Washington DC, 15 April 2023 (TDI): USAID Administrator, Samantha Power and United Kingdom (UK)’s Minister of State for Development and Africa in the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Andrew Mitchell met today.
The purpose was to discuss efforts to counter transnational corruption, combat food insecurity, support climate adaptation, and humanitarian and development assistance initiatives, particularly in drought-stricken regions of the Horn of Africa.
The meeting, which took place in the wake of the recent Summit for Democracy Cohort on Financial Transparency Integrity (FTI), highlighted the importance of addressing issues related to transnational corruption.
The two officials discussed opportunities to expand issues around USAID’s FTI Accelerator, a program designed to direct programmatic resources and technical assistance toward preventing and responding to transnational corruption.
In addition to discussing efforts to counter corruption, the officials also talked about supporting climate adaptation and the challenges facing communities in drought-stricken areas of the Horn of Africa.
Therefore, they expressed a shared commitment to addressing these challenges through humanitarian and development assistance initiatives.
During the meeting, the two officials also discussed USAID’s Democracy Delivers initiative, which focuses on supporting democratic institutions and promoting good governance in countries around the world.
Likewise, they exchanged views on the role of the initiative in promoting transparency and accountability, and how it can help to prevent corruption and support democratic values.
Furthermore, the USAID Administrator and UK Minister addressed the issue of the People’s Republic of China’s involvement in development.
They talked about the importance of ensuring that development projects are transparent, accountable, and sustainable, and discussed ways in which the international community can work together to achieve these goals.
Overall, the meeting was productive and highlighted the importance of international cooperation in addressing some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
Both officials expressed a commitment to working together to promote transparency, accountability, and good governance, and to support communities in need.