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Right now, Congress can do its part to help end preventable maternal and child deaths globally with the Reach Every Mother and Child Act (H.R.3706, S.1911).
The Executive Office of the United Nations Secretary-General has appointed RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund Board Chair Kul Chandra Gautam as a new Co-Chair of the UN Every Woman Every Child Independent Accountability Panel, where he will serve alongside Dr. Carmen Barroso.
Today, a coalition of 166 anti-hunger and -poverty groups delivered the names of more than 631,000 voters who want to make ending hunger a top priority in the election to the Trump and Clinton presidential campaigns.
A coalition of 165 anti-hunger and -poverty groups is holding a conference call with the media on Monday, September 12 at 12:00 pm ET to discuss their plans to bring hunger and poverty issues into the presidential campaign.
Yesterday the House of Representatives took the critical step of passing the Education for All Act, legislation that will help ensure all children, regardless of where they were born, have access to a quality basic education. The bill passed by voice vote.
The Obama administration announced yesterday that the U.S. is committing up to $4.3 billion through 2019 to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
The Boards of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund have tapped distinguished international diplomat and development professional Kul Chandra Gautam as their new Chair.
RESULTS is pleased to announce that Tim Nickens of the Tampa Bay Times has won the 2016 Cameron Duncan Media Award.
The infectious disease that claims the most lives in the world today doesn’t make headlines. It’s a stealth killer that’s been around for thousands of years but still makes nearly 10 million people sick annually. It also happens to be a major cause and consequence of global poverty.
Vote to End Hunger, the broad coalition of individuals and organizations all committed to ending hunger in the U.S. and around the world by 2030 announced today that more than 120 national and community based anti-hunger, anti-poverty, and faith based advocacy organizations, businesses, foundations and universities have signed on as partners of the thriving coalition.
As presidential candidates bemoan a broken political system and pundits point fingers, members of Congress from both parties have quietly come together in support of one issue that everyone can get behind: the health of mothers and children worldwide.
Today RESULTS remembers Senator Robert Bennett, a champion for microfinance for the very poor, a former RESULTS board member, and a longtime friend of the organization.
As presidential candidates bemoan a broken political system and pundits point fingers, members of Congress from both parties have quietly come together in support of one issue that everyone can get behind: the health of mothers and children worldwide.
In February, House Speaker Paul Ryan formed a Task Force on Poverty, Opportunity, and Upward Mobility to help combat poverty in the United States. As members of Congress on both sides of the aisle are taking interest in addressing poverty, what they decide could make a huge difference in the lives of low-income Americans – for better or for worse.
What our kids should eat has been the subject of every pediatrician’s visit, parenting class, and talk show in recent memory. The perfect answer is still up for debate, but in the meantime we’ve collectively, consistently failed to secure even the most basic nutrition for many of the world’s most vulnerable children.
Statement from Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund
One of the world’s biggest tragedies – the loss of millions of young children every year – is also one that we have the power to stop.
The National Action Plan to Combat Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis commits the United States to massively scale up treatment for drug-resistant TB, improve capacity to respond to the epidemic, and accelerate research and development.
Today Congress made permanent critical provisions of pro-work tax credits that lift millions of Americans out of poverty every year.
Where a baby is born should not determine how long she lives. Congress has an unprecedented opportunity this holiday season to make sure that it doesn’t.
On the heels of new data showing that tuberculosis is now the world’s leading infectious killer, the Stop TB Partnership has set out a new plan to end the global epidemic by 2030.
New data from the World Health Organization shows that we have allowed a preventable, curable disease to become the world’s biggest communicable killer. The millenniums-old lung disease tuberculosis now outranks even H.I.V./AIDS in the number of lives it claims.
The World Health Organization (WHO) released new data today showing that tuberculosis is now the world’s leading infectious killer. While the report shows incremental progress against the epidemic, better data gathering now proves that the epidemic is even bigger than previously thought.
A coalition of leading advocacy organizations has launched a campaign to urge presidential candidates to focus on ending poverty.
A new bipartisan bill introduced in the House of Representatives today aims to put a stop to the unnecessary deaths of mothers and children globally.
According to the latest data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau, about one in seven Americans (14.8 percent) still lives below the poverty line, but pro-work tax credits helped to move 9.8 million Americans out of poverty in 2014.
