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Global issues: development assistance, humanitarian aid, military aid, debt forgiveness, and control of international institutions such as the World Bank

This section of Hunger Notes includes

Development Assistance

A new UN body to combat global malnutrition? Elena L. Pasquini Devex October 14, 2014 

Feed the Future legislation introduced in Congress Hunger Notes September 30, 2014   New USAID nutrition strategy reviewed at Washington meeting Lane Vanderslice Hunger Notes September 19, 2014

 A farmer standing in his field  in the village of Mabalane in Lesotho’s Hoek District. Photo: Mujahid Safodien/IRIN

 A farmer in the village of Mabalane in Lesotho’s Hoek District. Photo: Mujahid Safodien/IRIN

How to boost food production in Africa: Smallholder farmers are struggling to adapt to rising temperatures and erratic rains and need better help from governments than they have been getting IRIN News September 15, 2014  See the full report

USAID, partners target preventable deaths. New efforts unveiled to save millions of women, children Board of Church and Society, United Methodist Church July 11, 2014

Big budgets, little oversight in war zones Scott Higham, Jessica Schulberg and Steven Rich Washington Post May 4, 2014 See more development assistance stories

Man in Ugandan demonstration holding up poster that says "No to the Ugandan illegal anti-homosexuality bill." Photo: Kaytee Riek/Flickr

Briefing: Punitive aid cuts disrupt healthcare in Uganda IRIN News April 2, 2014 Ugandan police raid US-financed health project in what appeared to be the first public action to enforce a new anti-homosexuality law Associated Press New York Times April 5, 2014 Also see Funding for 10,000 childen lost in 2 days as a result of World Vision's decision to allow hiring of married gay people Matthew Paul Turner April 3, 2014

Development aid: Enemy of emancipation Firoze Manjii Foreign Policy In Focus March 24, 2014

A precarious victory in El Salvador: Washington is threatening to withhold development aid unless El Salvador adopts economic policies that Salvadorans just voted against Madeleine Conway Foreign Policy In Focus March 18, 2014 

How much aid is required to end extreme poverty? John McArthur OpenCanada.org February 18, 2014

Residents of Clara Town, a low-income neighbourhood of Monrovia, Liberia, face sanitation challenges with the onset of the rainy season. Photo: Travis Lupick/IPS

Residents of Clara Town, a low-income neighbourhood of Monrovia, Liberia, face sanitation challenges with the onset of the rainy season. Photo: Travis Lupick/IPS

UN focuses on faltering goals: water, sanitation, energy Thalif Deen Inter Press Service February 19, 2014 See more nutrition and health stories

World Bank is criticized for Honduran loan to a Honduran palm-oil company engaged in a violent conflict with farm workers over land tenure Elisabeth Malkin New York Times January 10, 2014

After troops leave, US to lose access to Afghan reconstruction projects worth billions Rajiv Chandrasekaran and Scott Higham Washington Post October 26, 2013

Mali's aid problem  IRIN News August 5, 2013 As oil-rich Chad splashes the cash it must beware white elephant projects.

Ten years after Chad's oil came onstream, large infrastructure projects disguise a country failing to fruitfully invest its revenue Celeste Hicks The Guardian August 5, 2013

Generating global governance to end hunger—a Q&A with the FAO director-general Matthew Newsome Inter Press Service July 25, 2013

Countering the policies of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), which promotes the use of genetically modified (GM) crops revolution IRIN News July 8, 2013

A photo from March 2012 shows Robert Becker of the National Democratic Institute, who has been given a two-year sentence

A photo from March 2012 shows Robert Becker of the National Democratic Institute, who has been given a two-year sentence. An Egyptian court convicted and sentenced to jail 43 nonprofit workers, including 16 Americans. Photo:Khaled Elfiqi/EPA  

Egypt convicts 43 NGO workers, including 16 Americans, on charges of using foreign funds to foment unrest Griff Witte Washington Post June 4, 2001

UN urged to adopt 2030 goal of ending extreme poverty BBC News May 30, 2013

Promising African development fund collapses Barry Meier and Ron Nixon New York Times May 30, 2013  

World Bank, in a changed economy, pushes focus to building a middle class Howard Schneider Washington Post April 19, 2013 World Bank chief says global poverty is a bigger challenge than action on HIV—calls 1.2 billion people living on under $1.25 a day a 'stain on our conscience' Larry Elliott The Guardian April 4, 2013 World Bank chief says global warming threatens the planet and the poorest Howard Schneider Washington Post April 2, 2013   

Photo of Sahelian farmer.  Supporting agricultural in ecologically fragile zones is key to people having enough income, thereby reducing the need for humanitarian aid. Photo: Anna Jefferys/IRIN

Supporting agricultural in ecologically fragile zones is key to people having enough income, thereby reducing the need for humanitarian aid. Photo: Anna Jefferys/IRIN

