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Curing USAID

We need USAID to reclaim its original mission and stop trying to do everything at once. Better for the bureaucracy, and better for those it’s trying to help.

Published on: November 14, 2017
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    In the second week of November, 2017, TAI Features: Jeffrey Cochrane on explaining and re-organizing USAID in order to criticize FY2018 budget changes without citations; Ambassador James Jeffrey reviews Ken Burns’ postmodern version of the Vietnam War instead of more timely insight into Turkey; and, on Nov. 7, Jennifer Veilleux & Shlomi Dinar on Ethiopia’s GERD dam on the Nile River, eventually citing “The 2012 National Intelligence Council Report titled Global Water Security”.

    All these credentialed authors never acknowledge the significant news today, November 15, 2017, because that would acknowledge the one year anniversary of the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States, and TEN MONTHS of actual change in the mission of the State Department, and it’s subordinate agency, USAID, both with new leadership that could use some attention to this fascinating Global Water Strategy, because, at some point, Donald J. Trump, President of the United States, said, (pulling an Alvin York five shots in the bullseye!!) “Water may be the most important issue we face for the next generation.” Did he have to Tweet it?

    November 15, 2017 Today the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development are releasing the U.S. government’s Global Water Strategy.
    Safe water and sanitation are fundamental to human health,economic development, peace and security. […]
    The Global Water Strategy envisions a water-secure world, where people and nations have the water they need to be healthy, prosperous, and resilient. To advance the Strategy, the U.S. government will work with partner countries and key stakeholders
    to achieve four interrelated objectives:
    (1) increasing access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services,and promoting hygiene;

    (2) protecting freshwater resources;

    (3) promoting cooperation on shared waters; and

    (4) strengthening water governance and financing.

    The U.S. government’s efforts will focus on countries and regions where needs and opportunities are greatest
    and where engagement can best protect our national security interests. […]
    A predicted two-thirds of the world’s population will live in water-stressed conditions by 2025.
    nations have no agreements or frameworks in place to share their water resources.
    These challenges have the potential to spread disease, undermine economic development, exacerbate migration pressures,
    increase civil unrest, reduce trade and export opportunities, and
    prevent countries from advancing policies and programs important to the United States. […]

    The Strategy reflects contributions from more than 17 U.S. government agencies and departments and is intended to mobilize knowledge,
    expertise, and resources from across the United States to create a more water-secure world. The U.S. Global Water Strategy is required by the Senator Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014. For a copy of the U.S. Global Water Strategy please visit: and
    For more information, contact Tory Peabody at [email protected].

    “The U.S. Global Water Strategy envisions a water-secure world, where people and nations have the water they need to be healthy, prosperous, and resilient.” 70 pages

    PAGE 4: “Water may be the most important issue we face for the next generation.”
    -Donald J. Trump, President of the United States

    More than 260 river basins and 600 aquifers are shared between two or more countries. In many of these basins or aquifers, no formal
    agreement or institutional relationship exists between 6 the parties to govern
    use of these shared water resources. As these resources degrade or become
    scarce, competition is likely to increase, raising tensions and increasing the
    likelihood of conflict. These can be particularly challenging problems to
    solve, as there are often legitimate competing interests. Countries often view
    water as a strategic asset and a national security priority. Water disputes are
    often embedded within a broader context of social, economic, and political
    challenges or animosities, and the data on disputed water systems are often
    sparse or not publicly available. Many of these same challenges also exist at
    the local level as competition increases between different communities or water
    users, such as farmers and pastoralists. At the same time, water issues
    represent an important means of bringing communities and countries together,
    strengthening regional integration, and providing a stabilizing influence in
    regions of conflict. To reach this strategic objective, the U.S. government
    will work to strengthen the political will for cooperation, and promote the
    development of agreements and mechanisms that support the cooperative
    management of shared water resources in regions where water is, or may become, a source of conflict.

    Key outcomes of Strategic Objective 3 will include:
    ●Increased number of cooperative events on water in priority regions; and,
    ●Stable, adaptive, and responsive institutions that support the cooperative management of shared waters. […]

    PAGE 37: Aligned Operating Units that currently have water and development programing include 13:
    Africa Regional; Bangladesh; Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment; Bureau for Global Health; Cambodia;
    East Africa Regional; Ghana; Guatemala; India; Madagascar; Malawi; Mali; Middle East Regional; Mozambique; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Rwanda; Sahel Regional; Senegal;Southern Africa Regional; Tanzania; West Africa Regional; and, Zambia.
    “Born December 13, 1887 in a two-room dogtrot log cabin in Pall Mall, Tennessee,York had a grand total of nine-months schooling at a
    subscription school he attended in his youth […] He considered running for the U.S. Senate against the freshman senator, Albert Gore.
    In the 1932 election, he changed his party affiliation and supported Herbert Hoover over Franklin D. Roosevelt
    because FDR promised to repeal Prohibition. […]

    When asked how he wanted to be remembered, the old sergeant said he wanted people to remember how he tried to improve basic education in Tennessee because he considered a solid education the true key to success.
    It saddened him somewhat that only one of his children went on to college, but he was proud of the fact that they all had received high school diplomas from York Institute.
    Most people, of course, do not remember him as a proponent for public education.”

    National Education Week: Nov. 13-17, 2017.

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