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USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY15 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), House Committee on Foreign Affairs (April 9), and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations…

USAID launches U.S. Global Development Lab

At an event in New York, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of the “U.S. Global Development Lab” (The Lab), an effort that aims to “foster science- and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030.” According to a USAID press release,…

GAO releases report on management of U.S. international emergency food aid procurement system

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “International Food Aid: Better Agency Collaboration Needed to Assess and Improve Emergency Food Aid Procurement System,” which examines the U.S. international emergency food aid procurement process. The report specifically reviews the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) and U.S. Agency for…

House Committee on Foreign Affairs holds hearing on “The First One Thousand Days: Development Aid Programs to Bolster Health and Nutrition”

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations held a hearing titled “The First One Thousand Days: Development Aid Programs to Bolster Health and Nutrition” with testimony from Acting Assistant to the Administrator, Bureau for Food Security, and Deputy Coordinator of…

CBO releases cost estimate of “Electrify Africa Act of 2014”

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). Introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th) and passed by the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, the legislation would aim to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan…

White House releases FY15 Budget Request

The White House released the FY 2015 budget request on March 4, 2014, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State, is outlined in the State…

GAO releases report on prepositioning of U.S. international food aid

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “International Food Aid: Prepositioning Speeds Delivery of Emergency Aid, but Additional Monitoring of Time Frames and Costs Is Needed,” which examines the effect of prepositioning U.S. international food aid in areas with historically high need on delivery time and costs.…

USAID releases 2013 Health-Related Research Report to Congress

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released its 2013 research-related report to Congress. Titled “Health-Related Research and Development Progress Report: An Update of the 2011-2015 Health Research Strategy,” the report “provides an update, broken down by health area, on the agency’s work under its multi-year strategy for health-related research…

Administration releases “Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development”

The Administration released the “Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development” (PPD-6). PPD-6 was originally signed by the President on September 22, 2010, but was not released to the public until February 24, 2014 due to the Administration’s decision to cite executive privilege. According to a White House fact sheet released at…

President Obama signs the “Agriculture Act of 2014” into law extending and reforming U.S. international food assistance programs

President Obama signed the “Agriculture Act of 2014” (H.R. 2642), commonly referred to as the “Farm Bill,” into law (Public Law #113-79). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representative Frank Lucas (R-OK, 3rd), extends authorities through 2018 for, among other things, international food assistance programs including Food for Peace…