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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…

Ambassador Goosby accepts offer to lead Office of Global Health Diplomacy; outlines role of office

In a State Department DipNote blog post titled “Strengthening Global Health By Elevating Diplomacy,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby stated that he accepted Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s request to lead the new Office of Global Health Diplomacy at the Department of State. Ambassador Goosby also stated that he will remain in his role as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and the new office will work to support U.S. ambassadors, improve sustainability of programs, and foster improved coordination among stakeholders.

Secretary Clinton announces release of “PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation”

During an event at the State Department commemorating World AIDS Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the release of the “PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation,” which outlines the principles and plans guiding how The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) will work towards the goal of an AIDS-free generation. Additional Information: Complete…