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Secretary Kerry discusses food security at World Food Prize ceremony

During his remarks at the World Food Prize ceremony, Secretary of State John Kerry discussed U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF) and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, and highlighted, among other things, the impact of food security on public health,…

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,…

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…

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…

GAO releases report on USAID’s efforts to provide funding directly to local organizations

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Foreign Aid: USAID Has Increased Funding to Partner-Country Organizations but Could Better Track Progress.” The report examines the implementation of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Local Solutions initiative, a reform under USAID Forward that “aims to shift…

House approves Electrify Africa Act of 2014

The House of Representatives passed (297-117) the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), aims to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support, among other things, improved food security…

Administration actions and resources commemorating World Malaria Day

Several U.S. Government agencies released statements and/or provided resources in recognition of World Malaria Day, which takes place each year on April 25, including: President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI): PMI’s announcement on World Malaria Day 2014 PMI FastFacts factsheet  PMI compilation of press releases, articles, and blogs National Institutes Of Health (NIH): NIH World…

USAID announces new efforts to end preventable child and maternal deaths

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Governments of Ethiopia and India, in partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, held a high-level forum titled “Acting On The Call: Ending Preventable Child and Maternal Deaths.” USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah provided…

FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act Released

The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations announced the release of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014” (H.R. 3547), 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,…

Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act passed by Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Foreign Prison Conditions Improvement Act of 2013” (S. 657). Originally introduced by Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the bill aims to “eliminate conditions in foreign prisons and other detention facilities that do not meet primary indicators of health, sanitation, and safety,” and authorizes,…