Vietnam, a nation of 87 million people, plays a growing role in East Asia's growth and development. The country’s efforts to become more globally integrated have contributed to annual economic growth rates of 6 percent since 2000, enabling the country to reduce poverty by one-third.
West Bank and Gaza
U.S. foreign assistance to the West Bank and Gaza is a critical part of the U.S. commitment to a negotiated two-state solution for Palestinians and Israelis and to promoting a comprehensive peace in the Middle East. USAID’s efforts help to build a more democratic, stable and secure region, benefiting Palestinians, Israelis and Americans.
Beginning in January 2011, citizens participating in peaceful demonstrations in Yemen’s cities expressed frustration at widespread corruption, unresponsive government, and the lack of economic opportunity. In response, they were successful in advocating for a transfer of power which began a political transition that would address widely held grievances.
Although Zambia has experienced 12 straight years of impressive economic growth and its average income of $1,460 makes it a lower-middle-income country, that growth has not benefited the two-thirds of Zambians who live in poverty. Reflecting considerable U.S. Government investment over time in one of the countries most affected by HIV/AIDS, some social indicators have improved, with life expectancy at birth now at 52 years (up from 39) and maternal mortality at 591 per 100,000 live births (down from 729).
U.S. assistance in Zimbabwe is focused on promoting the country's transformation from a repressed and deeply impoverished nation to one in which the government respects democratic freedoms and seeks to meet the needs of its people. USAID will continue to promote change and provide for those adversely affected by government mismanagement by working with civil society, helping Zimbabwe's democratic forces advance reforms and providing humanitarian assistance where required.
Last updated: March 22, 2013