United States Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to Burma February 27-28. USAID is delivering on commitments made during Dr. Shah's last visit in March 2013, rapidly mobilizing support to partner with the people of Burma to deepen and strengthen reform.
With the establishment of a formal USAID mission in Myanmar in 2012, the United States recognizes the recent reform efforts as the most significant opportunity in decades to engage with the people of Myanmar. And we are hard at work. In fact, USAID Administrator Dr. Shah is scheduled to be in Myanmar later this week to continue momentum on key issues.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the three winning partnerships selected under its Higher Education Partnerships to Support the U.S.-Burma Commitment to Democracy, Peace and Prosperity. These partnerships build upon President Obama’s call to “extend a hand” to Burma in its progress toward democracy.
USAID has been providing humanitarian assistance to Burma since 2000. In 2008, our efforts scaled up in response to the devastation of Cyclone Nargis. From 2008 to 2012, the United States has provided a total of $196 million in bilateral foreign assistance funding to support humanitarian needs, promote democracy, and human rights through projects focused on civil society capacity building, health, education, and humanitarian assistance along the Thai-Burma border, in the Irrawaddy delta, and in central Burma.
USAID aims to partner with the Government of Burma, in collaboration with other development partners, civil society, the private sector, and other key stakeholders, to sustainably reduce hunger and poverty through targeted investments in agriculture and nutrition.
Last updated: March 12, 2014