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Global Health Initiative Post-Mortem

On the eve of the Fourth of July holiday, the administration quietly issued a joint message on the Global Health Initiative’s “next steps,” effectively sounding a death knell for the GHI.  CGD's Amanda Glassman breaks down what this means for the GHI experiment and for U.S. global health agencies seeking to integrate and coordinate their efforts.

Assessing Feed the Future and U.S. Leadership on Food Security

A new report from the Chicago Council on Global Affairs applauds U.S. government agencies for food security leadership but calls on them to up the game in the face of rising global challenges and shrinking aid budgets. While it is a positive assessment, the report highlights some areas of concern that could affect U.S. leadership in future years.

Where Oh Where Has the GHI Gone? The Whole of Government Approach Hangs in the Balance

Amanda Glassman and Nandini Oomman, here at CGD, have released two separate notes (here and here) on the Global Health Initiative (GHI).  Amanda and Nandini, who both have deep backgrounds in global health issues, are critical of the GHI and cautious about its future.  Both see health assistance, in all its many forms, as a fundamental development activity.  Both knock the dysfunction of the current bureaucratic structure and lines of authority and