For poor developing country farmers and their advocates, the farm bill that passed the House of Representatives on Friday could hardly be worse news. Dissatisfaction with existing farm legislation is widespread and, with commodity prices high, it seemed as though a real opportunity existed to both reform America's costly and inequitable farm policy and give the stalled Doha Round of trade negotiations a boost. But those hopes have been at least temporarily dashed.
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At the first joint public appearance of the U.S. foreign assistance triumvirate this week, Henrietta Fore, acting director of foreign assistance and acting administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, John Danilovich, CEO of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Mark Dybul, U.S. global AIDS coordinator, argued U.S.
Tomorrow will be a big day for U.S. foreign assistance reform. The day begins with a panel on "The Future of Foreign Assistance" at the annual conference of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign and the Center for U.S. Global Leadership featuring the top three U.S. aid officials: Henrietta Fore, acting director of foreign assistance and acting administrator of the U.S.
One of the most controversial subjects in global health is the topic of user fees for health services and commodities. Ever since Nancy Birdsall, David de Ferranti and John Akin declined to rule out user fees as a useful source of health financing way back in 1987, the World Bank has been pilloried for "advocating user fees" in the health sector, which the Bank has never done.
On Thursday, Jeremy Shiffman joined Maurice Middleberg (Global Health Council), Anne Tinker (Saving Newborn Lives), and Rachel Nugent (Center for Global Development) at a standing-room only event at the Center to discuss a framework explaining why some health initiatives attract global political priority and others are unable to do so.
As more and more attention is put on implementation delays of Millennium Challenge Account compacts--including it being the principal reason for low Congressional budget allocations--here's an interesting model through which the MCA is trying to remove implementation constraints without sacrificing its principles of performance-based disbursement and adherence to institutional policies.
CGD held a fascinating lunchtime discussion earlier this week with "scientist morphed into journalist" Helen Epstein, about her new book, The Invisible Cure: Africa, the West, and the Fight Against AIDS.
The Millennium Challenge Account gets a nice boost from the Washington Post editorial page today. A nice reminder of why the MCA was created and a call for giving it space to prove itself before slashing its budget request.
Steve Radelet addressed many of these issues in his testimony before the House Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health a few weeks ago.
Last Friday the IMF board announced that it would accept nominations to replace Rodrigo de Rato as the next Managing Director until August 31, a first and essential step in opening up the process of selecting the IMF leader. The board also announced the skills and qualities it seeks in the next Managing Director: