Overview of the USAID

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Researching and reading about the many programs and initiatives of the agency was illuminating. Although familiar with several assistance programs, I knew little about how the organization is funded or “actually” operates. The United States Agency for International Development (US AID) was established in the 1960s by an executive order issued by President Kennedy (US AID, 2014). The agency combines development assistance with the promotion of foreign policy to advance US interests abroad (US AID, 2014). In other words – and as noted on its website – US AID “reflects both the American people's compassion and support of human dignity as well as advances U.S. foreign policy interests” (US AID, 2014). With an annual budget of less than 1% of the total federal budget, which amounted to $51.6 billion (combined budget of the Department of State and USAID) in 2013 and $47.8 billion (combined budget of the Department of State and USAID) requested for 2014, the agency aims to “strikes a balance between fiscal discipline and sustaining and advancing America’s global leadership” (USAID, 2014). Budget justifications include the prevention of conflict through strategically funding international organizations, engaging with foreign governments, as well as the ability to respond to globalizations dynamic political, economic, and social environment (US AID, 2014). By its own accounts USAID “works in over 100 countries to” (USAID, 2014): • Promote broadly shared economic prosperity; • Strengthen democracy and good governance; • Protect human rights; • Improve global health; • Advance food security and agriculture; • Improve environmental sustainability; • Further education; • Help societies prevent and recover from conflicts; and • Provide human... ... middle of paper ... ...tional Development (US AID). (2014). Power Africa. Retrieved from http://www.usaid.gov/powerafrica United States Agency for International Development (US AID). (2014). Adventures in Wildlife Screening: Monitoring Wildlife Farms to Prevent Disease. Retrieved from http://blog.usaid.gov/2014/01/adventures-in-wildlife-screening-monitoring-wildlife-farms-to-prevent-disease/ United States Agency for International Development (US AID). (2013). Government of Ethiopia partners with the G8 to improve land governance. Retrieved from http://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/dec-9-2013-government-ethiopia-partners-g8-improve-land-governance Willies, E. (2013). America’s form of capitalism kills free enterprise and democracy. Daily Kos. Retrieved from http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/09/01/1234954/-America-s-form-of-capitalism-kills-free-enterprise-and-democracy
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