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Our Work

Working in Crises and Conflict

USAID is working to decrease the influence of extremist groups with programs in Mauritania and other nearby countries. We help governments and local partners undermine extremist messages and create partnerships with populations that might be vulnerable to extremist influence. With a special emphasis on young people, this program creates economic opportunities and increases legitimate civic and political participation through the following activities:

  • Developing legal economic opportunities;
  • Supporting moderate media messages;
  • Engaging marginalized communities;
  • Conducting peace-building efforts; and
  • Supporting good governance.

In April 2012, the U.S. Ambassador to Mauritania declared a complex emergency due to food insecurity created by the arrival of nearly 64,000 Malian refugees in eastern Mauritania. People in that region of Mauritania were already struggling to feed themselves, and the refugees placed a great strain on food supplies and water and sanitation services. USAID worked in partnership with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to address the needs of these communities.

Since the April disaster declaration, the number of Malian refugees in Mauritania has risen even higher. USAID continues to support the refugee host communities through activities including:

  • Distributing seeds and emergency food assistance;
  • Providing cash and temporary employment opportunities;
  • Supporting acute malnutrition programs;
  • Increasing access to safe drinking water; and
  • Helping other humanitarian organizations gain access to those in need.

Last updated: August 26, 2013

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