UNGA Day One: September 23, 2013
Yesterday afternoon, Administrator Shah sat down with MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. During the live television interview, Dr. Shah discussed important role of businesses in development, the tragedy in Kenya, and the Agency’s ongoing mission to provide assistance amid a shrinking budget.
- As a part of a Civil Society Roundtable discussion that President Obama participating in, the White House announced the opening of the Making All Voices Count (MAVC) Grand Challenge.
- The World Bank, UNICEF, the Government of Norway, and USAID announced a $1.15 billion commitment to help save the lives of women and children. The funds will ensure delivery of essential services and commodities to help save millions of lives and position the global community to achieve MDGs 4 and 5.
- During a meeting of the Equal Futures Partnership, Secretary Kerry and Valerie Jarrett highlighted USAID’s partnership with Walmart. In addition, the White House released a fact highlighting new commitments made under the Equal Futures Partnership to empower women at home and abroad. It includes the new USAID and Walmart global partnership, announcing it’s kick off in Bangladesh to support 40,000 women farmers.
- Secretary of State John Kerry announced Monday the provision of $10 million in funding for a new U.S. initiative, Safe from the Start, to prevent and respond to gender-based violence in humanitarian emergencies worldwide. USAID and and State/PRM will be responsible for implementing the program.
Recap of Events:
“Investing in Africa and Beyond” – To explore the state of impact investing as a complement to government funding, JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) hosted an evening program for 250 participants on the first evening of UNGA from 5-7:30PM. The event provided an opportunity for investors to be catalytic in funding market-oriented solutions to meet social needs, and discuss how we can move the market forward via layered financing and new collaborations. The first panel, moderated by Economist reporter Matthew Bishop, featured Tony Blair and Administrator Shah. The panel addressed how to use innovative finance to address social needs in Africa. The second panel, featuring Bill Gates and Jamie Dimon, focused on breaking new ground on their new Global Health Investment Fund.
- Priya Jaisinghani spoke on a panel about mobile technology‘s role in financial inclusion, with Aldi Haryopratomo, the CEO of Ruma, Arjuna Costa of the Omidyar Network, and Casey Gheen of Lenddo. Priya spoke of the role that a lack of financial services may play in political and economic stability.
- Later, Astronaut Ron Garan who is currently on detail to USAID, led a discussion on the need for global collaboration and coordination of data and information with Rob Baker, Presidential Innovation Fellow for Open Data, and Harbrinder Kang, Director of Business Development for Cisco. Ron spoke of seeing the world from the International Space Station and recognizing that we have the resources needed to solve global problems, but that we need to work together. Rob Baker discussed his experience with collaborative mapping in post-disaster situations, and spoke of the opportunity for Open Data.
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