Development Assistance

FY2017 Funding Recommendation:  
$3.30 billion

 

Funding History

       Enacted   

       President's FY2017 Request   

       InterAction's FY2017 Recommendation


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Justification

 Key Facts

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 FY2017 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 FY2017 recommendation for Development Assistance is a 10% increase over the President’s FY2017 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 programmatic areas.

Success Story

Local Service Providers Committed to Their Communities

The Yaajeende project in Senegal, funded by USAID and implemented by the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA), introduced community-based solution providers (CBSPs) into the agriculture and nutrition supply chains to address nutritional deficiencies; increase production of healthy foods; and to improve farmer access to inputs, technology, credit, knowledge, and skills. In the independent agent model, communities select an individual they trust, who lives in the area and is entrepreneurial, literate and has numeracy skills. In addition to representing firms that want to bring their products and services to rural communities, the CBSPs serve as private sector extension agents who complement and extend the reach of limited government extension and training services into less populated areas.

Ms. Oumou Gadio, a CBSP, is a respected and dynamic member of her community who opened an input supply store to sell seeds, fertilizers, small tools, and health and nutrition items in 2012. She also offers customers information and advice on a range of products and production practices.

When farmers started requesting specific products, Ms. Gadio, being an entrepreneur, began to produce livestock fodder bails and salt lick blocks for farmers who needed them during dry season to feed their livestock. She also uses a portion of her sales proceeds to provide credit to trustworthy customers; this is not a common practice, but it is one she feels strongly about.

Ms. Gadio receives a commission from the suppliers she works with and charges a fee for the services she provides. She is able to support herself and her family by providing rural farmers access to goods and services and suppliers access to rural customers. But beyond her business savvy, Ms. Gadio is also fully committed to her community. To demonstrate her commitment and give back, she organized a girl’s soccer team and purchased them the necessary equipment.

The CBSP model used in Yaajeende links rural farmers to sorely needed supplies and puts community development in the hands of community members – providing people with critical tools to help them pull themselves out of poverty.

Photo: NCBA CLUSA

 

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