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Obama Announces $3B Food Initiative For Africa - Kaiser Global Health

Obama Announces $3B Food Initiative For Africa - Kaiser Global Health | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

In a Symposium on Global Agriculture and Food Security on Friday, President Barack Obama "announced a plan to accelerate investments in developing world agriculture to meet rising food demands and improve nutrition, calling the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition a moral, economic and security imperative,"

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Ethiopia’s AIDS Spending Cliff

Ethiopia’s AIDS Spending Cliff | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

There’s an AIDS spending cliff in Ethiopia and the government is already in free fall. Next year, Ethiopia will experience a 79% reduction in US HIV financing from PEPFAR. The announcement of these cuts came with an explanation that PEPFAR was “free(ing) up resources by reducing programs in lower HIV prevalence countries”...

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Are NGOs too focused on aid?

Are NGOs too focused on aid? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A study of NGOs is sparking debate about whether development is too skewed towards aid rather than the causes of poverty...

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USA food aid: The special interests blocking reform

USA food aid: The special interests blocking reform | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Agribusiness, shipping firms and NGOs – the 'iron triangle' of special interests – oppose changes to in-kind US food aid....

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HORIZON 2025: creative destruction in the aid industry

Horizon 2025, a report by the U.K.-based Overseas Development Institute, says the world’s poorest populations will be in fragile, low-income African countries in 13 years’ time. That’s opposed to current scenarios where poverty is said to be concentrated in middle-income countries.

 

The report further identifies three main rationales it says will guide future development cooperation: provide social welfare, promote mutual economic growth and ensure equitable provision of global public goods like climate finance.

 

Source: http://www.devex.com/en/news/which-donors-would-remain-relevant-in-2025/78647?source=ArticleHomepage_Center_1

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SUISSE : Gaz contre aide au développement

SUISSE : Gaz contre aide au développement | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

MATIÈRES PREMIÈRES • Les milieux économiques veulent que la Suisse vienne en aide en priorité à des Etats lui donnant accès à leurs mines et leurs puits de pétrole. Les œuvres d’entraide inquiètes.

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New Zealand: No cuts to current aid levels but future looks grim

New Zealand: No cuts to current aid levels but future looks grim | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

There were cuts in future ODA commitments. In their 2008 Foreign Affairs Policy, the National Party made a commitment to to reach an absolute ODA level of NZ$600 million by 2010, discarding any notion of achieving the ODA level of 0.7% of GNI. Once in power in 2008, the National Party-led government pushed back the deadline to reach NZ$600 million to 2011/2012, then again to 2014/2015. In this year’s budget, the timeframe has again been extended to the 2015/2016 financial year. As Oxfam New Zealand pointed out “as a proportion of Gross National Income, the usual measure for comparing aid, the aid programme will fall from 0.3 per cent to 0.24 per cent by 2014-15, close to the lowest level ever for New Zealand’s government aid.”

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Sustainable development goals: UN must take simple, sensible approach

Sustainable development goals: UN must take simple, sensible approach | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Progress on goals to succeed MDGs hinges on support from emerging and developing countries – and on clearing confusion...

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Severe cuts in EU development aid budget

For the first time since 2002, European countries have given less in development aid. In all, fourteen countries have cut financial support to developing countries. Greece and Spain made the most drastic cutbacks. As a result, the contribution by the 27 European Union member states has been reduced by 1.5 percent to 50.86 billion euros, according to a 2011 report by the non profit organisation ONE.

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Will Branding Hurt the “Brand Value” of the UK’s Aid Agency?

Will Branding Hurt the “Brand Value” of the UK’s Aid Agency? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The development blogosphere and Twitterverse were abuzz yesterday over news from across the pond that the venerable British aid agency, the Department for International Development (DFID), would begin branding all aid from the United Kingdom with the Union Jack.

 

Aside from distorting priorities (and shifting the focus away from development objectives), branding can also be counterproductive. The Pakistani public is already very wary about the use of development funds to attempt to buy good will. Requiring that all U.S. projects clearly give credit to the United States paradoxically ensures that almostunited none will.

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How the U.S. Farm Bill Keeps Food Off West African Plates

How the U.S. Farm Bill Keeps Food Off West African Plates | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Local sourcing of food aid would save $500 million a year and meet the needs of an additional 17 million hungry mouths. It's time for a change.

 

In this year’s Farm Bill there is a crucial opportunity to reform how the United States handles international food aid programs. Simple reforms would enable aid agencies to reach millions more people when crises like the one emerging in the Sahel occur and they would not cost taxpayers a dime. In fact, reform could save taxpayers up to $500 million per year.

 

Wasteful regulations, written into law to protect special interests, prevent food aid from being purchased locally and regionally, even when it is a more affordable and effective way to save lives. Purchasing food aid this way can meet immediate needs while helping to build long-term sustainable local food systems so they will not need aid in the future. Simple reforms to remove the restrictions could help reach up to 17 million more people with life-saving aid, at no additional cost. Frankly, it’s a no-brainer.

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Ethiopia: Launch of a new Italian Development Cooperation Post-emergency Program

The Italian Cooperation is launching a new 1.3 million euro post-emergency program in the South and the South-East of Ethiopia, focusing on areas affected by recurrent adverse climatic events and, in some cases, subject to refugee flows from neighboring countries.

