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May 8, 2015

New Delhi, India – This week, U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt announced a new $1.5 million, three-year award to the Indian Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA), the world’s largest women’s cooperative, with a membership exceeding 1.9 million.  SEWA will partner with government and civil society stakeholders in Afghanistan and India to train more than 3,000 Afghan women across five provinces in vocational skills including embroidery, garment stitching, food processing and jewelry making, as well as in leadership and marketing.

Making the announcement during his visit to SEWA’s Hansiba store in New Delhi, Acting Administrator Lenhardt said, “The strategic partnership among the U.S., Indian, and Afghan governments is a significant contribution to regional stability and prosperity.  The empowerment of women and girls is essential for sustained peace and progress.  By partnering with such an immensely talented and committed organization as SEWA, our three governments are helping thousands of Afghan women lead healthy and productive lives.” 

April 1, 2015

U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma today visited a migrant slum community of cricket bat makers to see an innovative, low-cost, decentralized solar energy home lighting system designed by the Solar Electric Light Company (SELCO) for this labor community.

March 21, 2015

New Delhi: The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), celebrated the 2015 International Day of Forests today by launching the “Forests are Life” campaign. The campaign, developed in partnership with JC Decaux and Vertiver, will connect people to the beauty and multidimensionality of forests through graphics inspired by Indian folk and tribal art.

January 27, 2015

During his historic second visit to India, President Obama commended Prime Minister Modi’s Jan Dhan initiative to prioritize financial inclusion for all of India’s citizens. As part of the President’s pledge of U.S. support for this vital Government of India goal, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to announce that over twenty key U.S., Indian, and international private sector organizations intend to partner with USAID in support of the Government of India’s program to expand meaningful access to financial services and lay the foundation for a world-leading, inclusive digital economy.

January 20, 2015

IL&FS Cluster Development Initiative (IL&FS Clusters) launched the India-Kenya Dairy Innovation Bridge Program (IKDIBP) on Friday, the 16th of January. The program is jointly funded by USAID India and IL&FS Clusters. Heifer International, Kenya is the technical partner and will work with IL&FS Clusters in implementing the program in Kenya.

January 13, 2015

The Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) has partnered with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to advance the Swachh Bharat Clean India Mission, launched by the Government of India on October 2, 2014.

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