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Millennium Challenge Corporation signs $275.1 million compact with Jordan focused on water projects

During the signing ceremony of a $275.1 million compact aimed at improving water access in Jordan, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes summarized the projects being funded and stated that addressing the issue of water in Jordan “is a priority for improving livelihoods, reducing poverty, and achieving sustainable economic growth.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also provided remarks and described ways this compact will “help spur sustainable economic growth and improve public health.”

Secretary Clinton announces launch of mWomen Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the launch of the mWomen Initiative, a partnership between the State Department, the GSM Association, and Cherie Blair Foundation that aims to reduce the global mobile technology gender gap. During her remarks, Secretary Clinton discussed the role of mobile technologies in fulfilling U.S. development goals including in areas such as global health.

HHS and PEPFAR announces 5-year, $130 million commitment for partnership aimed at increasing the number of health workers in Africa

A press release from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced a 5-year, $130 million commitment by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) for the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI), an effort originally announced in March 2010 aimed at increasing the number of health care workers in Africa. U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby stated “MEPI will strengthen national plans to improve medical instruction and bolster the overall health care delivery systems.”

Administrator Shah announces new Development Innovation Ventures fund

During remarks at the Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah discussed the role of innovation in U.S. development efforts and announced the new Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) fund, which “was created to promote high-return and sometimes high-risk ideas and projects, catalyze game-changing innovations and create new portals of entry for social entrepreneurs to work with USAID.” Administrator Shah also announced the initial eight grantees of the program.

President Obama proclaims December 1, 2010 as World AIDS Day

President Obama proclaimed December 1, 2010 as World AIDS Day. In the proclomation, President Obama summarized the actions taken by his Administration to combat HIV/AIDS including, among other things, elimination of the HIV/AIDS travel ban and the HIV prevention, treatment and care programs supported by the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Administration official announces “Women’s Empowerment Initiative in the Pacific Region;” includes global health components

Ambassador-At-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer announced the “Women’s Empowerment Initiative in the Pacific Region,” a collaboration between the U.S. , World Bank, Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea. As part of the initiative, the U.S. made the following commitments:
– Co-hosting policy dialogues with the partner entities on ways to, among other things, address gender-based violence and improve maternal health;

- Double its HIV/AIDS contribution to Papua New Guinea (PNG) in the next year (subject to Congressional approval); and

- Collaborate with Australia and PNG on an integrated approach to addressing gender-based violence and HIV/AIDS in PNG.

U.S. & Zambia sign PEPFAR Partnership Framework

The United States and Zambia signed a Partnership Framework, which “represents joint collaboration to achieve Zambia’s five-year objective: A nation free from the threat of HIV and AIDS.” The framework “outlines national priorities and roles and responsibilities in the fight.”

USAID Administrator Shah announces new Bureau of Food Security

In remarks given at an event marking the release of the Bread for World 2011 World Hunger Report, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Shah announced the creation of the Bureau of Food Security, which “will lead a whole-of-government effort to implement President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative, a multi-billion dollar international effort led by USAID to develop the agricultural sectors of a number of countries throughout the developing world.”