• The World Humanitarian Summit took place in Istanbul last week. The ODI provides a good primer. Médecins Sans Frontières stole the headlines for pulling out of the event, a decision which its Australian executive director justifies here. Louise Searle provides a summary of the summit, while Marc Purcell discusses its underwhelming outcomes.
  • A closer look at Labor’s recent commitment to spend ‘around $800 million more for overseas aid than the Liberals' over the next four years’ shows that it will hardly make a dent in Australia’s aid generosity, which is now at historically low levels.
  • Robin Davies also examines Labor’s commitment for the Devpolicy blog.
  • Meanwhile the New Zealand aid program has seen its budget increase by 12% in the 2016/17 budget to NZ$659 million, an unprecedented jump. A closer look at the forward estimates shows this as actually a symptom of unspent money being rolled forward.
  • Duncan Green provides a summary of a new report from Oxfam on the role of local institutions in accountable natural resource management. Countries in our region take note.
  • WhyDev has published a three part series on aspects of the importance menstrual hygiene plays in development. The Guardian also has a photo series on what girls in Nepal are not allowed to do while on their period.
  • On a brighter note, the latest analysis from the World Health Organization shows that globally babies born today are likely to live longer than ever before.

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