Global Poverty Legislation

global poverty bills

electrify africa act PASSED!!!

The Problem: It takes power to power societies, but 70 percent of people in sub-Sahara Africa lack access to electricity. This causes schools, hospitals and businesses to be decades behind the rest of the world. With more people dying every year from indoor smoke inhalation than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined, it goes without saying that lack of access to electricity is one of the biggest health issues facing Africa.

The Bill: The Electrify Africa Act provides 50 million people with access to electricity. The legislation builds on the success of the Power Africa initiative.

What to say when calling Congress: “Hello, I’m a Borgen Project supporter and I would like you to support the Electrify Africa Act.”

reach every mother and child act

The Problem: Everyday 800 women die from preventable causes related to childbirth and pregnancy. Over 17,000 kids under the age of 5 day every day from preventable issues.

The Bill: The Reach Every Mother and Child Act will help save the lives of 600,000 women and 15 million children by 2020.

What to say when calling Congress: “Hello, I’m a Borgen Project supporter and I would like you to support the Reach Every Mother and Child Act.”

M-Core Act

The Problem: Current law prevents the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) from operating more than one assistance agreement (or compact) in any country at any given time. This significantly limits the agency’s ability to implement much-needed assistance programs in the developing world.

The Bill: The Millennium Compacts for Regional Economic Integration (M-CORE) Act would give MCC the authority to develop a second concurrent compact with countries to spur regional economic development.

What to say when calling Congress: “Hello, I’m a Borgen Project supporter and I would like you to support the Millennium Compacts for Regional Economic Integration (M-CORE) Act.”

food for peace reform act

The Problem: The current system for providing emergency food aid is outdated and taking too long to provide life-saving aid.

The Bill: The Food for Peace Reform Act generates $440 million in efficiency savings and feeds 9 million more people per year… At no additional cost to taxpayers! This bill allows the U.S. to provide emergency food aid (during wars, disasters, famine, etc.) in the quickest, most cost-effective way possible.

What to say when calling Congress: “Hello, I’m a Borgen Project supporter and I would like you to support the Food for Peace Reform Act.”

Global Food Security Act

The Problem: Over 795 million people globally are chronically hungry (1 in 9).

The Bill: The Global Food Security Act builds on the success of the Feed the Future initiative by continuing critical investments in poor farmers.

What to say when calling Congress: “Hello, I’m a Borgen Project supporter and I would like you to support the Global Food Security Act.”

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The Problem: 
Without question, there is always room to improve transparency in government and this bill will improve methodology for tracking aid.

The Bill: Improves monitoring and evaluation of programs.

What to say when calling Congress: “Hello, I’m a Borgen Project supporter and I would like you to support the Foreign Aid Transparency and Accountability Act.”

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Did you know? If a bill number starts with an “S.” that means the bill is in the Senate. If the bill starts with “H.R.” that means the bill is in the House. For example, in the Senate the Electrify Africa Act is bill number S. 2152, but in the House the Electrify Africa Act is H.R. 2847.

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