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USAID, Donors Should Integrate Sustainability Into All Programs

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Fron Nahzi, global business development director, Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives at Arizona State University

“Next week the White House will host the first Africa Leaders’ Summit. The Summit will focus on expanding U.S. support for Africa’s democratic development and solidify America’s commitment to the African people. The summit is a good opportunity for U.S. government aid agencies like the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to integrate new innovative solutions to water, energy, transportation, and livelihood issues into their foreign aid programs. … Ideally, USAID and other donors should make sustainability an umbrella aspect of their political, social, and economic development programming. At a minimum, donors should include it as a sub-component in their diverse portfolio of aid programs. However, minimum as such a step may be, USAID is well positioned to drive both the international organizations, foreign governments, and indigenous civil society organizations to take a more proactive role in creating a more sustainable future” (7/28).