"We spend one penny of the U.S. taxpayer dollar on everything that we do… in the State Department and USAID." -Secretary Kerry today on the Department of State budget

"We spend one penny of the U.S. taxpayer dollar on everything that we do… in the State Department and USAID." -Secretary Kerry today on the Department of State budget

USAID Remains Focused on Typhoon Response in the Philippines

In the days before Typhoon Haiyan hit, USAID prepositioned a number of disaster assistance staff in Manila from our regional office in Bangkok and, within the first day, they were immediately working with colleagues from the Department of Defense to deliver supplies. But it’s always a concern that after the first month or two of a large emergency, that the attention fades because there are many other pressing issues around the world.

However, USAID knows that it’s important to remain engaged going forward and they are now beginning a pivot to the early recovery stage including a focus on transitional shelter, livelihoods, health, cash-for-work, microfinance, temporary schools, and the rebuilding of rural health units. You can read more about what USAID is still doing in the Philippines on DipNote and on USAID’s website!

Coping with Conflict: Helping Syrians Overcome the Trauma of War

As the brutal conflict in Syria nears its third year, 9.3 million people now find themselves in need of humanitarian assistance and growing increasingly vulnerable with each passing day. Sadly, women and children often fare the worst in war, and the crisis in Syria is no exception.

Learn more about a USAID program that provides children with healing and learning spaces that offer a safe, stable environment to learn and play as well as parent support programs on DipNote.

On Thanksgiving, many of us will gather around tables piled high with turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. More importantly, we will pause to reflect on what we are thankful for and what we can do to help those who are less fortunate. We know that global hunger is not hopeless. It is solvable. Want to be part of the solution? Learn more about how to get involved with Feed the Future — the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative — and find out how you can help contribute to typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

On Thanksgiving, many of us will gather around tables piled high with turkey, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie. More importantly, we will pause to reflect on what we are thankful for and what we can do to help those who are less fortunate. We know that global hunger is not hopeless. It is solvable. Want to be part of the solution? Learn more about how to get involved with Feed the Future — the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative — and find out how you can help contribute to typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.

Sixty million Indonesians depend on the ocean and fishing resources for their livelihood. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Aditya Utama, director of the non-governmental organization Fishing and Living, and Sharif Cicip Sutardjo, Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, provide a briefing on a sustainable tuna fishing operation supported by USAID in Bali, Indonesia, October 6, 2013. Learn more.

Sixty million Indonesians depend on the ocean and fishing resources for their livelihood. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry listens as Aditya Utama, director of the non-governmental organization Fishing and Living, and Sharif Cicip Sutardjo, Indonesian Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, provide a briefing on a sustainable tuna fishing operation supported by USAID in Bali, Indonesia, October 6, 2013. Learn more.

Learn what $26 million spent on USAID’s Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) project in South Sudan yields on DipNote!

Learn what $26 million spent on USAID’s Food, Agribusiness and Rural Markets (FARM) project in South Sudan yields on DipNote!

The Challenges of Meeting America’s Objectives Around the Globe

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In over 180 countries, the State Department and USAID provide the people and programs necessary to promote peace and ensure America’s leadership in the world using just 1% of the entire federal budgetThat is why the recently proposed 20% cut to the State Department and USAID budgets is so distressing.

Here are just a few examples of the impact of the proposed cuts:

  • A roughly 40% cut to our request for economic and development assistance, dramatically reducing our efforts in countries like Afghanistan, Pakistan, Mexico, Colombia, South Sudan, Somalia, and Burma.
  • Diplomatic and Consular overseas programs would be cut by nearly 40% from their current levels and nearly 50% from the President’s request.

Read more about the effects of these proposed budget cuts on DipNote.

Globally, poaching has become ever more violent and the smuggling of wildlife parts increasingly sophisticated by organized crime groups.On his recent trip to Africa, President Obama highlighted the gravity of this problem, drawing renewed attention to this issue.  Find out what USAID is doing to support the genetic research that will help protect tigers in Nepal, in this edition of DipNote

Addressing the Crisis in South Sudan’s Jonglei State
Relief Food Arrives in South Sudan

In response to the political crisis in South Sudan and the deeply troubling violence in Jonglei state, on July 24, the White House hosted NGOs and advocacy groups to discuss the situation and confer on how the United States — in concert with partners and allies around the world — can help end the violence and support South Sudan’s democratic development.

At the meeting, National Security Staff Senior Director for Development and Democracy Gayle Smith, Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights Steve Pomper, and I invited advocates and humanitarian workers to exchange information on the humanitarian and human rights crisis in Jonglei, and explore ways we can work together to raise awareness and address it. MORE

Change a Life, Change the Future: Recommitting To End Undernutriton Through the 1,000 Days Partnership
 

One thousand days ago, the governments of the United States and Ireland came together to commit to promote nutrition for mothers and young children through the 1,000 Days partnership.   Why 1,000 days?  During the critical 1,000 days from pregnancy to age 2, better nutrition can have a lifelong impact on a child’s future and help break the cycle of poverty. MORE