World leaders have allocated additional funds to help support efforts to treat the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) following the World Health Organisation (WHO)’s decision to declare the crisis an international emergency. The EU has allocated a further €30 million, USAID a further USD $38 million, and the World Bank a further USD $300 million as the international community looks to ramp up efforts to contain and manage the outbreak.
UN secretary-general Antonio Guterres has written a letter to every UN head of state calling for all countries to commit to producing net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 ahead of the UN’s Climate Action Summit in New York in September. Guterres asked all leaders to come to the Summit ready to announce their plans, and that these plans should include ‘a commitment as concrete as possible’ to increase countries’ contributions under the Paris Agreement and indicate the long-term strategies countries will submit before the end of next year.
The UK Department for International Development (DFID) is facing an uncertain future following the Conservative Party’s election of Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. Johnson has been heavily critical of the UK’s approach to development aid in recent years and has called for DFID to be absorbed by the Foreign Office in the past leading some observers to believe it is only a matter of time before Johnson overhauls DFID in some capacity, though some DFID supporters hope Johnson can be persuaded to change his mind by illustrating the agency’s value to Britain’s reputation on the world stage.
European Officials are reportedly struggling to pick a candidate to succeed Christine Lagarde as Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF). The IMF’s leader has always been from Europe but reports indicate that none of the candidates whose names have been put forward so far have been able to establish themselves as the standout candidate in the race.
A new study from the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) shows poor diets are the leading factor for ‘the global burden of disease’, with the high prices of healthy foods a significant contributor to malnutrition worldwide.
A new study by the Overseas Development Institute shows the British Government has spent £680 million of its foreign aid budget on fossil fuel projects since 2010. Cafod, who commissioned the study, criticised the government for continuing to fund fossil fuels in developing countries as the UK positions itself as a leader on climate change.
The US Senate is set to vote on the Global Fragility Act after it passed the House of Representatives. The bill requires the US government to develop a 10-year strategy in collaboration with civil society organisations to enhance stability and reduce violence and fragility globally. Devex looks at what the bill could mean for the development community if its passed by the Senate.
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- African Peace Facility: African Union Peace & Security Operations boosted by an additional €800 million from the European Union
Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, and Neven Mimica, EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, have announced the signing of an agreement which will see the EU commit a further €800 million to support the AU’s efforts to promote peace, security and stability in Africa.
Five years on from the viral Ice Bucket Challenge which brought the ALS Association USD $115 million in donations, twice as much as the charity typically raises in a single year, the Chronicle of Philanthropy looks at the impact the sudden windfall has had on the charity in the years since.
The UK’s CDC Group is to double its exposure to India from USD $1.7 billion to USD $3.5 billion by 2021. The increased investment will see the CDC ramp up the pace of direct investments according to CDC CEO Nick O’Donohoe.
Development experts say international development efforts are not doing enough to help developing countries build the capacity and tools necessary for effective mobilisation of public resources, focusing instead on initiatives focused on private capital and private businesses. Experts are calling for more resources to be put towards efforts to build better systems for planning and managing budgets and reducing corruption to boost the effectiveness and credibility of governments in developing countries.
With signs that global efforts to eradicate AIDS are stalling Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation CEO Chip Lyons is calling for world leaders to reignite the fight against AIDS.
The German Government has frozen funding for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) pending an investigation into human rights abuses at WWF- supported parks. The decision comes in the wake of reports that forces funded by the WWF to protect wildlife parks in Africa and Asia have been torturing and killing people.
While business executives talk about the importance of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Heerad Sabeti, CEO of the Fourth Sector Group, says too often they’re more interested in using the SDGs to burnish their corporate brand than in taking action. Sabeti’s Fourth Sector Group wants to change this, looking to support ‘for-benefit’ enterprises, companies that look to balance social and environmental priorities with financial objectives, rather than just maximising profits. The group sees ‘for-benefit’ businesses as a new fourth sector or category of organisation, separate from the three traditional sectors of private, public, and nonprofit organisations.
The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has announced the appointment of Alexis McGill Johnson as Acting President and CEO of PPFA and Acting President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund (PPAF) following the departure of Dr. Leana Wen. Johnson will serve in the acting president and CEO until a successor is named.