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Photo of Chargé d’Affaires and USAID Mission Director, Dr. Michael Yates, delivers remarks and introduces Martin Luther King
Chargé d’Affaires and USAID Mission Director, Dr. Michael Yates, delivers remarks and introduces Martin Luther King III, to the youth attending an anti-electoral violence workshop in Lusaka.
Photo: Chando Mapoma / USAID Zambia
Thursday, July 14, 2016

 

Officials of the Government of the Republic of Zambia;

Secretary Generals and representatives of the political parties present;

Executive Directors and representatives from civil society;

Staff of the National Democratic Institute, the Council of Churches in Zambia, the Zambia Young African Leaders Initiative, and Young Women in Action;

Representatives from the donor and NGO communities;

Distinguished invited guests, friends in the media, ladies and gentlemen;

And to all the Young Leaders present, 

Good morning.

I am honored to be here today on behalf of the United States Government and pleased to bring you greetings from the United States Ambassador to Zambia, Mr. Eric Schultz.

I am delighted to join the National Democratic Institute and the young leaders who have gathered here in Lusaka for this Youth Political Conflict Mitigation Workshop.   And we are indeed privileged to have with us today Mr. Johnny Mack, who leads Communities Without Boundaries, Dr. Keith Jennings of NDI, a long-time friend of the Zambian people and government, and of course Mr. Martin Luther King III.

Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 2:45pm

As Deputy Secretary Higginbottom stated, foreign assistance works best when we collaborate in pursuit of clearly defined goals. With more than two dozen US Government departments and agencies working with developing countries, coordination of all US Government foreign assistance is essential. As we consider the future of foreign assistance, I’d like to quickly highlight five of the best practices that we at USAID believe have been and will continue to be essential to our foreign assistance program.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 10:15am

Ambassador Maalim, I recall our meeting on February 18, 2016, when both our organizations shared updates on the progress in the development of our strategies. I want to congratulate you and IGAD for completing your new five-year strategy. At USAID East Africa, we have also recently completed our East Africa Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS).

Wednesday, June 29, 2016 - 9:15am

Ambassador Maalim, I recall our meeting on February 18, 2016, when both our organizations shared updates on the progress in the development of our strategies. I want to congratulate you and IGAD for completing your new five-year strategy. At USAID East Africa, we have also recently completed our East Africa Regional Development Cooperation Strategy (RDCS).

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 - 2:00pm

Thank you and good afternoon, everybody - everybody from USAID, our guests from elsewhere in government, our guests from outside, UNDP, and Sweden. Todd said I was going to talk about LGBTI and USAID past, present, and future. So, I’ll be very brief about the past. In the past, that would not have been a USAID video. I was here 16 years ago. That never would have happened, and today it happens not infrequently and with great pride.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 5:00pm

While we’re still having a long road ahead, child and maternal deaths have been halved since 1990. Since 2008 alone, our collective efforts have saved the lives of 4.6 million children and 200,000 women. That’s 4.6 million children and 200,000 women. And Ethiopia, of course, reached its child mortality goal two years ahead of schedule. But more than any specific numbers, I think what we’ve done is taken a challenge that was once too big to tackle and turned it into a solvable problem. We can measure our progress against achievable targets. We can apply interventions where the evidence tells us they will have the greatest impact. We’re building momentum that I’m confident will carry us over the finish line, a world where preventable maternal and child deaths are actually preventable.

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 10:15am

For many years, through support from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and other USAID global health initiatives, we have collaborated with the Government of Kenya to save and improve lives in Nairobi. The results of our partnership can be seen throughout the county. Recent health data reaffirm the gains we have made together in the health sector. The 2014 Demographic and Health Survey (or DHS) revealed that Nairobi is leading the way in nearly all HIV and maternal and child health indicators compared to the national average. Afya Jijini will build on these achievements and the lessons learned from its predecessor, APHIAplus.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 9:30am

Good morning Mandela Washington Fellows and other distinguished guests from across the region. It is a pleasure to welcome you to this second YALI Regional Conference in East Africa on behalf of USAID.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 9:00am

Good morning Mandela Washington Fellows and other distinguished guests from across the region. It is a pleasure to welcome you to this second YALI Regional Conference in East Africa on behalf of USAID.

Monday, June 13, 2016 - 1:15pm

Private sector engagement has been an important component of USAID’s work since our founding in 1961.  Of course, the nature and breadth of that work has deepened over time, evolving from a strategy focused on enabling the conditions of a robust market economy to one of mutually beneficial opportunities.

For example, today we work with private investors not simply because of the strategic capital they can deploy, but also because of the skills, knowledge, and experience investment brings to help developing countries grow.  And investors are increasingly seeing opportunities in emerging markets such as those found across sub-Saharan Africa, and with good reason.  It’s at this nexus of business and development opportunities that we can help achieve transformative progress

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 9:00am

President Obama underscored the importance of our cooperation during his trip to Kenya last year when he said, “America partners with Kenya in areas where you’re making enormous progress …on access to power, where Kenya is developing clean energy that can reach more people; on the important issue of climate change, where Kenya’s recent goal to reduce its emissions has put it in the position of being a leader on the continent.”

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