NYT: Saving a Program That Saves Lives – Ten years ago, when medicine effective in combating malaria in tropical countries first hit the market, it was far too expensive for most malaria sufferers who had to rely on cheaper alternatives. The Global Fund sought to amend this by subsidizing the costs of malaria medications so that the impoverished could have access to lifesaving treatment. This strategy has worked, yet many are recommending serious cuts to the subsidies program despite effectiveness. (Kenneth Arrow)
ABC News: US Announces $30 Million Additional Syria Aid – Amidst conflict in Syria, tremendous amounts of help is still needed in the war torn region to aid its displaced and distraught people. Secretary Clinton announced recently that the U.S. will be providing $30 million to the Syrian people in humanitarian aid. (Rod McGuirk)
CNN: Women key to Latin America economic progress – Around the world, women are paid significantly less than their male counterparts. Yet despite this fact, they have also time and time again been the purveyors of economic growth. In Latin America, studies have shown that employed women are responsible for a 30 percent reduction in poverty over the past ten years. (Stephanie Leutert)
UN News: Foreign investment in developing countries must involve local farmers to succeed – Reports are finding that mass land-acquisitions are not a solution to Africa’s problems in the long-term. Instead, investing in and giving local farmers a more active role in land control is proven to have a positive effect on a country’s development and economy.