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Sidebar on High Priority Performance Goals

Bureau of Resource Management
November 15, 2010


As a basis of the President’s performance agenda, the Department and USAID selected eight outcome-focused High Priority Performance Goals (HPPGs), listed below, that reflect the Secretary’s and Administrator’s highest priorities.

  • Afghanistan and Pakistan. For detailed information, see Stabilization Strategy, Feb 2010 at
  • Iraq. A Sovereign, Stable and Self-Reliant Iraq.
  • Global Health. By 2011, countries receiving health assistance will better address priority health needs of women and children, with progress measured by U.S. Government and UNICEF-collected data and indicators. Longer term, by 2015, the Global Health Initiative aims to reduce mortality of mothers and children under five, saving millions of lives, avert millions of unintended pregnancies, prevent millions of new HIV infections, and eliminate some neglected tropical diseases.
  • Climate Change. By the end of 2011, U.S. assistance will have supported the establishment of at least 12 work programs to support the development of Low-Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) that contain concrete actions. This effort will lay the groundwork for at least 20 completed LEDS by the end of 2013 and meaningful reductions in national emissions trajectories through 2020.
  • Food Security. By 2011, up to five countries will demonstrate the necessary political commitment and implementation capacities to effectively launch implementation of comprehensive food security plans that will track progress towards the country’s Millennium Development Goal (MDG1) to halve poverty and hunger by 2015.
  • Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights. Promote greater adherence to universal standards of human rights, strengthen democratic institutions, and facilitate accountable governance through diplomacy and assistance, by supporting activists in 14 authoritarian and closed societies and by providing training assistance to 120,000 civil society and government officials in 23 priority emerging and consolidating democracies between October 1, 2009 and September 30, 2011.
  • Global Security – Nuclear Nonproliferation. Improve global controls to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons and enable the secure, peaceful use of nuclear energy.
  • Management – Building Civilian Capacity. Strengthen the civilian capacity of the State Department and USAID to conduct diplomacy and development activities in support of the Nation’s foreign policy goals by strategic management of personnel, effective skills training, and targeted hiring.

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