The annual large request for humanitarian assistance in the Sahel is a clear sign that development there is not working IRIN News March 4, 2013 Understanding resilience Jaspreet Kindra IRIN News March 4, 2013

Humanitarian assistance including food aid

UN says there is unprecented demand for food aid Associated Press  Washington Post September 23, 2014 See more humanitarian assistance stories

Rethink needed on humanitarian funding for national NGOs, now only 0.2 percent of total humanitarian aid IRIN News September 15, 2014 

Women at Doro refugee camp in South Sudan collect their monthly food rations. Photo: Stephen Graham/IRIN

Women at Doro refugee camp in South Sudan collect their monthly food rations. Photo: Stephen Graham/IRIN

New thinking needed on food aid for refugees in Africa: Funding shortfall has resulted in 50 percent cuts to food aid rations for one-third of African refugees—a large increase in number of refugees accounts for the shortfall IRIN News July 7, 2014

The future of food aid Jaspreet Kindra IRIN News July 26, 2013

Military aid and other elements of developed country influence and the political interests and issues behind them

Pentagon set to open second drone base in Niger as it expands operations in Africa Craig Whitlock Washington Post September 1, 2014 Military footprints in the Sahara (graphic) Washington Post September 1, 2014 U.S. carries out counter-terrorism strike in Somalia Craig Whitlock Washington Post September 1, 2014 See Hunger Notes special report on foreign aid

Senegalese forces train with US Marines. Photo: US Marine Corps/Flickr

Senegalese forces train with US Marines. The US military is now conducting exercises and operations with virtually every African military. Photo: US Marine Corps/Flickr

AFRICOM goes to war on the sly: An AFRICOM official says the US has been "at war" in Africa for over two years Nick Turse TomDispatch/Foreign Policy in Focus  April 15, 2014 See Hunger Notes special report on foreign assistance

US sends Osprey aircraft, more Special Operations forces to hunt Ugandan warlord Karen DeYoung Washington Post March 23, 2014

US takes training role in Africa as threats grow and budgets shrink Eric Schmitt New York Times March 5, 2014

US plans to  curb military assistance to Egypt Abigail Hauslouhner and Ernesto Londoño Washington Post October 9, 2013

In Afghanistan, a second Guantanamo Kevin Seiff Washington Post August 4, 2013

CIA closing clandestine bases in Afghanistan, marking the start of a drawdown from a region that transformed the agency from an intelligence service struggling to emerge from the Cold War to a counter­terrorism force with its own prisons, paramilitary teams and armed Predator drones Greg Miller Washington Post July 24, 2013 

Drones in Niger reflect new US tack on terrorism Eric Schmitt New York Times July 10, 2013

A predator drone at a US base in Arizona. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images 

A predator drone at a US base in Arizona. Photo: John Moore/Getty Images 

US drone strikes more deadly to Afghan civilians than manned aircraft, adviser says. Study focusing on one year of conflict contradicts claims that robotic planes are more precise than manned counterparts. Spencer Ackerman The Guardian July 2, 2013

Military says law barring US assistance to human rights violators hurts training mission Eric Schmitt New York Times June 20, 2013

Pivoting from a war footing, Obama acts to curtail drones Peter Baker New York Times May 23, 2013

Drone base in Niger gives US a strategic foothold in West Africa Craig Whitlock Washington Post March 21, 2013 At Pentagon, ‘pivot to Asia’ becomes ‘shift to Africa’ Craig Whitlock Washington Post March 14, 2013

Militant threats test role of a US command in Africa Eric Schmitt New York Times February 11, 2013  US will establish base for drones in North Africa Eric Schmitt New York Times January 28, 2013

U.S. expands secret intelligence operations in Africa Craig Whitlock Washington Post June 13, 2012 Contractors run US spying missions in Africa Craig Whitlock Washington Post June 14, 2012 See airbase location graphic.

In Kakola, Uganda the United States has been training troops for deployment to Somalia. The current class of 3,500 Ugandan soldiers, the biggest since the camp opened five years ago, is preparing to deploy to Somalia to join a growing international force composed entirely of African troops but largely financed by Washington.  Photo: Washington Post. View photo gallery

US trains troops for Somali fight Craig Whitlock Washington Post May 14, 2012

US special operations forces are engaged in “more than 100 countries worldwide,”  commander says Stephen Aftergood Secrecy News March 7, 2012 See testimony

Online, Joseph Kony and the Lords's Resistance Army soar to topic number one Josh Kron and J David Goodman New York Times March 8, 2012 See video Kony 2012

US troops now in 4 African countries to fight Lords Resistance Army Jason Straziuso Associated Press/ABC News February 22, 2012 

Pentagon commander says US special forces in India and four other Asian countries BBC News March 2, 2012

Debt and development

US aid plan for Pakistan is floundering Jane Perlez New York Times May 1, 2011

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