State, USAID to Focus on Conflict States, Clean Energy

Strengthening the capacity of Afghanistan and Pakistan in providing basic services and sustaining development efforts is one of the future priorities of the U.S. Agency for International Development and State Department.

The two organizations outlined their future strategic direction in two reports - the Joint Summary of Performance and Financial Information for Fiscal Year 2009 and A Citizen’s Guide to Foreign Affairs, which describes the performance of USAID and the State Department in achieving U.S. development goals.

The reports state that, of the 130 performance indicators State and USAID used to measure progress, 39 percent were met or exceeded targets, 19 percent did not, and 42 percent had no rating because data was not available yet.

USAID and the State Department will also support the establishment of at least 20 work programs to support low-carbon development strategies, and provide training assistance to 120,000 rule-of-law professionals, civil society leaders, democratically elected officials, journalists, and election leaders.

The two organizations will also create a short-, medium-, and long-term blueprint for U.S. diplomatic efforts through the completion of the ongoing Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review. They will also help to elevate development as “a core pillar of American power” and further integrate civilian and military efforts.

About the author

  • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

    As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.