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UNICEF’s New Strategy Combines Development Theories, Humanitarian Crises-Type Responses

Devex: As U.S. interest wanes, UNICEF pivots strategy “…The new strategy merges development theories with humanitarian urgency. UNICEF plugs into existing institutions to build a long-term response, but utilizing the extra personnel, expertise, and funding that humanitarian crises require. Particularly in protracted crises, the approach offers a way to build…

Discrimination, Stigma Help Fuel HIV Incidence Increase In Russia, Eastern Europe

Deutsche Welle: Hate, discrimination lead to rise of HIV in Russia, experts say “Experts are shocked over the spread of HIV in Russia and Eastern Europe. The problem has reached epidemic proportions, despite the fact that methods for stopping the spread of the virus are well known…” (Esipov, 10/19).

U.S. Government Should Allow USAID To Join Puerto Rico Humanitarian Response Efforts

HuffPost: Let USAID Help Puerto Rico Ben Barer, journalist and former USAID employee “U.S. disaster relief agencies are struggling but failing to restore electricity, water, food, and medical care to 3.4 million citizens on Puerto Rico since two hurricanes hit last month. … The failure to allow USAID to join…

Trachoma Elimination In Laos, Cambodia Demonstrates Possibility Of Ending Need For Foreign Assistance

Devex: Opinion: Eliminating the need for foreign assistance, one country at a time Paul Weisenfeld, executive vice president of RTI International’s International Development Group “…Eliminating trachoma in Laos and Cambodia shows that fundamentally solving — not just reducing — complex challenges through development assistance is possible. … [USAID’s flagship neglected…

Gateses Remain Optimistic About Progress On Health, Development Targets, Warn Positive Outcomes Not Guaranteed

Financial Times: Bill and Melinda Gates on the fight against global inequality “…Bill Gates, talking from his office in Seattle shortly before [last month’s Goalkeepers] event, cautioned that further [health and development] advances were not guaranteed. ‘We want to have people be positive about what’s happened, particularly since 1990,’ he said.…

Social Impact Funds Gain Attention For Potential To Help Achieve SDGs

Devex: Beyond aid: Insights from Social Capital Markets on achieving the SDGs “It only launched last year, but the The Rise Fund was all over the agenda at last week’s Social Capital Markets conference, which draws investors and entrepreneurs to San Francisco each year to discuss issues at the intersection…

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