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CGD Blog Post Examines Development, Foreign Aid Questions Raised By President’s FY17 Budget Request

Center for Global Development’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy”: Questions on the FY 2017 Budget Request Beth Schwanke, director of policy outreach, and Erin Collinson, senior associate for policy outreach, both at CGD, examine various development and foreign assistance issues raised by President Obama’s FY 2017 budget request, including questions about…

4B People Worldwide Face Severe Water Scarcity For At Least 1 Month Annually, Study Shows

The Guardian: Four billion people face severe water scarcity, new research finds “At least two-thirds of the global population, over four billion people, live with severe water scarcity for at least one month every year, according to a major new analysis…” (Carrington, 2/12). Huffington Post: Global Water Shortage Risk Is…

Privatizing Foreign Aid Could Cut Down On Corruption

The Hill: Where does U.S. foreign aid money go? Claudia R. Williamson, assistant professor of economics at Mississippi State University “…[I]n a recent paper examining the effectiveness of [U.S. foreign aid] contributions and the practices of the agencies that distribute them, my colleague and I find that these acts of…

Opinion Pieces Discuss Issues Surrounding Humanitarian Response To Syrian Conflict

Devex: Syria not just a humanitarian crisis, but a development one too Paige Alexander, assistant administrator of the Bureau for the Middle East at USAID, and Thomas H. Staal, senior deputy assistant administrator at USAID “…The U.S. government is leading the humanitarian response inside Syria — and even as we…

Much Of U.N. Humanitarian System Resistant To Reform Despite Calls For Change

The Guardian: ‘Outdated and resistant to change’: how can we fix the humanitarian system? “…This month’s report from the secretary general, published ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in May, recognizes that the overall humanitarian system is ‘seen as outdated and resistant to change, fragmented and uncommitted to working collaboratively,…

Devex Previews Key Foreign Aid Portions Of White House FY17 Budget Request

Devex: What to expect from Obama’s FY17 budget request “President Barack Obama will release his 2017 budget request Tuesday, and U.S. aid advocates are eagerly waiting to see how key program areas fare. Already Obama has offered hints — and even some clear indications — of what he will ask…

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