The U.S. commitment to ending FGM/C is rooted in efforts to protect and advance the rights of women and girls globally. The U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally, launched in August 2012, specifically recognizes FGM/C as a harmful practice. The United States also supports efforts to end FGM/C in humanitarian settings and among refugees with a range of programming. The United States recently strengthened the reporting on this issue in its Annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices, which now include information on whether FGM/C is prevalent, the type and category of genital cutting most common, as well as international and governmental efforts being taken to address the practice.
The United States is taking a whole-of-government approach to address the issue of Child Early Forced Marriage (CEFM). Our commitments demonstrate the concerted implementation of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence Globally and the USAID Vision for Action to End Child Marriage and Meet the Needs of Married Children. CEFM projects are integrated into sector specific programs such as health or education to further enhance impact.
USAID supports the Palestinian Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MoEHE) through programs that improve teaching methodologies, introduce contemporary approaches to teaching and learning strategies, and expand the impact of early childhood programming. For high school students and new graduates, USAID supports increased access to educational opportunities and community-based youth programs.
USAID is strengthening the Palestinian Water Authority’s capacity to better operate and maintain its water system by improving infrastructure, as well as providing training and hands-on technical assistance. These efforts will help reduce water losses and improve the sustainable use of limited resources for the growing Palestinian population.
Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM) grants are part of a congressionally mandated effort to support people-to-people reconciliation activities that bring together individuals of different ethnic, religious or political backgrounds from areas of conflict to address the root causes of tension and instability. Since the program’s inception in 2004, USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission and U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv have supported 69 CMM grants for Israel, the West Bank and Gaza. Below is a list of the current CMM awards that are being implemented by U.S., Israeli and Palestinian organizations.
The Cities Development Initiative (CDI), as part of the Partnership for Growth (PFG), seeks to assist the Philippines promote higher, sustained, more inclusive and resilient growth by providing a range of development initiatives in targeted cities. To maximize USAID’s impact, CDI takes a whole-of-Mission approach, integrating elements across the program portfolio to support economic development in priority cities that are ripe for higher growth.
USAID/Philippines’ Mindanao Youth for Development (MYDev) is a five-year project that addresses the key constraints to peace and stability in select conflict-affected areas in Mindanao by enhancing the life skills and employability of vulnerable out-of-school youth.
Enhancing Governance Accountability and Engagement (ENGAGE) is a five-year USAID/Philippines project supporting improved governance to build prosperity and stability in the Southern Philippines’ Mindanao region. To achieve this goal, USAID will improve the capacities and practices of Local Government Units (LGUs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) by promoting good local governance and community involvement, while also providing multi-sectoral developmental support. The project is targeting six conflict-affected areas in Mindanao to strengthen governance and increase civic engagement to encourage peace and facilitate development.
Let Girls Learn is a new whole-of-government initiative to ensure adolescent girls get the education they deserve. Building on USAID’s initial Let Girls Learn funding and education programs, the initiative will elevate existing programs, including in areas of conflict and crisis, leverage public-private partnerships, and challenge organizations and governments to commit resources to lift up adolescent girls worldwide. USAID will work in collaboration with the White House, the Peace Corps and the Department of State.
USAID/Kenya supports an integrated service delivery model to improve the health of Kenyans across the country. The AIDS, Population and Health Integrated Assistance Program, also known as APHIAplus, combines family planning, maternal and child health, malaria, nutrition, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment services to provide an integrated, high-quality, equitable approach to sustainable services at the national, county, and community levels.
Last updated: April 21, 2015