The United States and Brazil signed a â€œprotocol of intentionsâ€ building on an existing collaboration between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) to address, among other things, health and food security issues in other countries. The new agreement expands efforts to include additional countries in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean.
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USAID Administrator Shah and MCC CEO Yohannes testify before Congress on the FY 2012 Budget Requests
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on the FY 2012 budget requests and future directions in foreign assistance.
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Adminitrator Dr. Rajiv Shah wrote a letter to Congress highlighting USAID’s efforts to improve global health and ways the agency is working to deliver aid more effectively.
In testimony before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs, Jacquelyn Williams-Bridgers, Managing Director of International Affairs and Trade at the Government Accountability Office (GAO) discussed “four cross-cutting areas of U.S. foreign policy as implemented by State & USAID: (1) investments in key partner nations, (2) building the capacity of U.S. agencies to advance foreign policy priorities, (3) contractor oversight and accountability, and (4) strategic planning and performance measurement.”
The stated purpose of the proposed bill 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 authorizes specific water and sanitation related activities aimed at fulfilling the goals of the bill.
USAID Administrator Shah and MCC CEO Yohannes testify before Congress on the International Development Budget
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the FY 2012 budget requests and international development policy priorities.
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Johnnie Carson, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Assistant Administrator Rajakumari Jandhyala, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Ambassador Eric Goosby, and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Vice President for Compact Implementation Patrick Fine testified before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on African Affairs, on the FY 2012 budget request for Africa.
In a joint press release, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the release of a report completed by researchers from Tufts University with funding from USAID and titled â€œDelivering Improved Nutrition: Recommendations for Changes to U.S. Food Aid Products and Programs.â€
The proposed bill authorizes a cumulative appropriation of $3.5 billion over fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to provide assistance for Haiti and states that the U.S. would support investments in, among other things, “health care delivery and capacity building to strengthen the overall health care system.”
The State Department announced that “the United States intends to provide approximately $36 million to programs for humanitarian relief, reconstruction, and community stabilization to aid those affected by the crisis” in the Kyrgyz Republic.