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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies on the FY09 supplemental budget request

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs on the State Department’s FY09 supplemental budget request. In the opening remarks, Secretary Clinton addressed food security and the need to reform both State and USAID.

GAO Report – Foreign Aid Reform: Comprehensive Strategy, Interagency Coordination, and Operational Improvements Would Bolster Current Efforts

At the request of Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI), and Representative Howard Berman (D-CA, 28th), the General Accountability Office (GAO) conducted an analysis of an effort initiated in January 2006 by then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice “to better align foreign assistance programs with U.S. foreign policy.” Recommendations made by the GAO to improve this alignment process include developing a government wide foreign assistance strategy, improving interdepartmental communications, and establishing a long-term workforce management plan.

GAO releases report titled “Farm Bill: Issues to Consider for Reauthorization”, includes section on U.S. Global Food Security Strategy and International Food Assistance Programs

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report titled “Farm Bill: Issues to Consider for Reauthorization” and included, among other things, specific issues to consider regarding mitigating risk in implementing the USG’s government-wide Global Food Security Strategy and concerning the efficiency and effectiveness of U.S. international food assistance programs.

USAID joins Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced that USAID has joined the Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) Partnership, an effort that “brings together governments, donors, civil society organizations, and development partners to achieve sustainable sanitation and drinking water.”

USAID releases “USAID’s Global Health Strategic Framework: Better Health for Development”

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released “USAID’S Global Health Strategic Framework: Better Health for Development” for fiscal years 2012-2016.  The framework states that it incorporates the principles of the Global Health Initiative (GHI), and outlines, among other things, USAID’s core health priorities, which include saving mothers and children, fostering an AIDS-free generation, combating infectious disease, increasing the availability and use of voluntary family planning, and strengthening health systems. The framework also summarizes the agency’s strategic approaches guiding its global health efforts: technical leadership; partnerships; science, technology, and development; scaling up of proven interventions; and strengthening local health system capacity.

USAID Administrator Shah announces launch of “Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday” campaign

During an event at the Kaiser Family Foundation, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah announced the launch of the “Every Child Deserves a 5th Birthday” campaign which will work to mobilize the world toward the goal of ending preventable child deaths.   

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PMI releases 6th Annual Malaria Report and other Administration actions commemorating World Malaria Day

On World Malaria Day, the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) released its 6th Annual Report, “which describes the role and contributions of the U.S. Government (USG) in the effort to reduce the burden of malaria in Africa, and to monitor antimalarial drug resistance and decrease malaria transmission in the Greater Mekong Subregion.”

Additional USG actions and statements commemorating World Malaria Day: