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December 18, 2012

USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA) worked with 45 financial institutions in 23 countries in 2012 to unlock up to $525 million in private capital for underserved entrepreneurs in developing countries.  The financing, made available through 34 partial credit guarantees, is the most USAID has mobilized in a single year.

December 17, 2012
Moderated by ABC News Political Correspondent Cokie Roberts, the event will feature USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah, Co-Founder of Saddleback Church Kay Warren, Nobel Laureate Dr. James Heckman, Musician and Advocate Emmanuel Jal and more.

On December 19 at the White House South Court Auditorium, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) along with representatives from seven government agencies and departments will launch the first-ever, whole-of-government strategic guidance on international assistance for children in adversity.  

December 17, 2012
Visit Highlights USAID’s Commitment to Development in Pakistan

From December 10-12, Alex Thier, Assistant to the Administrator and Director of the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), traveled to Pakistan to visit USAID projects and meet with leaders from the Pakistani government, civil society, private sector, and international community.

December 12, 2012
Visit Highlights Crime Prevention, Food Security, Justice Reform, & Innovation

From December 12-18, Donald Steinberg, deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will travel with Assistant Administrator Mark Feierstein to Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico to visit USAID projects, announce new initiatives, and meet with government officials, civil society, and USAID partners.

2001 CSO Sustainability Index
December 10, 2012
By David Bargueno and Kellie Burk, USAID Africa Bureau

Donors can play a crucial role in strengthening the ability of civil society organizations (CSOs) across Africa to organize, advocate, raise awareness, act as watchdogs, and provide vital services.  However, the ability of CSOs to make a true impact depends not only upon their own organizational capacity and financial viability, but also upon such external factors as the legal environment in which they operate and the infrastructure supporting them. 

December 7, 2012

On December 10, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Program on America and the Global Economy will co-host a panel discussion on Secretary Clinton’s Economic Statecraft agenda at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will make opening remarks at the inter-agency panel that will focus on, “Economic Statecraft: Developing Partnerships with the Private Sector.”

December 5, 2012

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development, a unique multi-donor partnership to support innovative, next-generation solutions that use web and mobile technology to grow the global movement for open government, transparency and accountability.

December 4, 2012

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), together with the World Wildlife Fund – U.S. (WWF), is launching a unique four-year water security and sustainable development project across Asia in which snow leopard conservation plays a key role.

December 3, 2012

On December 5, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will host a unique event with leaders from across government, civil-society, and the technology sector to unveil Making All Voices Count (MAVC): A Grand Challenge for Development - a unique multi-donor partnership to support innovative solutions using web and mobile technology to grow the global movement for open government, transparency and accountability.  

December 3, 2012

Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced the launch of the Agency’s first-ever policy and program guidance on Building Resilience to Recurrent Crisis during an event in Washington DC. Dr. Shah was joined by a distinguished panel of guests, including His Excellency Ambassador Elkanah Odembo, Kenyan Ambassador to the United States; The Honorable Jim McGovern (D-MA); Gayle Smith, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director at the National Security Council; David Beckmann, President of Bread for the World; Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO of Mercy Corps; and Carolyn Woo, President & CEO of Catholic Relief Services.

November 30, 2012

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the European Union (EU) to support implementation of the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KP), which combats the trade in conflict diamonds.  The MoU signifies the desire of USAID and the EU to collaborate and co-fund the implementation of USAID’s Property Rights and Artisanal Diamond Development (PRADD) program, which aims to assist countries with strengthening their compliance with the KP.

November 30, 2012

Today, the Kimberley Process Certification Scheme (KP), which was established to end the trafficking of “conflict diamonds,” adopted the Washington Declaration that more formally incorporates development objectives into KP implementation.

November 30, 2012

On World AIDS Day, we join the global community to pay tribute to the more than 34 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide and reaffirm our commitment to helping those in need. It is a time of remembrance, as well as an opportunity to reflect on how far we have come and the steps we must take today to realize an AIDS free generation.

November 29, 2012

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will release its new Policy and Program Guidance on Building Resilience to Recurrent Crisis on December 3. 

November 28, 2012
As Part Of The CTIP Campus Challenge, USAID Launches Tech Contest

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launches the contest phase of the Countering Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Campus Challenge—a technology contest where students can submit new ideas and innovative ways to end modern slavery at www.challengeslavery.org. The contest will be open from November 28, 2012 to January 8, 2013.  USAID will award one first place prize of $5,000 to the top entry, and $2,500 to one or more runner-up entries. Additionally, winners will be invited to showcase and discuss their ideas with USAID and various implementing and donor partners.  The contest asks students to address how technology can be part of a potential solution to the various challenges related to CTIP, whether concerning slavery in product supply chains, trafficking in conflict and crisis-affected areas, child sex tourism, building a global CTIP movement, ending forced child labor, countering the business model of TIP or raising awareness among potential victims.

November 27, 2012

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Higher Education Partnerships to Support the U.S.-Burma Commitment to Democracy, Peace and Prosperity, furthering President Obama’s call to “extend a hand” to Burma in its progress toward democracy.

November 23, 2012
Administrator Shah Travels to Turkey to meet with Turkish officials and Visit Refugee Areas along the Turkish Border

From November 25th-27th Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will travel to Turkey where he will meet with senior officials to discuss the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Syria and assistance for those affected by the crisis.

November 21, 2012

The U.S. Agency for International Development today announces its commitment to support the operations of the Migration and Development Fund (MDF) administered by the African Development Bank.  This commitment to the MDF is part of USAID efforts to work more closely with diaspora communities to promote their engagement in the development of their countries of origin.

November 21, 2012

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced additional support towards INTERPOL’s Project Predator to support the South Asia Wildlife Enforcement Network (SAWEN) in protecting wild tigers.

November 19, 2012

During his visit to Burma, President Barack Obama announced a joint US-Burma partnership to advance democratic reform, and lay the groundwork for a peaceful and prosperous future for Burma. The President also announced $170 million dollars over the next two years to support this effort. The Partnership aims to strengthen democracy, human rights and rule of law; promote transparent governance; advance peace and reconciliation; meet humanitarian needs; and provide economic development that can improve the health and livelihoods of the people of Burma.

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