Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius released a statement commemorating World Polio Day and summarizing U.S. efforts aimed at eradicating the disease.
U.S. Agency for International Development
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released the “PEPFAR FY 2013 Country Operational Plan (COP) Guidance” outlining the U.S. Government’s (USG) “annual investments and anticipated results in HIV/AIDS and [is] the basis for approval of annual USG bilateral HIV/AIDS funding in most countries.”
Feed the Future (FtF), the U.S. Governments Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative, released its first progress report summarizing the Initiative’s programmatic efforts from May 2009 through May 2012.
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “U.S. Nonemergency Food Aid Programs Have Similar Objectives but Some Planning Helps Limit Overlap,” which examines the extent to which the nonemergency food aid programs implemented by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) pursue similar objectives.
Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th) introduced the “Global Partnership Act of 2012” (H.R. 6644). According to a press release from Representative Berman, the bill would reform the U.S. foreign aid system and replace “both the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, which covers economic, and development assistance, and the Arms Export Control Act, which deals with arms sales and military aid” The proposed bill includes specific sections addressing maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, family planning and reproductive health, noncommunicable diseases, water, and food security.
- Area: Congress
- Information Type: House Bills
- Organization/Initiative: USAID, State Dept.
- Issue/Condition: Tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS, Nutrition/Food Security, Foreign Aid Reform, Water, Family Planning/Reproductive Health, Maternal & Child Health, Malaria, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs)
During remarks at the Society for International Development, Senator Richard Lugar reiterated Secretary Clintonâ€™s statement that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) should â€œbe seen as the premier development agency in the worldâ€ and provided several suggestions on how U.S. development efforts could be improved, including:
– Independent Agency: â€œDevelopment must be an independent partner of diplomacyâ€ due to the inherent differences in mission and timeframe.
- Policy & Budgeting: USAID must be included in relevant policy and budget decisions and â€œmust have the capacity to evaluate programs and disseminate information about best practices and methods.â€
- Development Objectives: U.S. development efforts should be â€œguided by objectives rather than by how we organize our government to deliver development assistance.â€
- Leading Agency: A â€œwhole-of-governmentâ€ approach to development has benefits, but someone needs to lead, be accountable, and coordinate these efforts and â€œan integrated strategy can only come from an agency that understands development is a separate discipline.â€
In a speech titled â€œDevelopment in the 21st Century,â€ Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed elevating development as a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy and an intention â€œto rebuild USAID into the world’s premier development agency.â€ She emphasized a new commitment to results and outlined six approaches currently underway â€œto make sure that development delivers lasting resultsâ€:
1) Adopt a model of development that emphasizes partnerships with countries, multilateral organizations, NGOs, Universities, and the private sector;
2) Elevate development and integrate development more closely with defense and diplomacy in the field;
3) Improve the coordination of development across federal agencies and reduce reliance on contractors by increasing staff and expertise at USAID and the State Department;
4) Target investment and develop technical excellence in a few key areas, such as health, agriculture, security, education, energy, and local governance;
5) Increase investment in innovation; and
6) Increase investment on women and girls, who are critical to advancing social, economic, and political progress.
President Obama announces new Global Fund pledge and other Administration actions and statements commemorating World AIDS Day
In remarks commemorating World AIDS Day (December 1), which coincided with The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) 4th Replenishment Conference being held in Washington, DC, President Obama announced that the U.S. would “contribute $1 for every $2 pledged by other donors over the next three years,…
Administration statements commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry released a statement commemorating the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women noting, among other things, that “gender-based violence not only undermines human rights, but poses significant obstacles to public health, economic and social development, and long lasting peace.” U.S. Permanent Representative…
President Obama signed the “PEPFAR Stewardship and Oversight Act of 2013” (S.1545) into law (Public Law #113-56). The bill, which was originally introduced by Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Bob Corker (R-TN), extends existing authorities for five years and strengthens oversight of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). According to…