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USAID releases book titled “50 Years of Global Health: Saving Lives and Building Futures”

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a book titled “50 Years of Global Health: Saving Lives and Building Futures.” The book summarizes USAID’s efforts to advance global health, serving as a “record of [USAID’s] work [and] a catalog of lessons” over its 50-year history.

USAID releases Administrator Shah’s 2014 annual letter

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released Administrator Rajiv Shah’s 2014 annual letter, which summarizes the agency’s global development approach and highlights USAID’s efforts — through, among other things, the Feed the Future and Power Africa initiatives, and to improve child survival,  achieve an AIDS-free generation, and increase access…

UPDATED – White House releases FY15 Budget Request

UPDATED – April 22, 2014 The White House released the FY 2015 budget request on March 4, 2014, 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 Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY15 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), House Committee on Foreign Affairs (April 9), and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations…

USAID launches U.S. Global Development Lab

At an event in New York, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of the “U.S. Global Development Lab” (The Lab), an effort that aims to “foster science- and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030.” According to a USAID press release,…

USAID launches water innovation prize in recognition of World Water Day

In recognition of World Water Day, which takes place each year on March 22, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Global Water Coordinator and Deputy Assistant Christian Holmes announced, among other things, the launch of  the Desal Prize, an award conducted “in partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and…

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…

“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…

Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA, 11th) introduced the “Global Partnerships Act of 2013” (H.R. 1793). According to a press release from Representative Connolly, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system by, among other things, “restoring the U.S. Agency for International Development’s policy and budget functions and identifying eight concise goals for…