Every day, across the world, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) represents the very best of America: the generosity, goodwill, and ingenuity that unite us as a people. But our work also derives benefits for the American people: it keeps our country safe and strengthens our economy.
Today, with the strong backing of President Obama and Secretary Clinton, the Agency is building on its legacy as one of the world's premier development agencies and making new progress toward its ultimate goal: creating the conditions where U.S. assistance is no longer needed. To realize this vision, we began to institute a series of ambitious reforms called USAID Forward to ensure our Agency becomes more efficient, effective, and business-like than ever before.
Among these reforms, we aim to triple the amount of funding that goes to local systems by 2015, substantively increasing our leverage with partner countries in a way that allows us to scale our efforts back over time. And to ensure our assistance is generating real results, we aim to complete 250 high quality evaluations by 2013 in line with our new evaluation policy.
Over the past year, we have pursued rigorous, thoughtful and results-oriented approaches to address and solve development challenges around the world on an effective and meaningful scale.
Across North Africa and the Middle East, the Arab Spring has fundamentally changed the calculus about what is possible in development. In Tunisia, we are working closely with local organizations-particularly in marginalized regions-to expand opportunity and democratic space. In the interior of the country, we brought over 60 organizations together to form a regional civil society network, the very first of its kind.
In the Horn of Africa, we are responding to devastating drought and famine with live-saving assistance for millions of people, including therapeutic feeding, vaccinations and sanitation services. But we are also investing in long-term solutions to famine and malnutrition through Feed the Future, President Obama's global food security initiative, to help countries develop their own resilient agriculture sectors.
In global health, we are making strategic investments toward the goal of reducing child mortality, eliminating child death from malaria and helping realize the world's first AIDS-free generation. By scaling up access to life-saving interventions and funding new research into new biomedical tools, we can make an unprecedented impact in global health.
Over the past year, as we marked the second anniversary of the devastating Haiti earthquake, we have worked closely with the Haitian government to accelerate economic progress and improve lives. For instance, we have helped launch a mobile bank revolution, enabling nearly 800,000 Haitians to send safe transactions over their mobile phones.
We are making similar investments in Afghanistan, where we're working with the government to help them pay police officers and teachers through mobile phones-an approach that has helped cut graft by as much as 30 percent.
I am pleased to certify that the performance and financial data in this report are complete and reliable. A more expansive discussion of the FY2011 performance and data sources is available in the FY 2011 Foreign Assistance Performance Report published in the FY 2013 Foreign Operations Congressional Budget Justification.
I am proud of the results USAID has delivered in the last year for both the developing world and the American people. Even as USAID marks 50 years of progress, we step forward with renewed dedication and a greater focus on partnerships, innovation, and-above all-meaningful results.
February 16, 2012