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USAID releases Administrator Shah’s 2014 annual letter

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released Administrator Rajiv Shah’s 2014 annual letter, which summarizes the agency’s global development approach and highlights USAID’s efforts — through, among other things, the Feed the Future and Power Africa initiatives, and to improve child survival,  achieve an AIDS-free generation, and increase access…

2014 Feed the Future Progress Report released at Feed the Future Global Forum

During the first-ever Feed the Future (FtF) Global Forum, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the  release of the “2014 Feed the Future Progress Report: Accelerating Progress to End Global Hunger.” According to a USAID press release, the “report outlines how Feed the Future is working to scale-up…

House approves Electrify Africa Act of 2014

The House of Representatives passed (297-117) the “Electrify Africa Act of 2014” (H.R. 2548). The bill, which was originally introduced by Representatives Ed Royce (R-CA, 39th) and Eliot Engel (D-NY, 16th), aims to improve access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa in order to support, among other things, improved food security…

USAID announces launch of “One Billion and Counting: Accelerating Action to Eliminate NTDs by 2020”

In commemoration of U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) “support of the delivery of 1 billion Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) treatments that are helping more than 465 million people in 25 countries,” the agency announced the launch of “One Billion and Counting: Accelerating Action to Eliminate NTDs by 2020.” According to…

“International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” introduced in Senate

Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Susan Collins (R-ME), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced the “International Violence Against Women Act of 2014” (S.2307). According to a press release from the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, the proposed legislation would “make reducing the levels of violence against…

Administration actions and resources commemorating World Malaria Day

Several U.S. Government agencies released statements and/or provided resources in recognition of World Malaria Day, which takes place each year on April 25, including: President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI): PMI’s announcement on World Malaria Day 2014 PMI FastFacts factsheet  PMI compilation of press releases, articles, and blogs National Institutes Of Health (NIH): NIH World…

UPDATED – White House releases FY15 Budget Request

UPDATED – April 22, 2014 The White House released the FY 2015 budget request on March 4, 2014, which includes funding for U.S. global health programs. A significant portion of U.S. funding for global health, including funding at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State,…

GAO releases report on USAID’s efforts to provide funding directly to local organizations

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Foreign Aid: USAID Has Increased Funding to Partner-Country Organizations but Could Better Track Progress.” The report examines the implementation of the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Local Solutions initiative, a reform under USAID Forward that “aims to shift…

USAID Administrator Shah testifies before House and Senate Committees on FY15 budget request

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs (April 8), House Committee on Foreign Affairs (April 9), and Senate Committee on Foreign Relations…

USAID launches U.S. Global Development Lab

At an event in New York, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of the “U.S. Global Development Lab” (The Lab), an effort that aims to “foster science- and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030.” According to a USAID press release,…