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Strategic Goal 4 - Public Benefit and Summary of Performance and Resources

Bureau of Resource Management
May 10, 2010


I. Public Benefit

Photo showing a seller displaying his produce at a successful World Pomegranate Fair in Kabul, Afghanistan, sponsored by USAID.

A successful World Pomegranate Fair in Kabul, Afghanistan, sponsored by USAID, enabled farmers to boost production and stimulate the Afghan economy with international exports. Here, a seller displays his produce at the fair. Agence France Presse (AFP) Image

The U.S. Government’s goal is to achieve rapid, sustained, and broad-based economic growth for the United States, its trading partners, and developing countries. Further, economic diplomacy plays a large role in advancing the Department’s priorities in the areas of U.S. energy security, climate change, and the environment. All countries derive enormous benefits from a stable, resilient, and growing world economy. The United States plays a leadership role to promote economic growth and prosperity. The latest global economic downturn, however, demonstrates how quickly growth can reverse into rapid decline and the importance of implementing economic policies that promote sustainability.

II. Summary of Performance and Resources

Pie chart summarizing the FY 2009 results achieved for Strategic Goal 4. Values are: Above target: 5 (21%). On target: 2 (8%). Improved, but target not met: 1 (4%). Below target: 5 (21%). Rating not available: 11 (46%). Total number of indicators: 24.

Bar chart summarizing the FY 2009 budget resources by strategic priority for Strategic Goal 4. Values are ($ in millions): Private markets and competitiveness: $778. Trade and investment: $316. Financial sector: $192. Infrastructure: $1,047. Energy security: $48. Agriculture: $1,236. Macroeconomic foundation for growth: $355. Economic opportunity: $286. Environment: $470. Total budget resources: $4,728.

Of the 24 indicators within this Strategic Goal, seven met or exceeded targets and six were below target. Ratings are not available for 11 indicators that are either new or for which data are not yet available. The Department of State and USAID allocated $4.7 billion toward this Strategic Goal in FY 2009, which is 10% of the total State-USAID budget supporting all strategic goals. A more detailed discussion of the priorities under this Strategic Goal and U.S. Government performance for six illustrative indicators is provided in the following section.

Key Selected Achievements

  • Intensified U.S. dialogue with key emerging economies including Brazil, India, and Russia, and held three G20 Summits at the leaders level.
  • Launched a global initiative to fight hunger and promote sustainable agricultural development.
  • Appointed a Special Envoy for Climate Change, a Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, an Economic Envoy to Northern Ireland, and a Special Envoy for Eurasian Energy.


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