The Obama Administration has pledged to elevate development to play a critical role, alongside defense and diplomacy, in our nation’s national security and foreign policy. Secretary Clinton and I are committed to making USAID the world’s premier development agency. USAID is central to U.S. efforts to improve food security and human health, reduce poverty, mitigate the impact of global climate change, to empower women and girls, help countries like Haiti recover from natural disasters, and bring peace and stability to Afghanistan, Iraq and many other places throughout the world.
Development is a long-term process that must be embraced and led by the people of developing nations themselves. Our objective is to create conditions where countries no longer need our assistance; where people have access to healthcare, education and food, communities and private enterprise thrive, governments are accountable to their citizens, and democratic institutions deliver services and improved living standards.
On behalf of the American people, USAID’s results in 2009 include:
All these accomplishments are possible due to the commitment and talent of our workforce overseas and at home. Many Agency professionals endured hardship, spent time away from families, and even put their lives in danger to help partner nations. In fact, 40% of USAID’s Foreign Service Officers have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan or Sudan.
I am pleased to certify that the performance and financial data are complete and reliable. It is USAID’s policy that all performance data reported to the American public are assessed against standards of validity, integrity, precision, reliability, and timeliness to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the data and the extent to which they can be trusted for programmatic decisions. A fuller discussion of FY 2009 performance and data sources is available in the 2009 Foreign Assistance Performance Report published in the joint USAID and Department of State FY 2011 Foreign Operations Congressional Budget Justification.
April 30, 2010