USAID Mission Director Signs Governance, Environment and Health Amendment Agreements with Minister of Finance

USAID Mission Director Susan Sawhill Riley and Minister of Finance and Budget Rakotoarimanana Gervais have signed three grant agreement amendments for support to Madagascar’s governance, environment and health. The Minister of Water, Hygiene and Sanitation, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Interior and Decentralization, the Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment, Ecology, the Sea and Forests also attended the ceremony and the Director General of the Ministry of Public Health.

Through the amended agreements, entitled “Governance in Targeted Areas Improved”, “Biologically Diverse Forest Ecosystems Conserved,” and “Sustainable Health Impacts Accelerated for the Malagasy People” the United States will provide this year $58,298,504 towards achieving these important goals for Madagascar.

The Governance agreement aims to strengthen civil society, improve the flow of information between citizens and their leaders, and support government responsiveness and more outlets for citizen participation.  The environment agreement seeks to improve forest management systems, maintain the biological integrity of critical biodiversity habitats, promote alternatives to slash and burn practices, increase investments and partnerships in natural resource management, and improve environmental governance.  As for the health agreement, its objectives include promoting maternal and child health, improving access to family planning, intensifying essential nutrition activities, reducing infectious diseases, improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene, improving food security, and reducing vulnerability to natural disasters.

“It is an important day as we are formalizing the commitments of our two governments to work in the areas of governance, environment, and health” said Director Riley.  “We look forward to continuing our close working relationship with the Government of Madagascar.”