With the latest U.S. Census data showing that one in seven Americans — and almost one in five children — live at or below the poverty line, it’s more important than ever for Congress to save key provisions of pro-work tax credits that help millions of hardworking families make ends meet.
A new UNICEF report released this week shows that while the mortality rate of children under the age of five has fallen by more than half since 1990, much work remains to stop millions of kids dying needlessly each year of preventable and treatable causes.
Where a baby is born should not determine how long she lives. Congress has an unprecedented opportunity to make sure it doesn’t. A new bipartisan bill, led by Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE), aims to end preventable child and maternal deaths by the year 2035.
The U.S. Senate introduced new bipartisan legislation today that will help pave the way for the end of preventable maternal and child deaths. Led by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Chris Coons (D-DE), the bill will enshrine important development reforms into law to help stop the needless deaths of mothers and children by 2035.
New U.S. House and Senate budget proposals include deep cuts and changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps), threatening millions of American families. Right now, more than one in five American children is at risk of going to bed hungry every night, and SNAP is the nation’s primary defense against hunger.
This World Tuberculosis Day, South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi launched an unprecedented national campaign against tuberculosis, a leading killer globally and in South Africa. Meanwhile in the United Kingdom, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB launched new projections indicating that drug-resistant tuberculosis could account for one in four deaths from antibiotic-resistant infections by 2050.
When doctors and scientists raise the alarm about microbes current medicines can’t cure, many people imagine terrifying new diseases. But new data released for World Tuberculosis (TB) Day show that the poster child for antibiotic resistance isn‘t a mysterious superbug — but an ancient disease we know all too well.
With U.S. and other global commitments made at a funding summit today in Berlin, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, exceeded its goal of $7.5 billion and is on track to finance its strategy to vaccinate 300 million more children by 2020, saving up to six million lives.
While many children will celebrate their birthdays this year with cake, candles, and presents, 6.3 million children around the world will die before they have the chance to celebrate their fifth birthday.
The battle against Ebola reminds us that medical advances do little good if they fail to reach the people who need them most. G20 leadership is now more important than ever, as Gavi works to fund, and then implement, its ambitious plan to immunise 300 million more children by 2020.
“1.5 million died last year from this curable disease,” read CNN’s headline last month. It’s not Ebola, but tuberculosis (TB). The World Health Organization released its latest analysis of the TB epidemic in October, showing that almost half a million more people have the disease than we previously knew.
Researchers are racing to develop an effective vaccine for Ebola, hoping to stop the outbreak’s spread, save lives, and put an end to the enormous suffering caused by this vicious infection. But even as we scramble to respond to Ebola, much of the world lives out of reach of lifesaving vaccines developed years ago. We lose well over a million children every year to vaccine-preventable diseases.
RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund Board Chair Scott Leckman, M.D., F.A.C.S., today will receive the American College of Surgeon’s Surgical Volunteerism Award, recognizing his significant contributions to society through volunteer surgical care.
On Wednesday, October 22, the World Health Organization will release its annual update on the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic.
On September 16, Census Bureau released its latest income data, showing that about one in seven Americans still lives below the poverty line. Meanwhile, important provisions of the Earned Income Tax Credit – one of the country’s most effective anti-poverty strategies – are set to expire if Congress doesn’t act. As we head into elections, what our elected officials do – or don’t do – in Washington has real consequences everyone back at home.
More than 58 million children worldwide are still denied the basic right to go to school, and the recent tragic kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria makes clear just how serious the global education crisis is. Media nationwide agrees: it’s time for the U.S. government to do its part in helping secure a quality education for every child everywhere.
As an ACTION partnership we are deeply saddened by the Malaysia Airlines crash and offer our heartfelt condolences to the friends, families, and colleagues of all those who died.
Leaders from donor and developing country governments gathered yesterday for the Global Partnership for Education’s Second Replenishment pledging conference, making commitments to support quality education for children in poor and conflict-affected countries between now and 2018.
USAID's strategic realignment of funding to reach more of the populations most in need with the most effective interventions will mean hundreds of thousands additional lives saved over the next three years.
As the G-7 convenes in Brussels, a group of global leaders and some of the foremost development experts called on G-7 leadership to recommit to the world’s most vulnerable children through a successful replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education.
As the world reels from the tragic kidnapping of schoolgirls in Nigeria, everyone asks “what can we do?” There is no simple answer. But this June the U.S. government has the chance to move us closer to a time when all children can go to school and learn, regardless of where they live or who they are.
