Former President Carter, keynote speaker yesterday for the dedication
of a new biomedical research building on the University of Washington
campus, said one reason he came to Seattle was to make sure his "friend
and mentor" Dr. Bill Foege did not this time escape public recognition. ...
CGD Policy Blogs
An ambitious global immunization drive has cut measles deaths by nearly half between 1999 and 2004, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) announced today.
Mark Sobel, Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Monetary and Financial Policy at the U.S. Treasury, has written to CGD president Nancy Birdsall stating that the U.S. is in favor of changes that would allow Asian and other emerging market economies to increase their voice in the IMF and thus make the Fund more representative and legitimate.
Getting people to talk to one another is a good idea. In London this week, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and CGD sponsored a meeting of European researchers and officials to discuss the best way of building evidence about what works in developing country social programs. The participants were concerned that the primary obstacle to making progress was a lack of demand for impact studies in developing countries.
Amongst a bunch of more seasoned foreign aid senators, newcomer Barak Obama asks the most probing questions of Randal Tobias at his Senate Foreign Relations Committee nomination hearing, including one on the MCA. My good friends at the GII did a nice blog on this event -- kudos guys!
On March 2, the MCC signed a 5-year, $65.69 million compact with Vanuatu. The grant will focus on rehabilitating transportation infrastructure through eleven infrastructure projects aimed at roads, warehouses, wharves and an airstrip, extending into rural areas. The Compact will also include institutional strengthening efforts and policy reform initiatives such as maintenance equipment, maintenance schemes and the introduction of user fees.
Two new mechanisms for financing aid are close to being agreed.
The RED campaign was launched today in London by Bono, with the help of Scarlett Johannson and Elle McPherson. The RED campaign includes an American Express credit card that gives 1% of all purchases to the, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as specially designed products from Georgio Armani, Converse, the Gap, and others. The campaign is only in England for now, but will launch in the US soon.