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Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA, 11th) introduced the “Global Partnerships Act of 2013” (H.R. 1793). According to a press release from Representative Connolly, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system by, among other things, “restoring the U.S. Agency for International Development’s policy and budget functions and identifying eight concise goals for…

State Department and USAID release a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012″

The State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2012” summarizing the performance and accomplishments of the two agencies in fulfilling their diplomatic and development objectives, including efforts to address global health issues.

CRS releases report titled “Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy”

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Abortion and Family Planning-Related Provisions in U.S. Foreign Assistance Law and Policy.” According to the summary, the “report details legislation and policies that restrict or place requirements on U.S. funding of abortion or family planning activities abroad.”

USAID releases “Health-Research Research and Development Strategy: 2011-2015″

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report titled “Health-Related Research and Development Strategy: 2011-2015” detailing the agency’s efforts to address global “health and development issues through technology development, research and evaluation, and introduction and scale-up of real world, evidence-based solutions.”

Foreign assistance reform bill introduced in House

Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th) introduced the “Global Partnership Act of 2012” (H.R. 6644). According to a press release from Representative Berman, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system and replace “both the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, which covers economic, and development assistance, and the Arms Export Control Act, which deals with arms sales and military aid” The proposed bill includes specific sections addressing maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, family planning and reproductive health, noncommunicable diseases, water, and food security.

USAID Administrator Shah discusses global health issues at UNGA

During the 67th United Nations General Assembly, held from September 23, 2012 to October 1, 2012, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided remarks on several topics pertaining to U.S. global health efforts including food security and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Administrator Shah also took part in the announcement of a new partnership aimed at providing contraception to women on the world’s poorest countries.

New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Event: At an event (9/27) titled “New Alliance: Progress and the Way Forward”, USAID Administrator Shah discussed U.S. efforts to address global hunger and food security through the Feed the Future Initiative and the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition. During his remarks, Administrator Shah announced that Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, and Mozambique were the next countries to develop New Alliance Cooperation Frameworks and that 21 additional private sector companies had signed letters of intent to support the alliance.

MDG Countdown 2012 Event: Administrator Shah discussed the status of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) at an event (9/27) title “MDG Countdown 2012.”

New Partnership to Expand Access to Contraception: USAID Administrator Shah took part in the announcement (9/27) of a new partnership among governments, civil society, and the private sector to provide contraception to over 27 million women in the world’s poorest countries.

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CRS releases report on FY2013 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 FY2013 request and congressional action related to FY2013 State-Foreign Operations legislation.”

State Department releases fact sheet titled "The U.S. Global Health Initiative: Saving Lives and Promoting Security"

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The U.S. Global Health Initiative: Saving Lives and Promoting Security,” which, among other things, details the GHI’s principles and targets.

UPDATED – Senate Appropriations Committee approves FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations Appropriations Bill

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved the FY 2013 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill (S. 3241) by a vote of 29-1, and released a bill summary as well as a Committee Report (#112-172). The bill includes funding for U.S. global health programs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department (see table below) comprising a significant portion of funding for the Global Health Initiative (total funding for the GHI is not currently available as some funding provided through USAID, HHS, and DoD are not yet available). The Senate bill would provide $8.5 billion to the GHI, $625 million more than the President’s FY13 request ($7.9 billion) and $461 million more than the House FY13 appropriations bill ($8.0 billion). It is also $311 million above the FY12 amount ($8.2 billion).

In addition, the committee approved an amendment introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that would put into place a legislative repeal of the Mexico City Policy (also known as the “Global Gag Rule”).

