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May 31, 2015

The United States today re-affirmed its strong commitment to the people of Jordan by signing a third sovereign loan guarantee agreement with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.  This loan guarantee agreement is part of a broader U.S. commitment to help ensure Jordanian stability, security, and economic growth. 

May 27, 2015

In an effort to continue essential support for millions of the world's most food insecure people, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) delivered another 47,500 metric tons of sorghum to Sudan. This food, supplied through USAID's Office of Food for Peace, will support the UN World Food Program's (WFP) efforts to feed millions of Sudanese children and displaced persons suffering from hunger and malnutrition.

May 19, 2015

U.S.Agency for International Development (USAID) Senior Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Coordinator Todd Larson and U.S. Department of State's Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons Randy Berry will travel to Jamaica May 20 - 22.

May 19, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional $9 million in assistance dedicated to earthquake response and recovery efforts.  The announcement brings the total amount of U.S. humanitarian assistance for the disaster to nearly $47 million, including: $32.5 million in funding from USAID and $14.3 million from the U.S. Department of Defense.

May 18, 2015

The United States today reaffirmed its strong commitment to the people of Ukraine by signing a $1 billion sovereign loan guarantee agreement with the Government of Ukraine. The guarantee will help the Government of Ukraine continue to institute reforms that tackle corruption, improve the business climate, put the economy on a sustainable path to growth, and make government more responsive to the people.

May 15, 2015

We were deeply saddened to learn today that the missing U.S. military helicopter carrying six U.S. Marines and two Nepalese soldiers went down while delivering humanitarian aid to survivors of the earthquakes in Nepal. This tragedy is a testament to the deep commitment of dedicated service members who risk their own lives to save vulnerable people around the world.

May 12, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Eric Postel will visit Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone May 13-20. His trip will focus on USAID's development assistance supporting post-Ebola recovery efforts in West Africa.

May 5, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Susan Markham will travel to Cambodia May 5-8.

Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt announced an additional $11 million in assistance for Nepal earthquake response and recove
May 5, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt announced an additional $11 million in assistance for Nepal earthquake response and recovery efforts, bringing the total U.S. humanitarian assistance for this disaster to nearly $26 million.

May 4, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt will travel to Nepal today to assess the damage caused by the April 25 earthquake and to demonstrate USAID's continued support to the people of Nepal. USAID's Assistant Administrator for Asia Jonathan Stivers will accompany him.

April 30, 2015

"I am pleased that President Obama has announced today his intent to nominate Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator. I know our entire USAID family will welcome Gayle to lead our Agency at this time of unprecedented need around the globe.

April 28, 2015

Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Alfonso Lenhardt, will deliver remarks to announce the release of the 2015 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) report today at 4:00 p.m. in the press briefing room at the Department of State.

April 27, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced an additional $9 million in assistance for the Nepal earthquake response and recovery efforts, bringing total USAID humanitarian funding to $10 million. USAID has also activated search and rescue teams from Fairfax County, VA and Los Angeles County, CA as part of its Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART).

April 25, 2015

Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck central Nepal today, affecting more than 6.6 million people and causing widespread damage and destruction. USAID is deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to the region and is providing an initial $1 million in emergency assistance as we assess humanitarian needs in cooperation with the Government of Nepal.

April 24, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today a three-year Worker Empowerment Program in Bangladesh to support labor rights, union organizing, and women's empowerment in the ready-made garment sector. The announcement coincides with the second anniversary of the April 24, 2013 Rana Plaza garment factory collapse in Dhaka that killed over 1,100 workers and injured over 2,500.

April 24, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein will be in Brasilia, Brazil April 23-24 and in Bogota, Colombia.

April 24, 2015

The United States announced the commitment of more than $16 million in new humanitarian assistance for nutrition, shelter, water and health services for people suffering from the ongoing effects of the conflict that began in South Sudan in December 2013.

April 23, 2015

On behalf of USAID, our deepest condolences go out to the family of American aid worker Dr. Warren Weinstein who was killed in the border region of Afghanistan and Pakistan while being held hostage by al-Qa'ida.

April 22, 2015
U.S. and international community awarded for groundbreaking desalination technologies

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Bureau of Reclamation (USBR), in partnership with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, announced today the winners of the Desal Prize, the second call for Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development.

April 22, 2015

Today, on the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge to combat illegal wildlife trade. USAID invites organizations and individuals to submit innovative science and technology solutions to help combat the illegal trade in marine and terrestrial wildlife. Successful applicants could win up to $500,000 as well as technical assistance and networking opportunities to scale their solutions.

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