Weekly Briefing (5/21/2012 – 5/25/2012)

May 21: Last Friday, President Obama outlined a public-private partnership to work on global poverty issues ahead of the Group of Eight summit in Camp David. On the eve of the summit, USAID unveiled the New Alliance for Food and Nutrition Security, a program designed to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through inclusive and sustained agricultural growth. AFP, The Hill, McClatchy Newspapers, PBS NewsHour, Reuters, Time Magazine, and USA Today covered the announcement.

The White House also published a blog on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition written by USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and Gayle Smith, Senior Director at the National Security Council.

May 22: Voice of America reports that USAID is working to improve safe drinking water and sanitation around the world. Through USAID and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, the United States government is working to sustain the management of watersheds and ecosystems, and recently joined the Sanitation and Water for All Partnership. “The United States Government considers sanitation and water and our related partnering activities to be a critical component of our overall international development assistance effort,” said USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah.