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Thursday, September 24, 2015 — No Region Specified

How MasterCard Aims to Transform Aid Distribution

Source: Press Release

Humanitarian organizations are increasingly asked to provide aid in a climate of political and economic unrest.
Friday, September 4, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Costly Cash

Source: The Economist

Suppose there were a way of getting money to some of the world’s poorest people precisely when they need it. Suppose, too, that the flow hardly ever diminished, even during a global financial crisis. Finally, suppose the cash could not be creamed off by corrupt local officials. Surely every right-minded government in the world would want to encourage this and make it as cheap and easy as possible?
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Are African leaders misusing Chinese development finance?

Source: International Growth Centre

A new study suggests that China's hands-off approach may enable recipient governments to prioritize projects according to personal or political concerns rather than the needs of the recipient population.
Monday, August 10, 2015 — Asia Pacific

OPINION: Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank - Much ado about very little

Source: DevPolicy Blog

For the AIIB to be an effective political instrument, it needs to be a successful financial and development institution. That will be very hard to fully pull off.
Friday, July 24, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Obama's Top Initiative to Aid Africa Is Now in Jeopardy

Source: The State Newspaper

As President Barack Obama returns to Africa this week, his major initiative to help the continent double access to electricity is in jeopardy, undermined by Congress.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015 — No Region Specified

Partnerships and Innovation to Defeat Malaria: An Interview With Dr. David Reddy

Source: Development Policy Centre

Dr David Reddy is CEO of Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a product development partnership that works with both the public and private sectors to facilitate the discovery, development and delivery of new antimalarial drugs. Before his public lecture held at the Crawford School (presentation available here), Dr Reddy sat down with Camilla Burkot to talk about MMV’s role in tackling malaria. You can listen to the podcast here and read the full transcript here. For a summary of their discussion, read on.
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

New Approach Provides More Complete Picture of Donor Support for Key Global Health Issues

Source: News Medical

As the world's leaders gather in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for the Financing for Development Conference, a study published in The Lancet demonstrates that a new approach is needed for classifying funding that reflects the function the funding serves, rather than the specific disease or country. The study is the first in-depth assessment of how donor funding is spent on global versus country-specific functions of health.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — South Asia

Vietnam Is Having Condom Problems — And That's a Good Thing

Source: NPR

Vietnam is having condom problems. Hundreds of thousands of condoms sold there are substandard. They tear easily and don't offer reliable protection. While this might seem like a red flag, it's actually a sign of progress.
Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — No Region Specified

Julie Bishop: Australia Will Use Private Firms Like Coca-Cola to Deliver Aid

Source: The Guardian

The Australian government will partner with private companies such as Coca-Cola to distribute medical aid, foreign minister Julie Bishop has said.
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why Is the United States Letting Its Best Foreign Aid Tool Fall Apart?

Source: Foreign Policy

As America is blowing billions by using its military as a one-size-fits-all solution for emergencies around the world, USAID is understaffed, underfunded, and on the cusp of crisis.
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Remedy for a Trillion Dollar Problem?

Source: Devex

Africa is bleeding. But it’s not a physical wound, it’s a financial one, and it’s allowing more to leave in illicit flows — money that is illegally transferred, earned or utilized — than the amount received in development aid. Though the loss is coming out of Africa and other developing regions, the Band-Aid that could stop the bleeding is in the hands of a small group of rich countries.
Monday, June 15, 2015 — South Asia

India Scraps Import Duties on AIDS Drugs to Battle Shortage

Source: Reuters

India has scrapped customs import duties for drugs and test kits used to treat AIDS in an effort to cut prices across the country, as it struggles to cope with an ongoing shortage in its national program to fight the disease.
Monday, June 15, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Ethiopia Offers 100% FDI to India Healthcare Sector

Source: The Financial Express

Ethiopia offered 100 per cent Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) facility to India for setting up hospitals and other healthcare facilities in Ethiopia. The host country will acquire land for Indian entrepreneurs and offer other incentives and tax facilities as well.
Thursday, June 4, 2015 — Latin America

How the Red Cross Raised Half a Billion Dollars for Haiti ­and Built Six Homes

Source: ProPublica

The neighborhood of campeche sprawls up a steep hillside in Haiti’s capital city, Port-au-Prince. Goats rustle in trash that goes forever uncollected. Children kick a deflated volleyball in a dusty lot below a wall with a hand-painted logo of the American Red Cross.
Monday, June 1, 2015 — South Asia

