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USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah releases the “Lantos-Hyde United States Government Tuberculosis Strategy”

In a video message commemorating World TB Day, USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the release of the “Lantos-Hyde United States Government Tuberculosis Strategy”. The strategy outlines the goals, targets, and interventions that will guide the USG TB program from 2009-2014. The strategy provides details on the role of USG TB programs in the Global Health Initiative, USG country planning and scale-up of interventions, the coordination and collaboration of USG agencies, and plans to monitor and report on USG efforts.

Statement by Representative Howard Berman on foreign assistance following a hearing on the FY11 USAID budget request

Representative Howard Berman, Chair of the House Committee on Foreign Relations, released a statement summarizing his opening remarks to a hearing on the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the FY 2011 budget request, featuring testimony from USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah.

U.S. and Brazil sign “Memorandum of Understanding for the Implementation of Technical Cooperation Activities in Third Countries”

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim signed a “Memorandum of Understanding for the Implementation of Technical Cooperation Activities in Third Countries” that will guide joint efforts by the two governments “to foster economic development, improve health care and increase social inclusion in countries that face the greatest poverty challenges, particularly in Africa and Latin America.”

State Department releases “Priorities and Results in U.S. Foreign Affairs” fact sheet

The State Department released a fact sheet titled “Priorities and Results in U.S. Foreign Affairs” which summarizes the State Department’s and USAID’s results during FY 2009 including efforts in global health and food security. The fact sheet also and outlines the State Department’s and USAID’s strategic direction guiding future efforts, which includes, among other things, the development of a “short-, medium-, and long-term blueprint for U.S. diplomatic efforts through the completion of the ongoing Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review [QDDR].”

Administration remarks and actions at the 2010 AGOA Forum includes comments on global health

During opening remarks at the 2010 African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum on U.S.-sub-Saharan Africa Trade and Economic Cooperation, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton discussed the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future and stated the two “initiatives are being closely coordinated to optimize effective nutrition interventions and investments.” Ambassador Ron Kirk also provided remarks and stated “The United States is committed to partnering with Africa to address the challenges of poverty, health, education, conflict, governance, and economic development.” Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Daniel Yohannes provided closing remarks where he included health as one of the five focus areas of the Obama Administration’s efforts to promote “responsible development in Africa.”

Also during the AGOA Forum, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the African Union (AU) signed a “long-term assistance agreement to advance prosperity, peace, and stability in Africa.”

Administration remarks at the 2010 International Food Aid and Development Conference

During the 2010 International Food Aid and Development Conference (IFADC), Ambassador William Garvelink, Deputy Coordinator for Development of Feed the Future, provided remarks on U.S. efforts to improve food security through the Feed the Future (FtF) initiative and discussed the five principles to achieving “sustainable global food security” established at the 2009 G-8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy including: investing in country-owned plans; strengthening coordination; ensuring a comprehensive approach; leveraging multilateral institutions; and delivering sustained and accountable commitments.

In a USDA blog post titled “Agriculture Key to Food Security,” Undersecretary for Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services (FAS) Jim Miller reflected on the IFADC and described the role of agriculture in FtF.

Congressional Budget Office – Cost Estimate of S. 2971: Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) “estimates that implementing the bill would cost $24.3 billion over the 2011-2015 period . . . [and] that enacting the bill would increase direct spending by $53 million over the 2011-2020 period.”

State Department releases Fifth Annual Water for the Poor Report

As required by the Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005, the State Department released its 5th annual report to Congress “describing U.S. efforts to expand access to safe drinking water and sanitation, improve water resources management and increase water productivity in developing countries.”

Secretaries Clinton, Gates, and Geithner with Administrator Shah, and MCC CEO Yohannes discuss the new U.S. Global Development Policy at the USGLC Conference

At the annual U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) Conference, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of the Treasury Timothy Geithner, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) CEO Daniel Yohannes provided remarks and responded to questions on the Administration’s new U.S. Global Development Policy. Secretary Clinton stated “development is an integral part of America’s national security policy” and described the principles of the new policy including economic development, country partnership, country led- and country-owned strategies, improved coordination among U.S. government agencies, build in-country capacity, invest in innovation, and an emphasis on women and girls. USAID Administrator Shah discussed the role of USAID under the new policy highlighting the Global Health Initiative (GHI) and Feed the Future (FtF) as areas where these principles were already being implemented and MCC CEO Daniel Yohannes stated that many of the principles of the new policy are derived from the principles of MCC.

USAID Administrator Shah discusses the U.S. commitment to the MDGs in the State Department’s “Conversations with America” video series

During a State Department video discussion titled “Conversations With America: The Obama Administration’s Work Toward Achieving the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs],” U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah along with David Lane, President and CEO of ONE, discussed U.S. efforts to help achieve the MDGs. Administrator Shah stated that the Obama Administration had demonstrated a commitment to the MDGs by “investing our resources, our technical capabilities, and really expanding our approach so that we are doing this not just for moral purposes . . . but also because tackling the MDGs is fundamentally a part of a strategic vision for bring the world together, and thereby enabling our own peace and prosperity over a longer period of time.” Additionally, Administrator Shah emphasized the need to do things more efficiently and effectively by supporting country-owned efforts and building capacity through the Global Health Initiative (GHI), Feed the Future (FtF), procurement reforms, and the Development Innovation Venture Fund.