Volume Three, Issue Sixteen
USAID Goes to the UN
This week, USAID and Administrator Shah attended and other Agency participated in several events taking place during and around the 67th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. Learn more about our key events during the week below and even more on our Impact Blog and daily USAID Storify updates.
Social Good Summit
We began the week at the third annual Social Good Summit, a three-day conference uniting a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges.
USAID's Chief Innovative Office Maura O'Neill launched the mWomen Design Challenge and Administrator Shah joined UNICEF's panel A Promise Renewed that highlighted child survival, technology and innovation for change.
New Alliance for Electronic Payments
Administrator Shah co-hosted the launch event for the Better than Cash Alliance, a global public-private partnership dedicated to supporting organizations' transition away from cash to electronic payments.
USAID convened the founders of the Alliance, which include The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, U.N. Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and Visa Inc. The Alliance will call on governments, the development community and the private sector to adopt the use of electronic payments for programs that support people living in poverty and provide resources to those who commit to make the transition.
Half the Sky
Administrator Shah joined New York Times Journalist Nicholas Kristof and others in commemorating Half the Sky, the best-selling book and multimedia initiative which tell the stories of women in the developing world on issues of family planning, health, girl's education, sex trafficking, women's economic empowerment, and domestic violence. USAID supported the development of eighteen educational and advocacy videos, and three mobile phone games on health and gender equity, developed by Show of Force partner, Games for Change, which will be launched in the early fall for use in East Africa and India.
At the event, Dr. Shah launched Women and Girls Lead Global, a public-private alliance with Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Ford Foundation, in cooperation with CARE, focused on using the power of documentary film and new media to empower women and girls around the world.
With only 15 months until the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) deadline, USAID partnered on an event with the UK Department for International Development for a second year to draw attention to the importance of the global community working together to reach the MDG targets by 2015.
The MDG Countdown event brought to life the enormous development advancements made on the way to achieving the MDGs and featured innovators from across the development community sharing transformative programs and policies.
The world has met two MDG targets ahead of the 2015 deadline - poverty has been cut by 50 percent globally and the proportion of people with no safe drinking water has been cut in half.
Administrator Shah co-hosted with other G8 members the New Alliance: Progress and the Way Forward event. President Obama announced the New Alliance for Food Security & Nutrition earlier this year, in which G8 nations, African partner countries and private sector partners aim to help lift 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa out of poverty in the next 10 years by supporting agricultural development.
Initially launched in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania, at the event, representatives from the New Alliance, G8 countries and the private sector announced the expansion to other African countries, including Burkina Faso, Cote d'Ivoire, and Mozambique.
USAID, the Rockefeller Foundation and UN Foundation co-hosted the event Ensuring Resilient Livelihoods: A Global Effort to illustrate progress to date and the key role of coordinated, innovative and country-led plans that are driving forward the global resilience agenda. Joining Administrator Shah at the event were Dr. Judith Rodin, Rockefeller Foundation, Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner, Kathy Calvin, UN Foundation, and Ertharin Cousin, World Food Programme.
Read more about USAID's work on Resilience.
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Last updated: March 05, 2014