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While Congress debates additional resources to combat Zika this hot and steamy summer, over 900 entrepreneurs have been competing in a “Shark Tank”-like challenge for funding for new ideas to combat the virus. From an electric force field that repels mosquitoes to a mobile app that detects whether mosquitoes are carrying the virus, 21 ideas […]

Athletes from around the world have come together to compete in Rio in the 2016 Olympics, but they aren’t the only ones winning awards. This summer, we’re also celebrating organizations who’ve been outstanding global leaders. In the UN’s SDG Industry Index Report, Intel and Caterpillar were just two of the many private organizations recognized for […]

While the Republican and Democratic National Conventions painted different challenges for the next administration, speakers at both recognized the threats posed by weak and fragile states to America’s safety and prosperity. President Obama and others recently made a strong case for why the next administration must continue to invest in global development at this year’s […]

The global health threat posed by Zika was made starkly clear when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a warning that pregnant women should not travel to a Miami neighborhood where the virus has spiked. Yet, around the same time, Colombia remarkably declared an end to its Zika epidemic. Colombia was […]

At last week’s White House Summit on Global Development, held at the U.S. Agency for International Development, civil society leaders, development experts, and private sector partners gathered to recognize progress we made in global development. The biggest news from the summit was signing of the Global Food Security Act into law, which authorized more than […]

  If the 65 million displaced people in the world today were a country, they would be the 21st largest country in the world. Fueling this mass displacement are numerous conflicts around the world, including four “Level 3” emergencies – the most severe classification – in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and South Sudan. The crisis in […]

It’s conventional wisdom that Congress doesn’t get much done in an election year. But under the radar, Congress has been remarkably productive at moving bipartisan legislation on foreign assistance. In December, Congress passed into law the Electrify Africa Act, which codifies the Power Africa initiative and leverages private sector resources to extend electricity access to […]

At the front lines in the battle against violent extremism, U.S. Africa Command – AFRICOM – recently sought to transfer funds to USAID for community-led violence prevention programs in Niger, only to be told that it lacked the authority to do so. Transfer authority would have to come from Congress. Most observers, including Admiral James Stavridis […]

Over the past two decades, there has been a dramatic transformation in developing countries: the number of people living in extreme poverty has been more than cut in half and, as a result, there are one billion fewer people living in extreme poverty today. But if we are going to achieve the United Nation’s sustainable […]

Wearing a red nose is a bold fashion choice. It’s silly. It makes you laugh. But that’s the point of Red Nose Day, a charity event on May 26 committed to raising awareness for ending child poverty. “Sharing a laugh brings people together,” explains the Red Nose Day website. “Wearing a Red Nose is a […]

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