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USAID announces launch of Feed the Future’s new “Partnering for Innovation” program

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of Feed the Future’s (FtF) new “Partnering for Innovation” program, which “aims to engage the private sector and put transformational technologies into the hands of smallholder farmers in developing countries.”

Administration actions and statements commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

In commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Vice President Joseph Biden released a statement reaffirming the U.S. commitment to eliminating violence against women and girls, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer announced $3 million in grants to address the link between HIV and Gender-Based Violence (GBV), and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released resources in support of the “16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence” campaign.

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USAID launches "Youth in Development" Policy

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the release of “Youth in Development: Realizing the Demographic Opportunity,” which is “the first Agency-wide guidance to recognize young people as a driving force in global development and promote youth participation as partners and leaders.” Among other things, the policy document outlines efforts to address the needs of and incorporate youth in U.S. global health programs.

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USAID launches “Higher Education Solutions Network” promoting science and technology to solve development challenges

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the launch of the Higher Education Solutions Network (HESN), a partnership with U.S. and foreign universities to “establish Development Labs that will work with USAID’s field mission experts and Washington staff to apply science and technology to define and solve key problems in areas such as global health, food security and chronic conflict.” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided remarks at HESN launch event.

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Administration releases global strategy on gender-based violence and President Obama issues Executive Order directing implementation of the Strategy

The Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the “United States Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally.”  According to a State Department press release, the Strategy “outlines four key objectives: increase coordination of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts among U.S. Government agencies and with other stakeholders; to enhance integration of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts into existing U.S. Government work; to improve collection, analysis, and use of data and research to enhance gender-based violence prevention and response efforts; and to enhance or expand U.S. Government programming that addresses gender-based violence.” 

President Obama issued an Executive Order on “Preventing and Responding to Violence Against Women and Girls Globally,” to enhance the Administration’s efforts to address gender-based violence (GBV).  According to a White House fact sheet, the Strategy creates an interagency working group co-chaired by the Secretary of State and the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and directs the interagency working group to implement the Strategy.

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State Department and USAID release "National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security" implementation plans

The Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) each released an implementation plan for the “National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security,” which was issued by the White House in December 2011 and has a stated goal “to empower half the world’s population to act as equal partners in preventing conflict and building peace in countries threatened and affected by war, violence, and insecurity.” Both implementation plans include provisions addressing health and gender-based violence.

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GAO releases report on drug quality in global health programs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Ensuring Drug Quality in Global Health Programs”, which “examined (1) the regulatory and policy requirements intended to ensure the quality of drugs procured with U.S. aid funds and (2) the systems in place to monitor drug quality in supply chains used by programs receiving U.S. foreign aid funds.” The GAO did not make any recommendations in this report.

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY13 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. During testimony before both Committees, Administrator Shah summarized the FY13 budget request for USAID and highlighted efforts through the Feed the Future Initiative and the Global Health Initiative (GHI) including the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI).

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House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs

  • Opening remarks by Representative Kay Granger (R-TX, 12th; Chair of the Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs) asking Administrator Shah to, among other things, “explain whether the proposed reductions [in global health] can be taken without jeopardizing U.S. leadership in important areas like malaria and maternal and child health.”
  • Opening remarks by Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY, 18th) asking Administrator Shah to comment on the proposed reductions in funding for the GHI and USAID’s nutrition programs.

Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

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  • Press release on the FY 2013 USAID budget from the Chair of the hearing, Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD).
  • Opening remarks by Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN; Ranking Member) posing specific questions to Administrator Shah on the priorities of the GHI.
Senate Committee on Foreign Relations hearing titled “International Development Priorities in the FY 2013 Budget”

The Senate Committee on Foreign Relations will hold a hearing titled “International Development Priorities in the FY 2013 Budget” with testimony from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 2:30 PM in Room 419 of the Dirksen Senate Office building.

House Committee on Appropriations hearing on the FY 2013 Budget Request for the U.S. Agency for International Development

The House Committee on Appropriations, Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Agencies will hold a hearing on the FY 2013 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with testimony from Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 9:00 AM in Room 2358-C of the Rayburn House Office building.