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Opinions: Foreign Aid Budget; Asking Beneficiaries For Feedback; Least-Developed Countries

Cut Foreign Aid Budget “As the CR [continuing resolution] talks between the House Republicans and the administration and Senate Democrats near their deadline, the House negotiators should put America’s foreign aid budget on the table,” Dick Morris, a former adviser to Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.) and President Clinton, writes in…

Facing Possible Cuts, International Aid Advocates Attempt To Drum Up Support For Foreign Assistance

International aid groups are “scrambling to engage members of Congress and the American public in a dialogue about the need to secure U.S. foreign assistance funding” as the “next deadline for the U.S. Congress to pass a full fiscal year 2011 budget or another short-term continuing resolution is fast approaching” and discussions on the FY12 budget need to begin, the Devex blog “Obama’s Foreign Aid Reform” reports.

Also In Global Health News: Aid Group In Darfur; Future Of Aid In Afghanistan; USAID Donation In Ghana; Earthquake In Myanmar; HIV/AIDS In Mauritania

After Concerns Of Forced Shutdown, Aid Group In Darfur Allowed To Resume Food Distribution The aid agency Catholic Relief Services “has been allowed to resume distribution of food in West Darfur, narrowly averting a shutdown of the programme” that would have potentially cut off 400,000 people from food rations, Reuters reports (Babington, 3/29).…

Recent Releases In Global Health

Main Take-Aways From GHME: Reflections on last week’s Global Health Metrics & Evaluation (GHME) conference in Seattle, Washington appeared in several blogs and a Lancet column: Lancet: Offline: Where was Europe? (Horton, 3/26) Karen Grepin’s “Global Health Blog”: A trip to the inside of the Global Health Sausage Factory (3/22)…

Opinions: Using Taxes To Reduce Poverty; Fighting TB; Meeting Global Food Demands

Increased Tax Revenues Can Create ‘In-Roads Into Poverty Reduction’ “To improve living standards and create jobs,” African governments “need to provide their citizens with better health care, better education, more infrastructure. … How to pay for this – in a way that is both fair and efficient – is a question…

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Receives Preliminary Support For Second Term

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon “has received preliminary pledges of support for a second five-year term … from the United States and other key members of the Security Council, U.N. diplomats said,” Reuters reports in an article that examines Ban’s first term at the U.N., set to end on Dec. 31.…