USAID and Other USG Agencies: Sector Support and Coordination
August 19, 2009 – 10:30 a.m.
|Presenters: ||Dana DeRuiter, National Security Council |
John Trigilio, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Security Agency
Diane Halvorsen, U.S. Department of Defense, Defense Security Agency
Michelle Moloney-Kitts, U.S. Department of State, PEPFAR
Tanya Gibson-Nahman, Peace Corps
Carol Dabbs, U.S. Department of State, Office of the Director for Foreign Assistance
|Moderator:||David Barth, Director, USAID Office of Education|
The opening plenary on Wednesday discussed USAID’s involvement with other USG agencies, featuring speakers from the U.S. Department of State (DOS), National Security Council (NSC), U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) and Peace Corps. The session focused on innovative ways in which USG agencies can work together toward common goals in international education initiatives.
The NCS is campaigning to develop more funding for global education and foreign assistance, and is working with USAID and the Office of Education to collaborate on a comprehensive plan. President Obama has also identified some key issues on which he will focus including at-risk youth, education in transitioning and post-conflict states, and innovations in science and technology. The U.S. Department of Defense has various offices working on education sector initiatives, but any education projects implemented by the DOD are required by policy directives to coordinate with USAID. Some successful programs that DOD has implemented have provided roads, latrines and dining facilities for schools, school supplies, vocational education facilities and fencing/security for school grounds. Peace Corps, with a staff of over 7,000 worldwide, has a strong partnership with USAID as well; their philosophy is that youth are assets to be developed, and education programs sponsored by Peace Corps have focused on integrating youth into decision making. One of the newest Peace Corps programs is the Volunteer Initiative, which engages youth in volunteering opportunities.
Presenters from the U.S. Department of State discussed the close linkages between DOS and USAID programs. The PEPFAR program has partnered with USAID to support education initiatives in spreading knowledge about HIV/AIDS; $70 million of PEPFAR funds were attributed to education programs. PEPFAR and USAID have designed innovative ways in which donors and organizations can work across sectors and agencies. The importance of cross-sectoral approaches in areas where education and health have parallel initiatives was also stressed. The Office of the Director for U.S. Foreign Assistance at DOS develops and integrates foreign assistance budgets for Secretary of State Clinton. Currently, just under $1.2 billion is appropriated to programs in basic and higher education. The internet-based Foreign Assistance Coordination and Tracking System (FACTS) is the indicator-reporting system supported by F. Missions worldwide will gain access to FACTS info soon, so that they may see budget information and access timely indicator data.
Key take away points from this session included the ways in which USG agencies can work together and communicate better in implementing international education programs. The challenge to this cooperative relationship often stems from the fact that many USG agencies work in parallel, with little opportunity to build partnerships. Moving forward, USAID needs to lead this effort as an expert in international education and encourage close cooperation with other sectors as well, including health, agriculture, and economic growth.
To view the presentations, please click on link below:
US State Department, Dabbs :
US State Department, Moloney-Kitts : Open