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USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testifies on the FY 2011 budget for USAID

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 USAID’s efforts, the Presidential Study Directive on U.S. Development Policy (PSD), the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR), USAID’s work in Haiti, and the supplemental funding request for Haiti.

Opening Statement by Senator Leahy at a Congressional hearing on the FY 2011 budget for USAID

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 “USAID needs to change its culture, and change the way it does business.” Following Senator Leahy’s remarks, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah provided testimony on the FY 2011 budget request for USAID.

S. 3229 – Sustainable Urban Development Act of 2010

Among other things, the proposed bill states “it is the policy of the United States . . . to ensure access to . . . safe water and sanitation.” The bill also calls on the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to “develop a strategy to foster sustainable urban development in developing countries that updates the Making Cities Work Urban Strategy.”

Administration Statements on World Health Day

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius, and U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Susan E. Rice released statements commemorating World Health Day and its theme of “Urbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters.”

CRS Report – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Global Health Programs: FY2001-FY2011

From the report summary: “This report explains the role CDC plays in U.S. global health assistance, highlights how much the agency has spent on global health efforts from FY2001 to FY2010, and discusses how funding to each of its programs has changed during this period.”

Statement by Secretary Clinton on World Health Day

In a statement commemorating World Health Day and its theme of “Urbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters,” Secretary Clinton discussed the Global Health Initiative (GHI), other U.S. efforts by the Centers for Disease control and Prevention (CDC) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) “focused on public health concerns of urban residents worldwide,” and stated “the United States and our international partners are committed to improving health and strengthening health systems around the world.”

S. 2971 – Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011

Among other things, the bill authorizes personnel increases at the State Department and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The bill also changes the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) by allowing the development of concurrent and subsequent Compacts.

Timeline of the bill:

- Introduced and referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations on January 29, 2010.

- Reported favorably out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on April 27, 2010.

U.S. and South Africa sign a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a framework for a Strategic Dialogue

Secretary of State Clinton and South Africa’s Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane signed a Memorandum of Understanding establishing a framework for a Strategic Dialogue between the two countries that “will reinforce cooperation in key areas” including health and food security.

Administration statements in observance of World Malaria Day

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a statement commemorating World Malaria Day and announced the release of the Malaria Five Year Strategy and the President’s Malaria Initiative’s (PMI) fourth annual report. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Dr. B.F. (Lee) Hall and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the Peace Corps also released statements commemorating World Malaria Day.

CRS Report – Foreign Aid Reform, National Strategy, and the Quadrennial Review

The report provides an overview of ongoing efforts in both Congress and the Administration to reform U.S. foreign assistance programs. Items reviewed in the report include:

- S. 1524, the Foreign Assistance Revitalization and Accountability Act of 2009;

- H.R. 2139, Initiating Foreign Assistance Reform Act of 2009;

- H.R. 2387, Strategy and Effectiveness of Foreign Policy and Assistance Act of 2009;

- The Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR); and

- The Presidential Study Directive on U.S. Global Development Policy (PSD).