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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…

HHS Secretary Sebelius releases statement commemorating World Polio Day

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a statement commemorating World Polio Day. Among other things, Secretary Sebelius stated that “[a]chieving a polio-free world is a priority of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and we have significantly stepped up the global efforts of our Centers for…

NIH awards grants for genomics research in Africa

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that it had awarded $17 million in new grants as part of the Human Heredity and Health in Africa (H3Africa) program. According to an NIH press release, the grants will support genomics research, the training of African genomic scientists, and the building of…

USAID launches new nutrition and food security program in Haiti

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of a new four-year program aimed at improving nutrition and food security in Haiti. Among other things, the program, which is part of the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, will support “the Government of Haiti to establish a voucher-based safety-net…

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…

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…

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,…

U.S. & China announce anti-malaria and development cooperation

The U.S. State Department released a summary of specific outcomes and areas for further cooperation the conclusion of the Fifth Round of the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED) held July 10-11, 2013 in Washington, DC. Among other things, the U.S. and China announced plans to establish a “Dialogue on Global…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2014 spending levels

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the spending levels, or 302(b) allocations, for fiscal year 2014. A 302(b) funding allocation is provided to each appropriations subcommittee and acts as a ceiling for allocating funds in the appropriation bill under the subcommittee’s jurisdiction. The 302(b) allocation for State and Foreign Operations,…