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  • Obama to Improve Ethiopian Education Ministry Office Conditions

    08/19/2011 10:43:38 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 8 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 19, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    The Ethiopian Ministry of Education headquarters is getting an upgrade, courtesy of U.S. taxpayers via the Obama Administration. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today issued a presolicitation notice (#SOL-663-11-000007) alerting interested contractors about the refurbishment project, which seeks to improve office conditions for the Ministry's Planning and Resource Mobilization Directorate staff at Arat Killo. Specifically, the initiative seeks to: Create an open floor space plan for teams; increase the number of workstations; and new office spaces such as a meeting room, a kitchen, and an archive by office partitioning; supply modern office furniture and sanitary fixtures; refurbish the...
  • U.S. to Use Contractors to Establish State Dept. Presence in Libya

    08/16/2011 1:32:15 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 2 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 16, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    The establishment of a U.S. State Dept. presence in Libya took another step toward reality yesterday with the planned deployment of private contractors to support “the nascent political transition” in that nation, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has discovered. A recruitment campaign led by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) initially seeks to deploy a Country Representative and Deputy Country Representative to Libya, where the vendors will work with the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) within the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), according to personal contracting service (PSC) notices dated Aug. 15: The OTI program...
  • El Nino, La Nina, Climate Change and the Horrific Drought in Somalia

    08/06/2011 10:21:44 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 17 replies ^ | 4 Aug 2011 | Bryan Walsh
    As I write this, Somalia is suffering its worst drought in 60 years. The lack of rain—combined with civil unrest and political interference from the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabab group—has produced catastrophic results. Yesterday Nancy Linborg, an official with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), told a Congressional committee that more than 29,000 children under the age of 5 had died over the past three months in Somalia, thanks to the famine. If conditions worsen—and there's little reason to expected that they won't—upwards to 800,000 children may die of hunger and other causes. The violent political situation on the ground...
  • Phase II of Federal Project to Help Poor Farmers Forthcomimg -- (but guess where)

    08/03/2011 1:51:01 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    U. S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | Aug. 3, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A potential $65 million contract to help boost the productivity of poor farmers is about to be unveiled by the U.S. government — in Nigeria. Indeed, this is just the latest phase of Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprise in Targeted Sectors Program (MARKETS), which from 2005-2010 contractor Chemonics International Inc., helped carry out for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at a cost of $51.7 million to U.S. taxpayers. According to the new solicitation (#SOL-620-11-000001), which was released yesterday: MARKETS II is conceived of as a follow-on of the MARKETS project and shall continue MARKETS activities to build...
  • OECD to Obama: Propagandize U.S. Citizens into Supporting Global Aid Projects

    07/28/2011 6:20:43 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 2 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | July 28, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    OECD to Obama: Propagandize U.S. Citizens into Supporting Global Aid Projects By Steve Peacock, U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor; July 28, 2011 The United States should launch a heightened domestic propaganda campaign in order to gain support at home for its role in providing global aid, the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) today recommended. Though it did not use the term "propaganda," OECD indeed exhorted the Obama Adminstration to endeavor to gain domestic support for overseas aid programs. The report therefore recommended that the U.S. government do a better job at molding public perception of international assistance,...
  • USAID to Launch Five-Year Ethiopian Education Endeavor

    07/20/2011 2:15:30 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | July 20, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A preliminary five-year plan to improve Ethiopia's educational system was released today by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The draft Statement of Work (SOW) outlines what the agency expects to accomplish via the Reading for Ethiopia’s Achievement Developed (READ) project, which seeks to improve the reading and writing skills of elementary school students. According to the draft SOW: "The overall program will have four components: curriculum improvement, pedagogical techniques, appropriate technology and teaching aids, and co‐curricular activity and community outreach. In addition, an evaluation project is expected to conduct mid‐term and final evaluations of the complete READ program...
  • U.S. to Bring Education Officials & Leaders to America

