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“Development isn't charity. It's one of the smartest investments we can make in our shared future, our security, our prosperity.” — President Barack Obama at The White House Summit on Global Development

To mark our shared progress in global development, on July 20 we joined partners to host the White House Summit on Global Development, where President Obama delivered the keynote address.

It was a day of reflection, inspiration and dialogue about the U.S. Government’s work around the globe. More than 700 development partners gathered to share stories of success and to ignite new partnerships. As USAID Administrator Gayle Smith said, “development is a team sport ... built on vision and belief in our common humanity.”

At the Summit President Obama announced that he signed the Global Food Security Act into law, which recently passed the House and Senate with strong bipartisan support.This legislation ensures that USAID and our partners will continue to unlock the potential of agriculture to reduce hunger, malnutrition, and extreme poverty.

We invite you to watch President Obama's inspiring keynote address and view photos from the day. You can also learn more about the panels at the summit below, which focused on six areas: food security, governance, global health, partnership, youth and energy.


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Food Security

“Feed the Future is about feeding children ... It’s about embracing change so people can have a better tomorrow.” — Tom Vilsack, Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Our progress: President Obama created Feed the Future to improve food security​ and nutrition. In 2015, the initiative reached 18 million children with vital nutrition interventions. Watch this panel
Food Security.  Photo: 

Ellie Van Houtte / USAID
Governance. Photo: Kendra 

Helmer / USAID
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“Transparency and open government are needed to unlock economic development progress.” — Ambassador Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN

Our progress: On his first day in office, President Obama signed a memorandum on good governance. The U.S. also received commitments from 70 countries to transparency in governance. Watch this panel
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Global Health

“One of the signs of progress in global health transformation is the expansion of partnerships ...” — Ambassador Susan Rice, U.S. National Security Advisor

Our progress: In the past seven years, the U.S. tripled investments in global health, saving the lives of 4.6 million children and 200,000 mothers, advancing an end to malaria and preventing future infectious disease outbreaks. Watch this panel
Global Health. Photo: 

Kendra Helmer / USAID
Partnerships. Photo: Ellie Van Houtte / USAID
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“A lot of governments aspire to not need aid. They want investment.” — Elizabeth Littlefield, President and CEO of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation

Our progress: The U.S. Government has mobilized more than $100 billion from the private sector to lift developing nations out of poverty since 2008. This approach leverages non-traditional partners​. Watch this panel
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“Working with the younger population is our best hope to advancing economic growth.” — Dana J. Hyde, CEO of Millennium Challenge Corporation

Our progress: The U.S. Government is working to support the next generation of leaders around the world through Young Leaders Initiatives, entrepreneurship programs, and Let Girls Learn. Watch this panel
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Energy. Photo: Ellie Van Houtte / USAID
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“Engines of growth cannot get started in Africa without access to power.” — Leocadia I. Zak, Director, U.S. Trade and Development Agency

Our progress: Access to energy is fundamental to economic prosperity, but nearly two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africa lacks power. Through Power Africa, the U.S. Government supports projects that are expected to connect more than 10 million people to power. Watch this panel