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CBO releases cost estimate of “Electrify Africa Act of 2014”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). Introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th) and passed by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the legislation would aim to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan…

GAO releases report on prepositioning of U.S. international food aid

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “International Food Aid: Prepositioning Speeds Delivery of Emergency Aid, but Additional Monitoring of Time Frames and Costs Is Needed,” which examines the effect of prepositioning U.S. international food aid in areas with historically high need on delivery time and costs.…

USAID releases 2013 Health-Related Research Report to Congress

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released its 2013 research-related report to Congress. Titled “Health-Related Research and Development Progress Report: An Update of the 2011-2015 Health Research Strategy,” the report “provides an update, broken down by health area, on the agency’s work under its multi-year strategy for health-related research…

Administration releases “Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development”

The Administration released the “Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development” (PPD-6). PPD-6 was originally signed by the President on September 22, 2010, but was not released to the public until February 24, 2014 due to the Administration’s decision to cite executive privilege. According to a White House fact sheet released at…

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…

FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act Released

The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations announced the release of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014” (H.R. 3547), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State,…

USAID releases draft Nutrition Strategy seeking public comment

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the release and requested public comment on a draft agency-wide Nutrition Strategy. According to the announcement, the strategy, which would establish the guiding principles, conceptual framework, and key deliverables, will serve as a “benchmark towards the development of a broader U.S. Government…

USAID releases new urban policy

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a new policy titled “Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World,” which aims to provide guidance on improving the delivery of essential services in areas of rapid urbanization. Among other things, the report highlights how addressing service delivery issues in urban…

USAID Administrator Shah announces new Feed the Future Innovation Labs

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of 10 new Feed the Future (FtF) Innovation Labs aimed at improving, among other things, global food security and nutrition. According to a press release from USAID, the new labs “draw on the expertise of top U.S. universities and…