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USAID/BiH Mission Director David Barth on corruption, other challenges faced by BiH citizens.
USAID/BiH Mission Director David Barth talks about corruption, other challenges faced by BiH citizens.
USAID/BiH
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Good morning everyone. I see that most, if not all prosecutors from BiH Prosecutor’s Offices, have come to this conference. This is very encouraging since the topics you will discuss today are critical in reducing corruption, political patronage and crime; all three cited as the key problems facing the citizens.

I want to acknowledge and commend the presence of the new President of the HJPC, Mr. Tegeltija, along with Mr. Goran Salihovic, Chief Prosecutor of the BiH Prosecutor’s Office. Thank you both for attending this timely event. Timely, because BiH is a nation in grave danger and you, as Prosecutors, can play a significant role in helping to get this great country back on track. In fact, we look to you for leadership.

Now I could do the easy thing and just say wonderful things about all that we accomplished under this USAID-funded project. But that would make me feel like a hypocrite. I instead want to take a moment to speak about those things we did not accomplish together with this project – about how much more work we have to do together.

Over the weekend, I travelled to Maglaj and saw firsthand the devastation and talked to the citizens who had lost everything to the floods. My sadness was compounded by this weekend’s mining accident which claimed five lives. With more rains on the horizon and colder weather about to set in, I’m not optimistic about the situation of so many who have lost so much.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - 4:00am

As we know recurrent crises affect countries around the world, and last year alone killed more than 20,000 people. Today we are focusing on Asia, and I will briefly provide some relevant data points to help set the stage for our discussion. First, in Bangladesh, rising sea levels threaten to drown one-fifth of the country’s landmass, where 18 million people now reside. In Nepal, over 2 million live on potentially hazardous fault lines, where earthquakes could cause severe damage. According to the World Bank, $1 out of $3 dollars in development funding is lost as a result of recurrent crises, totaling $3.8 trillion over the last 30 years.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - 2:30pm

(Discurso tal como fue preparado para su lectura)

Buenos días a todos.
 

A nombre de la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), quisiera saludar y agradecer a la Dra. Guerra y al equipo de trabajo de la Subsecretaria de Prevención y Participación Ciudadana de la Secretaría de Gobernación por su colaboración, que nos ha permitido contribuir a los esfuerzos del Gobierno de México en torno a la prevención de la violencia y la delincuencia en el país. 
 

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 9:30am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is investing $4 million this year in Kenya’s immunization program.  Speaking as a donor, I can tell you that childhood immunization programs provide a very high return on investment. Vaccination services prevent illnesses, which reduce direct health costs and save millions of shillings in indirect costs, a fact I know Secretary Macharia appreciates.  More importantly, vaccination services save lives.

Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 9:00am

Cambodia has made substantial progress towards achieving its Millennium Development Goals, including reaching the targets for Goals 4 and 5 years ahead of the target dates.  I would like to congratulate the Royal Government of Cambodia, in particular the Ministry of Health, for its leadership in these efforts. The deployment of midwives to all health facilities and the endorsement of the midwifery incentive scheme are recognized as driving forces behind this great success.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 8:15pm

Regardless of where we work, we are driven by one core mission: to end extreme poverty and advance the dignity of every human being.  Yet, we come together tonight at a time when this mission—and our values—are being tested.  Across the globe, millions of children—especially girls—are facing daunting threats.

Syria’s children continue to endure relentless dangers, from barrel bombs to extremist militias.  India’s girls risk their lives every time they fetch water or visit latrines.  And Nigeria’s children are finding school a target for terrorists rather than a sanctuary for learning. All it takes it one look around the world to see that our joint efforts and advocacy are more critical than ever.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 10:00am

(As prepared)

Habari zenu, Good morning,

Honorable Henry Rotich, Cabinet Secretary for the National Treasury; Honorable Michael Kamau, Cabinet Secretary for the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure; Lucy Mbugua Managing Director of the Kenya Airports Authority; other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.  It is a great honor to be with you.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 9:00am

In Cambodia today, women are living longer, healthier lives than their mothers and their mothers before them.  As the nation’s health system and economic opportunities continue to improve, Cambodian women have better access to higher-quality health services and products for themselves and their families.  Giving birth is safer than it has ever been in Cambodia, for both mothers and their newborns.  Contraceptives and other health commodities are more readily available and affordable.  Deaths due to the most lethal diseases of the past – such as tuberculosis, malaria, and HIV – are declining each year.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 9:00am

(As prepared)

I am so pleased to be here to mark another milestone in our 50-year partnership with Kenya. 

We are here today because we recognize that Kenya is in a position to benefit from the positive effects of a demographic change.  The country is overflowing with young and ambitious Kenyans eager to contribute to the development of the country.  If we can move them responsibly into their working age years as healthy, educated and productive adults, with fewer dependents, they can lead the development process and elevate Kenya to a middle-income country.

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 2:00pm
(As delivered)
 
Thank you, and good afternoon. 
 
Thank you, Robert -- we’re proud to be partnering with the American Jewish World Service. 
 
I want to thank in particular our members of Congress: Representative Polis, whom I got to know well before he was in Congress, and has always had a commitment to a broad set of activist international affairs issues, and we’re thrilled with his leadership. 
 
Monday, July 7, 2014 - 9:45am

It gives me the greatest honor and pleasure to be here today to pledge the U.S. Government’s support for the Government of Ethiopia’s unprecedented commitment to End Fistula and Transform Lives by 2020. We applaud the Federal Ministry of Health for its renewed focus on obstetric fistula and for taking the bold step of developing a Plan of Action to eliminate fistula by the year 2020.

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