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USAID Assistant Administrator discusses TB at the annual WHO TB report launch

During remarks at the release of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) 2011 Global Tuberculosis Control Report, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez summarized USAID efforts to combat TB, HIV/TB co-infection, and drug resistant TB through initiatives such as the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Ambassador Goosby highlights efforts to end violence against girls through "Together for Girls Partnership"

In a DipNote blog post titled “Together for Girls Partnership: Ending Sexual Violence Against Girls”, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby summarized efforts of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to prevent and address the health impacts of sexual violence against girls through the Together for Girls Partnership.

MCC hosts Public Post-Board Town Hall Meeting

The Millennium Challenge Corporation will host a “Public Post-Board Town Hall Meeting” on Tuesday, October 4th, 2011 from 10:00AM to 11:30AM at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (875 Fifteenth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005).  The event will feature discussion of the “updates to MCC’s selection indicators, the proposed Indonesia Compact, Tunisia’s eligibility for a Threshold Program, and results from Armenia.” 

GHI releases round two country strategies

The Global Health Initiative (GHI) released the second round of country strategies for Burundi, Cambodia, Georgia, Indonesia, Liberia, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Vietnam.  According to the “Executive Summary: GHI Round 2 Strategies,” the country strategies serve as “high level, crosscutting documents that focus on select areas to achieve greater value and impact by applying the GHI principles” and were informed by prior efforts in the GHI Plus countries.

Administration officials discuss U.S. efforts to alleviate hunger in the State Department's "Conversations With America" video series

Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Public Affairs Cheryl Benton moderated a State Department video discussion with Deputy Coordinator  of the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative Tjada Mckenna and Bread for the World President David Beckmann titled “Conversations With America: Ending Hunger Through Development.”  During her remarks, Deputy Coordinator Mckenna discussed U.S. efforts to alleviate global hunger and poverty through the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative. 

UN Advisor Marks discusses food security

During the U.N. General Assembly’s Second Committee on Agricultural Development and Food Security meeting, U.S. Mission to the United Nations Advisor Robert Marks discussed the U.S. commitment to improving food security through efforts such as the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, the 1,000 Days Partnership, and commitments made at the G8 meeting in L’Aquila, Italy in 2009.

Secretary Clinton, Administrator Shah, and Vice President Biden provide remarks at George McGovern Leadership Award Ceremony

Vice President Joseph Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided remarks during the presentation of the World Food Program USA’s George McGovern Leadership Award to Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates.  Vice President Biden provided the keynote address and discussed the Obama Administrations efforts to improve global food security through the Feed the Future Initiative (FtF). During their remarks, Secretary Clinton and Administrator Shah both highlighted U.S. efforts through FtF and Administrator Shah announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the World Food Program’s Purchase for Progress (P4P) initiative aimed at helping P4P partner with local private financial institutions.

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CRS releases report on FY2012 State and Foreign Operations appropriations

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs: FY2012 Budget and Appropriations”. According to the summary, “[t]his report analyzes the FY2012 request, including State Department, international broadcasting, and foreign aid highlights; recent-year funding trends; and congressional action related to FY2012 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act introduced in the House

Representative Ted Poe (R-TX, 2nd) introduced the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act of 2012 (H.R. 3159), which would establish guidelines for the monitoring and evaluation of U.S. foreign assistance programs. The bill would also require the Administration to establish and maintain a website providing detailed information on U.S. foreign assistance programs.

Access Representative Poe’s press release about the bill here.