About a year ago, I decided to write an annual letter to share some of the work our Agency does saving lives and improving human welfare around the world. I also wanted to describe some of the priorities we’ve set and tough choices we’ve made in order to deliver meaningful results for and on behalf of the American people.
Now, I am pleased to share our 2012 Annual Letter, which we issued last week. This letter highlights the work we’ve done over the last year to seize pivotal opportunities in development and achieve generational legacies of success.
From helping communities build resilience before disasters strike to helping countries improve child survival so they can reap what’s known as a demographic dividend, USAID is working hard to answer President Obama and Secretary Clinton’s call to elevate global development.
We’re also stepping out of our comfort zone, embracing challenging roles and responding quickly to world events. As the Arab Spring took hold in North Africa and Middle East, we helped empower citizens as they embraced new freedoms and participated actively in the political process for the first time. And we’re partnering much more closely with the private sector to expand opportunities for investment in the developing world.
Ultimately, this letter describes our efforts to help countries build the capacity to direct their own development, as we work together to shape a brighter future.
I hope you enjoy reading it, and please share your thoughts in the comments section below.