News of Note - June 2014

The Action Plan on Children in Adversity (APCA) is a demonstration of the U.S. Government’s commitment to greater coordinated, comprehensive and effective assistance to prevent and respond to the needs of especially vulnerable children. More than 30 offices across the U.S. Government continue to support programs and policies relevant to the APCA objectives globally. We are currently conducting a whole-of-government portfolio review and expect to report results to Congress by the end of this summer.

For the first time, in FY 2014, the Senate Committee Report called for dedicated funding for the Center for Children in Adversity (CECA) and APCA. The report recommended not less than $9.5 million toward these efforts. Final budget numbers are still in negotiation. CECA-/APCA-specific funding will complement existing appropriated money for vulnerable children, including those affected by HIV and AIDS and conflict and disaster and those who are trafficked or otherwise exploited for their labor.

In April, USAID merged the Center on Children in Adversity with the Displaced Children and Orphans Fund [PDF, 58KB] (DCOF) within the Center of Excellence for Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). This strategic move aligns program, policy, coordination, staff and budget resources to better fulfill the legislative mandate set forth under Public Law 109-95 [PDF, 45KB] and to implement APCA. DCHA’s Vulnerable Populations Manager, Rob Horvath, has assumed the role of interim U.S. Government Coordinator under PL 109-95. Rob has been a member of the DCHA/DCOF team for more than 20 years and has overseen the program for the last 4. Dr. Neil Boothby has returned to his post at Columbia University and continues to serve as senior advisor to the USAID Administrator for the APCA initiative in a part-time capacity. His leadership will help deliver on the commitments made to advance the Children in Adversity agenda. In addition to Rob and Neil, the combined team now includes:*

*Editor’s note: This list no longer reflects current staffing.