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November 2, 2011
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver Remarks

WASHINGTON, D.C. - President John F. Kennedy recognized the need to unite development into a single agency to maximize expertise. In 1961, USAID was created. Since that time, USAID has been a quiet force for progress, fostering a more peaceful and secure world.

November 1, 2011

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the 14th edition of its 2010 NGO Sustainability Index (NGOSI), a key analytical tool that measures the progress of NGOs in the Central and Eastern Europe and Eurasia (E&E) region. The Index tracks the progress of the NGO sector in twenty-nine countries over the past fourteen years. 

October 27, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In honor of USAID's 50th Anniversary, Agency Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and former Administrators Henrietta Fore, Andrew Natsios, Brian Atwood (via video) and Peter McPherson will participate in a forum hosted by the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and Chevron Corporation. The discussion will focus on USAID accomplishments in helping developing nations and advancing American values internationally over the past half-century as well as the future of the Agency and U.S.

October 26, 2011
Campaign featuring Uma Thurman, Geena Davis, Josh Hartnett, and Chanel Iman premieres at the White House

In response to the drought and famine in the Horn of Africa, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is joining the Ad Council to launch a national public awareness campaign. The campaign encourages Americans to spread awareness of the crisis, support the humanitarian organizations conducting the relief operations, and learn more about the solutions through President Obama's Feed the Future initiative.

October 25, 2011

USAID today handed over five speedboats to South Sudan's Jonglei State government, to help state authorities deter threats to community security in a part of South Sudan that has experienced significant intercommunal violence this year.

October 25, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development announced that it will invest in an innovative new credit product that could unleash the economic potential of entrepreneurs in the developing world.

October 24, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator, joined Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Rick Leach, president and CEO, World Food Program USA, in honoring the contributions made by Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates in reducing global hunger on Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Department of State. He released the following statement:

October 21, 2011
Vice President Joe Biden to Deliver the Keynote Address

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator, will join Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Rick Leach, president and CEO, World Food Program USA, in honoring the contributions made by Howard G. Buffett and Bill Gates in reducing global hunger on Monday, October 24, 2011 at the Department of State. The conference is expected to gather more than 250 leaders to discuss the importance of public and private sector efforts in addressing global hunger.

October 21, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Beth Paige took the oath of office today as the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Jordan. USAID Counselor Hilda Arellano presided over the ceremony and administered the oath.

October 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR), a leader in specialty coffee and coffeemakers, announced that they will work together to strengthen social, economic and environmental development in coffee growing communities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

October 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development and HP today announced the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that is intended to help both organizations address urgent needs of the world's poorest people. USAID and HP will seek to collaborate on projects that promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics programs, global health, the development of responsible mineral trading systems and other programs that support economic opportunity through entrepreneurship.

October 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Raj Shah presented USAID’s 2011 Global Development Alliance Excellence Award to “Helping Babies Breathe (HBB).” HBB is a partnership with Laerdal Medical, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Save the Children, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD).

October 20, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - USAID and Swiss Re today announced a three-year partnership to help vulnerable communities fight hunger, build resilience to climate change, and reduce the costs of natural disasters in the Americas, Africa and Asia.

October 19, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development today announced two new public-private partnerships in Kingston, Jamaica, designed to promote economic growth and increase educational opportunities for Jamaica's neediest people.

The Jamaican National Building Society, one of Jamaica's oldest banks, will work with USAID to create the Social Enterprise Boost Initiative, designed to create and incubate social enterprises in poor communities. The Initiative seeks to increase investment in poor communities and bring more people into the formal economy.

October 19, 2011

Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), addressed hundreds of World Vision staff members at their U.S. headquarters in Federal Way, Washington.

October 18, 2011

SEATTLE, WA. – Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), issued the following statement on behalf of the United States at the Bill and Melinda Gates Malaria Forum.

October 18, 2011

Seattle, WA – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced this week it will invest in two new projects, one that will reduce the cost and increase the availability of tools known to prevent post-partum bleeding--the leading cause of maternal death--and another that will help develop advanced technologies that are adapted for use in rural settings in the developing world.

October 18, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development and Kimberly-Clark Corporation, a global manufacturer of health and hygiene products, announced today that they will work together to improve maternal and child health in the Andean region, starting in Colombia and Ecuador.

The new partnership will link the U.S. Government's Global Health and Feed the Future initiatives to Kimberly-Clark's existing programs, which already reach thousands of new and expecting mothers in poor communities.

October 17, 2011
Five-year Partnership to Raise Incomes for 10,000 Small-scale Cacao Famers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development and Kraft Foods launched the Agency's Public-Private Partnership Week (October 17-21) by joining forces to support cacao farmers in the Dominican Republic.

October 17, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The US Agency for International Development (USAID) is supporting the development and evaluation of behavioral approaches to tackle household air pollution. Half of the world's population cooks with solid fuels on poorly functioning stoves or open fires, primarily using wood or other biomass. Nearly 2 million people, mostly women and children, die each year as a consequence of household air pollution levels that are typically 100 times greater than World Health Organization air quality guidelines.

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