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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…

USAID releases water and development strategy

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report titled “USAID Water and Development Strategy: 2013-2018”, which details the agency’s approach to addressing water related development issues. The strategy outlines specific objectives to achieve the goal of “sav[ing] lives and advanc[ing] development through improvements in water supply, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH)…

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.

Secretary Clinton discusses global health issues at UNGA

During the 67th United Nations General Assembly, held from September 23, 2012 to October 1, 2012, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks on several topics pertaining to U.S. global health efforts including in the areas of water security, shared responsibility in the HIV/AIDS response, the U.S. Feed the Future Initiative, and humanitarian assistance to Syria.

Roundtable on Water Security: Secretary Clinton provided closing remarks at a roundtable on water security (9/25) and stated, among other things, that “[h]ere at the UN, we have to work in our continuing efforts to ensure no child dies of a water-related disease and certainly no war is ever fought over water.”

UNAIDS Shared Responsibility Event: At a UNAIDS sponsored event (9/26), Secretary Clinton discussed the shared responsibility of donor and recipient governments in addressing HIV/AIDS and reaching the goal of an AIDS-free generation.

Feed the Future Event: At an event titled “Feed the Future: Partnering with Civil Society” (9/27), Secretary Clinton’s announced “a new commitment by civil society groups . . . pledging more than $1 billion of private, nongovernmental funds over the next three years to improve food security and nutrition worldwide.”

Humanitarian Assistance to Syria: Secretary Clinton’s remarks at the Ad Hoc Friends of the Syrian People Ministerial (9/28) announcing an additional $30 million in humanitarian aid for “food, water, blankets, and critical medical services” for the Syrian people.

  • State Department press release summarizing recent U.S. humanitarian assistance to Syria

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CRS releases report on global access to clean drinking water and sanitation

The Congressional Research Service (CRS) released a report titled “Global Access to Clean Drinking Water and Sanitation: U.S. and International Programs.” According to the summary “[t]his report addresses congressional efforts to address limited access to clean drinking water and sanitation, outlines related programs implemented by USAID and MCC, and analyzes issues related to U.S. and international drinking water and sanitation programs that the 112th Congress might consider.”

"Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy Act of 2012" introduced in House

Representative Russ Carnahan (D-MO, 3rd) introduced the “Global Science Program for Security, Competitiveness, and Diplomacy Act of 2012” (H.R. 6303) in the House. Among other things, the proposed bill would create research competitions at the global, regional, or country specific level with the aim of “address[ing] global challenges such as ocean acidification, nonproliferation, multiple drug resistant diseases, water-borne diseases, development of sustainable renewable energy resources, sanitation, food shortage, and water resources.”

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.”

CBO releases cost estimate of "Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011"

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a cost estimate of the “Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011” (S. 641). The CBO “estimates that implementing the bill would cost $5.6 billion over the 2013-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts.”

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approves Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations approved the “Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2011” (S. 641). The stated purpose of the bill, which was originally introduced in March of 2011, is “(1) to enable first-time access to safe water and sanitation, on a sustainable basis, for 100,000,000 people in high priority countries . . . within 6 years of the date of enactment of this Act through direct funding, development activities, and partnerships; and (2) to enhance the capacity of the United States Government to fully implement the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005.” Among other things, the proposed bill would create water related positions at both the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the State Department and also authorizes specific water and sanitation related activities.

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  • Senate Report accompanying the bill (#112-194).