On April 29, 2014, at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT / 5 p.m. PT, join a national conversation on "Ending Poverty: America's Silent Spaces."
Join RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund Executive Director Joanne Carter and a panel of global TB experts to discuss the new FRONTLINE documentary "TB Silent Killer." Wednesday, March 26 at 3:30pm ET.
Each year, World Tuberculosis Day is a chance not just to honor the millions of people affected by the age-old lung disease, but to help move the world closer to defeating this deadly epidemic. Get involved with RESULTS this World TB Day online, on TV, on Capitol Hill, and around the world.
This spring, the Global Partnership aims to raise $3.5 billion to support education for 29 million of the poorest and most vulnerable children. It is time the United States pledges to do its part, helping build a better educated world by committing $250 million over two years.
The Global Partnership for Education aims to raise $3.5 billion to support quality education for 16 million of the poorest and most vulnerable children worldwide, its board announced today. As the only multilateral partnership exclusively dedicated to education for all, the Global Partnership for Education will ask donors to make funding commitments at a pledging conference in June. Echoing recent requests from Congress, civil society organizations are calling on the U.S. government to step forward at the conference with a two-year, $250 million commitment.
Throughout his 15 years of service in the U.S. Congress, Representative Rush Holt (D-NJ) has been a champion in the fight against poverty and a deeply valued partner of RESULTS. His dedication, leadership, and intelligence will be missed on Capitol Hill, but his legacy as an advocate for people living in poverty will be felt for years to come.
This spring, donors will come together to pledge support for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the only international organization dedicated to quality education for all. The U.S. must commit to do its part, investing in the world’s children through GPE.
In the Winter 2014 edition of Global Health and Diplomacy magazine, leaders from around the world explore “Financing the Future of Global Health.” Tackling the issue of financing for tuberculosis is RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund Executive Director Joanne Carter.
Today the White House took an important step toward achieving its global health goals by nominating Dr. Deborah Birx as U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. In this role, Dr. Birx will lead the country’s global response to HIV/AIDS through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and U.S. engagement with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Last night the U.S. Senate passed a resolution expressing the need for political reform in Bangladesh and the continued independence of Grameen Bank. The resolution, S. Res. 318, comes on the heels of widely boycotted national elections in Bangladesh earlier this week, noting that political reform is critical to the country’s stability. It also urges the government of Bangladesh to restore the autonomy of Grameen Bank, which provides access to credit and other vital services to more than 8 million of the poorest women in the country.
Today the RESULTS family mourns the loss of Nelson Mandela, one of history’s great champions for a more equitable and just world. Among the many battles he fought alongside the poor and the marginalized, Mandela had a commitment to ending the suffering caused by tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS.
Statement from Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, lauding the President’s commitment to the Global Fund.
House and Senate negotiators are meeting this month to finalize a Farm Bill, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). SNAP is still the first line of defense against hunger in the U.S. With 47 million Americans, nearly half of them children (22 million), currently receiving SNAP, it is literally putting food on the table low-income families across America. Unfortunately, SNAP has been targeted for major cuts in Congress, particularly in the House of Representatives. On September 19, the House passed H.R.3102, which would cut SNAP by $39 billion over the next ten years, and now House and Senate leaders are negotiating over a final bill. We are stronger as a people and a nation because of programs like SNAP. To abandon those values now would dramatically increase poverty, hurt our economic recovery, and send a terrible message to millions of low-income children and families that their country no longer cares.
October 22, 2013
RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund Executive Director Joanne Carter elected as Vice-Chair of the global Stop TB Partnership Coordinating Board.
October 15, 2013
This December, leaders from around the world will meet in Washington, D.C., to decide the future of the global effort against the world’s deadliest pandemics. At the donor pledging conference hosted by the U.S. government, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria will work to raise $15 billion to support an ambitious new strategy to defeat these three diseases. There is a clear choice: invest in a plan to end these epidemics, or pass on a historic opportunity to tackle two ancient killers, malaria and tuberculosis (TB), and the modern plague of HIV/AIDS. The U.S. has already taken up the mantle of leadership by committing to host the donor conference. But now, to ensure the success of the pledging conference, and ultimately success in the fight against these diseases, the U.S. must commit its fair share by pledging $5 billion to the Global Fund over the next three years.
