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August 1, 2013

Today, United States Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah swore in John Groarke as Mission Director to Haiti. As Mission Director, Groarke will oversee USAID’s programs in infrastructure and energy, food and economic security, health and other basic services, and rule of law and governance.

August 1, 2013

Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah and Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution Dr. G. Wayne Clough signed a memorandum of understanding at the Smithsonian Institution, expanding cooperation between the two agencies in areas such as conservation research, wildlife monitoring, data sharing, cultural preservation, and educational programming.

July 31, 2013
53 finalists, development experts, and potential funders to be featured at DevelopmentXChange

The Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development today announced 22 Round 3 award nominees from a pool of 53 finalists – innovators who descended on Washington for three days to showcase bold, new ideas to save the lives of mothers and newborns in developing countries with aspirations of international funding to realize their vision.

July 31, 2013

 As U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Islamabad today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report on development assistance to Pakistan.  As part of USAID’s commitment to transparency for its second largest country program, the report measures development milestones reached relative to aid dollars spent.

July 31, 2013

The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has pledged an additional $5 million to transport urgent, life-saving assistance to communities displaced by recent violence in South Sudan’s Jonglei State. 

July 30, 2013

With its new update to the Foreign Assistance Dashboard (www.foreignassistance.gov), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is releasing financial data and information in more detail than ever before. For the first time, members of the public can download and search data showing which vendors received Agency funding and how much they spent in a given time period.

July 30, 2013

Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade Francisco Sánchez will deliver opening remarks at a Doing Business in Africa (DBIA) forum hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce on July 30. The forum will feature a pair of panel discussions highlighting the many business opportunities for U.S. companies interested in trade and investment in Africa. Sanchez’s remarks will highlight current investment and operations in Africa, as well as the support available to U.S. companies interested in exporting to the continent.

July 29, 2013

The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced today a new $4.3 million partnership with Arizona State University's (ASU) Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College to share educational best practices with Indian teachers.

July 25, 2013

Today, at the U.S. launch of the Feed the Future 2013 Progress Report, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced two new Feed the Future Innovation Labs to improve climate resilience in some of Africa’s main cereal crops and increase private sector investment that can help smallholder farmers. The two new labs include the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Collaborative Research on Sorghum & Millet and the Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Food Security Policy. These Innovation Labs draw on the expertise of top universities around the country and represent a new model of development, using science and technology to address our greatest challenges in agriculture and food security.

July 24, 2013
Participants from Rwanda, South Sudan, Paraguay, Armenia and the U.S. Gather for Education Strategy Sessions on Promoting a Shared Vision for Women’s Leadership in Critical Development Sectors

The critical issues surrounding women’s leadership and gender equality are taking center stage this week at a partners meeting hosted by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Higher Education for Development (HED).

July 23, 2013

Yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Yunus Social Business (YSB) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to work together to promote entrepreneurship and the development of “social businesses” in vulnerable and underserved communities around the world and to collaborate on the development of social business incubator funds in a targeted set of developing countries.  These incubator funds will provide financing as well as advisory support to selected social businesses that are poised to grow and scale up their impact.

July 23, 2013
Finalists in SL@B Grand Challenge for Development descend on DevelopmentXChange event in D.C.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) will host a DevelopmentXChange event for “Saving Lives at Birth”: A Grand Challenge for Development July 31.

July 23, 2013

Yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released a report on "Twenty Years of U.S. Economic Assistance to Eastern Europe and Eurasia," at a discussion hosted by the Brookings Institution. The program included a panel discussion with U.S. Department of State Special Coordinator for Middle East Transitions Ambassador William Taylor, Booz Allen Hamilton Senior Vice President Donald L. Pressley, and former USAID Mission Director Craig Buck. Brookings Senior Fellow George Ingram moderated the session.

July 23, 2013

Yesterday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced 16 new health research projects in 10 countries, which will focus on addressing some of the world’s most pressing health challenges.  Through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Health competitive grants program, USAID will directly support scientists from developing countries working on research projects with NIH funded scientists. The projects are the first to be funded through an initiative designed to foster collaborative global research in critical areas of health and disease research.

July 23, 2013
MEDIA ADVISORY

On July 25, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will join former United States Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, as well as Members of Congress and participants from civil society and the research community, to participate in a high-level panel discussing the 2013 Feed the Future Progress Report and continued U.S. engagement on global food security as highlighted by President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Africa.

July 22, 2013

On July 19, Larry Meserve was sworn in as Mission Director to Sudan.

July 19, 2013

We are gravely concerned by the serious escalation of the humanitarian crisis in Pibor County in South Sudan’s Jonglei State. As many as 120,000 civilians have fled their homes as a result of recent spikes in the ongoing battle between state and non-state armed actors and inter-communal clashes.

July 19, 2013

Media Advisory

On July 22, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus will participate in a town hall discussion with USAID staff. 

July 19, 2013

Media Advisory

On July 22, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will release its report, “Twenty Years of U.S. Economic Assistance to Eastern Europe and Eurasia” at an event hosted by the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. The program will also include a discussion on U.S. economic assistance to post-communist Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union countries.

July 19, 2013

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Brasserie Nationale d’Haiti S.A (BRANA), a Haitian brewery owned by Heineken, have signed a memorandum of understanding  (MOU) to improve the livelihoods of Haitian farmers by sourcing locally grown sorghum.

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