    07/19/2011 4:16:55 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 9 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | July 19, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A delegation of Egyptian officials and educational leaders are coming to America to observe the operation of science, technology, and mathematics magnet schools—and U.S. taxpayers will foot the entire bill. “President Obama discussed the importance of education and science and technology in his famous June 2009 Cairo University speech,” the project solicitation emphasizes. “In Egypt, there is an urgent need to improve the quality of science and mathematics education in the pre-university education system.” The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which is responsible for this Observational Study Tour (OST), is recruiting potential contractors to coordinate the one-week trip, which...
  • USAID reaches out to 5000 MAP collectors in remote areas of KP

    07/05/2011 7:37:05 PM PDT · by musarratullah · 3 replies ^ | 6 July 20111 | MusarratUllahJan
    Peshawar, 6 July 2011 with meritorious services for the cause of the needy and the unfortunate communities in Pakistan, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has recently made another commendable feat by providing support to 5,000 male and female collectors of medicinal and aromatic plants in Dir Upper, by imparting skilled-related training along with requisite tool kits. In partnership with PaRRSA, the USAID Pakistan entrepreneurs launched the 'Post-flood Livelihood Recovery project for Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, Dir Upper' which was entrusted to HDOD (Human Development Organisation Doaba) for implementation, said a press release issued here today. The project...
  • Obama Administration will Seek to Encourage Business Investments -- in the Philippines

    06/22/2011 11:23:42 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 4 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 22, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A U.S.-funded program whose aim is to “address the constraints that impede the overall business climate of the Philippines and consequently improve levels of investments in the country” is on the horizon. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) plans to launch the 2-3 year endeavor, known as the Investment Enabling Environment (INVEST) Project, so that it can help make “regulations less cumbersome” for Philippine business owners. USAID ultimately intends to accomplish that task by lowering the cost of compliance with and “limiting the scope” of excessive bureaucratic oversight, according to a presolicitation notice (#SOL-492-11-000011) that the Monitor located via...
  • USAID Pours Millions More into Afghan Civil-Service Project

    06/20/2011 7:48:47 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 3 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 20, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    Millions of dollars in additional U.S. assistance is being provided to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to create a civil-service institutional structure in that nation. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a $17.1 million extension to Deloitte Consulting LLP to provide another five months of work in support of the Independent Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission. (Contract award #306-C-00-07-0508-23) The agency initially awarded a $2.4 million contract for this endeavor, known as the Afghan Civil Service Support project, early last month. (Contract award #306-C-00-07-00508-22) Other than stating that the contract extension would enable Deloitte...
  • US provides $10m in food aid to Yemen

    06/20/2011 5:03:46 AM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 5 replies
    Xinhua via China Daily ^ | Updated: 2011-06-20 17:14
    SANAA - The United States announced the arrival of $10-million worth of food aid in Yemen on Sunday, its embassy in Sanaa said in a statement later the day. "The aid was provided by the American people through the US Agency for International Development (USAID) to the World Food Program. The food items, including flour, beans, and vegetable oil, will contribute to the support of 416,000 internally displaced people (IDP) in conflict-affected northern provinces of Saada and Hajjah," the statement read. The embassy said it has overseen the allocation of approximately $35 million this year to Yemen for emergency and...
  • USAID Launches 'Clean Stoves' Project in Haiti

    06/15/2011 5:12:44 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 7 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 14, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    The creation of market demand for liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) stoves in Haiti is one of the latest endeavors to emerge from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which says the Caribbean nation’s reliance on coal to cook food is contributing to “climate change” and leaves the country vulnerable to catastrophic weather conditions. Besides, Haiti’s use of the fuel is not in its best economic interests, USAID has declared. Although USAID admittedly met with “limited success” in previous pilot projects, that is not stopping the agency from launching yet another effort to encourage the use of LPG and other...
  • U.S.-Funded Projects Increase as Kazakhstan Power-Brokers Curry Favor From Washington

    06/08/2011 6:16:27 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 2 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 7, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A trio of initiatives aimed at modernizing the infrastructure of oil-rich Kazakhstan—while simultaneously benefiting U.S. consulting firms—was unveiled, albeit without without fanfare, by the federal government. The U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) late last week began its search for Kazakh project vendors at a time when the U.S. increasingly is becoming embroiled in a tempestuous controversy between the Kazakh President and his exiled son-in-law. According to The New York Times, Rakhat Aliyev, son-in-law to President Nursultan Nazarbayev, has taken his case to Washington in search of safe passage to the United States. Aliyev, whom Kazakh authorities had accused of...
  • Small Businesses Receive Yet Another Boost from Washington

