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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,…

House Appropriations Committee releases FY 2014 spending levels

The House Committee on Appropriations released 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,…

USAID releases report on childhood blindness

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report (.pdf) titled “Investing in Prevention: Childhood Blindness,” which “provides information on the current status of child blindness around the world and the work of essential U.S. government humanitarian and development assistance programs funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in addressing…

President Obama signs memorandum on coordination of U.S. efforts to advance gender equality globally

President Obama signed a Presidential Memorandum titled “Coordination of Policies and Programs to Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women and Girls Globally” which 1) directs the Secretary of State to designate an Ambassador at Large charged with leading the Office of Global Women’s Issue at the State Department, 2) ensures…