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‘Cargo Preference’ Provision In Coast Guard Authorization Bill Stalled In Senate

Al Jazeera America: Food fight: Coast Guard bill could limit aid to hungry “…The regulation in question is known as ‘cargo preference,’ a 60-year-old provision that says a certain percentage of U.S. food aid must get transported aboard U.S. vessels, even if foreign carriers offer a lower price. Researchers say…

Inadequate Funding, Harsh Laws Could Threaten HIV Fight In Uganda

IRIN: Flat funding, harsh laws could hurt Uganda’s battle against HIV “Inadequate funding coupled with harsh laws targeting same-sex unions could erode the gains so far made in the fight against HIV in Uganda, activists warn…” (6/25).

Blog Post Examines Benefits, Challenges Of State Department’s ForeignAssistance.gov

Center for Global Development: ForeignAssistance.gov Is Getting Bigger; Here’s How to Make It Better Sarah Rose, senior policy analyst at the Center for Global Development, discusses the State Department’s release of foreign assistance data on the ForeignAssistance.gov website, outlining “why it’s still a good investment, the big challenges it faces,…

Humanitarian Relief Spending Reached Record High $22B In 2013, Report Says

News outlets highlight the 2014 Global Humanitarian Assistance report, showing a record amount of humanitarian relief was disbursed in 2013. The Guardian: Global humanitarian aid spending soars to record high “Global spending on humanitarian relief soared to a record $22 billion (£12.93 billion) last year as conflicts in Central African…

U.S. To Boost Humanitarian Aid To $118M In CAR

Agence France-Presse: U.S. boosts humanitarian aid to Central African Republic to $118 mln “The United States on Monday said it was boosting its humanitarian aid to the Central African Republic to $118 million in fiscal 2014…” (6/24).

U.K.’s Short-Term Approach To Aid Evaluation Criticized By Some, Devex Reports

Devex: Global health expert to DfID: Do away with short-term fixes “The U.K. Department for International Development has been focusing on results in its projects as a means to ensure value for money for every pound spent — but by taking this more short-term approach, some argue the British aid…

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…

Congress Considering Lifting Ban On Abortion Funding For Peace Corps Volunteers

National Journal Daily: Is Congress Going to Lift Its Ban on Abortion Funding for the Peace Corps’ Rape Victims? “Current law allows for an exception to the ban on federal funding for abortions in the event of rape, incest, or life endangerment. Unless you’re a Peace Corps volunteer. … Without…

View Foreign Aid As Long-Term Investment, Not Charity

Bloomberg Businessweek: Foreign Aid Isn’t Charity. It’s an Investment Charles Kenny, senior fellow at the Center for Global Development “…It’s time to view aid as an investment — like spending on roads and schools here in the U.S. — rather than an act of charity. In the long term, that…

Global Community Should Commit To Funding For Basic Education

Washington Post: Universal basic education is the millennium goal everyone forgot Jeffrey Sachs, director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University “…When the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals were set in 2000, they included both health and education objectives. The health goals were pursued with vigor — and money — and…

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