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OMB releases updated sequestration report; estimates 5.0% decrease in global health funding

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released the “OMB Report To The Congress On The Joint Committee Sequestration For Fiscal Year 2013” (.pdf) detailing the budgetary impacts of sequestration as mandated in the “Budget Control Act of 2011” (P.L. 112-25). According to the report, estimated reductions are…

GAO releases report on USDA’s food assistance procurement process

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Briefing on U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Assistance Procurement Process,” which “(1) describes USDA’s organization and management structure for food assistance procurement, and (2) assesses whether there is overlap and duplication in USDA’s organization and management structure for food assistance procurement.”

“Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013″ introduced in House

Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR, 3rd) and Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) introduced the “Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2013” (H.R. 2901), which aims “to strengthen implementation of the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005 (Public Law 109-121).” Among other things, the bill would establish…

USAID, UNFPA announce new efforts to strengthen collaboration on reproductive health

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) announced “new efforts to strengthen their collaboration to advance reproductive health, including voluntary family planning, worldwide.” According to the USAID press release announcing the collaboration, the two agencies plan to coordinate on the distribution of contraceptives,…

USAID releases report on children in adversity

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report (.pdf) titled “From Strong Beginnings To Youth Resilience: Pathways Out Of Adversity,” its sixth annual report to Congress on “The Assistance to Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Developing Countries Act” (Public Law 109-95). The report highlights the objectives of the U.S.…

U.S. and Sweden announce new program, “Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development”

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) announced a new program titled “Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development.” According to a USAID press release, the $25 million program “will fund and accelerate scientific and technological innovations that can be sustained with…

White House releases fact sheet summarizing G20 Summit outcomes

The White House released a fact sheet summarizing the outcomes of the G20 Summit held in St. Petersburg, Russia from September 5-6, 2013. Among other things, the fact sheet highlights G-20 commitments pertaining to improving food security and nutrition, “support for the elaboration of a post-2015 development agenda,” and call for…

GAO releases report on Feed the Future Initiative

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Global Food Security: USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks” that examines efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development  (USAID) to address global food security issues through the Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative.…

Secretary Kerry announces new initiative to address gender-based violence in global humanitarian emergencies

Secretary of State John Kerry announced a new U.S. initiative titled “Safe from the Start” that is aimed at addressing gender-based violence (GBV) in global humanitarian emergencies. According to a State Department press release, the U.S. will provide an initial commitment of $10 million and will “coordinate with other donors…

“PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” introduced in Senate

Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN) introduced the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act” (S.1545). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation extends existing authorities and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the following provisions:…