Monday, September 23, 2013
Today the World Bank announced it projects at least $700 million in financing to achieve the Millennium Development Goals for women and children’s health. The funding will be provided through the International Development Association (IDA) arm of the World Bank and builds on investments made through the Health Results Innovation Trust Fund (HRTIF).
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
With 57 million primary school-aged children still not in school around the world, and many more children in school failing to acquire basic literacy and numeracy skills, leadership from the United States government is needed now more than ever to ensure all children are able to receive a quality basic education.
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Today, in open letters to Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, members of Congress and a diverse set of global leaders called on the government of Bangladesh to preserve the independence of Grameen Bank. Grameen Bank provides credit and other critical services to nearly 8.4 million of the poorest women in Bangladesh, creating an opportunity for these women and their families to transform their lives and move out of poverty
June 6, 2013
June 6, 2013
The human and economic costs of undernutrition are enormous. One third of the preventable deaths of young children are due to inadequate nutrition — that’s 2.5 million kids dying annually. When young children are malnourished, they become much more susceptible to illness, and much more likely to succumb from those illnesses. According to a recent report from UNICEF, kids who suffer from severe undernutrition are 9.5 times more likely to die from diarrhea and 6.4 times more likely to die from pneumonia. These common childhood ailments are treatable, but when they afflict children already weak from undernutrition, they become much more deadly.
Although usually treatable with a course of inexpensive drugs ($22–50), TB kills 1.4 million people every year, making it the most deadly curable infectious disease in the world. One-third of the global population carries the bacterium that causes TB, and nearly 9 million will become sick with active TB in a year. TB continues to be the biggest killer of people with HIV, taking one in four lives of those who die of AIDS-related causes.
When TB is treated improperly or inconsistently, the disease develops resistance to the limited number of effective drugs available. Though overall TB death rates have dropped by 41 percent since 1990, hard-to-treat drug-resistant TB is surging because of poor or incomplete treatment. And those with active drug-resistant TB transmit the drug-resistant TB strain to others.
March 2, 2013 — The case of a Nepalese man detained at the U.S. border in Texas suffering from an extensively-drug resistant (XDR-TB) strain of tuberculosis — featured in today’s Wall Street Journal — brings heightened clarity to the urgency of a renewed global response in the fight against tuberculosis (TB).
In response to the release of PEPFAR Blueprint: Creating an AIDS-free Generation, Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, released the following statement:
This blueprint reflects the opportunity we have to not just fight HIV/AIDS, but end it. I applaud Secretary Clinton and Ambassador Goosby for their leadership and vision in outlining the next phase of the United States response to the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
RESULTS is thrilled to congratulate Ambassador Mark Dybul on his appointment today as the new Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
September 12, 2012 — Today, the U.S. Census bureau released its 2011 poverty and income data. 46.2 million Americans — 15 percent — lived in poverty last year ($23,021 or less for a family of four in 2011), not statistically different from 2010. RESULTS calls on Congress and President Obama to make ending poverty a top priority and protect critical programs that help millions of low-income Americans struggling to make ends meet. “The new Census data reinforces what we’ve known already — that too many of our fellow Americans are struggling today, and that anti-poverty of programs like the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) work,” said Meredith Dodson, director of RESULTS U.S. poverty campaigns. The Census Bureau estimates that EITC lifted 5.7 million Americans out of poverty last year and SNAP lifted 3.9 million above the poverty line. “We need to protect critical services for our most vulnerable, and we strongly urge Congress to reject proposed Draconian cuts to key safety net programs.”
The field of mathematics — once the boring domain of those armed with pocket-protectors — has of late been vaulted into the high-stakes world of politics and international affairs. U.S. presidential candidates are accusing one another of an inability to perform simple arithmetic. Banks, we recently learned, have been falsely inflating or deflating their rates to impact profits or appear more creditworthy than they actually are. Casual observers could be forgiven for wondering when simple math became so difficult.
Washington D.C. — On August 7, 2012, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNITAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced an agreement that will significantly reduce the cost of the rapid TB diagnostic test Xpert MTB/RIF (commonly referred to as GeneXpert) in 145 high-burden and developing countries. RESULTS issued the following statement in response:
August 2, 2012 — Today, the Bangladesh cabinet approved changes to the Grameen Bank Ordinance (the 1983 law that created Grameen Bank) that would gut the power of Grameen Bank’s Board of Directors and transfer authority to the government-appointed chairman to select the next managing director of the Bank.
Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, issued the following statement in response.
June 28, 2012 — Yesterday, all 17 female members of the United States Senate released a letter to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh expressing their strong support for preserving the autonomy of the Grameen Bank, which provides credit and other critical services to more than 8.3 million of the poorest women in Bangladesh, and is 97 percent owned by these women borrowers.
Thirty years ago, when UNICEF launched its “Child Survival Revolution,” 14 million children under the age of five died every year around the world. Today, after three decades of leadership, innovation, and hard work, that grim number has been cut in half. This progress must strengthen our resolve to do more, faster, because today we have more and better tools, and saving the other half is now possible.
Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, issued the following statement in support of Jim Kim's nomination to Lead the World Bank by President Obama on March 23, 2012:
Joanne Carter, Executive Director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, issued the following statement:
RESULTS is saddened to learn of the death of Representative Donald Payne, who was a true champion for global health and fighting poverty, particularly in Africa.As chair and ranking member of the Africa and Global Health Subcommittee, Rep. Payne was an outspoken advocate in the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and other diseases of poverty. His bold leadership was particularly instrumental in increasing funding to combat tuberculosis, the leading killer of people living with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
Transcript of the Global Fund 10th Anniversary media conference call. The call featured Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Minister of Health in Ethiopia; and Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Institute at Columbia University.
On January 28, 2012, the world marks the 10-year anniversary of the launch of the most successful global health effort in history — The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Nearly eight million lives have been saved through Global Fund investments to-date, and even greater progress is on the horizon, thanks to recent scientific breakthroughs and the achievements of the last decade.
Against the backdrop of success and future promise, however, the Global Fund’s mission is in jeopardy. During the economic downturn that may only now be coming to an end, a number of wealthy countries either cut their pledges to the Global Fund or have failed to deliver the money they promised. Without the necessary resources in hand, the Global Fund was forced to announce on November 23, 2011 — a mere week before World AIDS Day — that it was cancelling its next round of grant-making (Round 11) and would stop making new grants for at least two years.
To understand just how damaging and ironic this stoppage is, we must go back in time a decade to the Global Fund’s creation.
President Obama made a significant commitment to dramatically increase anti-retroviral treatment through U.S. programs by 2013. This is a crucial step towards ending AIDS. Read RESULTS Educational Fund Executive Director Joanne Carter’s statement on what this new target means for an “AIDS free generation” and why it is equally important to fully fund the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria.
November 23, 2011 — As a consequence of unfulfilled commitments from donor governments, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is facing a massive financial crisis. In response, at the Global Fund’s 25th meeting of the Board on November 20, the Board cancelled all plans for new grant-making effective immediately until 2014. The Board also announced that it does not have enough funding to support some recently approved grants. The Global Fund is the largest international funder for tuberculosis and malaria programs, and the second-largest international funder for HIV/AIDS programs, providing life-saving services to millions of people around the world.
A global conversation is beginning about the possibility of the end of AIDS. December 1, World AIDS Day, is the ideal time for RESULTS advocates to help deepen the conversation through our latest editorial packet.
In recognition of his outstanding work in the field of education, Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairperson of BRAC, has won the $500,000 WISE Prize for Education in Doha, Qatar. The Emir of Qatar, His Highness Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani, awarded the prize to Abed, who in 1972 founded what has gone on to become the world’s largest development organization.
The GAVI Alliance today announced it will provide funding for 16 more developing countries to introduce rotavirus vaccines and 18 more countries to introduce pneumococcal vaccines — a major step towards protecting children against severe diarrhoea and pneumonia — the two leading child killers.
There are 34.7 million elementary school children in the U.S. getting ready to go back to school in August and September. But around the world, the reality is that nearly double that number — 67 million — won’t go to school at all; the majority of these children are girls. Unless more effective policies are implemented and there is greater international support, 72 million children may still be out of school by 2015 — more than in 2008. Millions more will receive a poor-quality education and not be able to read, write, or count. We must do our part to ensure the poorest and hardest-to-reach children — especially girls — can go to school and learn.
New report highlights countries failing to get female children into school
Millions of girls are being forced out of school because of poverty, the threat of sexual violence and poor-quality schools — despite improved enrolment rates, according to a new report released today by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) and RESULTS.
