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USAID Administrator Shah releases second annual letter

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah released the Agency’s second annual letter, which according to a USAID press release “offers a progress report on major initiatives and events . . . [and] highlights how the agency’s recent efforts and reforms serve to integrate international development into America’s key diplomatic and national security priorities.”

Secretary Clinton announces new U.S. Water Partnership; Administration actions and resources commemorating World Water Day

During a speech commemorating World Water Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the launch of the U.S. Water Partnership (USWP), a public-private partnership that, according to a State Department press release, “seeks to mobilize U.S.-based knowledge, expertise and resources to improve water security around the world – particularly in those countries most in need.” The State Department also released a fact sheet providing details about the partnership.

Additional Administration actions and resources commemorating World Water Day:

“International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012″ introduced in House

Representative Donald Payne (D-NJ, 10th) introduced the “International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012” (H.R. 4141). Among other things, the proposed bill amends the Food for Peace Act and directs the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator “to improve the nutritional quality of United States food assistance, particularly for vulnerable groups such as pregnant and lactating mothers, children under the age of five, with a focus on the cost-effective 1,000 days between pregnancy and age 2, when appropriate, and beneficiaries under the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief in Africa (PEPFAR).”

USAID and Organization of Islamic Cooperation sign humanitarian assistance agreement

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) outlining a framework for cooperation on humanitarian issues and disaster response that includes “mutual consultations and strategic dialogue, exchange of information, participation in disaster response and training, operational support and facilitation and coordination.”

Additional Information:

The White House Blog: “USAID and OIC: Working Together to Save Lives

Administration statements and actions commemorating International Women’s Day

President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues Melanne Verveer, and Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy and Human Rights Maria Otero released statements commemorating International Women’s Day.  The White House, State Department, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) highlighted the day with multiple blog postings and other resources.

Statements

  • President Obama’s statement.
  • Secretary Clinton’s statement.
  • Ambassador-at-Large Verveer’s statement.
  • Remarks by Under Secretary Otero’s given at the Global Health and Diplomacy International Women’s Day Luncheon.

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State Department

  • State Department Fact Sheet titled “Advancing the Rights of Women and Girls: A Cornerstone of U.S. Foreign Policy”

USAID

MCC

Peace Corps

House Committee on Foreign Affairs passes International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs approved by Unanimous Consent the “International Food Assistance Improvement Act of 2012” (H.R. 4141). Among other things, the proposed bill, which was originally introduced by Representative Donald Payne (D-NJ, 10th), amends the Food for Peace Act and directs the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator “to improve the nutritional quality of United States food assistance, particularly for vulnerable groups such as pregnant and lactating mothers, children under the age of five, with a focus on the cost-effective 1,000 days between pregnancy and age 2, when appropriate, and beneficiaries under the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief in Africa (PEPFAR).”

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House Committee on Foreign Affairs on FY13 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and provided a summary of the FY13 budget request for USAID highlighting 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).

Additional Information:

  • Opening remarks by Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL, 18th; Committee Chair) expressing, among other things, her opposition to a proposed increase in FY13 funding for family planning and reproductive health (FP/RH).
  • Opening remarks by Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th; Ranking Member) calling for, among other things, a revision and updating of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing titled “The Fiscal Year 2013 Budget: A Review of U.S. Foreign Assistance Amidst Economic Uncertainty”

The House Committee on Foreign Affairs will hold a hearing titled “The Fiscal Year 2013 Budget: A Review of U.S. Foreign Assistance Amidst Economic Uncertainty” with testimony from U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. The hearing will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Room 2172 of the Rayburn House Office Building.

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

The Senate Committee on Appropriations, State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee will hold a hearing on the FY 2013 budget request for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with testimony from USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. The hearing will be held on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 10:00 AM in Room 226 of the Dirksen Senate Office building.