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.
U.S. Agency for International Development
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.
Among other things, the proposed bill states â€œit is the policy of the United States . . . to ensure access to . . . safe water and sanitation.â€ The bill also calls on the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to â€œdevelop a strategy to foster sustainable urban development in developing countries that updates the Making Cities Work Urban Strategy.â€
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 â€œUrbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters.â€
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.”
In a statement commemorating World Health Day and its theme of â€œUrbanization and Health: Urban Health Matters,â€ 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) â€œfocused on public health concerns of urban residents worldwide,â€ and stated â€œthe United States and our international partners are committed to improving health and strengthening health systems around the world.â€
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 Africaâ€™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 â€œwill reinforce cooperation in key areasâ€ including health and food security.
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 Presidentâ€™s Malaria Initiativeâ€™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.
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).