The report calls for governments and international financial institutions to redress the balance and give girls a fair deal. In the last decade more girls have been able to start school but they remain more likely than boys to be forced out again. In some parts of the world only one girl in ten will complete primary school.
Joanne Carter, executive director of RESULTS and RESULTS Educational Fund, released the following statement in response to the announcement that the United States will commit $450 million over the next three years to the GAVI Alliance:
Thanks to two new vaccines that can provide immunity from pneumococcal disease (the main cause of pneumonia) and rotavirus (the leading cause of severe, dehydrating diarrhea), we have the opportunity to prevent the deaths of 4.2 million children worldwide by 2015. Getting those vaccinations to the children who need them, however, will require a U.S. contribution of at least $450 million over the next 3 years to the GAVI Alliance, a global partnership to improve access to new and underused vaccines.
RESULTS groups in 35 cities and towns across the United States are hosting events for the release of Gayle Ferraro’s historic documentary To Catch A Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America. The film, which premiered at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, chronicles the inspiring, logic-defying, yet true story of RESULTS Board Member Muhammad Yunus’ idea to bring his model of microlending to the United States and depicts the millions of lives it has changed in the process.
RESULTS chapters in over 25 communities across the country are helping to host local screenings of the Sundance documentary To Catch a Dollar: Muhammad Yunus Banks on America on March 31. The film chronicles the inspiring, logic-defying, yet true story of RESULTS Board member Yunus’ idea to bring his model of microlending to the United States and depicts the millions of lives it has changed in the process. Along with partners like Operation Hope and Dress for Success, and more traditional microcredit networks like the Association for Enterprise Opportunity and Grameen America, RESULTS is bringing attention to the struggles of those living in poverty in America and highlighting innovative asset-building policies that can break the cycle of poverty.
Washington, DC (March 15, 2011) — Congressional leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives expressed concern over efforts by the government of Bangladesh to oust Nobel Peace Laureate Muhammad Yunus from his position as managing director of Grameen Bank. Today the Bangladeshi Supreme Court opted for a two week delay on a decision whether to hear Professor Yunus’ appeal of the government’s action to remove him.
We’ve been receiving some great media from the U.S. and around the world in step with RESULTS Executive Director Joanne Carter’s Huffington Post article “Cuts That Kill,” calling for Congress not to cut essential foreign aid spending. See the editorial packet (pdf).
Today the leadership of RESULTS/RESULTS Educational Fund and the Microcredit Summit Campaign expressed concern and alarm over reports that the government of Bangladesh had forced Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Muhammad Yunus to step down as managing director of Grameen Bank. Prof. Yunus has vowed to stay on as managing director, noting that only the board of Grameen Bank is empowered to remove him.
As we approach this World AIDS Day on December 1, our country is politically divided. Economic crisis, disagreement on policies, electoral politics, and historic distrust have pitted the two major parties against one another. A survey of the post-election commentary shows each party paying lip service to bipartisanship, but few concrete proposals for cooperation have yet emerged. Recommitting the United States to a leadership role in global health is an issue that is ripe for such cooperation across the aisle.
At the conclusion replenishment meeting of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria today in New York, donors fell far short of investing the $20 billion needed to fully fund the fight against the three pandemics. Instead of the doubling of funding commitments needed to accelerate HIV, TB and malaria program scal-up, countries announced initial increases averaging approximately 25 percent — or, in the case of some donors, did not pledge at all. This shortfall, unless corrected, will mean that the Global Fund will have to reject high quality country proposals, and dramatically slow down the pace of scaling up.
The passage of this bill is truly an amazing accomplishment for our grassroots volunteers! We had a long way to go as we were the only activists working on the bill, which had to meet the extremely high threshold of securing two-thirds of each chamber — 67 senators and 290 representatives — as cosponsors; but in fact, our volunteers got 296 representatives!
On the heels of RESULTS Educational Fund’s latest report, World Bank Financing for Education: Less or More for the Poor in IDA 16?, the World Bank today announced $750 million in additional investments in education. While a definite step in the right direction, we’re still pushing for these funds to be frontloaded — spent over the next three years as opposed to five — and also given as grants rather than loans. The announcement was made during an event at the Millennium Development Goal Summit in New York City, where it is hoped that other donors will follow suit and increase their investments toward achieving universal primary education by 2015.