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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…

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…

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…

State Department releases fact sheet on U.S. commitment to “Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”

The U.S Department of State released a fact sheet titled “The United States’ Commitment to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves: Year Three Progress Report” summarizing U.S. financial and programmatic support aimed at “help[ing] the Alliance achieve its goal of enabling 100 million homes to adopt clean and efficient stoves…

Secretary Kerry releases statement commemorating International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry issued a statement to commemorate the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (FGM/C) saying, among other things, that “[t]he United States is committed to stemming the tide of this gross injustice and to improving healthcare for women and children suffering from…

President Obama signs the “Agriculture Act of 2014” into law extending and reforming U.S. international food assistance programs

President Obama signed the “Agriculture Act of 2014” (H.R. 2642), commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill,” into law (Public Law #113-79). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK, 3rd), extends authorities through 2018 for, among other things, international food assistance programs including Food for Peace…

U.S. announces launch of Global Health Security Agenda

During an event held at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the U.S. government announced the launch of the Global Health Security Agenda, a partnership with 26 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), and the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) “to…