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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…

GAO releases report on management of U.S. international emergency food aid procurement system

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “International Food Aid: Better Agency Collaboration Needed to Assess and Improve Emergency Food Aid Procurement System,” which examines the U.S. international emergency food aid procurement process. The report specifically reviews the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) and U.S. Agency for…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs holds hearing on “The First One Thousand Days: Development Aid Programs to Bolster Health and Nutrition”

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing titled “The First One Thousand Days: Development Aid Programs to Bolster Health and Nutrition” with testimony from Acting Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, and Deputy Coordinator of…

Resolution supporting World Tuberculosis Day introduced in Senate

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced a resolution (S.Res. 393) “supporting the goals of World Tuberculosis Day to raise awareness about tuberculosis.” Among other things, the resolution states that the U.S. Senate “reaffirms the commitment to global tuberculosis control set forth in the United States Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria…

Administration actions and resources commemorating World TB Day

Several U.S. Government agencies released statements and/or provided resources in recognition of World TB Day, which takes place annually on March 24, including: State Department: State Department DipNote blog post: “World TB Day: The Fight Against HIV/AIDS Is Vital to a Future Without Tuberculosis” USAID: USAID World TB Day webpage…

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…

Administration statements and actions commemorating International Women’s Day

In commemoration of International Women’s Day, Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement saying, among other things, that the “United States stands ready to protect and advance the health, education, and human rights of women and girls everywhere, because women’s progress is human progress.” Additionally, First Lady Michelle Obama,…

USAID releases report on women’s equality and empowerment

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a new report titled, “Women’s Lives and Challenges: Equality and Empowerment since 2000.” According to a USAID press release, the report “evaluates trends in women’s employment, domestic decision-making, exposure to violence, and access to education and health care.”