Nepal government grows wary of foreign aid

Source: Nikkei Asian Review

International relief organizations are intensifying efforts to distribute aid in Nepal a month after the devastating 7.8-magnitude earthquake. Nepal's government, however, seems intent on rejecting the help.
Friday, May 29, 2015 — Latin America

Latin America development bank CAF eyes presence in Cuba

Source: Reuters

The Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) aims to be the first multilateral lender present in Cuba, its executive president said on Thursday, as the communist-run island seeks foreign investment amid a diplomatic opening to the United States.
Monday, May 18, 2015 — No Region Specified

Aid Burst Lifts People Out of Extreme Poverty

Source: Nature

Giving some of the world’s poorest people a two-year aid package — including cash, food, health-care services, skills training and advice — improves their livelihoods for at least a year after the support is cut off, according to the results of an experiment involving more than 10,000 households in six countries.
Monday, May 18, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Opinion: Entrepreneur-Led Development - A New Model for Africa

Source: AFK Insider

Aid-based approaches have improved untold millions of lives across the continent, but it is the economic opportunity side of the development coin that will have more catalytic impact in driving development on the African continent, says Tony Elumelu.
Friday, May 15, 2015 — No Region Specified

What It Takes to Lift Families Out of Poverty

Source: NPR

Eighteen years ago, Dean Karlan was a fresh, bright-eyed graduate student in economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He wanted to answer what seemed like a simple question:
Thursday, May 14, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: Why "Design for Development" Is Failing on Its Promise

Source: Fast Company

A couple of years ago, I had a moment of crisis about the role of design in tackling the challenges of our time.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Cash Aid Feeds Business Surge in Northern Kenya

Source: Reuters

When the government of Kenya began giving cash instead of food aid to poor people in Kenya's drought-stricken northern region, the aim was to help them buy food more efficiently and conveniently.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 — No Region Specified

The Global Health Supply Chain Program, the Largest-Ever USAID Award, Is Under Protest

Source: Devex

A partnership of government contractors including John Snow, Inc. is protesting the U.S. Agency for International Development’s decision to award its largest-ever contract to a group led by development consulting firm Chemonics International.
Monday, April 27, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

DfID Accused of Heightening Inequality Through Support for Private Sector

Source: The Guardian

Report by campaign group Global Justice Now points finger at Department for International Development over private health and education projects.
Thursday, April 23, 2015 — No Region Specified

Germany pushes climate insurance as alternative to traditional development aid

Source: Euractiv

Germany's Environment Minister wants the G7 to look at insurance policies as an alternative to traditional development aid.
Friday, April 10, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Aid Agencies Urge Kenya to Let Somali Remittances Resume

Source: Reuters

Aid agencies urge Kenya to allow Somali money transfer firms to resume operations, expressing concern that halting remittances will hurt struggling families and relief operations in Somalia.
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 — No Region Specified

Too Global to Fail: The World Bank At the Intersection of National and Global Public Policy

Source: Devpolicy

It can be and has been argued that improvements in human welfare achieved over the last few decades have been purchased, at least in part, on credit—that the net gain is less than it seems, perhaps even negative, given the scale of our accumulated liabilities. In part, this is because gains made at the level of households, communities and countries have not been adequately insured against global public ‘bads’—transnational problems whose solution or mitigation generally calls for international cooperation.
Friday, February 27, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: $7.5 Billion on the Table for Vaccines: Will Leaders Keep Their Word?

Source: Reuters

What happens when the cameras power down, the microphones are put away, and the jets take off That’s a question many citizens ask themselves when they see their leaders in the headlines, making a fiery speech or a bold pledge from a podium in a faraway city.
Thursday, February 19, 2015 — No Region Specified

Viewpoint: The Illusion of Control in Foreign Aid

Source: Devex

Maybe Jesse Helms was right. I never thought I’d hear myself utter those words, but after witnessing the fracas around the U.S. Agency for International Development’s “Local Solutions” policy, I’m coming around to his way of thinking.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015 — Sub-Saharan Africa

African Development Bank promises Kenya $500 million loan for infrastructure projects

