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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Thank you, Byron, for that kind introduction, and for your commitment to development and to the work of USAID and our partners.

I also want to thank Katherine Raphaelson, president of SID-Washington, for steering this great organization and being such a good partner to USAID.

Thank you both for inviting me to this important day of discussions. I am honored to be here.

One of the most common questions I have received over the past eight months has been, “after more than 30 years in the army — and having served as ambassador to Tanzania, why did you come to USAID?”

Well to me, the answer is simple. Having deployed across the world, I have seen how the United States’ development efforts represent the vanguard of our national and economic security.

Because time and again, we have seen the intersection of extreme ideology, extreme poverty, and extreme climate routinely push millions of people to the edge of survival and challenge our collective security.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 9:30am

Welcome to USAID’s Regional Development Mission for Asia. As we prepare to mark the International Day for Biological Diversity on May 22, we would like to share some information about what the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is doing to help protect biodiversity by fighting wildlife crime. We also would like to talk about how we are reaching out to others to find innovative ways to deal with this very important issue, including from our own Regional Development Mission here in Bangkok.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015 - 4:30pm

I’d like to offer a few closing reflections to what I’m sure was a fascinating day-long conversation. I regret not being able to join you for the entire event. But I am glad that Alexandra, Vanita, Sylvia and others from USAID were here to talk more in depth about our efforts in the region.

Friday, May 8, 2015 - 8:30am

In the increasingly integrated regional economy, businesses, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, will need to understand the benefits of the AEC. Along with that understanding, they will also need access to technology, innovation and finance that will help them take advantage of the opportunities the AEC offers. But businesses are made up of more than technology and capital. They are run by people. Businesses will also need a strong and vibrant workforce that will help them innovate and grow. And as you all know, ASEAN’s focus on human resource development is particularly important for the workforce of the newer ASEAN member states – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam. The good news is that these countries have booming economies and industries in ASEAN targeted sectors, such as tourism, food processing, electronics, and construction.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015 - 8:15am

After the drought, USAID pledged to get ahead of these shocks. In 2012, we launched a policy and program guidance on resilience. We defined resilience as:

Saturday, April 25, 2015 - 11:00am

Data, information, and evidence are the cornerstone of all successful development programs – especially in health – and USAID is strongly committed to using these valuable tools. The Demographic and Health Surveys are one of USAID’s most successful initiatives worldwide; DHS reports have been produced in more than 80 different countries.

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 8:45am

As I am sure all of you know, nowhere in the world is development such an important part of U.S. engagement as it is in Africa.  And today, Africans are the architects of their development, not just beneficiaries.  Donors support their plans, they do not dictate them. Citizens demand democracy, not autocracy, and they are seizing the opportunities to shape the future of their countries.  And, development work needs good governance if it is to fully succeed and last.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 2:15am

 On behalf of the U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development (USAID), I would like to congratulate the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR)-PENRO Isabela under the leadership of PENRO William Savella for spearheading the Earth Day 2015 celebration in this province.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 9:30pm

It is an honor to join you this afternoon on National Disability Day. This year Vietnam and the United States celebrate the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between our two countries. During that period our governments have partnered for significant achievements in areas of economic growth and trade, health, education, and support to vulnerable populations including persons with disabilities.

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 9:30pm

Tôi rất vinh hạnh được tham gia cùng quý vị trong buổi lễ chiều nay nhân Ngày Người khuyết tật Việt Nam. Năm nay, Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ kỷ niệm 20 năm bình thường hóa quan hệ ngoại giao giữa hai nước. Trong suốt thời gian này, chính phủ hai nước đã hợp tác và đạt được những thành tựu đáng kể trên nhiều lĩnh vực, về tăng trưởng kinh tế, thương mại, y tế, giáo dục và hỗ trợ các nhóm yếu thế, trong đó có người khuyết tật.

Friday, April 17, 2015 - 3:15pm

The acceleration of development and the eradication of poverty have been the enduring commitments of USAID throughout our more than 50-year history. And yet we stand today at a unique time, with unique opportunities.

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