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Assistant Secretary Carson, Ambassador Verveer, Ambassador Michel, and Secretary Clinton summarize the ongoing issues and U.S. priorities in Sub-Saharan Africa

At a “Diplomacy Briefing Series” on Sub-Saharan Africa, Assistant Secretary Johnnie Carson and Ambassador James Michel, Counselor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), summarized the U.S. priorities in the region which include, among other things, addressing health related issues. Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Melanne Verveer Issues discussed the focus on women in ongoing U.S. initiatives. Finally, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provided closing remarks and highlighted ongoing efforts by the Obama Administration to improve health in Africa such as the Feed the Future Food Security Program, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), and the Global Health Initiative (GHI).

Administrator Shah discusses food security at a meeting of the Economic Community of West African States

During remarks at an Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) food security business meeting, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah discussed the commitments made at the 2009 G-8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy including: investing in country-owned plans; strengthening strategic coordination; using a comprehensive approach; partnering with multilateral organizations; and achieving results. Administrator Shah also stated that “the United States will more than double our investments in research to support new innovations” to improve food security and that women are at the center of U.S. efforts.

USAID joins “Helping Babies Breathe” partnership

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) along with the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Laerdal Medical AS, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and Save the Children signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) “to reduce newborn mortality by expanding access to high-quality, affordable newborn resuscitation training materials and devices, improving the competence of birth attendants to resuscitate newborns, strengthening health systems and promoting global commitment and resources for life-saving newborn care.”

Administrator Shah discusses USAID reform efforts

In a speech at the National Press Club, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah discussed a “comprehensive set of operational reforms designed to partner and deliver high impact, cost efficient development,” including a recently formed Bureau of Policy Planning and Learning, rebuilding “USAID’s budget accountability,” building local capacity, reforming USAID’s personnel policies, improvements in monitoring and evaluation, and embracing “extreme transparency.” Administrator Shah also discussed the U.S. response to the earthquake in Haiti and the Feed the Future initiative.

Administrator Shah discusses the Global Health Initiative

At an event hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, provided remarks on the “vision” and “defining features” of the Global Health Initiative (GHI) including “doing more of what works” by improving monitoring and evaluation, “expanding service platforms,” prioritizing innovation, focusing on country ownership, and using a women- and girls-centered approach. During a question and answer session at the conclusion of his remarks, Administrator Shah also discussed, among other things, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Feed the Future Initiative, and procurement reform at USAID.

Administrator Shah discusses the “themes” that will guide USAID’s approach and a “reform agenda” for the agency

In a speech at the InterAction Forum 2010, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah summarized the “themes” that will guide USAID’s efforts including: an evidence based approach; a focus on women and girls; leveraging the private sector; and country ownership. Administrator Shah also discussed the “reform agenda” for the agency that includes: establishing a bureau of policy, planning, and learning; procurement reform; human resources and talent management reforms; and improvements in monitoring, evaluation, and transparency.

H.Res.1462 – Expressing support for the people of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador as they persevere through the aftermath of Tropical Storm Agatha which swept across Central America causing deadly floods and mudslides.

Among other things, the resolution states that the House of Representatives “urges the Secretary of State, in coordination with the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), to continue to develop a strategic plan to promote food security and recovery efforts with the goal of mitigating the current and future effects of the recent natural disasters that have devastated Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.”

Timeline of the Bill:

- Introduced and referred to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on June 22, 2010.

- Passed by a 403-1 vote in the House on July 1, 2010.

Administration Remarks at USAID Conference on Transforming Development through Science, Technology, and Innovation

During a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Conference on Transforming Development through Science, Technology, and Innovation, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah outlined the role, opportunities, and challenges of science, technology, and innovation in U.S. development efforts including efforts to improve health. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also provided remarks and stated “innovation, science, [and] technology must again become fundamental components of how we conduct development work.”

H.R. 6044 – American Manufacturing Disaster Relief Act of 2010

The proposed bill would amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to require the Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to purchase disaster or emergency relief materials from U.S. manufacturers unless the item is manufactured in the foreign country receiving assistance. Additionally, the Administrator would be authorized to purchase from other sources if the quantity and/or quality of the U.S. manufactured products are deemed to be insufficient.