Source: Standard Digital

African Development Bank (AfDB) will loan Kenya Sh45 billion ($500m) this year to finance major infrastructure projects in the country.
Thursday, December 18, 2014 — South Asia

World Bank commits over $1 billion to Bangladesh

Source: Dhaka Tribune

The fund would benefit almost 36 million people by improving the quality of primary education, building coastal communities’ resilience to natural disaster, and increasing the nutrition and cognitive development of children.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

USAID head to step down

Source: USA Today

The administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development says he will step down in mid-February. Rajiv Shah, who has led USAID for five years, said in a statement that the agency is answering President Obama's call to end extreme poverty across the globe.
Friday, November 7, 2014 — South Asia

Dr. H. Sudarshan of Karuna Trust Wins India Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2014

Source: Schwab Foundation

The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, in partnership with the Jubilant Bhartia Foundation announced Dr. H. Sudarshan, founder of Karuna Trust, as the winner of the India Social Entrepreneur of the Year, 2014 Award. The awards were conferred in New Delhi, at a well-attended gala, by Mr. Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance, Corporate Affairs and Defence, Government of India. The other finalists included Matthew Spacie of Magic Bus and Yogendra Bhushan of Bodh Shiksha Samiti.
Thursday, November 6, 2014 — South Asia

USAID administrator announces financial inclusion commitments in India

Source: India Blooms

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah announced USAID support for three priority areas of partnership as identified in the recent summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Barack Obama in Washington.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

Germany's GIZ looks to break Islamic microfinance shortfall

Source: Reuters

A series of German-funded studies and pilot projects aims to bridge the gap between Islamic finance and microcredit, to the benefit of communities in developing countries which remain on the fringes of the financial industry.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Malaysia to Send 20M Latex Gloves to West Africa

Source: Voice of America News

Malaysia will send more than 20 million medical rubber gloves to five African nations battling the deadly Ebola virus, addressing a crucial shortage faced by overwhelmed health workers, the country's Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Monday.
Monday, September 15, 2014 — South Asia

USAID is incubating start-ups to tackle poverty problems

Source: The Los Angeles Times

With his nifty PowerPoint slides and carefully crafted pitch, Yashraj Khaitan might be mistaken for any other fast-talking, code-savvy Bay Area millennial boasting that he has hit on the idea to solve a vexing world problem. Yet, in Khaitan's case, some very influential people in Washington think he may be right. The federal government agency charged with easing world hunger and poverty has bet a million dollars on Khaitan's tiny start-up. It is among a handful of companies that the US Agency for International Development is looking to as it seeks to upend the way aid agencies go about trying to improve living conditions in some of the world's most deeply impoverished places.
Thursday, August 7, 2014 — No Region Specified

Red Cross experiments with a very different money remittance approach

Source: PYMNTS

When Red Cross workers are helping with disaster relief in the middle of war-torn areas or natural disasters, the last thing they need to deal with are money-transfer headaches to secure critical supplies and services.
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 — No Region Specified

OPINION: New World Bank safeguards are pushing more money out the door at the expense of the poor

Source: Devex

Last week, the World Bank released a draft of its proposed new environmental and social safeguards.
Monday, August 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Obama's Africa legacy moment?

Source: Devex

U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to three African countries last summer might have been dubbed the “trade not aid” tour.
Tuesday, July 29, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Sweden resumes aid to Uganda after suspending it over anti-gay law

Source: Reuters

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Sweden has resumed financial aid to Uganda after suspending some assistance in March over a law widely condemned by donor nations that increases punishment for homosexuals.
Thursday, July 24, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

World Bank conducts Zimbabwe consumer-protection review

Source: News Day

A WORLD Bank mission team is in the country to conduct Zimbabwe’s first Consumer Protection and Financial Literacy (CPFL) Diagnostic Review amid revelations that consumers were being prejudiced by financial institutions.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 — No Region Specified

Does the World Still Need the World Bank?

Source: Bloomberg View

There will always be a need for a World Bank, which celebrates a birthday of sorts Tuesday. There is no need for a World Bank with more than 10,000 employees.
Thursday, July 17, 2014 — No Region Specified

5 things you need to know about the New Development Bank

Source: The Straits Times

At the 6th BRICS summit in Fortaleza, Brazil, on Tuesday, the New Development Bank was created.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

Nearing A Deadline, Is The World Going To Meet The Millennium Development Goals?

