Today, Peter Natiello was sworn in as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Mission Director for Colombia. Beth Hogan, Acting Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, administered the oath of office.
On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, I join President Obama in extending my heartfelt condolences to the family of Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and to the people of Ethiopia. Under Prime Minister Meles’ leadership, Ethiopia made strides in advancing food security, economic growth, health, and education. Prime Minister Meles was a key driver in the development of comprehensive agricultural and economic development plans in Ethiopia and throughout East Africa that have contributed to broad-based growth in agriculture, industry, and services.
The United States is pleased to support kick-off workshops for implementation of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition Cooperation Frameworks in Ethiopia, Ghana, and Tanzania. Announced by President Obama in May 2012 prior to the G8 Summit at Camp David, the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition represents a commitment by G8 nations, African partner countries and private sector partners to lift 50 million people out of poverty over the next 10 years through inclusive and sustained agricultural growth.
On Thursday, August 16, USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg met with a visiting delegation of government officials from the Republic of South Sudan. Led by Minister of Cabinet Affairs Deng Alor, the delegation included Minister of Finance and Economic Planning Kosti Manibe and Minister of Petroleum and Mining Stephen Dhieu Dau. The meeting focused on identifying methods to strengthen South Sudan's financial management systems, improve government transparency for donors and investors, and address rising food insecurity and the prevention of humanitarian crises. Both USAID and South Sudan are committed to strengthening their long-standing partnership and will explore ways that maximize U.S. investments for the benefit of the South Sudanese people.
Today, Alexandria Panehal was sworn in as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Mission Director for the Dominican Republic. USAID Administrator Raj Shah administered the oath of office.
Today, Dr. Jim Barnhart was sworn in as the new United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Albania. Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg administered the oath of office.
In his role as Mission Director, Dr. Barnhart will have primary responsibility for supporting Albania’s progress toward European Union accession, overseeing programs that aim to strengthen democratic institutions and governance, and accelerate private sector-led growth.
Dr. Barnhart most recently served as Mission Director for Lebanon. Prior, Dr. Barnhart was Associate Mission Director for Economic Growth and Education and the Acting Economic Growth Office Director in Pakistan. Dr. Barnhart also served in USAID’s Jordan Mission managing the Office of Economic Opportunity and in Zambia.
Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched its plan for implementing the U.S National Action Plan (NAP) on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS), directing implementation of the United States’ first-ever National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security. USAID developed the plan to specify how the Agency will implement the NAP. In doing so, USAID will seek to better engage, empower, and ensure the protection of women and girls in countries affected by or emerging from conflict or crisis, those experiencing high levels of insecurity at national or sub-national levels, those recovering from a natural disaster, or those experiencing a significant political transition.
Today in Istanbul, Secretary Clinton announced the United States is providing an additional $5.5 million in humanitarian assistance for those affected by the ongoing Syrian conflict, bringing the total U.S. contribution for this crisis to nearly $82 million.
Today, the United States launched its strategy to Prevent and Respond to Gender-based Violence Globally. The strategy outlines four key objectives: to increase coordination of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts among United States Government (USG) agencies and with other stakeholders; to enhance integration of gender-based violence prevention and response efforts into existing USG work; to improve collection, analysis, and use of data and research to enhance gender-based violence prevention and response efforts; and to enhance or expand USG programming that addresses gender-based violence. The Strategy was congressionally requested and was drafted by USAID, the U.S. Department of State and other relevant U.S. agencies.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On behalf of President Obama, Secretary Clinton and the American people, I have sent my deepest condolences to the family of USAID Foreign Service Officer Ragaei Abdelfattah who died yesterday in Afghanistan along with several members of the International Security Assistance Force and Afghan civilians during a terrorist attack in Kunar Province. This tragedy is a testament to the deep commitment and sacrifice of our dedicated staff who serve in conflict countries like Afghanistan around the world.
WASHINGTON – Today, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), UNITAID, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announced an agreement that will significantly reduce the cost of a new, highly accurate, rapid diagnostic test for tuberculosis (TB) in 145 high-burden and developing countries.
Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for the Middle East, Mara Rudman, swore in Azza El-Abd as the new Mission Director for Lebanon. As Mission Director for Lebanon, Ms. El-Abd will lead development assistance efforts to: improve quality education, water and other public services in Lebanon; strengthen civil society’s ability to promote good governance; and enhance economic opportunity for the poorest segments of Lebanese society.
On August 1st, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will be honored at the Inaugural Aspen Institute Madeleine K. Albright Global Development Lecture in Aspen Colorado. Administrator Shah will deliver the first ever lecture on “Open-Source Development”.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that U.S. Olympic soccer star Abby Wambach will serve as the agency’s first-ever Development Champion. In this role, Wambach will raise awareness of the work USAID is undertaking to improve the lives of young women and girls through sport around the world.
The U.K. Government’s Department for International Development (DFID), and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), announced at the AIDS 2012 conference a partnership to expand access to anti-retroviral treatment in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe has an adult HIV prevalence of 15 per cent, with an estimated 600,000 adults and children eligible for treatment. The U.K. and PEPFAR are together covering approximately 25 per cent of this need.
WASHINGTON D.C. – David Barth was sworn in today as the new United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Dr. Rajiv Shah, USAID Administrator, administered the oath of office.
This evening the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the World Health Organization (WHO), AVAC and Champions for an HIV-Free Generation brought together African political and traditional leaders, as well as key figures in the international HIV response, for a satellite event at the 19th International AIDS Conference 2012. This unique group of leaders shared their views on the challenges and solutions to Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) for HIV prevention in East and Southern Africa. Three clinical trials have proven that VMMC can reduce female to male transmission of HIV by approximately 60%. If scaled up to reach 80% of adolescents and adult men within five years, and coverage is thereafter maintained, VMMC has the potential to avert more than 3.4 million new HIV infections and save an estimated US $16.5 billion in care and treatment costs over the next 15 years.
Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah met with His Excellency Laurent Lamothe, Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti, at USAID. In addition, Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg met with Haitian First Lady Sophia Martelly.
On July 26th, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will host the second day of the annual Global Diaspora Forum at USAID in Washington, D.C. Administrator Shah will deliver keynote remarks on Thursday, July 26th and announce new initiatives building on the U.S. government’s efforts to partner with diaspora community groups. Sessions throughout the day will focus on public-private partnerships and identify new opportunities for engagement with the U.S. Government. Media must RSVP to attend the events.
I was surprised and saddened to learn today of President John Atta Mills’ sudden death. On behalf of USAID, I extend my sympathies to President Mills’ family and all Ghanaians for their loss. President Mills’ lifetime of service helped to shape Ghana into a model of good governance and an anchor of stability for the entire region.
Last updated: March 05, 2015