The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Connectivity through Trade and Investment is a five-year project funded by the U.S. government to increase economic engagement and cooperation with ASEAN member states. The program supports customs integration, trade and investment facilitation, small and medium-sized enterprises, clean and efficient energy, and information and communication technologies which are priority areas under the ASEAN-U.S. Trade and Investment Framework Arrangement, Enhanced Economic Engagement Initiative, and Enhanced Partnership Plan of Action.
The heaviest rainfall in recorded history caused widespread floods and some 2,000 landslides across Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in May 2014, destroying everything in their path and affecting one-quarter of the country’s population. Bridges, roads and other infrastructure were damaged extensively. Some 80,000 homes were lost or damaged. Businesses and farms incurred minor to total losses of crops and animals, places of business, inventories, equipment and machinery, and most businesses were still not functioning three months later. Damages and losses are estimated at more than $2 billion. New flooding in early August was a setback to recovery efforts, and in some areas was more damaging than the May floods.
In 2003, upon the request of the Government of Nepal, USAID provided technical and financial support to institutionalize the newly formed Peace Secretariat and the peace negotiation process. This assistance eventually led to the USAID-supported Nepal Transition to Peace (NTTP) Initiative in 2005.
The Strengthening Political Parties, Electoral and Legislative Processes (SPPELP) project is a five-year, $26.5 million effort that supports political parties, electoral institutions, legislative processes, and civil society organizations to promote a more stable and peaceful democracy in Nepal.
Singha Durbar is a two-year, $1.003 million project that seeks to mitigate public disillusionment and dissatisfaction towards the Government and political process using multi-media communications and story-telling approaches.
Addressing conflict in local communities.
The Conflict Mitigation through Community Mediation project aims to increase mutual understanding among the conflicting groups and improve relationships between marginalized groups and their local governments, working together to resolve differences.
Health officials continue to report increased numbers of EVD cases in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Humanitarian actors report that additional EVD treatment units (ETU) and trained health care staff are urgently needed. The U.S. Government (USG) continues to provide relief commodities and technical assistance in EVD-affected areas.
Last updated: November 27, 2014