Source: Fast CoExist

The latest UN appraisal shows progress, but in some areas, such as child mortality and biodiversity loss, we're falling short.
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 — No Region Specified

Donors seeking new relevance as African growth gains pace

Source: Business Day

AID has quite often been described as a life-support machine for Malawi, one of the world’s poorest nations. A country that has so far eluded the simplistic "Africa rising" narrative, Malawi remains one of the continent’s most aid-dependent nations.
Thursday, May 15, 2014 — No Region Specified

EU warned private sector engagement in aid risks putting profit before poverty

Source: The Guardian

NGOs concerned that increased involvement of business in aid programmes could compromise development objectives
Friday, April 4, 2014 — No Region Specified

Here is why the World Bank withheld aid to Uganda

Source: The Washington Post

World Bank President Jim Yong Kim stopped by The Washington Post on Thursday to chat about some of the changes under way as the bank moves to eradicate extreme poverty by 2030. Throughout discussions about energy projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo, deficits in Indonesia and private sector growth in Burma, one key concern kept coming up: What role should the World Bank play when conflicts arise in member nations?
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Uganda accuses World Bank of aid blackmail

Source: Business Day

Uganda accused the World Bank of blackmail on Friday after the lender stalled a $90m loan over the east African nation’s adoption of a draconian anti-gay law.
Monday, March 3, 2014 — Sub-Saharan Africa

The End of the ‘Developing World’

Source: New York Times

BILL GATES, in his foundation’s annual letter, declared that “the terms ‘developing countries’ and ‘developed countries’ have outlived their usefulness.” He’s right. If we want to understand the modern global economy, we need a better vocabulary. Mr. Gates was making a point about improvements in income and gross domestic product; unfortunately, these formal measures generate categories that tend to obscure obvious distinctions. Only when employing a crude “development” binary could anyone lump Mozambique and Mexico together.
Thursday, December 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global health icon says aid must build local systems

Source: Oxfam America

Whether helping local farmers increase their crop production or supporting neighbors to rebuild after a natural disaster, few Americans would disagree that the aim of US foreign assistance must be to help people help themselves. But 60 years of foreign aid has shown that international donors alone cannot fix the problems of developing countries.
Thursday, December 12, 2013 — Asia Pacific

Philippines' Quezon City and USAID Launch Mobile Money System

Source: USAID

The Local Government of Quezon City, in collaboration with the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has launched an innovative mobile money system.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 — No Region Specified

USAID chief meets corporate leaders at the White House

Source: Devex

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah met corporate leaders — including the CEOs of Wal-Mart, Mike Duke: Unilever, Paul Polman; and Nestlé, Paul Bulcke — at the White House on Wednesday to discuss supply chain management within the Tropical Forest Alliance 2020.
Thursday, September 5, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Fighting Poverty, and Critics

Source: New York Times

Nina Munk’s new book, “The Idealist,” is about the well-known economist Jeffrey Sachs and his “quest to end poverty,” as the subtitle puts it. I know: That subtitle sounds like classic book-industry hyperbole, but, in this case, it’s not. That really is what Sachs has been trying to do. The question of whether or not he is succeeding is where things get tricky.
Friday, August 23, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Five Skills Designers Have That Global Development Needs

Source: Good

“Development is being disrupted,” says Raj Kumar, president of DevEx, a site devoted to helping the international development community deliver foreign aid more efficiently and effectively. Beyond the buzz generated by the “social entrepreneurship” and “impact investing” communities, I’ve seen a significant shift coming from traditional aid agencies in the past two years.
Monday, August 19, 2013 — No Region Specified

The Case for Unconditional Handouts to the Poor

Source: The Atlantic

A New York Times magazine story this week explores a similar theme: The rising trend of giving the poor cash transfers -- free money -- and hoping that it results in some positive action, like eating better or going to school or getting medical treatment. And despite our most pessimistic views of human nature, the Times found that in some cases, it actually works.
Friday, July 19, 2013 — South Asia

Is there a role for foreign development assistance in middle income Asia?