    06/03/2011 7:08:09 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 5 replies
    U,S, Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | June 2, 2911 | Steve Peacock
    Another small-business support project is about to be unveiled by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)—this time in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in southeastern Europe. While the endeavor is significantly smaller than other overseas small-business programs financed by U.S. taxpayers, it comes at a time when USAID is embarking upon other—and bigger—related initiatives. As the Monitor recently reported, for instance, the agency increased to $73 million the Sustainable Achievement of Business Expansion and Quality (SABEQ) project in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. (Monitor, May 16, 2011: Small-Business Initiative Gains Momentum, More Money) Macedonia Regional Small Business Development,...
  • Obama Administration Pours Millions into Indonesian Education --

    05/31/2011 2:35:57 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 15 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | May 31, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    -- Support for Islamic, Public Schools Begun by Bush ContinuesInsufficient public funding and substandard educational quality—-poorly qualified teachers, ineffective classroom methodologies, lack of education planning, teacher absenteeism, budgeting and management—all result in low completion rates after primary school and extremely low rankings against international testing standards, particularly in the areas of science and mathematics.Having reached the above conclusion about one of the largest school systems in the world, the Obama Administration is infusing $90 million into a project to improve teacher performance and student outcomes in that particular system—the nationwide school network, that is, of Indonesia. The five-year endeavor will...
  • Small-Business Initiative Gains Momentum, More Money

    05/16/2011 1:15:42 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 1 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | May 16, 2011 | Steve Peacock
    A project aimed at helping small- and medium-sized businesses to compete globally has attained success, but the federal government says more funds are needed to “sustain the current momentum in creating jobs and increasing revenues, exports, and investments.” This momentum, it should be noted, is gaining in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Deloitte Consulting, LLP (formerly Bearing Point) has helped the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to achieve “impressive results” in the first four years of the Jordan initiative, known as the Sustainable Achievement of Business Expansion and Quality, or SABEQ, project. According to an Action Memorandum to the...
  • Fat Contracts Drift Toward Former Obama Official's Company...

    05/05/2011 10:56:57 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 14 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | 05/05/2011 | Steve Peacock
    -- Vendor Gets Yet Another Multi-Million-Dollar Award A nonprofit whose vice president is a former Obama administration official has secured a nearly $100 million government contract in Afghanistan, raising concerns with at least one former U.S. State Department insider.
  • Billion-Dollar Global Health Care Plan Unveiled

    04/28/2011 1:38:43 PM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 12 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | 04/28/2011 | Steve Peacock
    A trio of additional healthcare projects of the Obama Administration are slated to be administered by a handful of private-sector vendors at a cost of nearly $1 billion—initiatives that contractors will carry out in Africa, Asia/Middle East and the Latin America/Caribbean regions.
  • Furious George's Terrorist Training Program

    04/20/2011 1:41:48 AM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 16 replies
    Free Republic | 4/20/11 | Alan Levy
    Did you know that George $oros, everyone's least favorite Nazi collaborator and socialist sugar daddy, and his Open Society Institute are helping Palestinian college students come to the United States to earn their degrees ? Did you know that you, the taxpayer are helping to pay for it ? Feel like tossing your cookies like Mary Kate Olsen yet ? Check this out: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- "The PFDP [Palestininian Faculty Development Program] aims to increase the capacity of higher education faculty in the West Bank and Gaza by addressing the long-term issues of reform in teaching and learning practices. The program provides...
  • US to fund $20m remake of Sesame Street for Pakistan

    04/09/2011 1:34:15 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 34 replies
    BBC ^ | April 9, 2011 | Syed Shoaib Hasan
    In a new effort to win hearts and minds in Pakistan, USAID - the development arm of the US government - is donating $20m (£12m) to the country to create a local Urdu version of the show. The project aims to boost education in Pakistan, where many children have no access to regular schooling. The show is to be filmed in Lahore and aired later in the year. "The programme is part of a series of ventures that is aimed at developing the educational infrastructure in the country," Virginia Morgan, a spokesperson for USAID, told the BBC. "Education is one...