FY2016 Funding Recommendation:
President's FY2016 Request
InterAction's FY2016 Recommendation
The Development Assistance account is the bedrock of U.S. investments to help the world’s poorest people. These funds help them to obtain access to education and clean water, grow nutritious food, protect the environment, promote economic development, support good governance, respond to climate change, and create more sustainable, self-sufficient democratic societies. Funding for this account has remained flat or has decreased from FY2010 onward, despite increasing food prices, threats to development from climate events, expanded engagement by geopolitical competitors, and historic opportunities to advance democracy in the Arab world.
InterAction’s FY2016 recommendation includes approximately $3 billion to fund our core sectoral accounts, including Feed the Future, microfinance, basic education, climate change, biodiversity, water, and democracy promotion, all of which receive a substantial amount of Development Assistance funding. This recommendation would provide an additional $300 million in funding for other equally worthwhile programming, such as economic growth, trade capacity-building, technology, innovation, and evaluation. InterAction’s total FY2016 recommendation for Development Assistance is a 10% increase over the President’s FY2016 request.
Our proposed funding level for Development Assistance allows the U.S. to take the necessary steps to address these global challenges. Please see our individual sectoral justifications for more details on specific issues.
Water and energy for schools
The Hartha School for Girls, located in the city of Irbid, just north of Jordan’s capital city of Amman, has struggled for years to provide students with even the basic necessities. Abu Tariq, the head of the Hartha Charitable Organization, noted that school had 235 students, yet did not even have enough water for washing hands.
An influx of Syrian refugees across the border swelled the number of students at the school, exacerbating the already challenging situation. Support from USAID/Water enabled Mercy Corps to work with the school and wider community to install water catchment and greywater systems to increase the school’s water reserves. Now the school’s gardens are flourishing and there is ample water for the students, including the Syrian refugee children. “Now we have water to drink, wash our hands and water our school garden,” said Ameena, a 10-year-old student at the school.
Involvement in the project raised the school administration’s awareness about water- and energy-saving technologies. As a result, the administration applied for a second grant to combat another of the school’s utility challenges, heating. In the past, harsh winters, coupled with an antiquated heating system, hindered the learning environment for both students and staff. Now with the installation of solar energy panels, the school is better equipped as winter approaches. Instead of worrying about clean water and proper heating, the school can focus on the most important task at hand – education.
Photo Credit: Mercy Corps