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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…

FY14 Omnibus Appropriations Act Released

The House and Senate Committees on Appropriations announced the release of the “Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014” (H.R. 3547), 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,…

USAID releases draft Nutrition Strategy seeking public comment

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the release and requested public comment on a draft agency-wide Nutrition Strategy. According to the announcement, the strategy, which would establish the guiding principles, conceptual framework, and key deliverables, will serve as a “benchmark towards the development of a broader U.S. Government…

USAID releases new urban policy

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a new policy titled “Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World,” which aims to provide guidance on improving the delivery of essential services in areas of rapid urbanization. Among other things, the report highlights how addressing service delivery issues in urban…

USAID Administrator Shah announces new Feed the Future Innovation Labs

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of 10 new Feed the Future (FtF) Innovation Labs aimed at improving, among other things, global food security and nutrition. According to a press release from USAID, the new labs “draw on the expertise of top U.S. universities and…

White House release fact sheet on Global Entrepreneurship Summit, highlights new initiative to address development challenges

The White House released a fact sheet on the Global Entrepreneurship Summit summarizing the Administration’s efforts to support entrepreneurs around the world. Among other things, the fact sheet announced the launch of the Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) initiative, which aims “to support the creation, incubation, and scale-up of promising,…

USAID launches new nutrition and food security program in Haiti

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of a new four-year program aimed at improving nutrition and food security in Haiti. Among other things, the program, which is part of the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative, will support “the Government of Haiti to establish a voucher-based safety-net…

GAO releases report on Feed the Future Initiative

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Global Food Security: USAID Is Improving Coordination but Needs to Require Systematic Assessments of Country-Level Risks” that examines efforts by the U.S. Agency for International Development  (USAID) to address global food security issues through the Feed the Future (FtF) Initiative.…