United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced the release of USAID’s Policy on Youth in Development, the first Agency-wide guidance to recognize young people as a driving force in global development and promote youth participation as partners and leaders. The policy’s guiding principles support USAID’s efforts to mainstream youth in development, carry out effective programs, and elevate youth participation throughout the world.
With more than half of the global population under the age of 30 and a majority residing in developing countries, USAID’s release of the policy reinforces that young people must be a central focus when developing country strategies and recognizes the need to support, prepare, engage and protect youth today as well as harness the energy and creativity of young people for positive change.
*Note: Due to storms in Washington, DC, this event is postponed until further notice.
Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will deliver a plenary address at the Business for Social Responsibility’s (BSR) Conference 2012 on Friday, October 26, at 8:30 am EST. A leader in working with businesses and the private sector to address sustainable economic development in emerging markets, USAID leverages real public-private partnerships to tackle global challenges.
I am pleased to join the CAPRISA consortium in announcing an AIDS study published in the journal Nature Medicine that offers new clues and an important new approach that could help efforts to make an AIDS vaccine. Representing our Agency’s renewed emphasis on harnessing the power of science, technology, and innovation to deliver incredible results in development, the study documents a groundbreaking discovery about the complex relationship between the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and potent antibodies that are able to kill 88% of virus types found throughout the world.
The Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA) was recently named the 2012 Fast Company Innovation by Design Award winner in the ‘Service Design’ category. MAMA is a public-private partnership launched on Mothers’ Day last year by United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The founding partners include the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Johnson & Johnson, the mHealth Alliance, the United Nations Foundation and BabyCenter.
Senator George McGovern was a tremendous leader in the global movement to end hunger and malnutrition, and his partnership and friendship to the U.S. Agency for International Development will be irreplaceable. Senator McGovern’s ties to our Agency date back to his appointment by President John F. Kennedy as the first Director of Food for Peace in 1961. He noted that this time at USAID was key to making him a lifelong champion of combating hunger, a commitment that has shaped global institutions and impacted millions of people around the world.
Today, at a keynote address during the weeklong World Food Prize events in Des Moines, Iowa, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah released the first progress report and scorecard for Feed the Future, President Obama’s global hunger and food security initiative. Established after renewed international commitments to global agriculture made at the 2009 G8 Summit in L’Aquila, Italy, Feed the Future supports countries in developing their own agriculture sectors in order to generate opportunities for economic growth and trade, which can support increased incomes, and help reduce hunger and undernutrition.
The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), today launched a project to promote early grade reading in Haiti. The initiative, Tout Timoun Ap Li (TOTAL), which means “All Children Reading,” will support the Government of Haiti’s Ministry of National Education and Vocational Training (MENFP) efforts to increase the number of young children reading.
USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to Des Moines, Iowa and Ames, Iowa on October 18, 2012 to participate in World Food Prize-related events. In Des Moines, Administrator Shah will attend the World Food Prize Borlaug Dialogue where he will deliver the luncheon keynote address at 12:45pm and then participate in a panel discussion. The panel is entitled “Partnership and Priorities: Transforming the Global Food Security Agenda” and highlights the role of partnerships and their importance in confronting hunger challenges by driving forward cutting-edge research and application at the intersection of science, education and enterprise. Administrator Shah will also meet with faith leaders and business executives.
On Monday October 15th, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will visit Howard University where he will attend an event with Howard University President Dr. Sidney Ribeau, students and faculty to discuss how the university community can get involved with USAID and the opening of the USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Graduate Fellowship Program. The Payne Fellowship will seek to support individuals interested in creating a more secure, healthy and prosperous world through engagement in international development work and a career in USAID’s foreign service.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the City of Los Angeles today formalized a partnership to improve regional security and reduce gang violence in the Western Hemisphere. The Memorandum of Understanding between the two focuses on citizen security initiatives in Latin America and the Caribbean, the region with the highest homicide rate in the world, and benefits from the City of L.A.’s leadership combating gang violence and promoting youth development.
Today at Pepperdine University, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the Campus Challenge to Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) - a competition that seeks new and innovative ways to end modern slavery. Across three phases and through the website ChallengeSlavery.org, the CTIP Campus Challenge is designed to increase global awareness about trafficking, inspire activism among students and scholars at colleges and universities worldwide and generate new, creative ideas and solutions to stop human trafficking and help the 20.9 million people around the world are enslaved in sex or labor exploitation.
Today, the United States Agency for International Agency (USAID) recognized the first-ever International Day of the Girl Child through the announcement of several new initiatives to prevent child marriage and promote girls’ education worldwide. Last December, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare October 11th as the International Day of the Girl Child. The day was established to recognize girls’ rights and the unique challenges girls face around the world.
From October 10th - 11th Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will travel to Berkeley, and Los Angeles California to announce innovative new development efforts and talk to university communities about how students and faculty can work with USAID to reduce poverty, create healthier communities and promote worldwide economic development.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Humanity United announced Wednesday the launch of the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, in support of President Obama's strategy for preventing mass atrocities. The Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention encourages individuals from all backgrounds to bring new perspectives to the problems surrounding atrocity prevention. The emphasis on technology recognizes that innovative tools and solutions in many social sectors, such as global health, education, and the private sector could be transformative when applied to preventing atrocities.
The USAID LEAD (Leveraging Effective Application of Direct Investment for Haiti) program, in association with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Professional Activities for Northern Haiti (CCIPN), selected four entrepreneurs as the winners of the Business Plan Competition. On Friday, September 14, the USAID LEAD (Leveraging Effective Application of Direct Investment for Haiti) Program, in association with the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Professional Activities for Northern Haiti (CCIPN), awarded four matching grants to businesses which are now expected to create a total of 442 long-term jobs.
Dr. Andrew Sisson was sworn-in today as the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director in Indonesia. US Ambassador Scot Marciel administered the oath at the US Embassy in Jakarta. “I look forward to working side-by-side with the Indonesian government, local leaders, the private sector, civil society, donors and other partners to help create opportunities for improving people’s lives,” said Dr. Sisson.
Omidyar Network, The Rockefeller Foundation, and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today a collaboration to promote impact investing by supporting research, outreach, and other field-building activities undertaken by the Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). Together the partners have committed $6.5 million to support the GIIN’s work to increase the accessibility of impact investing.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a new award today that will help communities in the Central Africa Republic (CAR) reduce their vulnerability to violence from the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). The Secure, Empowered, Connected Communities (SECC) program will support communities to develop and implement security plans and reduce their isolation and vulnerability through communications technology and skills building. The three-year award advances community-driven solutions to complex and enduring problems. The program will be implemented by Catholic Relief Services.
Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Acumen Fund, a nonprofit global venture fund addressing poverty across Africa and South Asia, announced a collaboration to facilitate the flow of up to $15 million in private debt capital to social enterprises working to provide critical goods and services to the underserved across these regions. Under this agreement, USAID’s Development Credit Authority will partially guarantee loans made from banks or nontraditional capital providers to approved social enterprises within Acumen’s portfolio. Acumen will leverage its investment expertise and global networks to aid its investees in sourcing and securing loans that will qualify under the terms of this agreement.
Last updated: February 27, 2013