The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced partnerships with three private banks in Latin America that will make available $98.5 million in local lending exclusively for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). “If we are going to succeed in ending the need for donor aid, we need to scale private sector solutions like these, which make financing development sustainable,” said Mark Feierstein, Assistant Administrator of USAID’s Latin America and the Caribbean Bureau.
On November 14, the University of Missouri will host U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah as the featured speaker for its Christopher S. “Kit” Bond Lecture Series.
On Friday, Super Typhoon Haiyan swept across the Philippines with the strength of one of the most powerful storms ever to hit land. In response to the storm, the United States Government announced today $20 million in humanitarian assistance, including emergency food aid and critical relief supplies--like shelter materials and hygiene kits--for disaster-affected areas.
USAID’s Development Credit Authority (DCA), a pioneering guarantor in the development finance arena, catalyzed $1 billion of private capital for businesses across the developing world over the past two years. The surge in local financing mobilized reflects USAID’s commitment to leverage private capital for development.
USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein and Senior Advisor for International Education Christie Vilsack traveled to Haiti with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, where he announced a multi-million dollar program in Haiti for USAID’s Room to Learn.
Today, more than 100 business leaders from Africa's Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) will present their innovative business plans to leading Nigerian and Pan-African banks at The 2nd Annual SME Live Banking Panel.
Today, Susan Fine was sworn in as the U.S. Agency for International Development Mission Director for Senegal. In this capacity, she will oversee USAID’s diverse portfolio of programs designed to create jobs, improve access to education and healthcare, strengthen democratic institutions, and develop the agriculture sector to increase production and incomes.
Dr. Raj Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will travel to Israel, the West Bank, Jordan and Lebanon from November 5-8 for meetings and site visits. His trip will focus on USAID’s development assistance to the region, including USAID programs supporting Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts, as well as U.S. assistance to Lebanon and Jordan.
USAID and The Western Union Company today announced the winners of the Libya Diaspora Marketplace (LDM) entrepreneurship competition.
USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein today released the Agency’s Sustainable Service Delivery in an Increasingly Urbanized World Policy, to respond to the unprecedented trend of urbanization, and the challenges it poses towards global efforts to end extreme poverty.
U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy J. Powell announced today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Girl Rising Country Partnership, which will use the power of the film Girl Rising to increase public dialogue on gender and education issues in order to encourage community-level interventions to help improve girls education.
On October 29th, the World Bank Group released Doing Business 2014: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. Doing Business 2014 is the 11th in a series of annual reports benchmarking the regulations that affect private sector firms, in particular small and medium-size enterprises.
Today, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan closed on its offering of a $1.25 billion sovereign bond issuance guaranteed by the United States of America. This guarantee reinforces the firm U.S. commitment to the people of Jordan by strengthening the Government of Jordan’s ability to maintain access to international financing, while enabling it to achieve its economic development and reform goals.
Today, during a speech at The George Washington University’s Feeding the Planet Summit, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced 10 new Feed the Future Innovation Labs to increase global food security and help smallholder farmers boost incomes and improve nutrition.
On October 29, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Chief Strategy Officer Carla Koppell will participate in a symposium titled Men, Peace and Security: Agents of Change, co-hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), The World Bank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Women in International Security, and Sonke Gender Justice.
Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) swore in Jonathan Addleton as the new Mission Director to the Central Asian Republics Regional Mission based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ashden, a United Kingdom-based energy charity, announced a new award for innovators who use or supply clean energy technologies to increase production in the agricultural sector. The contest is open for entries until November 5, 2013. The winner will receive an award of up to £40,000 (approximately $64,000) at a ceremony in London on May 22, 2014.
U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Maria Brewer said today that "the United States Government is proud to have contributed to this historic handover of power companies to the private sector and congratulates the Government of Nigeria (GON) on achieving a very important milestone in the liberalization of the power sector." The comments were made in response to the Presidential handover of the Licenses and Share Certificates to the new owners of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) successor generation and distribution companies.
Prime Minister H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn and Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Michael Debretsion were both in attendance today to announce the first independent power project in Ethiopia’s history. The 1000MW Corbetti geothermal plant will be built in two 500MW stages and is expected to be the largest geothermal facility in of Africa, at a cost estimated at $4 billion over an 8-10 year construction period.
USAID/Haiti launched a four-year food security program today to improve nutrition and access to locally produced foods for the most vulnerable households in Haiti. The project, the Kore Lavi Program, is part of the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiatives Feed the Future and Title II. These programs work with USAID’s partner countries around the world to develop their agriculture sectors and reduce food insecurity. It will be implemented by CARE International.
Last updated: October 02, 2014