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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 releases “Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy: 2014-2025”

During the 2014 Chicago Council Global Food Symposium, National Security Advisor Susan Rice and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the release of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) “2014-2025 Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy.” According to a USAID press release, the new strategy aims to, among other things, “reduce the number…

USAID releases Administrator Shah’s 2014 annual letter

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released Administrator Rajiv Shah’s 2014 annual letter, which summarizes the agency’s global development approach and highlights USAID’s efforts — through, among other things, the Feed the Future and Power Africa initiatives, and to improve child survival,  achieve an AIDS-free generation, and increase access…

“International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the “International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” (S.2307). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation would “make reducing the levels of violence against…

USAID announces launch of “One Billion and Counting: Accelerating Action to Eliminate NTDs by 2020”

In commemoration of U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) “support of the delivery of 1 billion Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) treatments that are helping more than 465 million people in 25 countries,” the agency announced the launch of “One Billion and Counting: Accelerating Action to Eliminate NTDs by 2020.” According to…

U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator discusses PEPFAR at USAID town hall

On May 2, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx provided remarks at a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) town hall on “her vision for the next stage of PEPFAR (the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief).” According to a USAID Impact Blog post titled “The Future of PEPFAR” by…

UPDATED – House Appropriations Committee approves FY2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill (also see the associated report), which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health…

House Appropriations Committee approves FY15 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The House Committee on Appropriations approved (31-8) the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (H.R. 4800). The approved bill includes $1.466 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $198.126 million for…

Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY15 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations unanimously approved the “Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2015” (S. 2389). The approved bill includes $1.466 billion for international food aid through the P.L. 480 Title II Grants Program (Food for Peace) and an additional $185.126 million for…

UPDATED – Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, approved the FY 2015 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of U.S. funding for global health (total funding…