Area

FY12 Estimated (millions)

FY13 Request (millions)

FY13 House  (millions)

FY13 Senate  (millions)

Difference (millions)

Senate – FY12

Senate – Request

Senate – House

State Department – Global Health Programs (GHP)

HIV/AIDS Bilateral

$4,242.9

$3,700.0

$4,242.9

$3,900.0

$-342.9
 (-8.1%)

$200
 (5.4%)

$-342.9
 (-8.1%)

       UNAIDS (non-add)

$45.0

$45.0

Not Yet Available

$45.0

$0
 (0%)

$0
 (0%)

-

Global Fund*

$1,300.0

$1,650.0

$1,300.0

$1,650.0

$350
 (26.9%)

$0
 (0%)

$350
 (26.9%)

Total State-GHP

$5,542.9

$5,350.0

$5,542.9

$5,550.0

$7.1
 (0.1%)

$200
 (3.7%)

$7.1
 (0.1%)

USAID – Global Health Programs (GHP)

Maternal & Child Health (MCH)

$605.6

$578.0

$605.6

$679.0

$73.4
 (12.1%)

$101
 (17.5%)

$73.4
 (12.1%)

       Polio (non-add)

$35.0

Not Yet Available

Not Yet Available

$35.5

$0.5
 (1.4%)

-

-

       GAVI (non-add)**

$130.0

$145.0

Not Yet Available

$145.0

$15
 (11.5%)

$0
 (0%)

-

Nutrition

$95.0

$90.0

$95.0

$122.0

$27
 (28.4%)

$32
 (35.6%)

$27
 (28.4%)

Vulnerable Children

$17.5

$13.0

$17.5

$23.0

$5.5
 (31.4%)

$10
 (76.9%)

$5.5
 (31.4%)

HIV/AIDS

$350.0

$330.0

$350.0

$350.0

$0
 (0%)

$20
 (6.1%)

$0
 (0%)

Tuberculosis

$236.0

$224.0

$236.0

$285.0

$49
 (20.8%)

$61
 (27.2%)

$49
 (20.8%)

Malaria

$650.0

$619.0

$650.0

$670.0

$20
 (3.1%)

$51
 (8.2%)

$20
 (3.1%)

Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)

$89.0

$67.0

Not Yet Available

$125.0

$36
 (40.4%)

$58
 (86.6%)

-

Pandemic Preparedness

$58.0

$53.0

Not Yet Available

$75.0

$17
 (29.3%)

$22
 (41.5%)

-

Family Planning & Reproductive Health (FP/RH)***

$524.0

$530.0

Not Yet Available

$600.0

$76.1
 (14.5%)

$70
 (13.2%)

-

Total USAID-GHP:

$2,625.0

$2,504.0

$2,474.9

$2,929.0

$304
 (11.6%)

$425
 (17%)

$454.1
 (18.3%)

The Global Health Initiative

Total GHI (known amounts)****

$8,167.9

$7,854.0

$8,017.7

$8,479.0

$311.1
 (3.8%)

$625
 (8%)

$461.3
 (5.8%)

Total Family Planning & Reproductive Health (FP/RH) – All Accounts***

Total FP/RH***

$661.0

$642.7

$461.0

$744.5

$83.5
 (12.6%)

$101.8
 (15.8%)

$283.5
 (61.5%)

       of which GHP Account

$524.0

$530.0

Not Yet Available

$600.0

$76.1
 (14.5%)

$70
 (13.2%)

-

       of which UNFPA

$35.0

$39.0

$0.0

$44.5

$9.5
 (27.1%)

$5.5
 (14.1%)

$44.5
 (N/A)

       of which Other Accounts

$102.0

$73.7

Not Yet Available

$100.0

$-2
 (-2%)

$26.3
 (35.7%)

-

*The FY 2012 enacted amount for the Global Fund was $1.050 billion. The Administration subsequently moved $250 million from the HIV/AIDS bilateral line to the Global Fund, bringing the Global Fund amount up to $1.3 billion.     &nbs

Senate passes "International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011"

The Senate passed by voice vote the “International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act of 2011” (S. 414). Originally introduced in February of 2011, the bill states, among other things, that “child marriage undermines United States investments in foreign assistance . . . to reduce maternal and child mortality, reduce maternal illness, halt the transmission of HIV/AIDS [and] prevent gender-based violence.” The bill requires the President to establish a multi-year strategy to prevent child marriage and authorizes the President to implement a variety of foreign assistance programs directed at the needs of girls including “access to water and suitable hygiene facilities . . . [and] access to health care services and proper nutrition for adolescent girls.” 

Additional Information:

  • Senate report accompanying the bill (#112-170).