Touching Lives, Giving Thanks
Foreign assistance helps millions around the world who are deeply grateful for the care and compassion, and the hand-up. We offer some of those stories (click here for past stories):
Mr. Sevu Kanyasya and his 6-year-old daughter, Wuyua, plant seedlings in their garden in Makueni County, Kenya. Sevu is able to farm and irrigate his fields in this arid county thanks to Lutheran World Relief’s WATER (Watershed Approach to Enhance Resilience) program. This system provides water access to Sevu’s family and more than 1,800 other households in the region.
The Success Story You Need to Know
Know the FACTS, not the worn-out myths! Check out our Top 10 myths of foreign assistance.
AidWorks is an excellent resource for quickly learning about the different accounts within global health and development.
25 years of success means a record number of children around the world are celebrating their 5th birthdays...and beyond. The world’s children are being protected from sickness and death at a rate unprecedented in history. U.S. foreign aid has helped lead the way, with faith communities playing an integral role in this success.
FIA was honored to participate at the White House Summit on Global Development. A full-day of high-level panels was followed by remarks from President Obama, who earlier that day signed into law the Global Food Security Act of 2016, passed by Congress on July 6.
There's nothing foreign about foreign assistance
See if you agree with how your fellow citizens prioritize global needs.
The Gates Foundation took a look at what moves people when it comes to foreign assistance: click here
Check out this terrific interactive map of our 50 states. Click on any state to find out ways in which U.S. foreign policy makes an impact on jobs, education, partnerships and refugee resettlement in every state.
Money Well Spent
ROI and aid? You bet! The health and development sectors offer a strong Return On Investment. You may be surprised just how wise an investment we're making. Click on our ROI chart to learn more.
What’s that about 1%? At just one half of 1% of the federal budget, foreign aid targeting health, development, and emergency humanitarian needs protected.
An important joint report from the U.S Institute for Peace, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and the Center for a New American Security which have formed the independent, non-partisan Fragility Study Group, examined how the U.S. might best assist fragile nation-states. U.S. Leadership and the Challenge of State Fragility is its nine-month study. It recommends that Congress authorize the Department of Defense to exercise transfer authority to share its budget with the State Department and USAID, where necessary, to assist fragile nation-states.The Fragility Study Group is advised by more than 20 former U.S. government officials, members of Congress, academics and private sector leaders.
Faith-based organizations (FBOs) leverage U.S. public funding very effectively. According to the Center for Faith & The Common Good, for every $1 from the U.S. government, American FBOs raised $5.
The Global Health Council is an excellent resource for in-depth understanding of accounts and global need, with plenty of impact stories.
The Lancet took an unprecedented look at the impact of faith-based health care in international development.
USAID Invests in All God's Children
Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children’s future. And we are all mortal. — John F. Kennedy
1961. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) was created by President John F. Kennedy, marking the start of another giant leap for mankind — a quest to advance human dignity and prosperity around the world. Leaders understood that fostering social and economic development abroad was -- and remains -- critical to advancing the safety and prosperity of Americans at home. They also knew it was the right thing to do.
Department of State and USAID's Joint Strategy on Countering Violent Extremism: USAID understands the importance of leveraging the full range of diplomatic and development resources to prevent and counter the spread of violent extremism. Key objectives:
USAID's Maternal/Child Survival Program: At all levels of care, USAID's aim is to prepare for a clean and healthy birthing and newborn experience, reduce infections to mothers and newborns during the peri- and postnatal periods, and reduce stunting and diarrheal disease in children.
USAID's Feed the Future: Since mid-century, approximately 3 billion people in 150 countries have benefited directly from American food assistance. Under President Obama, the U.S. Government created Feed the Future to foster economic opportunities that contribute to long-term food security.
In 2015, Feed the Future equipped more than 9 million farmers and food producers with technologies and new practices that increased their sales by at least $800 million. This work initiative has contributed to reducing rates of childhood stunting and poverty up to 40% in numerous target countries where Feed the Future operates.
USAID and Transparency: "The past decade has brought a sea change in aid transparency," says this report by Brookings. "As the world’s largest bilateral provider of assistance, the U.S. has both the burden and privilege of leadership. In transparency, the U.S. is the essential partner—without the U.S. effectively publishing its data, the global data effort will not achieve critical mass. The U.S. has been a leader and partner in open government and now has the opportunity to exert its leadership in aid transparency."
JULY 2016: USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources celebrates 10 years of making U.S. foreign assistance better coordinated and transparent by:
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