union, there are hunger emergencies both at home and abroad. … It’s vital, therefore, that Congress support international aid through…

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