Since 1991, Ukraine’s development trajectory has taken the country from a command to a market-based economy. The United States Government maintains a strategic interest in helping Ukraine’s transition toward greater democracy and a sustainable free market economy. Over the last 20 years USAID has provided $1.8 billion in critical development assistance in support of the Ukrainian people. Much of this development assistance has helped Ukrainians experience increased political freedoms, stronger transparency guarantees, and more economic and social opportunities.
Developing an independent, stable, prosperous and democratic Central Asia along Afghanistan’s border is vital to regional and global security, and Uzbekistan plays a pivotal role in the heart of the region. As Central Asia’s most populous country, Uzbekistan’s extensive natural resources and transportation links make it a potential force for economic growth and stability in the region.
West Africa Regional
West Africa’s tremendous resources—human, agricultural, and mineral—are dogged by political instability, poor governance, environmental degradation, disease, extreme poverty, and lack of private investment opportunities. To combat these challenges, USAID’s West Africa Regional Mission, located in Accra, Ghana, implements innovative regional activities to address trans-boundary issues, as well as activities in countries where there is no USAID mission.
West Bank and Gaza
The U.S. Government is dedicated to achieving a comprehensive and sustainable peace between Israelis and Palestinians based on a two-track approach: first, resumed political negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians to reach a two-state solution, and second, support for Palestinian institution-building, to govern transparently and provide critical services to its people. U.S. foreign assistance to the West Bank and Gaza helps 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: April 18, 2014