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Administrator Rajiv Shah delivering remarks at the Frontiers in Development Forum, September 18, 2014
Administrator Rajiv Shah delivering remarks at the Frontiers in Development Forum, September 18, 2014
Pat Adams, USAID
Thursday, September 18, 2014

[As Delivered]

It is genuinely an honor getting to work with such an extraordinary and talented leadership group.

And you know, my days are usually action packed here in the office. And then I go home to three young kids, including a lively, quasi-violent three-year-old child. And actually he is so energetic and active that he refuses to stand still. But the few times he does are when he himself experiences a mild fever or something, and then he is too tired to give me a hard time, and he just gives me a hug. And I think of that as a special moment.

And that is also why, about a week ago or so, I was really crushed when I heard this story of a young mother in Monrovia that I can’t get out of my head.

When her three-year-old son developed a high fever, she brought him to an Ebola treatment unit, and refused to leave his side.

She chose to walk into the isolation unit with him… to care for him, to bring him water, to wipe his brow.

Her son died, and before long, she too began exhibiting telltale signs of Ebola.

One of the most devastating facts of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa is that it strikes down the people who care the most.

The brothers and sisters who cradle their siblings.

The health workers who look after them.

The mothers and fathers who love their children unconditionally.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 4:00pm

 Greetings to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I would like to welcome all of our callers who have dialed in from across Africa. Today, we are joined by USAID Assistant Administrator for Africa, Earl Gast and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Africa, Florie Liser. They are speaking to us from Washington D.C. We will begin with remarks from Assistant Administrator Gast, followed by Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Liser, and then we will open it up to your questions

Wednesday, September 17, 2014 - 3:15am
Today’s launch of the WildScan Mobile Application marks a major milestone in ASEAN-WEN’s efforts and continued collaboration to put an end to wildlife trafficking in the region, and around the world. 
Wildlife trafficking will remain a major global threat to species loss, ecosystem degradation, and to human health and security – unless we work collaboratively with all key stakeholders, as one community. This is what brings us together today – a common cause, and a shared commitment.
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 - 11:00am

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.

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

(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.

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