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FP2020 Releases Report Examining Role Of Religion In Family Planning Efforts

FP2020: Faith and Family Planning: Working Together to Drive Progress Post-2020 Family Planning 2020 (FP2020) released a brief on the role of religion in family planning efforts. According to FP2020’s website, the brief summarizes “knowledge about how secular FP2020 partners can more effectively engage with the faith community and [faith-based…

ICPD25 Conference Opens In Nairobi Amid Criticism From Faith, Conservative Advocacy Groups

Devex: Abortion, LGBTI rights stir emotions on eve of Nairobi summit “In the lead up to a major global United Nations conference on reproductive and sexual health in Kenya, topics such as abortion, LGBTI rights, and contraceptives for adolescents have stirred controversy among faith communities and conservative advocacy groups. These…

News Outlets Report On ProPublica Investigation Into Vice President Pence’s Efforts To Direct Foreign Aid In Middle East

CNN: ProPublica: Pence’s office pressured USAID to award grants to Christian groups in Iraq “Vice President Mike Pence’s office and political appointees have been pressuring the U.S. Agency for International Development to direct its Middle East funding to preferred Christian groups in Iraq, an effort that career officials warned could…

ProPublica Examines U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s Influence On Foreign Aid Distribution

ProPublica: How Mike Pence’s Office Meddled in Foreign Aid to Reroute Money to Favored Christian Groups “…Decisions about U.S. aid are often no longer being governed by career professionals applying a rigorous review of applicants and their capabilities. Over the last two years, political pressure, particularly from the office of…

Islamic Finance Can Play Important Role In Helping World Achieve SDGs, IDB President Writes

Financial Times: It is time to position Islamic finance as sustainability leader Bandar Hajjar, president of the Islamic Development Bank “…Islamic finance places great importance on improving the quality of life, social equity and fair trade relations. It recognizes the importance of protecting the environment and forbids irresponsible profiteering at…

More News In Global Health

AFP: WHO welcomes Taliban decision to lift ban on health workers (9/26). CIDRAP News: Study implicates Asian Zika strain in African microcephaly cases (Schnirring, 9/26). Devex: Q&A: Putting health workers at the center of global health goals (9/27). Devex: Are there enough cases to declare a malaria epidemic in Burundi?…

USAID Official Discusses Role Of Ethnic, Religious Identity In Vulnerability, Humanitarian Aid Distribution In Devex Interview

Devex: Q&A: Religious identity, genocide, and humanitarian impartiality “… ‘For the first time we’re really talking about and acknowledging that a person’s ethnic or religious identity contributes to their vulnerability … That is something of an evolution in the conversation around humanitarian principles and the way we at USAID and…

Pope Francis Visits HIV Treatment Center During Visit To Mozambique

Associated Press: Pope denounces danger of corruption in Mozambique Mass”Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Mozambique on Friday by consoling HIV-infected mothers and children and denouncing the rampant corruption that has helped make the southern African nation one of the world’s poorest countries. … Before the Mass, Francis met…