The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a program launched by President Barack Obama in 2010 to empower young entrepreneurial African leaders, is holding its 2016 Presidential Summit in Washington D.C. this week. The Summit welcomes 1,000 fellows from the initiative’s flagship program, the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF), double the number of fellows in the 2014 inaugural cohort.
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Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA) introduced yesterday the Global Partnerships Act of 2012, “a top-to-bottom approach to overhauling the existing [international] aid structure.” This legislation would replace the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, “the outdated system that the United States has relied on to disburse foreign aid for the past 50 years,” reports CQ.com.
After providing a sneak preview of the draft summary of its Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) in late November, the State Department yesterday announced the official release of the first-ever QDDR, “Leading Through Civilian Power.”
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah spoke at the U.S.-India People to People Conference last Thursday, which was hosted by the U.S. Department of State in cooperation with the Indian American Leadership Council (IALC) and the American India Foundation (AIF).
A profile in Sunday’s New York Times of USAID chief administrator Rajiv Shah depicts the relationship between Shah and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as one of a complex nature: despite the fact that Shah has had to contend with Clinton’s desire to keep USAID under the State Department’s influence, Clinton has also proven to be “his strongest champion.”
Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY), chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on State and Foreign Operations, spoke yesterday at the American Foreign Service Association (AFSA) about the importance of ensuring sustained funding for the Foreign Service and other “civilian elements” of the U.S. national security strategy.
A new Economist/YouGov poll released this week shows that 71 per cent of respondents believe that foreign aid should be cut in order to help balance the federal budget. (Coming in second is the environment, for which 29 per cent of respondents believe funding should be cut.) The poll also notes that spending on foreign aid accounts for less than one per cent of the total federal budget.