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Secretary Clinton’s remarks on “Development in the 21st Century”

In a speech titled “Development in the 21st Century,” Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton discussed elevating development as a central pillar of U.S. foreign policy and an intention “to rebuild USAID into the world’s premier development agency.” She emphasized a new commitment to results and outlined six approaches currently underway “to make sure that development delivers lasting results”:

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.

Dr. Rajiv Shah sworn-in as Administrator of USAID

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton swore-in Dr. Rajiv Shah as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). During the ceremony, Dr. Shah highlighted some of the past successes of USAID, particularly in the areas of health and agriculture, and summarized some of the areas that need to be changed within USAID in order to fulfill the Administration’s development goals including:
– Pursue partnerships;

- Increase the capacity of USAID;

- Focus on women and girls; and

- Focus on results.

USAID commemorates World Polio Day

In a press release commemorating World Polio Day the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) highlighted U.S. efforts to eradicating polio through ongoing programs, support of the World Health Assembly’s recently endorsed “2010-2012 Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) Strategic Plan” and President Obama’s commitment to work with the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC).

Secretary Clinton announces launch of mWomen Initiative

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced the launch of the mWomen Initiative, a partnership between the State Department, the GSM Association, and Cherie Blair Foundation that aims to reduce the global mobile technology gender gap. During her remarks, Secretary Clinton discussed the role of mobile technologies in fulfilling U.S. development goals including in areas such as global health.

USAID releases “Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress: Building Partnerships to Control Tuberculosis”

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) released “Fiscal Year 2009 Report to Congress: Building Partnerships to Control Tuberculosis.” The report provides an overview of U.S. assistance for TB country including country-level activities, contributions to health systems, research, and global partnerships.

U.N. Ambassador Rice’s statement and other Administration actions commemorating World Food Day

In recognition of World Food Day, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice released a statement highlighting U.S. commitments and actions aimed at improving global food security. Similarly, the State Department DipNote Blog posted two entries related to food security: one focused on World Food Day and another on U.S. involvement with the United Nations’ Committee for World Food Security (CFS).

Secretary Clinton discusses the role of innovation in U.S. development efforts

In a speech followed by a question and answer session before the Commonwealth Club, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the role of innovation in U.S. development policy and described areas in which the U.S. has already begun to integrate innovation into its development efforts, including through the recently announced Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) fund at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Secretary Clinton also commented on the reasoning behind and status of the Quadrennial Development and Diplomacy Review (QDDR).

Administrator Shah discusses U.S. efforts to address food security at the World Food Prize Conference

During remarks at the World Food Prize Conference, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah discussed the changes in the way the U.S. works to improve food security through Feed the Future (FtF) including, among other things, the establishment of a Bureau for Food Security at USAID, the Norman Borlaug Commemorative Research Initiative also at USAID, the Global Security Food Trust Fund housed at the World Bank, and focusing on vulnerable populations such as pregnant women and infants. Additionally, Administrator Shah announced a new effort – the Feed the Future Private Investment Center – aimed at fostering public-private partnerships in the 20 FtF pilot countries.

State Department releases fact sheet titled “The United States and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves”

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “The United States and the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves” detailing the goals of the partnership as well as the U.S. commitment, which includes, among other things, a pledge of $50.82 million over 5 years and the involvement of numerous U.S. government departments.

Administrator Shah announces new Development Innovation Ventures fund

During remarks at the Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah discussed the role of innovation in U.S. development efforts and announced the new Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) fund, which “was created to promote high-return and sometimes high-risk ideas and projects, catalyze game-changing innovations and create new portals of entry for social entrepreneurs to work with USAID.” Administrator Shah also announced the initial eight grantees of the program.