From the World Health Organisation declaring an international health emergency to an ‘alarming’ shortfall in foreign aid

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) an international emergency, only the fifth time the WHO has made such a declaration. Ebola experts and aid organisations in the region had been pushing WHO to declare the outbreak, the second largest Ebola outbreak ever, an international emergency in recent months but the organisation was reluctant to make the declaration because it could potentially lead countries to impose travel bans and trade restrictions on the DRC and the region.

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Jan Egeland, secretary general of the Norwegian Refugee Council, says there is an ‘alarming lack of funding’ for global humanitarian crises, warning that halfway through the current funding year, humanitarian organisations have received less than a third of the money needed to provide relief to people affected by crises worldwide.

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The UN’s annual report on Food Security and Nutrition shows 820 million did not have enough to ear last year, the third year in a row the number of people going hungry has increased. The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World report also shows that an obesity is on the rise across all regions, and that the chances of being food insecure are higher for women than men on every continent.

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Cost of global push to prevent women dying in childbirth to increase sixfold

The UN Population Fund (UNFPA) estimates the cost of preventing women from dying in childbirth will increase sixfold by 2030, requiring billions of dollars to achieve global targets. Researchers at UNFPA and John Hopkins University calculated the total annual cost will reach USD $7.8 billion by 2030 compared to an estimated cost of USD $1.4 billion last year.

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The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) board of directors has removed President Leana Wen just eight months into her tenure at the head of the reproductive health organisation. Sources from within the organisation say Wen, who was the first physician to lead the organisation in half a century, was removed because some of the PPFA’s leaders felt she was not aggressive enough in defending and expanding abortion access as several Republican-controlled state legislatures passed extremely restrictive abortion laws. Wen is believed to have felt the best way to protect abortion access was by focusing on emphasising abortion access as a health care issue, not a political one.


International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde has formally submitted her resignation in the wake of her nomination for president of the European Central Bank (IMF). Lagarde said she made the decision to quit to speed-up the process for appointing her successor. She will officially leave the IMF on September 12th.

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The European Investment Bank (EIB) has a long and successful track record of delivering cheap loans to EU member states without ever losing money, but now there is a push within the EU for the bank to do more, with a ‘high level group of wise persons’ pushing for the bank to be given a clearer public mission.

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Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says Boris Johnson’s plans to absorb the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) will ‘destroy a post-Brexit United Kingdom’s last chance to maintain any influence or relevance on the world stage.’

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Benin, Djibouti, and Rwanda have joined the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), bringing the total number of member countries of the AIIB to 100.

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Ford Foundation President Darren Walker discusses the inherent contradictions and complications of leading an organisation working to fight inequality when that organisation owes its existence and influence to the very systems and forces which produce and entrench that same inequality.


The White House is to nominate Adam Boehler as CEO of the new US Development Finance Corporation. Boehler is a relative unknown in the development community and has been serving as director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and is a senior adviser to the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. Boehler is also reportedly close with White House adviser Jared Kushner, who was his roommate for a summer in college.

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Eight of the world’s largest asset managers have told French President Emmanuel Macron they will take steps to account for climate risk in their investments and support the implementation of a Macron-backed initiative to pressure companies to become more climate-friendly.

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