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Remarks by Mission Director Mark White at the Inauguration of the State-of-the-Art Facility for Nursing Education
Remarks by Mission Director Mark White at the Inauguration of the State-of-the-Art Facility for Nursing Education
Photo: USAID/ASHA
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Good morning distinguished guests, fellow speakers, members of the press, ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for the kind invitation to speak with you all today. It is such a pleasure to be here.

As I look around the room, I see people who are compassionate and who believe in serving the community and people to the best of their abilities. It also gives a reassurance that we have partnered with the right people to help us improve lives and build healthy societies.

An African proverb beautifully captures this importance of partnership. It goes like this: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”

Partnerships reflect the complexity of our society, as well as its interconnectivity. We all recognize that each of us makes better progress when we work together rather than alone. 

U.S. development assistance in India has followed a similar trajectory. In the late 1970s, USAID projects included rural electrification, fertilizer promotion, agricultural credit, integrated health and population programs, irrigation schemes and social forestry.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 1:15am

At USAID, we take partnership very seriously and believe that it is part and parcel of how we operate in India.  Our mantra has been: “if you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to far, go together.”Over the past few years, we’ve worked with more than 100 organizations from the private sector where we co-fund and co-design programs to address development challenges in the area of maternal and child health, tuberculosis, energy, early literacy, WASH, and financial inclusion.

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 1:15pm

Good morning.  I am honored to be with you today to celebrate the commendable progress that has been made to protect and conserve the Mara River Basin. Famous all over the world for its beautiful landscapes and rich biodiversity, the Mara-Serengeti attracts millions of tourists each year between July and October to watch the spectacular wildebeest migration. Not only does the Mara River need to be protected because of its one-of-a-kind migration phenomenon and natural beauty, but also because the Mara River is critical for people’s livelihoods in Kenya, Tanzania and throughout the entire East African region.

Friday, September 15, 2017 - 9:00am

The EPIC social business incubator is one way our Development Innovations project helps Cambodians solve problems with information and communication technologies. EPIC has helped support eleven teams of entrepreneurs to create and grow startups that solve some pressing social problems. They work to address problems like the need for English language teaching resources, the lack of expertise about food safety concerns, and the need for safe housing options for Cambodians who come to Phnom Penh to study or find work. Congratulations to all the teams, and to Impact Hub and Development Innovations, for all the hard work involved with running this program and getting us to today's EPIC Showcase.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 1:00am

For decades, USAID has been privileged to partner with India to improve land management. In this arena, Indian agencies and USAID’s joint objectives have focused on improving the productivity and health of natural resources for India’s people, and to share these successes and best practices with others around the world. Those objectives have been consistently realized.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 1:00am

The Government of India has set a precedent in the world by committing to increase India’s clean energy production by a staggering 175 gigawatts by 2022. Our commitment towards achieving this goal is strong and unrelenting. USAID’s bilateral program with the Ministry of Power, called Greening the Grid, will over the next five years support India’s efforts to manage large-scale integration of renewables into the Indian power grid in a cost-effective manner. And I’m delighted to note that the work under this partnership has already begun in full force.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 10:15am

Mission Director Herbert Smith Remarks

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:30am

The United States government cares deeply about countering trafficking in persons because it affects not just individuals and their families, but also communities and entire countries, regardless of their location or level of economic development. We know from experience around the world that strong coordination among government, civil society, and the private sector is critical to stop human trafficking. The Royal Government of Cambodia shares our concern and the National Committee for Counter Trafficking has provided the leadership and coordination needed to make real progress against human trafficking.  

Thursday, August 10, 2017 - 9:30am
  • សូមគោរព លោកជំទាវ ជូ ប៊ុនអេង រដ្ឋលេខាធិការក្រសួងមហាផ្ទៃ និងជា​អនុប្រធាន​អចិន្ត្រៃយ៍នៃគណៈកម្មការជាតិប្រយុទ្ធប្រឆាំងការជួញដូរមនុស្ស
  •  សូមគោរព លោកជំទាវ ស្រី គឹមឆយ អភិបាលរង ខេត្តកំពង់ចាម
  • សូមគោរព លោក Peter Williams តំណាងអង្គការ IJM
  • សូមគោរពសមាជិកទាំងអស់នៃគណៈកម្មការខេត្តប្រយុទ្ធប្រឆាំងការជួញដូរមនុស្ស
  • សូមគោរពភ្ញៀវកិត្តិយសជាទីមេត្រី!

 

Monday, August 7, 2017 - 9:00am

I believe the purpose of foreign assistance should be ending its need to exist.  Each of our programs should look forward to the day when we can end it.  And around the world we should measure our work by how far each investment moves us closer to that day.  Now, I'm under no illusions.  In some places, that day is quite a ways off.  But we could help our partners by prioritizing programs that show measurable impact, incentivize reform, diversify our partner base, foster local capacity-building, and mobilize their own domestic resources.  In the area of humanitarian assistance, we will always stand with people when disaster strikes or crisis emerges.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 9:00am

CE SAIN’s goal is to ‘transform agri-food systems through agricultural research, education and innovation.’  This transformation shifts food production from soil- and labor-intense methods that degrade the environment to those that actually enhance the environment. This is known as sustainable intensification. Sustainable intensification improves resource efficiency and productivity without harming our land or water. This goal and all of USAID’s agricultural activities align with and support the objectives laid out in the Agricultural Strategic Development Plan of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries. 

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