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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.

AusAID and USAID announce a new partnership for international development cooperation

The Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) forming a strategic partnership on international development to work “together to reduce poverty in developing countries and to achieve the Millennium Development Goals [MDGs].” AusAID and USAID outlined four priorities for cooperation including improving food security, maternal and child health and family planning, Afghanistan, and climate change.

S. 3676 – Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Appropriations Bill, 2011

The Senate Committee on Appropriations approved by a vote of 18-12 the FY 2011 State and Foreign Operations appropriations bill with the following recommendations:

Total Funding for State & Foreign Operations: $54.06 billion ($2.6 billion below the President’s FY11 request; $5.3 billion above the FY10 enacted level)

Global Health and Child Survival Account (GHCS): $8.239 billion ($274 million below the President’s request; $460 million above the FY10 enacted level) with funding for specific areas is as follows:
– HIV/AIDS activities and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria: $5.85 billion
– HIV/AIDS: $5.05 billion

- Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria contribution: $800 million
– Malaria: $635.5 million

- Tuberculosis: $230 million

- Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs): $100 million

- Child Survival and Maternal Health: $641 million

- Nutrition: $100 million

- Family Planning and Reproductive Health: $700 million which includes funding from multiple accounts and provides $55 million to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)

Millennium Challenge Corporation: $1.105 billion ($174.7 million below the President’s FY11 request; equal to the FY10 enacted level)

Feed the Future: $1.3 billion ($344 million below the President’s FY11 request)

“Global Gag” Rule Amendment:The Committee approved by a vote of 19-11 an amendment to the appropriations bill introduced by Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-NJ) that would codify into law President Obama’s decision to rescind the “global gag” rule (otherwise known as the Mexico City Policy), which prevented the U.S. from providing foreign assistance for family planning purposes to any organization that performed or promoted legal abortion.

Administration official discusses L’Aquila and Feed the Future commitments in Africa

During the 2010 SAA Borlaug Symposium in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Ethiopia Mission Director, Thomas Staal, discussed the current agricultural situation in Africa, commitments and principles to address food security issues established during the G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy, the guiding strategies and ongoing efforts – specific to Ethiopia – of the Administration’s Global Hunger and Food Security Initiative (Feed the Future), and how addressing food security issues helps address several of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Administration statements in response to results from the CAPRISA 004 Microbicide HIV Prevention Study

In response to the results from the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA) 004 Microbicide HIV Prevention Study, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah released a statement congratulating the researchers, summarizing USAID’s involvement in the study, and outlining the next steps required in order to begin integrating the microbicide into U.S. government programs such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, Dr. Anthony Fauci also released a statement congratulating researchers on the findings from the CAPRISA 004 microbicide study and highlighted NIAID’s ongoing HIV/AIDS prevention research.