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On June 25th and 26th, the G8 met in Muskoka Canada, ahead of the G20 Summit in Toronto, Canada. Global development issues on the G8's agenda included maternal, newborn and child health, food security, and accountability. Although the G8 made targeted progress in these areas and expressed critical support for a partnership based on mutual accountability to meet the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, their plan to tackle maternal and child health lacked both ambition and clarity, and their focus on accountability stopped short of calling on countries who have not yet delivered on commitments to do so urgently. MORE
This briefing suggests five key principles which should be applied to any financial promise made by a policy maker. The briefing is aimed at those responsible for making the promises in government, as well as those judging the quality of the promises in the media and civil society. MORE
In his FY2011 budget request, President Obama continues to scale up resources for these critical accounts and in these tight economic times. Such sustained commitment is critical. As this analysis shows, however, proposed increases for FY2011 fall short of the levels required to fulfill existing commitments on specific goals to fight poverty. MORE