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USAID announces 20 Feed the Future Initiative Focus Countries

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced the 20 focus countries of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative (also known as The Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative), selected based on the “global burden of undernutrition and other criteria that examined the prevalence and dynamics of poverty, country commitment, and opportunities for agriculture-led growth.”

USAID official testifies on the impacts of climate change in Africa

During a House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, hearing on “Climate Change in Africa,” 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.

CRS Report – Foreign Aid: International Donor Coordination of Development Assistance

The report provides a summary of official development assistance (ODA), “discusses coordination goals established by donors at high-level development policy forums, and provides an overview of U.S. efforts to meet these goals. The report concludes by identifying key issues in donor coordination of development
assistance, with an emphasis on the U.S. perspective.”

USAID Administrator Shah discusses U.S. food security strategy and announces release of the “Feed the Future Guide”

In a keynote address before a symposium hosted by the Chicago Council for Global Affairs, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah discussed the U.S. government’s approach to food security and announced the release of the “Feed the Future Guide,” which outlines the implementation strategy of the Administration’s global hunger and food security initiative.

State Department and USAID release “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2009″

The Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released the “Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for FY 2009,” which summarizes the performance and financial results of both agencies towards U.S. diplomatic and development objectives.

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah’s statements and actions on global health issues during trip to Africa

On May 12, 2010, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah began a six-day trip to Africa that would “focus on the development and progress of President Obama’s Global Health Initiative and Food Security Initiative, while gaining a deeper understanding of U.S. bilateral and regional investments in agriculture, health, and democracy and governance.”

H.Res. 1155 – Commending the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs

Among other things, the resolution states that the House or Representatives “(1) supports the goals of World TB Day to raise awareness about tuberculosis; (2) commends the progress made by anti-tuberculosis programs, including the U.S. Agency for International Development [USAID], the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria; and (3) reaffirms its commitment to global tuberculosis control made through the Lantos-Hyde U.S. Leadership Against HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria Act of 2008.”

Timeline of the resolution:

- Introduced and referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Energy and Commerce Committee on March 10, 2010.

- Approved by a voice vote in the House on May 12, 2010.

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah discusses “USAID’s Approach to High Impact Development”

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah gave a speech titled “USAID’s Approach to High Impact Development” in a Town Hall discussion with the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC). In his speech, Administrator Shah outlined the focus areas of a new “distinctly American” approach and “contribution to development” that would guide USAID efforts and highlighted four areas where this approach is already being implemented at USAID, one of which is the U.S. commitment to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Administrator Shah also summarized upcoming efforts to improve USAID capacity including: establishment of a policy bureau; implementation of budget, procurement, and human resources reforms; and efforts to improve monitoring, evaluation, and transparency.