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October 15, 2014

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced nearly $142 million in humanitarian projects and grants to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Shah made the announcement after meeting with President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia in the capital city of Monrovia.

October 15, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced Katie Taylor as interim Child and Maternal Survival Coordinator, focused on the goal of ending preventable maternal and child deaths.

October 10, 2014

 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Senegal Oct. 13-17, to meet with national and local officials, aid organizations, and staff coordinating the international response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. USAID is helping to coordinate an aggressive U.S. Government response to the Ebola outbreak that leverages broad expertise and personnel from several federal departments and agencies, including the Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, and State, as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

October 9, 2014

Today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the SPRING initiative, a partnership aiming to accelerate economic empowerment for girls. The project, with initial funding of $29 million, will help businesses bring products to market that enable girls to learn, earn, invest and save. The announcement commemorates International Day of the Girl, celebrated each year on October 11 to promote the rights of girls and address the unique challenges they face.

October 8, 2014
Spotlight on U.S. Government’s efforts to end global hunger through Feed the Future

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant to the Administrator for Food Security Tjada McKenna will travel to Des Moines, Iowa, October 14-16, to participate in the Borlaug Dialogue International Symposium as part of the 2014 World Food Prize events.

October 8, 2014

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced it will partner with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) to support the newly formed Global Partners’ Working Group on School-related Gender-based Violence. Through this $400,000, two-year grant, USAID will work with UNICEF to combat school-related gender-based violence at all levels. By working to defeat this barrier to girls’ education, the program will enable more girls to contribute to their families and societies, a critical step toward ending extreme poverty.

October 7, 2014
Five-year expansion aims to promote, scale creative solutions to reduce maternal and newborn mortality in low-income communities

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and other Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partners announced today they aim to invest an additional $50 million to save the lives of mothers and newborns in developing countries. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah made the announcement at the annual Grand Challenges Meeting at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, joining the Government of Norway, the Gates Foundation, and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) in the new pledge.

October 7, 2014
Call for ideas opens today; focus on solutions in protective gear and frontline tools

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah today launched the Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development with a call to innovators around the world to submit ideas focused on improving the tools used by frontline healthcare workers in the fight against Ebola in West Africa. The initial focus of the Challenge, as announced by President Obama on Sept. 26, is to generate pioneering solutions to improve the personal protective equipment (PPE) and tools used by healthcare workers battling Ebola. Shah detailed the initiative today at the Grand Challenges Annual Meeting in Seattle, Wash.

Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein at the launch of the Expand the Research and Innovation Fellowship Program
October 6, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today more than $3 million in new fellowships to support graduate students at six leading U.S. universities. Through the U.S. Global Development Lab’s Expand the Research and Innovation (RI) Fellowship Program, USAID and Arizona State University, Rutgers University, The University of Notre Dame, University of California-Berkeley, University of Chicago, and the University of California-Davis will work to support cutting edge science and technology research that addresses development challenges.

October 2, 2014
Innovation, Child Maternal Health focus of agenda

In Seattle on Oct. 7, the Administrator will attend the annual Grand Challenges Meeting for Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development. Grand Challenges partners include USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the UK Department for International Development (DFID).  Administrator Shah and partners will address the next phase of Grand Challenges.

October 1, 2014

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to Atlanta October 2 to participate in the annual Catalyst Conference where he will talk to the faith community about USAID’s mission to end extreme poverty around the world by 2030 as well as USAID’s response to global crises like the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Administrator Shah will engage in a question and answer session with Catalyst Conference Director Tyler Reagin on the main stage at 10:15 a.m. EDT.

September 30, 2014

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Global Health Ariel Pablos-Mendez is in Cape Town, South Africa through October 3 for the Third Global Symposium on Health Systems Research. The conference focuses on cutting-edge research that addresses the development of people-centered health systems.

September 29, 2014
USAID, DOD delegation to visit Ebola-affected region

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg will be in Liberia September 30 through October 2 as a part of a U.S. Government delegation led by Department of Defense Assistant Secretary for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict Michael Lumpkin. The delegation is meeting with local officials, aid organizations, and staff coordinating the U.S. Government’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

September 29, 2014

We commend Dr. Ghani and Dr. Abdullah on the formation of a government of national unity, which offers a decisive way forward for the Afghan people.

September 25, 2014

GE Africa (NYSE: GE) and the United States African Development Foundation (USADF) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced 22 winners in the second round of their Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge. Selected from nearly 300 applicants, each winner will receive a grant of up to $100,000 to support the deployment of off-grid solutions that put renewable resources
to work to power increased economic activity.

September 24, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced up to $90 million in funding over five years for education programs in Lebanon and Jordan, in support of the No Lost Generation Initiative. The funding will go toward strengthening the school systems, the education curriculum and social cohesion for Lebanese and Jordanian communities, and the Syrian refugees they are hosting.

September 24, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a $10 million award to the UN World Food Program to provide food assistance to close to 220,000 people most severely affected by drought and coffee rust in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Secretary John Kerry and USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein announced the U.S. Government support at a meeting with the three foreign ministers in advance of the UN General Assembly.

September 23, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today awarded Kansas State University a $50 million grant to establish a Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Sustainable Intensification. The grant supports USAID’s agricultural research and capacity building work under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative.

September 23, 2014
New Fund Models a Venture Capital Approach to Solving Global Development Challenges

The United States, United Kingdom, Swedish, and Australian Governments, in partnership with Omidyar Network, a philanthropic investment firm, announced today the launch of a new $200 million Global Innovation Fund (GIF) headquartered in London at the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Countdown event on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. Speaking together, UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah outlined the ambitious global vision and scope of the new Fund, which will invest in social innovations that aim to improve the lives and opportunities of millions of people in the developing world. The Global Innovation Fund uses a venture capital-like approach to investing in a wide range of social innovations, drawing on the success of the industry to discover and support innovative ventures that have the potential to scale across the developing world.

September 22, 2014

Illegal rhino horn trade has reached the highest levels since the early 1990s, and illegal trade in ivory increased by nearly 300 percent from 1998 to 2011, according to a new report by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partner TRAFFIC. “This report provides critical insights into often violent and complex trade networks that will help countries target their law enforcement efforts. Wildlife trafficking not only endangers rhinos, elephants, and many other wildlife species, but also threatens national and international security as well as local livelihoods,” said Eric Postel, Assistant Administrator at USAID. 

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