This week in development…
U.S. Development Policy/International Organizations
- The United Nations has requested $1 billion for the first half of 2015 in order to eradicate Ebola in West Africa, especially for Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the “epidemic has started to turn.” Valerie Amos, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Dr. David Nabarro, the UN Special Envoy on Ebola announced on Wednesday the new appeal for increased aid focused on re-establishing important social services and improving the security of individuals in the region.
- Andrew Lansley, the former UK Health secretary and leader of the House of Commons, is a potential appointee for the role of UN relief head. Lansley faces intense opposition from more than eighty major disaster-relief NGOs globally, who are concerned that his candidacy is driven by his political positioning and that his lack of inexperience could be a serious impediment to the disaster-relief sector. The 80 international relief organizations implored UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon to establish a panel of experts to help him select the candidate, a move which could hurt Lansley’s prospects.
- The International Labour Organization (ILO) released a statement on Thursday with new data suggesting that private sector services and a rising care economy are expected to provide employment for more than a third of the global workforce over the next five year period. Many public sector services that comprise the service economy, such as health care, education and administration, will be important employment resources. This shift signals the changing role of policies to support enterprise and the labor force. It also illustrates an amplified engagement with opportunities interconnected to new technologies.
This weekend was an active one for voters around the world– citizens across Ukraine, Brazil, Tunisia, and Uruguay went to the polls on Sunday, and now have newly elected governments. These elections drew keen interest from international observers, and as we face down crisis and uncertainty around the world, are certain to have global implications. Here’s what you need to know from the weekend’s democratic exercises:
Ukrainian President Poroshenko with Secretary of State John Kerry this June. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of State
A farmer stands amidst a rice farm in Burundi, Africa. Photo taken from International Rice Research Institute’s flickr photostream used under a creative commons license.
This week in development…
- The International Finance Corporation released its 2014 annual report, in which they inform that they have provided a record amount of financing for the world’s poorest countries last year: $8.5 billion. These funds served to support more than 300 projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and Europe.
- Sierra Leone began a three day lockdown to enable health workers to find and isolate cases of Ebola. A team of almost 30,000 people is going from house to house to detect possible cases of Ebola and to distribute soap.
Ruslana spoke at CSIS on September 10
Who is she?
Ruslana became a prominent figure in the Euromaidan movement through her nightly performances on the front lines of the protests. She currently leads efforts to support internally displaced persons from Crimea and the Donbas and performs for Ukrainian troops in Eastern Ukraine. In January 2014, Ruslana testified at the European Union’s European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which contributed to a resolution in support of Ukrainian civil society. Ruslana has traveled throughout Europe to increase international support and awareness of events in Ukraine. She previously served as a Member of Parliament for the Our Ukraine party from 2006-2007 and was actively engaged in the 2004 Orange Revolution. Continue reading