Global development is as critical to our nation's foreign policy as diplomacy and defense, and today USAID is being asked to do more than ever before, even in a constrained budget environment. To meet that challenge, USAID is following a new model of development emphasizing measurable results, more efficient national and local governments, thriving civil societies, and private investment, creating the conditions to eliminate the need for its assistance over time.
In the FY 2014 Budget, President Obama proposed common sense reforms that would enable us to reach up to four million more people in food crises around the world with the same resources, by making the successful USAID Title II program more flexible, efficient and effective. At a time when 51.2 million people around the world are displaced by conflict—the largest amount since World War II—these reforms are needed more than ever. Rising costs have dramatically decreased the amount of food that a dollar of Title II funding buys. This year, the President’s request builds on positive reforms enacted in the 2014 Farm Bill that enable USAID to reach more people annually with the same resources.
With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Coral Triangle Initiative improves the efficiency and effectiveness of conservation efforts in the Coral Triangle, which encompasses nearly six million square kilometers of ocean, islands, and coastal waters in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Bosnia and Herzegovina signed and ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in 2010, but has made little progress in implementing it. People with disabilities represent one of the most vulnerable and hidden groups in the country. With no structured state system of social care or community-based services, they and their families have nowhere to turn for support. They are wrongly viewed as incapable of participating in everyday life and excluded from society and, worse, are often placed in institutions that are located in remote areas and further removed from society. This is not in the spirit of the Convention.
The Mekong Partnership for the Environment is a four-year, $15 million program ending in 2017 and funded by the United States Agency for International Development to advance informed multi-stakeholder dialogues in Lower Mekong countries regarding the social and environmental costs and benefits of regional development projects.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) regional Private Financing Advisory Network-Asia will assist businesses, governments, and others in Asia’s developing countries to mobilize and scale-up investments in clean energy.
The United States Agency for International Development’s Mekong-Building Climate Resilient Asian Cities program is working to address the effects of climate change in four medium-sized cities in Thailand and Vietnam, two countries that are experiencing rapid urbanization and population growth.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and WaterLinks are implementing a two-year public-private partnership initiative, which will end in April 2015, to ensure the sustainability of the WaterLinks non-profit organization to expand access to safe water supplies and sustainable sanitation services in Southeast and South Asia.
Under the auspices of a Cooperative Agreement between USAID and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners’ (NARUC), NARUC has launched a partnership activity with three energy regulatory commissions of BiH: the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SERC), the Federation Electricity Regulatory Commission (FERC), and Republika Srpska Energy Regulatory Commission (RSERC). This partnership, funded by USAID/BiH, forms a part of NARUC’s Energy Regulatory and Security Program in Europe and Eurasia.
Programs that assist developing nations to improve their agricultural sectors and food security are a key way to reduce extreme poverty. The new USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia “Agricultural Learning Exchange for Asian Regional Networking” project focuses on establishing learning exchanges of innovative farming practices and technologies among countries in the Asia region – namely, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Nepal, India, and Thailand.
Last updated: April 19, 2015