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New Chinese Regulations Reflect Growing G-20 Appetite for Anticorruption

The G-20 is not ordinarily considered a major player in the drive against corruption in international business transactions, but that may be changing.

The Toronto Summit in June 2010 established a working group “to make comprehensive recommendations on how the G-20 can take practical steps to combat corruption.” During the Seoul Summit in November, a coalition of emerging market members of the working group (including Brazil, Argentina, South Africa, and Mexico) quietly joined with the United States to urge China to adopt an anti–foreign bribery law.

Cash on Delivery Counts on Counting

This is a joint post with Rita Perakis.

“But we want them to begin counting.” This is the key line in Tina Rosenberg’s column today on Cash on Delivery Aid, where she responds to comments on her initial column from readers worried that governments in poor countries don’t have the capability or the resources to measure things – not even births and deaths.

Partisan Spats Overwhelm USAID & MCC Hearing

Partisan jabs (even a few in Latin) dominated the House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing with the heads of USAID and MCC yesterday. For the first time ever, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes appeared together before the full House authorizing committee. It was an opportunity for substantive engagement on the administration's new global development policy and the activities of two major U.S. development agencies. It was an opportunity missed.

Decisions, Decisions: How to Allocate U.S. Global Health Dollars

Washington, DC has been buzzing with talks of budgets, spending, and the deficit. During a time of spending cuts, the U.S. Global Health Initiative (GHI) is, so far, moving ahead with moderate increases in its overall budget. GHI was first introduced in FY2009 with a budget of $8.4 billion. In FY2010, Congress bumped GHI funding up to $8.8 billion and in FY2011, the White House requested $9.6 billion for the program. However, House and Senate appropriators are currently eyeing cuts across the board, some of which may target global health.