USAID Introduces IMPACTblog

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
May 11, 2010
USAID's Impact Blog

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah introduced USAID's new blog, IMPACTblog, on May 11, 2010. Administrator Shah hopes IMPACTblog will be a place where individuals can share projects occurring throughout the world.

To see IMPACTblog, click here.



Donald M.
Virginia, USA
May 12, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

5 12 10

How does the State Department become self sufficient without asking congress for funds?

Wouldn't it be the smartest power of the world if our own State Department can prove "Can Do Attitude" towards becoming solvent to the American people?

The ironic part is, can the day happen when the State Department can say to Congress, NO Thanks, we are blessed with the ability to grow crops, make money and no longer need to borrow. This concept would show courage, it would show pride, and it would also show our strength, and it would also make the State Department be very strong not weak.

Answer: People are asked to donate funds for natural disasters, and yet even today nobody truly knows how much of the money actually reaches the disaster areas. What I believe should happen, is the State Department could look at this idea, lands in the States owned by the Federal Government that sit idle, could be used for farming, plowing, and of course harvesting crops for the very emergencies our Government helps other Nations out with, so the concept is simple, someone in the Government knows exactly how much land just sits and does nothing. Wouldn't it behove our Government to start using this land, put people to work and use the crops for USAID to help victims around the world?

When the EU can borrow a trillion dollars, how long before our Nation is broke, and then you won't have the money to borrow, then what would the State Department do?


One day the cash cow, US Congress won't have the money to lend. Then it would be too late to forward think how you could of had a harvest and helped people.

"A man or woman can do nothing all spring and expect everything, and will receive nothing, a man or woman who plants a garden, works hard, seeds and fertilizes and waters, by fall has a harvest. The one who plants will eat with blessings. Which of the two are you?

Godbless everyone!!! Hint...plant a seed something will grow...

Patrick C.
District Of Columbia, USA
May 12, 2010

Patrick C. in Washington, DC writes:

Let me commend the Administrator for not shying away from innovative approaches to increase understanding of what USAID has done, is doing, and can do in the future.

Of the many ways a Blog could be useful, here are the first five thoughts that occur to me:

1. Bottom Up and Top Down: Explain both the top-down and bottom-up power of development and humanitarian assistance; that is, includes vignettes about how our assistance is helping individuals and villages but also vignettes about how we are helping to transform countries and regions.

2. History: Recall historical cases in which USAID (and its precursor Marshall Plan) played a hugely catalytic role in restoring Europe, encouraging the rise of Asian tigers, triggered a green revolution, and brought about economic growth in countries like Chile.

3. USAID Heroes: Highlight the heroic, the innovative, and the ingenious. The American people should know some of the amazing stories about individuals who are working or have worked at USAID and some of their accomplishments and what brought them to USAID in the first place.

4. International Cooperation: The United States is as generous as any major power in history, and yet it is often accused of being stingy, not playing by the rules, and seeking to go it alone. In fact, the United States is working even more closely to align its approaches with other major donors, and its practices stand in sharp and favorable contrast to some countries whose main interest in providing assistance is mercantilist and simply after natural resources. Tell some of the ways in which the United States is working well to lead or support wider international efforts in development assistance.

5. A Better Tomorrow: People are anxious about an array of complex trends that can easily be woven into a nightmarish future scenario. From urbanization and resource scarcity, to pandemics and weak institutions, the problems almost look insurmountable before we put our heads together to find solutions or better ways to manage problems. Start with a big problem and explain some of the ways USAID is helping to contribute to solutions.

There are many other stories that could fill up this blog in the future. These are just five that occur to me. I look forward to some interesting reading.

Patrick C.
Center for a New American Security


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