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S. 3151 – Enhancing Quality Assistance and Leadership and Improving Transparency for Women Act

The proposed bill would establish the “Office for Global Women’s Issues” at the State Department, which would be headed by an “Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues”, and the position of “Women’s Development Advisor” at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Among other things, these positions would be required “to facilitate interagency coordination and the integration of gender considerations into the strategies, programming, and associated outcomes of the Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development [USAID].” The bill would also require the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report to Congress detailing U.S. financial assistance directed at women and girls and assessing, among other things, “the integration with the larger global health and development agenda of the United States.”

Secretary Clinton outlines the USG approach to water issues on World Water Day

In a speech commemorating World Water Day, Secretary of State Clinton outlined the U.S. government’s approach to addressing water issues stating that “President Obama and I recognize that water issues are integral to the success of many of our major foreign policy initiatives” including global health efforts. Secretary Clinton highlighted five areas guiding U.S. efforts: capacity building; elevating water in U.S. diplomatic efforts and better coordinating with international organizations; mobilizing financial support; science and technology; and broadening partnerships with NGOs, nonprofits, and the private sector.

GAO Report – Global Food Security: U.S. Agencies Progressing on Governmentwide Strategy, but Approach Faces Several Vulnerabilities

For this report, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) “examined (1) the types and funding of food security programs and activities of relevant U.S. government agencies; and (2) progress in developing an integrated U.S. governmentwide strategy to address global food insecurity as well as potential vulnerabilities of that strategy.”

Based on its analysis, the GAO provided two recommendations to the Secretary of State to improve U.S. global food security efforts: “(1) develop an operational definition of food security that is accepted by all U.S. agencies, establish a methodology for consistently reporting comprehensive data across agencies, and periodically inventory agencies’ food security-related programs and funding; and (2) collaborate with other agency heads to finalize a governmentwide strategy that delineates measures to mitigate the risks associated with the host country-led approach.”

Opening Statement by Representative Donald Payne at a Congressional hearing on “U.S. Investments in HIV/AIDS”

During opening remarks at a House Committee Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Africa and Global Health, hearing on “U.S. Investments in HIV/AIDS: Opportunities and Challenges Ahead,” Representative Donald Payne (D-NJ, 10th) highlighted the achievements of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), expressed support for the Administration’s Global Health Initiative (GHI), and outlined key challenges facing PEPFAR in the future.

Congressional letter urges USAID to provide funding for Research and Development (R&D) of new treatments for NTDs

In a letter to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, thirteen members of Congress expressed the need to expand U.S. government Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) initiatives to include all fifteen NTDs as designated by the World Health Organization (WHO), and urges “USAID to determine the best funding strategy to allow for proper resources to be devoted specifically to R&D for all NTDs.”

S.Res. 466 – Supporting the goals and ideals of World Water Day

Among other things, the resolution states the Senate “supports the goals and ideals of World Water Day” and “urges the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development [USAID], and all relevant Federal departments and agencies to increase the efforts and resources dedicated to . . . providing sustainable and equitable access to safe drinking water and sanitation.”

Ambassador Eric Goosby testifies before the House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 2011 budget request for PEPFAR

During a House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs hearing titled “Global Health and HIV/AIDS programs at the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development,” U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby, testified on the FY 2011 budget request for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). In his testimony, Ambassador Goosby discussed PEPFAR’s role in the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and highlighted several areas of focus as outlined in the Five-Year Strategy including: prevention, country ownership, and strengthening health systems.

USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Gloria Steele testifies before the House Committee on Appropriations on the FY 2011 Global Health and Child Survival account budget request

During a House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs hearing titled “Global Health and HIV/AIDS programs at the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development,” USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Gloria Steele, testified on the FY 2011 Global Health and Child Survival (GHCS) account budget request. Topics covered in her testimony include: a breakdown of the FY 2011 budget request and program plans; health systems strengthening; integrating health programs; engaging with multilateral, nongovernmental, faith-based, and community based organizations; public-private partnerships; and research.

H.Res. 1160 – Calling for the establishment of a Haiti Marshall Plan Committee to coordinate aid and development initiatives . . . in response to the earthquake that struck Haiti on January 12, 2010

The resolution states that the House of Representatives “calls for the establishment of a Haiti Marshall Plan Committee to include representatives from the Department of the Treasury, the Department of Defense, the Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and selected members of civil society to develop and propose a coordinated strategy for the recovery and reconstruction of Haiti that prevents the duplication of effort and uses all available resources”

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah testifies before Congress on the FY 2011 Budget Request

The Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Dr. Rajiv Shah, testified before two congressional committees (see Additional Information) on the USAID FY 2011 budget request and included remarks on the Global Health Initiative (GHI). Other related topics addressed by Administrator Shah included the status of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) and the Presidential Study Directive (PSD), increasing capacity at USAID, food security, and ongoing efforts in Haiti.