U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testifiedÂ before the Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform at a hearing titled “USAID: Following The Money.” During his testimony, Administrator Shah discussed recent efforts to reform the Agency as part of “USAID Forward.”
Events & Hearings
In a video message at the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) Annual Meeting, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that PEPFAR as well as all U.S. global health programs are essential parts of U.S. foreign policy. Global Health Initiative (GHI) Executive Director Lois Quam and U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby also provided updates from the meeting on PEPFAR’s role in the GHI, its support for country ownership, and its partnership with the Global Fund.
- Watch Secretary Clinton’s video message here.
- Read Executive Director Quam’s “Update from PEPFAR’s Annual Meeting” here.
State Department Dipnote Blog Posts:
- “PEPFAR Comes Together to Focus on Partnership, Efficiency, and Innovation for Sustained Impact” by Ambassador Goosby.
- “PEPFAR Support for a Country-Owned Continuum of Response to HIV/AIDS” by Ambassador Eric Goosby.
- “PEPFAR’s Partnership with the Global Fund Improves the Response to HIV/AIDS” by Ambassador Eric Goosby.
- Read a White House blog post by the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy Jeffery Crowley titled “Learning From Our Global HIV/AIDS Programs here.
The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) held a one-day forum titled “Smart Investments to Save More Lives: Efficiencies, Innovation, Impact”. The forum focused on PEPFAR’s efforts to improve the efficiency and impact of U.S. programs to address the impact HIV/AIDS and included introductory remarks from the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby.
Administration officials discuss QDDR in the State Department’s “Conversations With America” video series
During a State Department video discussion titled â€œConversations with America – Leading Through Civilian Power: The First QDDRâ€ Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter, Director of Policy Planning at the Department of State, and Donald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), discussed the recommendations outlined in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) including, among other things, proposed changes impacting USAID and the U.S. global health response.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided remarks and answered questions from the audience at a “USAID Town Hall Meeting on the Release of the First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review [QDDR].” Secretary Clinton described the recommendations outlined in the QDDR including, among other things, the planned transition of leadership of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) to USAID.
State Department Policy Planning Director Anne-Marie Slaughter and USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg also provided remarks.
Representatives Berman and Ros-Lehtinen provide opening remarks at a Congressional hearing on PEPFAR
Representatives Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th â€“ Chair) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th â€“ Ranking Member) provided opening remarks during a hearing of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs titled “PEPFAR: From Emergency to Sustainability and Advances Against HIV/AIDS.â€ Representatives Berman and Ros-Lehtinen described the successes of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) to date, the need to continue to focus on treatment as well as prevention, and emphasized the U.S. commitment to combating HIV/AIDS.
After opening remarks, the Committee took testimony from U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Dr. Anthony Fauci, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Thomas Frieden.
Representative Russ Carnahan provided an opening statement during a hearing titled “Achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals: Progress through Partnerships” held before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight. During his comments, Representative Carnahan outlined several reasons why the MDGs were important to U.S. interests and stated that “[t]he private sector is in the unique position to contribute their expertise, resources, and innovative techniques toward this global effort.”
During a Senate Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, hearing on the FY 2011 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah outlined the priorities of the FY11 request including funding that supports the Global Health Initiative (GHI), efforts to improve global food security, and increasing the capacity of USAID. Administrator Shah also discussed the principles guiding USAIDâ€™s efforts, the Presidential Study Directive on U.S. Development Policy (PSD), the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), USAIDâ€™s work in Haiti, and the supplemental funding request for Haiti.
During a hearing of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, to discuss the FY 2011 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT, Chair) stated that â€œUSAID needs to change its culture, and change the way it does business.â€ Following Senator Leahyâ€™s remarks, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided testimony on the FY 2011 budget request for USAID.
During a House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, hearing on â€œClimate Change in Africa,â€ United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Africa, Franklin Moore discussed the implications of climate change in Africa on, among other things, food security and health, particularly the effects on nutrition, water and sanitation, and vector-borne diseases.