Source: Devpolicy Blog

Across Asia countries are rapidly transitioning from low to middle income status. This transition is enormously positive, pulling millions of Asians out of poverty, massively increasing levels of education, and creating new opportunities for employment and wealth accumulation. But the ‘miracle’ of Asian growth is deeply unequal, with many in middle-income Asia continuing to experience extreme poverty, and exclusion from the benefits of the thriving regional economy.
Friday, July 19, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

As disease rates fall in Africa, EU urged to maintain health aid

Source: EurActiv

African governments are spending more of their own money to combat the AIDS virus, malaria and other health plagues, but a senior global health official says progress in preventing infectious diseases could slow if the EU and other donors skimp on their aid.
Friday, July 12, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Fund signs $100 million grant agreement with Namibia

Source: Vaccine News

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria signed grant agreements on Tuesday with Namibia for $91.6 million to support the national response to HIV and $8.5 million for malaria programs.
Wednesday, July 10, 2013 — No Region Specified

Innovative finance can boost global health R&D

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation

Whatever the exact numbers, few would dispute that only a small fraction of health R&D funding targets conditions in poor countries that account for most of the global disease burden.
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 — No Region Specified

Aid for Trade — can it really reduce poverty?

Source: Devex

Developing countries are increasingly opening up more to crucial trade routes, which connect them to world value chains.
Thursday, June 27, 2013 — No Region Specified

Indian innovation for African development

Source: Devex

A catalyst for innovation: That is how the United States envisions India, a former aid recipient and now emerging donor that nevertheless still is home to millions of people living in poverty and is facing other development challenges despite its growing economy.
Monday, June 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

World’s Poorest Nations Can Lead Development Agenda

Source: Biz Day

The least developed countries (LDCs) can play a critical role in ensuring that the new global sustainability goals – which the international community aims to have in place by 2015 — are both fair and effective, say experts.
Monday, June 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

End of sex worker pledge in AIDS funds lifts stigma

Source: GlobalPost

US groups that work to end HIV around the world will no longer be forced to take a pledge against prostitution, after the Supreme Court ruled this week it is a violation of free speech.
Friday, June 21, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

Africa: Pepfar Marks 10 Years, 1 Million Healthy Babies

Source: AllAfrica

One million babies are alive today because their HIV-infected mothers received medication to prevent them from transmitting the virus to their infants.
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global leaders sign comprehensive charter to tackle stunting in children

Source: The Times of India

The fight against stunting - the world's most urgent nutritional challenge - got a big boost through a global agreement signed by world leaders in London on Saturday.
Thursday, June 6, 2013 — No Region Specified

'The case for aid? Poverty can be a catalyst for extremist views'

Source: The Guardian

Philippe Douste-Blazy, special adviser to the UN secretary-general on innovative finance for development and chairman of Unitaid, the global health partnership, talks about his work
Friday, May 31, 2013 — No Region Specified

The New Idealism of International Aid

Source: The Atlantic

Developing countries are often passive recipients of international health aid. Now they'll be getting the freedom to decide what to do with it.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 — No Region Specified

Global Health Funding Slows as Nations Cut Back on Donations

Source: Bloomberg Businessweek

Global health funding barely grew last year as the U.S. and other nations cut their donations to programs in developing nations, a study found.
Thursday, February 7, 2013 — Sub-Saharan Africa

‘Tsunami’ of Diseases Waiting to Hit

Source: Inter Press Service News Agency

A tsunami is looming on the horizon and the world is unprepared for it. This one won’t be a massive wall of water but a tidal wave of non-communicable disease – cancer, heart disease, diabetes and chronic respiratory diseases, among others – and experts say the international community needs to act fast to keep it from crashing.
Thursday, January 24, 2013 — No Region Specified

U.S. Budget Battle Preview: How it May Affect Foreign Aid

Source: Devex

Four scenarios of how things might unfold over the next two months, and their respective impact on the U.S. International Affairs Budget
Thursday, January 17, 2013 — No Region Specified

Success in the Fight against Neglected Diseases

Source: Devex

It’s been a year since the World Health Organization released a road map to stop the spread of neglected tropical diseases by 2020. Based on a newly released report, there’s reason to be optimistic.
Monday, January 14, 2013 — No Region Specified

Deal leaves risks for global health to fall or be pushed off the cliff

Source: Science Speaks Blog

Will the U.S. government's fiscal cliff deal mean steep drops in global health and research funding?
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