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Aid spending on conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security

Key facts Funding to conflict prevention and resolution, peace and security (CPS) remains a small proportion of overall official development assistance (ODA). ODA CPS has increased by 67% since 2005, reaching a peak of US$3.9 billion in 2009. The largest CPS ODA donor in 2014 was European Union (EU) institutions. Afghanistan received the most CPS ODA by country in 2014. The majority of CPS ODA goes to peacebuilding activities.

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Lifting the Patent Barrier to New Drugs and Energy Sources – The New York Times

Strict patents on technology have had the effect of hindering global progress in some fields, especially in combating disease and climate change. Source: Lifting the Read More

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White House will transfer remaining Ebola dollars to Zika responses

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingReiterates call to Congress for full requested $1.9 billion Zika funding, authority to replenish Ebola funds “Congress needs to act immediately. We should not play with fire here” Saying they cannot risk waiting longer for Congress to supply emergency funding requested more than two months ago to respond to the spread of Zika virus and […](Read more…)

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World Bank Launches $500M Pandemic Emergency Facility To Aid Nations Facing Serious Disease…

Agence France-Presse: After Ebola, World Bank creates pandemic insurance plan “The World Bank announced Saturday a new program to mobilize funds quickly against virulent disease outbreaks after the world was caught unprepared in the 2014 Ebola disaster in West Africa. World Bank President Jim Yong Kim said the new Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF) will…More


Japan Announces $800M Commitment To Global Fund For Upcoming 5th Replenishment

Friends of the Global Fight Blog: Japan Pledges $800 Million to Global Fund’s Fifth Replenishment Ahead of G7 Summit Sarah Marston, director of communications at Friends of the Global Fight, writes, “On May 20, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan announced that the country will pledge U.S. $800 million to the Global Fund’s upcoming Fifth…More


House action on Zika split on party lines, views of public health protection

Categories: U.S. Policy and FundingWhile the Zika virus freely crosses national boundaries and territorial lines alike, the U.S. Representatives stuck pretty much to party lines Wednesday, when more than three months after President Obama requested $1.9 billion to respond to the spread of the vector-borne disease and its impacts, they voted to supply less than a third of the […](Read more…)


Skilled Health Workforce Critical To Global Health Security

The Lancet: No health workforce, no global health security Editorial Board “…[W]hat is the most important determinant of individual health security? In one word, people. Or, more programmatically, skilled health professionals. … Global health security depends on many factors — robust disease surveillance systems, reliable health information, prevention, diagnostic, and treatment services, financing, and strong…More


International Efforts To Improve Disease Outbreak Responses Require Innovative, Fast Financing

Financial Times: Responding to pandemics: new ways of raising finance, and fast Prashant Yadav, senior fellow at the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan, and Akash Goel, physician and journalist and a World Economic Forum Global Shaper “…As the threat of pandemics is becoming more real, it is paramount to create robust systems…More


U.S. House Must View Zika As ‘Real Threat,’ Provide Appropriate Funding Without…

New York Times: Stealing From Ebola to Fight Zika Editorial Board “Nobody should be surprised when the present House of Representatives, dominated by penurious reactionaries, produces a stingy response to a danger that calls for compassionate largess. … The salient feature is that in providing money to fight one health menace, it steals from other…More


Global Health Security Requires Strengthened National Health Systems, Global Governance, R&D…

PLOS Medicine: Toward a Common Secure Future: Four Global Commissions in the Wake of Ebola Lawrence O. Gostin, professor and director of the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University and director of the WHO Collaborating Center on Public Health and Human Rights, and colleagues discuss global health preparedness, pulling recommendations…More


Working Group Proposes Recommendations For G7 To Enhance Global Health Security

The Lancet: Protecting human security: proposals for the G7 Ise-Shima Summit in Japan Members of the Japan Global Health Working Group discuss areas for global health security action by the G7 countries at their meeting in Japan in May 2016, writing, “Rather than creating new funding or organizations, global leaders should reorganize current financing structures…More


Mail & Guardian Africa Examines Increasing Partnering Of Aid Agencies, NGOs With Large…

Mail & Guardian Africa: The business of aid: there’s big money being made fighting poverty, disease and hunger “Aid agencies and NGOs are increasingly partnering with large corporations. New answer to global development — or just corporate welfare for the one percent? … The corporate takeover of aid is not just about co-financing projects with…More


Improving Access To Medicines Should Require Rethink Of Pharmaceutical R&D Funding

The Guardian: The cost of drugs is killing us. How can we foster access for all? Mihir Mankad, health policy adviser on access to medicines and vaccines at Save the Children “…During the early days of the HIV/AIDS crisis, this [drug] price problem was relegated to the developing world, where people could not afford the…More


Public, Private, Philanthropic Sectors Must Coordinate, Commit To Achieving SDGs

The Guardian: Philanthropists can’t eradicate global poverty, but we can make a start Jane Wales, vice president of the Aspen Institute and founder of the Global Philanthropy Forum “…When it comes to financing poverty eradication, the [Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)] are, by necessity, as much of a clarion call as they are a commitment. ……More


Development Initiatives welcomes the International Development Committee’s call for increased…

Development Initiatives (DI) has welcomed the report, particularly its call for DFID to use its leadership role to encourage other humanitarian actors to publish to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) Standard. DI provides the technical support to IATI, which aims to make information about aid spending easier to access, understand and use. Martin Horwood, DI’s Director of Engagement and Impact, said: “We are extremely pleased to see the committee calling for DFID to reinforce its own commitment to publishing to the IATI Standard and encouraging other actors to do the same. We are wholeheartedly committed to transparency and open data, as we believe these are key tools in strengthening accountability, improving monitoring and building a more effective and efficient humanitarian system.


Nations Ponder Financial Incentives To Spur New Antibiotic Research, Development

The Lancet: Countries mull over incentives for developing antibiotics “The prospect of slipping into a deadly, post-antibiotic era is prompting countries across the world to work out when and what they are willing to pay drug companies to develop desperately needed antibiotics. Governments have commissioned academics, economists, business analysts, and global health experts to scour…More


You liked Oceans 11? Wait till you see Oceans 2030

The ocean is a powerful resource and the next economic frontier. WWF estimates that the ocean economy is the 7th largest economy, valued at US$ 24 trillion. With more than 6 million women directly employed in the fishery sector, and global job numbers set to grow to 43 million by 2030, the oceans are roaring. Yet, its natural capital has been systematically undervalued and overdrawn. According to the Bank’s Sunken Billions Revisited report, we are foregoing about $85 billion a year in additional revenues due to the mismanagement of fisheries


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