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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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Urban poverty is probably worse than we think

Surveyors have essentially used the same tools to count the number of poor people living in urban centers around the world for more than three decades. With potentially outmoded tools, it’s likely that the numbers they report are off base, most likely too low, according to researchers from the Overseas Development Institute. Quibbling over numbers

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How did Zika rise so quickly to the top of the global health policy agenda?

The World Health Organization reported the first local transmission of Zika virus in the Western Hemisphere in May 2015. Since then, transmission was identified in 18 countries Read More

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Remnants of the Soviet past: Restrictions on women’s employment in the Commonwealth of…

My father is a long-distance trucker based in Belarus. As a young girl, I spent long hours on the road with him. I loved traveling to neighboring and faraway cities and—even though I could barely reach the pedals at the time—dreamed of becoming a truck driver myself one day. Life ended up taking me on another path, but it wasn’t until I was older that I learned that the option of being a truck driver was never open to me to begin with. Why?


U.S. Pledges Nearly $90M In Additional Humanitarian Aid To South Sudan

The Guardian: U.S. pledges $90m to South Sudan but warns of sanctions should peace fail “The U.S. has promised almost $90m (£60m) of extra aid to South Sudan but warned its newly reconciled leaders that failure to engage properly with the peace process could result in sanctions or an arms embargo. … The new funding…More


USAID, Liberia Work To Incorporate Country-Owned Development Approaches Into Nation’s Health…

Center for Global Development’s “Rethinking U.S. Development Policy”: Country Ownership at USAID: Enabling and Empowering Liberia’s Ministry of Health Casey Dunning, senior policy analyst, and Claire McGillem, research assistant, both at CGD, discuss the experience of a partnership between USAID and Liberia that used a Fixed Amount Reimbursement Agreement (FARA), a financing mechanism that enables…More


TPP Would Create ‘Damaging Monopolies,’ Hurt Health System

Washington Post: Letter to the Editor: The Trans-Pacific Partnership would worsen health crises Rohit Malpani, director of policy and analysis for Médecins Sans Frontières’s Access Campaign “The April 25 editorial ‘A healthy agreement’ suggested the [Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)] won’t significantly restrict access to medicines, including in developing countries. [However, some] countries … have seen dramatically…More


Weekly links April 29: claiming your failures, what a billion prices tells us, the demand for…

Feeling bad about your latest rejection? Johannes Haushofer has bravely posted a CV of failures (inspired by this Naturejobs column) listing his papers that have been rejected, scholarships he was rejected for, PhD programs that turned him down, etc. –  making the good point that failures are often invisible, while success is visible. Or just remind yourself that Akerlof’s Market for Lemons paper was rejected 3 times before it was published, and that many other classic papers in economics by Nobel laureates suffered similar fates. Nice summary in VoxEU of some of the lessons emerging from the Billion Prices project From 538, a discussion on basic incomes, including a cautionary tale about results on one outcome (that wasn’t the main one) driving policy decisions “While the purpose of the NIT pilots was to observe changes in work effort, an unrelated phenomenon caught the eye of critics: divorce.


News in the Humanosphere: India in midst of worst drought in 50 Years

India is suffering. In the midst of the worst drought, it has seen in half a century, some 330 million people are currently affected, reports the government. The scarcity is so severe that schools, farms, and even hospitals cannot function – doctors don’t have enough water to wash their hands – and many people are


World’s poorest face large ongoing health bills

Patients will still be paying for much of their care in 2040 as state spending falls behind demand, study warns.


A crunch point for Indian civil society – what are the options?

Second installment on last week’s India visit. Vlog from Lucknow and a debate with Oxfam India’s Vanita Suneja   In the rolling, 16 hour-a-day seminar that is a field trip, one topic kept coming up in my conversations in India last week. Many civil society organizations feel beleaguered. As the Indian economy booms, the foreign aid agencies on which many CSOs have come to depend …


Top 10 Must-Read Articles on Education & Development

What should you read first if you’re a new policy advisor in a Ministry of Education? Here is my response to a couple of recent emails along these lines on the CGD blog.


It’s the treatment, stupid! We’re reading why medicine is the best medicine for infectious…

Categories: What we’re readingTags: DREAMS, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Michael Gerson, Mozambique, Treatment Adherence Clubs, UNAIDS, ZambiaWhy Africa’s HIV crisis continues . . . – This opinion piece by Washington Post columnist Michael Gerson is troubling both in its assumptions and its glaring omissions. As a key Bush Administration advocate for the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, Gerson is familiar with the conditions and challenges that have fueled the […](Read more…)


Friedman goes to Africa, does his thing, and the results are as bad as expected

This is seriously how an OpEd columnist for the New York Times started his latest piece:You can learn everything you need to know about the main challenges facing Africa today by talking to just two people in Senegal: the rapper and the weatherman. They’ve never met, but I could imagine them doing an amazing duet one day — words and weather predictions — on the future of Africa.And the rest of Tom Friedman’s column writes itself. It is as if he dug deep into the deepest tropes about his own writing for this piece. Or maybe he is trolling all of us by using the Friedman OpEd Generator to produce this piece.


U.S. Senate Compromise Zika Spending Package Stalled; House Speaker Ryan Says All Options Open

Associated Press: Obama wants $1.9B to fight Zika: Where does it stand? “President Barack Obama’s $1.9 billion request for emergency money to combat the Zika virus has been sitting before Congress for more than two months, and there’s no obvious path forward despite a growing threat in the hot summer months and increasing public anxiety…”…More


MSF-, ICRC-Backed Syrian Hospital Destroyed In Aleppo Airstrike; At Least 27 Killed

The Guardian: Airstrike on MSF-backed Aleppo hospital kills patients and doctors “A Syrian hospital backed by Médecins Sans Frontières and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has been destroyed in an airstrike in Aleppo, killing patients and doctors including one of the last pediatricians remaining in the rebel-held part of the city…” (Shaheen/Black,…More


North Korea’s Food Security Worsening Due To Drought, FAO Warns

Associated Press: U.N. says North Korea food security worsening “The U.N. food agency says water scarcity has caused a drop in North Korea’s food production for the first time since 2010, threatening to worsen food security in the reclusive nation…” (4/27). International Business Times: Drought-hit North Korea ‘facing food security threat’ “…Cristina Coslet, the agency’s…More


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