Search-and-rescue operations resume following the magnitude 7.3 aftershock that struck Nepal’s Dolakha District on May 12. USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) urban search-and-rescue (USAR) personnel rescue a 41-year-old woman in Dolakha’s Singati village. Preliminary reports from the GoN indicate that the May 12 aftershock affected 32 of Nepal’s 75 districts and resulted in at least 65 deaths and more than 1,900 injuries.
With 28 resource partners including non-governmental organizations, bilateral donors and corporations, USAID has built the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT¹) Global Development Partnership in support of LGBT human rights and equality around the world. This transformational 16 million dollar, four year public-private partnership spans 15 countries where USAID works and represents the largest investment to increase human rights, accountability, economic development, sustainability and protections for LGBT persons worldwide. Since its official launch in April 2013, the Partnership has supported the efforts of local LGBT advocates and communities in Africa, Asia, Europe & Eurasia and Latin America & the Caribbean.
At USAID, equal access to foreign aid is not only a matter of human rights, but also critical to holistic, comprehensive and inclusive development. USAID proudly champions LGBTI interests in our policies, practices and initiatives. The Agency has a long history of advancing human rights by supporting and assisting marginalized and vulnerable populations. We continue to make progress, taking a lead role in promoting LGBTI-equality efforts through the integration of rights and empowerment in policies and programming.
In coordination with the GoN, national and international relief actors continue response and early recovery efforts in Nepal. International donors have contributed more than $139.3 million—including $42.3 million toward the $423 million flash appeal for Nepal—for humanitarian activities in response to the April 25 earthquake.
After more than 10 days, relief actors have now reached all 39 affected districts in Nepal and are beginning to refine priority humanitarian needs, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). Relief actors caution that a more robust response is urgently needed to mitigate the impact of the upcoming monsoon rains on earthquake-affected communities. To date, the U.S. Government (USG) has provided more than $29 million in humanitarian assistance for Nepal.
USAID contributes an additional $11 million for earthquake response efforts in Nepal, bringing total U.S. Government (USG) humanitarian assistance to nearly $28 million. Additional U.S. military aircraft arrived in Nepal on May 6 to support GoN and international relief efforts. Although life in Nepal’s capital city of Kathmandu is beginning to normalize, relief actors report that the humanitarian situation in remote and hard-to-reach areas remains concerning.
USAID supports the Somali Joint Health and Nutrition Program (JHNP), a multi-donor fund managed by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) that strengthens health systems and service delivery across Somalia. By supporting quality reproductive, maternal, new-born, and child health (RMNCH) and nutrition services that are accessible and affordable, JHNP continues to improve the health and nutrition status of the Somali people and reduces maternal and child mortality.
USAID’s Partnership for Economic Growth (PEG) facilitates collaboration between local governments and the private sector to accelerate economic growth, increase investment, and generate productive employment across Somalia. By working with small and medium enterprises, producer organizations, women’s groups, trade and business associations, community-based organizations, and government counterparts, PEG is improving the investment climate across Somalia, creating jobs, and introducing new and better products to the local market. PEG also works with all levels of government across all Somali regions to support the development of policies and regulatory frameworks that create an enabling environment for business growth.
USAID’s Strengthening Somali Governance (SSG) is a nationwide activity to support the development of effective and accountable governance across Somalia. With a focus on delivering credible political processes envisioned under the Federal Government of Somalia’s Vision 2016 roadmap, SSG will support efforts to enhance government outreach, increase citizen participation, improve the functional capacity of key government institutions, and expand women’s empowerment and leadership. SSG will also seek to develop the capacity of governance institutions in Somaliland and Puntland, as well as newly-emerging states and interim authorities, given their critical role in Somalia’s political future.
USAID’s Transition Initiatives for Stabilization (TIS) program seeks to increase confidence in all levels of government through targeted, strategic interventions that improve service delivery and government responsiveness. Through TIS, Somali government institutions, the private sector, and civil society collaborate to design, evaluate, and deliver projects with a quick and lasting impact on the lives of Somali citizens in critical risk areas.
Last updated: May 28, 2015