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Strategic Goal 3 - Public Benefit and Summary of Performance and Resources


Bureau of Resource Management
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February 24, 2012

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Public Benefit

Photo showing the yogurt plus prevention education that is carried out in partnership with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. In February, USAID launched a public-private partnership in cooperation with Standard Bank, the largest bank on the African continent; Namibia Dairies, that country's leading dairy company; and the Namibia Business Coalition on AIDS.

The yogurt plus prevention education is carried out in partnership with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. In February, USAID launched a public-private partnership in cooperation with Standard Bank, the largest bank on the African continent; Namibia Dairies, that country's leading dairy company; and the Namibia Business Coalition on AIDS. USAID

Bringing better health systems, education and training to people around the globe contributes to a more secure, stable, and prosperous world. People are central to the sustainability and positive development of a country. The Department of State and USAID help recipient nations achieve and maintain improvements in the well-being and productivity of their citizens and build sustainable capacity to provide services in three priority program areas: health, education, and social services and protection for especially vulnerable populations. U.S. Government investments focus on improving the health of men, women, newborns, and children, in particular through such initiatives as the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Global Health Initiative (GHI). Both of these presidential initiatives aim to maximize the impact the U.S. achieves for every dollar invested in global health. By investing in education, science and technology, and innovative practices, the Department and USAID are improving the lives of vulnerable populations.

Summary of Performance and Resources

Pie chart summarizing the FY 2011 resource invested for Strategic Goal 3. Values are: State Operations: $0.372 billion. Foreign Operations: $9.968 billion. Total resources invested: $10.340 billion.
 

The Department and USAID allocated $10.340 billion toward this Strategic Goal in FY 2011, which is 22 percent of the total State-USAID budget supporting all strategic goals. The Department and USAID met or exceeded targets for 50 percent of their performance indicators for Strategic Goal 3. Twenty-five percent of indicators were below target, and ratings were not available for 25 percent that are new indicators or data are not yet available.

Closing the Gap

Chart summarizing the gap between the current progress of countries that have graduated from U.S. Government foreign assistance and the top 20 country beneficiaries of U.S. Government foreign assistance in the Investing in People index. Values are as follows by sector on a 1 to 5 scale: Average Gap: 1.6.  Under 5 Mortality: 1.7.  Life Expectancy: 1.8.  Public Health Expenditures: 0.6.  Environmental Health: 2.0.  Education Enrollment Rate: 1.2.  Literacy Rate: 1.6.  Public Education Expenditures: 0.5.  Per Capita GDP: 2.7.  Gender Equality: 1.8.

Through investments in health and education, the U.S. Government works to unlock human potential and help the most vulnerable populations become more productive citizens. As indicated at right, the top 20 beneficiaries of U.S. Government assistance (blue) fall well below a select group of countries that have graduated from U.S. Government assistance (red)1 in every measure of human development on a scale of one to five, with five representing the performance of the best country in the world. Nonetheless, U.S. Government programs are yielding steady improvements in these areas as the data demonstrates below.

Key Selected Achievements

  • USAID released their new Education Strategy, which focuses on three major goals: (1) improved reading skills for 100 million children in primary grades, (2) improved ability of tertiary and workforce development programs, and (3) increased equitable access to education in crisis and conflict environments.
  • Saved an average of 485 children per day from malaria. Among the nine focus countries in the President's Malaria Initiative, all-cause mortality among children under five has dropped by between 16 and 50 percent.
  • Stepped up efforts to integrate family planning across other health sectors as a strategic and cost-effective use of resources by employing the BEST (Best Practices at Scale in the Home, Community and Facilities) action plan in 28 countries.
  • PEPFAR Country teams, under the leadership of the Ambassador and Deputy Chief of Mission, advanced the Country Ownership agenda for sustainability of the HIV/AIDS response. This agenda seeks to foster greater cooperation between aid donors and recipient governments by providing those governments with the tools and training necessary for assuming more responsibility in financing and implementing.


1 For more information on the Closing the Gap chart above, see Closing the Gap Methodology. (back to text)

 




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