USAID’s Forward Progress Report describes their plans for the future of development

Opportunity: Africa ConferenceEfficient. Transparent. Effective. Those are some of our favorite words at ONE. It’s how taxpayer dollars should be spent, here at home and on life-saving programs around the globe.

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It only makes sense that the United States’ primary poverty-fighting organization embody those principles in the programs it supports and within its own internal operations.

We are delighted our friends over at USAID, with the leadership of Administrator Raj Shah, just released their first-ever USAID Forward Progress report. The report takes stock of USAID’s ambitious reform agenda intended to create a modern development enterprise that represents the best of American ideals abroad, while advancing the security and prosperity of Americans at home.

The report is short, compact, and well worth a read. It focuses on seven key areas: budget management; policy capacity; procurement reform; monitoring and evaluation; innovation, science and technology; and talent management. It is a roadmap to show where the US’ lead development agency is headed.

We’ve made great progress. Since the year 2000, 8 million AIDS patients have been receiving retroviral drugs, and child mortality rate of kids under 5 is down by 2.65 million deaths a year. As Bono mentioned in his TED talk earlier this month, from 1990 to 2010, we’ve effectively halved poverty. Halved! This progress is due in part to the very generous support of Americans, and USAID’s innovative programs in some of the world’s poorest countries.

But ONE members know better than anyone we still have work to do. We need to keep pushing if we want progress to turn into lasting change. USAID, like ONE members like you, have always been at the forefront of the fight. We just need to keep it up.

Read the USAID report here