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Basic Education Coalition Members Take to the Hill for Global Education Advocacy Day 2017

The Basic Education Coalition (BEC), GCE-US, and Global Citizen teamed up to educate Members of Congress on the importance of continued funding for foreign aid and international basic education.

What We Do Overseas Determines How Well We Live Here

On March 16, the Administration released topline details for its FY18 budget, which included a 31 percent cut to the State Department and United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The international development community is reeling from the notion of ending programs that save lives, keep America safe, promote economic development, and demonstrate moral leadership in the world. 

Making the Case for Foreign Aid in the 2018 Budget

For decades, foreign aid from the United States has supported economic development, educational initiatives, and peace and reconciliation activities around the world. And at only 1 percent of the entire U.S. federal budget, foreign aid is an affordable investment, too.

Vaccines in Times of Crisis

Terrorism, climate change, war and poverty are all high on the list of most significant threats to humanity. But their impact may be eclipsed by one threat that generally attracts far less attention. The next “Big One” may not refer to a bomb or natural disaster. Instead, a viral pandemic could potentially impact millions of lives across the world. The sudden spread of a deadly virus would create an urgent need for life-saving vaccines and treatments. Are we prepared to respond?

What President Trump's "Skinny Budget" Means for Achieving SDG5

In 2015, 193 nations (including the United States) adopted a set of 17 global goals, known as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Agenda 2030, that offers a comprehensive roadmap to end poverty and gender inequalities by 2030. By signing Agenda 2030, nations have, as members of the United Nations, committed themselves and their resources to implementing, tracking, and achieving these goals as a part of their national development and economic growth plans. Nevertheless, the U.S., under the leadership of President Trump, has made it clear that Agenda 2030 is not a priority.

Recent Executive Order Runs Counter to America's Values and Interests

Vivid stories and images of suffering and struggle from around the globe— Syria, North East Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan, and Yemen along with families caught in the global migration crisis—are fueling compassion and a will to act among Americans. In response to the administration’s proposed budget cuts to USAID and the Department of State, we see renewed bipartisan support for development as a key aspect of U.S. foreign policy.

Gender Equality and the U.S. FY2018 Budget: What You Need to Know

It was predicted that the Trump administration would follow suit with previous Republican administrations and reinstate the “Global Gag” rule. Not only was the rule was reinstated within the first week of President Trump’s term, but the rule’s expansion to include all health assistance – a half-a-billion-dollars withholding from U.S. funding around the world – went beyond what most experts predicted.

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