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Sidebar on State-USAID FY 2012-FY 2013 Agency Priority Goals

Bureau of Resource Management
February 24, 2012


Under the leadership of Secretary Clinton, the Department of State and USAID have developed a new strategic approach to accomplishing their shared mission, focusing on robust diplomacy and development as central components to solving global problems. Per the Government Performance and Results Act Modernization Act (GPRAMA) of 2010, State and USAID submitted in February 2012 for OMB consideration eight outcome-focused Agency Priority Goals (APGs) that reflect the Secretary's and USAID Administrator's highest priorities. These near-term goals advance the Joint Strategic Goals, reflect USAID and State strategic and budget priorities, and will continue to be of particular focus for the two agencies through FY 2013.

The APGs are the next iteration of the Federal High Priority Performance Goals (HPPGs), for which State and USAID also identified eight joint FY 2010-FY 2011 goals. Results revealing the progress made toward achieving the HPPG's are noted in the Performance Highlights section and on The APGs shown below are listed against the new joint State-USAID Strategic Goal Framework. Currently, there are no APGs reflected for Strategic Goals 1, 4, and 6.

Agency Priority Goal (APG) Goal and Indicators
Strategic Goal 2: Effectively manage transitions in the frontline states.
Afghanistan Goal: With mutual accountability, assistance from the United States and the international community will continue to help improve the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan's (GIRoA) capacity to meet its goals and maintain stability. Bonn Conference commitments call on GIRoA to transition to a sustainable economy, namely improve revenue collection, increase the pace of economic reform, and instill a greater sense of accountability and transparency in all government operations. Strengthen Afghanistan's ability to maintain stability and development gains through transition. By September 30, 2013, U.S. Government assistance delivered will help the Afghan Government increase domestic revenue level from sources such as customs and electrical tariffs from 10 percent to 12 percent of GDP.
Strategic Goal 3: Expand and sustain the ranks of prosperous, stable and democratic states by promoting effective, accountable, democratic governance; respect for human rights; sustainable, broad-based economic growth; and well-being.
Democracy, Good Governance, and Human Rights Goal: Advance progress toward sustained and consolidated democratic transitions in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Bahrain, Yemen, Iran, Syria, and West Bank/Gaza. By September 30, 2013, support continued progress toward or lay the foundations for transitions to accountable electoral democracies in 11 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) that respect civil and political liberties and human rights.
Climate Change Goal: Advance low emissions climate resilient development. Lay the groundwork for climate-resilient development, increased private sector investment in a low carbon economy, and meaningful reductions in national emissions trajectories through 2020 and the longer term. By the end of 2013, U.S. assistance to support the development and implementation of Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS) will reach 20 countries (from a baseline of 0 in 2010). This assistance will be strategically targeted and will result in strengthened capacity for and measureable progress on developing and implementing LEDS by the end of the following year.
Food Security Goal: Increase food security in Feed the Future (FTF) initiative countries in order to reduce prevalence of poverty and malnutrition. By the end of the FY 2013, agricultural profitability will improve, on average, by 15 percent among FTF beneficiary farmers, and one million children under age 2 will experience improved nutrition due to increased access to and utilization of nutritious foods (prevalence of receiving a minimum acceptable diet).2
Global Health By September 30, 2013, the Global Health Initiative will support the creation of an AIDS-free generation, save the lives of mothers and children, and protect communities from infectious diseases by: a) decreasing incident HIV infections in the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR)-supported Sub-Saharan African countries by more than 20 percent3; b) reducing the all-cause mortality rate for children under five by 4.8 deaths/1,000 live births in USAID priority countries4; c) increasing the percent of births attended by a skilled doctor, nurse, or midwife by 2.1 percent in USAID priority countries; and d) increasing the number of people no longer at risk for lymphatic filariasis (in the target population) from 7.7 million to 63.7 million in USAID-assisted countries5.
Strategic Goal 5: Support American prosperity through economic diplomacy.
Economic Statecraft Goal: Through our more than 200 diplomatic missions overseas, the Department of State will promote U.S. exports in order to help create opportunities for U.S. businesses. By September 30, 2013, our diplomatic missions overseas will increase the number of market-oriented economic and commercial policy activities and accomplishments by 15 percent.
Strategic Goal 7: Build a 21st Century workforce; and achieve U.S. Government operational and consular efficiency and effectiveness, transparency and accountability; and a secure U.S. Government presence internationally.
Management Goal: Strengthen diplomacy and development by leading through civilian power. By September 30, 2013, the State Department and USAID will reduce vacancies in high priority positions overseas to 0 percent and 10 percent respectively and will reduce instances of employees not meeting language standards to 24 percent and 10 percent respectively.
Procurement Management/Local Development Partners Goal: Strengthen local civil society and private sector capacity to improve aid effectiveness and sustainability, by working closely with our implementing partners on capacity building and local grant and contract allocations. By September 30, 2013, USAID will expand local development partners from 746 to 1,200.

1 As of February 2, 2012. (back to text)

2 Feed the Future focus countries are: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Kenya, Liberia, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nicaragua, Rwanda, Senegal, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. (back to text)

3 PEPFAR-supported countries in Sub-Saharan African are: Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. (back to text)

4 USAID priority countries for Maternal and Child Health (MCH) programs are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Benin, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, India UP, Indonesia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, and Zambia. Although Southern Sudan is an MCH priority country, there is no data for Southern Sudan. (back to text)

5 Countries receiving USAID assistance for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) include: Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Haiti, Nepal, Cameroon, Togo, Tanzania, Indonesia, Guinea, Bangladesh, Philippines, Vietnam and South Sudan. (back to text)


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