 

The five areas identified within three Regional States, Oromia, SNNPR and Somali, are characterized by a chronic shortage of potable water and adequate sanitation facilities. Such condition is often exacerbated by drought events which are particularly intense in the dry-lands of the Horn of Africa.

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Ignore the heart-wrenching pictures and focus on the benefits of aid

Ignore the heart-wrenching pictures and focus on the benefits of aid | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Despite tough recession budgets, the UK has decided to let development spending increase. The international development secretary Andrew Mitchell described spending on aid as "not only from the British people but for the British people", contributing to "a strong, more prosperous and safer world"...

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Government committed to UN overseas aid target, says Justine Greening

Government committed to UN overseas aid target, says Justine Greening | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Justine Greening, the new international development secretary, has reassured Britain's main aid charities that she remains committed to meeting a UN target on overseas aid spending.

As George Osborne told MPs that the government would abide by its commitment to spend 0.7% of gross national income on aid by 2013, Greening told Save the Children and other charities that this is the "right thing to do".

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Kenyan study shows that cash-transfer payments reduce sexual risk

Kenyan study shows that cash-transfer payments reduce sexual risk | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Cash-transfer programmes not only improve nutrition, education and health benefits for orphans and vulnerable children, but new research now suggests that these programmes can also significantly reduce risky sexual behaviour and HIV infection.

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Swaziland: EU sugar aid leaves a bitter taste

Swaziland: EU sugar aid leaves a bitter taste | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

EU aid for trade on sugar not so sweet for smallholders and communities left without safety net as liberalisation looms...

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The business of US food aid: how we analysed the data

The business of US food aid: how we analysed the data | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Guardian compiled and analysed details of hundreds of food aid contracts to find out where the US government gets the goods for its controversial in-kind food aid programmes...

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Melinda Gates challenges Vatican by vowing to improve contraception

Melinda Gates challenges Vatican by vowing to improve contraception | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The billionaire philanthropist Melinda Gates, a practising Catholic, has thrown down the gauntlet to the Vatican and vowed to dedicate the rest of her life to improving access to contraception across the globe.

 

Gates, who with her husband, Bill, the founder of Microsoft, is one of the world's biggest players on development issues, predicted that women in Africa and Asia would soon be "voting with their feet", as women in the west have done, and would ignore the church's ban on artificial birth control.

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As foreign aid dries up, Afghan NGOs fight to survive

As foreign aid dries up, Afghan NGOs fight to survive | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Non-governmental organizations are now struggling to win donor support, more than a decade after the Taliban were driven from power by U.S.-led forces.

 

Almost 10 percent of NGOs in Afghanistan -- 175 in number -- were ordered shut at the start of the year by the Economy Ministry after they failed to submit annual reports due to inefficiency, corruption and oversight.

 

As a result, donations to Afghanistan's NGOs have waned, raising concerns about their ability to keep operating when most NATO combat troops leave at the end of 2014.

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Aiding Conflict: The Impact of U.S. Food Aid on Civil War

This paper examines the effect of U.S. food aid on conflict in recipient countries. To establish a causal relationship, we exploit time variation in food aid caused by fluctuations in U.S. wheat production together with cross-sectional variation in a country’s tendency to receive any food aid from the United States. Our estimates show that an increase in U.S. food aid increases the incidence, onset and duration of civil conflicts in recipient countries. Our results suggest that the effects are larger for smaller scale civil conflicts. No effect is found on interstate warfare.
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Japan pledges more aid for development

Japan pledges more aid for development | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Japan is committed to providing Vietnam with Official Development Assistance (ODA) to help develop infrastructure and cope with climate change.

 

This was confirmed by Japanese Foreign Minister Koichiro Gemba while receiving Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Tokyo on July 2.

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ForeignAssistance.gov / data on USAID's foreign assistance obligation

ForeignAssistance.gov / data on USAID's foreign assistance obligation | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are pleased to announce USAID’s foreign assistance obligation and expenditure data is now available on the Foreign Assistance Dashboard...

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More effort needed to tackle malnutrition

More effort needed to tackle malnutrition | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Report on nutrition development policy calls for EU to develop more efficient strategy and significantly raise budget to €1bn...

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Seattle aid organization seeks to end the neglect of Central America | Humanosphere

Seattle aid organization seeks to end the neglect of Central America | Humanosphere | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

“There’s been real progress made in Central America, but we are now at a moment of significant urgency and crisis,” said Mauricio Vivero, executive director of the Seattle International Foundation (aka SIF). “For just one example, the rates of violence against women in Central America are higher than anywhere else in the world outside a war zone.”

 

The conflict and corruption fueled by the illicit drug trade, violence and chronic poverty in the region, Viverio said, should be seen not so much as isolated problems but as the most visible symptoms of weak governance, poor institutional infrastructure and lack of investment.

 

And part of that latter lack appears to be the direct result of the neglect of this region by the United States’ foreign assistance agencies, donors and philanthropists. 

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CapacityPlus (USAid): "I'm a Health Worker"

CapacityPlus (USAid): "I'm a Health Worker" | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

CapacityPlus places health workers at the center of our efforts. We embrace the WHO’s broad definition of health workers. Our staff conducted quick, informal interviews with health workers during trips to various countries. We invite you to hear their voices and learn what we’re doing to help them save even more lives.

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