Steps The U.S. Can Take To Improve Its Commitment To Development A Center for Global Development memo offers suggestionsÂ for the U.S. toÂ improve its commitment to policies that benefit poor countries afterÂ it ranked 17th out of 22 wealthy in the 2009 Commitment to Development Index. Among a set of 20 recommendations,…
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USAID Director Rajiv Shah “says shelter and rubble removal are immediate priorities in the reconstruction efforts in earthquake-devastated Haiti,” VOA News reports. Shah briefed the House Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere Thursday, and also “said between 300,000 and 400,000 units of shelter are needed. He said aid workers are trying to provide about 135,000 transitional structures right now.”
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USAID Program To Prevent Spread Of BirdÂ FluÂ In Bangladesh ExpandsÂ All Headline News reports on a USAID-funded initiative to prevent the spread of bird flu in Bangladesh. The STOP AI (Stamping Out Pandemic and Avian Influenza) Bangladesh initiative includes the “renovation of the water supply, addition of a bio-gas facility for…
Marking the six month anniversary of Haiti’s major earthquake, President Barack Obama thanked Dominican Republic President Leonel Fernandez on Monday for his country’s help, Agence France-Presse reports.
The U.N. General Assembly on Wednesday declared access to safe, clean drinking water and sanitation to be a “‘human right’ in a resolution that more than 40 countries including the United States didn’t support,” the Associated Press reports (Lederer, 7/28).
British Red Cross Report Says Aid Organizations Cannot Provide Sanitation Services In Haiti Indefinitely
Aid agencies providing sanitation and water services in Haiti are stretched to their capacities and cannot help indefinitely, the British Red Cross said in a report Wednesday,” according to the Associated Press/Taiwan News. Meanwhile, Caricom says that the U.N. should step in to coordinate the relief programs.
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UNAIDS Praises Namibia For Lifting HIV Travel Ban “Namibia received praise Thursday from the United Nations joint programme on AIDS after the south-west African nation lifted restrictions on the movement of people infected with the disease,” Deutsche Presse-Agentur/M & C writes. According to U.N. data, the news agency writes, “51…
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Monday announced several new development- and health-related aid projects for Pakistan worth more than $500 million, Reuters reports (Quinn, 7/19).
Heads of state from the African Union (AU) started a three-day meeting in Kampala, Uganda, on Sunday as part of the 15th AU Summit, People’s Daily Online reports.
Bachelet Appointment To U.N. Women Lends ‘Star Power’ To Gender Equality Agenda The appointment of former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet to head U.N. Women is an “excellent choice” that “adds stature and star power to the agenda for gender equality,” according to a Los Angeles Times editorial. The editorial cites…