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May 20, 2014

The United States today announced nearly $300 million in humanitarian assistance to help the people of South Sudan who have been placed at risk by the conflict that began last December.  The additional funding was announced at the Humanitarian Pledging Conference for South Sudan in Oslo, Norway where we joined more than 40 other countries in pledging support to help those displaced inside the country, as well as those who have fled to neighboring countries.

May 19, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY

On THURSDAY, MAY 22, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will give remarks during the luncheon program at the Chicago Council Global Food Symposium 2014 in Washington, D.C. The topic of Administrator Shah’s remarks is, “Tackling Extreme Poverty at the Roots: A New Model of Development.” The Hon. Dan Glickman, former Secretary of Agriculture, will introduce Administrator Shah. Following Shah’s remarks, the Administrator will join Dr. Agnes Kalibata, Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources for the Republic of Rwanda, in a discussion moderated by Roger Thurow, Senior  Fellow, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs.

May 19, 2014
Plant Disease Threatens Production and Jobs for Millions in Latin America & the Caribbean

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a $5 million partnership with the Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture at Texas A&M University to eliminate coffee rust, a plant disease that has caused more than $1 billion in economic damage across Latin America and the Caribbean since 2012 and seriously threatens the livelihoods and food security of those who make their living in the coffee industry, especially small farmers.

May 19, 2014
Enfermedad de la Planta Amenaza la Producción y Millones de Fuentes de Trabajo en Latino América y el Caribe

La Agencia de Estados Unidos para Desarrollo Internacional (USAID) anunció hoy una alianza de $5 millones con World Coffee Research de la Universidad de Texas A&M para eliminar la roya del café.  Esta enfermedad ha causado más de $1 mil millones de daño económico en Latino América y el Caribe, desde el 2012, y amenaza seriamente el modo de vida y la seguridad alimentaria de los que dependen de la industria del café, especialmente los pequeños agricultores.

May 19, 2014

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced today that President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative has reached nearly 7 million smallholder farmers and helped to save 12.5 million children from the threat of hunger, poverty, and malnutrition in just the last year alone. 

May 19, 2014
Plant Disease Threatens Production and Jobs for Millions in Latin America & the Caribbean

Global leaders today praised President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative for reaching nearly 7 million smallholder farmers and helping to save 12.5 million children from the threat of hunger, poverty, and malnutrition in just the last year alone.

May 16, 2014

On May 15, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance began airlifting life-saving relief supplies to the Central African Republic (CAR), where ongoing violence has left an estimated 2.5 million people—more than half the country’s population—in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

May 16, 2014

Today, the National Bank of Ukraine, acting on behalf of the government of Ukraine, closed on its offering of a $1 billion sovereign bond, guaranteed by the United States of America, acting through the U.S. Agency for International Development.  This guarantee demonstrates the strong U.S. commitment to the people of Ukraine, enabling Ukraine to access affordable financing from international capital markets.   

May 14, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY

On MONDAY, MAY 19, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah and guests from across the public and private sectors will gather in Arlington, Va., to announce four years of results from President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative. 

May 9, 2014

USAID is pleased with the Electrify Africa Act of 2014 passed today by the House of Representatives with strong bipartisan support. We thank Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce, Ranking Member Eliot Engel, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Africa Chris Smith, and Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Africa Karen Bass for their leadership on H.R. 2548, and look forward to working with the Senate on complementary legislation.

May 8, 2014
1 Billion Treatments Delivered to the World’s Poorest

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today celebrates its support of the delivery of 1 billion Neglected Tropical Disease (NTD) treatments that are helping more than 465 million people in 25 countries in some of the world’s poorest populations.

Credit: SEED Project
May 7, 2014

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched Live, Learn and Play, a new partnership that will include a comprehensive basketball-based youth development program aimed at using the values of the game including leadership, character and teamwork to promote youth development and citizenship in 20 schools in Senegal.

May 6, 2014
Studies show successes with high quality voluntary medical male circumcision

U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, funded research studies released today in PLOS ONE and PLOS Medicine. These studies provide evidence that safe, high quality voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) services performed by trained healthcare professionals in low resource settings can be implemented and sustained at scale and has the potential to significantly prevent new HIV infections in adolescent and adult men.

May 5, 2014
Focus on Innovations in Global Food Security and Energy

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to Abuja, Nigeria, May 6-9 to attend the 24th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, “Forging Inclusive Growth, Creating Jobs.” WEF will bring together more than 1,000 leaders from across politics, business, and civil society, including 11 African heads of state and government, to focus on development and economic opportunity throughout Africa. Administrator Shah’s participation in WEF events will focus on strengthening food security, ensuring greater access to reliable energy, and raising awareness on the U.S. Government’s effort to support peace and bring an end to violence in South Sudan.

May 5, 2014

Today, USAID announced the launch of nine innovative partnership grants with U.S. universities in the field of democracy, human rights and governance (DRG).  The grants will produce cutting-edge research, including findings and recommendations for USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance (DRG Center).  

May 5, 2014

The United States today re-affirmed its strong commitment to the people of Jordan by signing a second sovereign loan guarantee agreement with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

May 2, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $1.25 million to the U-MEDIA program in Ukraine, a project of Internews and its Ukrainian partner organizations aimed at supporting Ukrainian media outlets as they prepare for the Ukrainian presidential election on May 25th. Members of the media in Ukraine have faced serious challenges and dangers over the past several months. More than 500 journalists have been harassed, beaten, abducted and one journalist killed, since November. Media outlets have been attacked and news-gathering equipment has been seized or destroyed.

May 1, 2014

A distinguished panel, chaired by retired Senior Foreign Service Officer Wayne King, selected five 2014 USAID Donald M. Payne International Development Fellows.  This selection followed a rigorous competition that included over 275 applicants from around the United States and the world.  The panel reviewed their applications, selected 18 finalists, and conducted a three-day assessment, which included interviews, timed essays, and group exercises. 

April 23, 2014

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the building collapse at Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh that claimed over 1,100 lives and injured thousands more – the worst industrial disaster in the history of the garment industry. Like the Triangle Shirtwaist disaster in the United States over one hundred years ago, Rana Plaza, and the Tazreen factory fire that preceded it in November 2012, have become potent symbols of the significant and unnecessary risks that many workers are still forced to take in order to earn a living and support their families. As we mourn the victims, we are again called to action so that tragedies like Rana Plaza and Tazreen never happen again.

April 16, 2014

To foster innovation in Mexico, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne, and Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo today awarded four Mexican entrepreneurs with grants through USAID's Innovation Fund for the Americas.

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