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The Earthquake Vulnerability Tour highlighted the assistance provided through USAID to communities to reduce their earthquake vu
February 26, 2014

Today, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah completed a two-day visit to Kathmandu, during which he announced approximately $100 million in support of the people of Nepal subject to the availability of funding.  Dr. Shah met with Prime Minister Sushil Koirala and other key political leaders and spoke at the closing session of the Nepal Economic Summit, where he stressed the private sector’s role in accelerating Nepal’s economic growth. Dr. Shah also visited sites that highlight USAID’s commitment to using innovation, science, technology, and partnerships—with the Nepali government, civil society, and the private sector—to deepen development impact. 

February 24, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY

On February 24, The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM), in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, will host an expert panel discussion on water, conflict, and peacebuilding to mark the release of USAID’s Water & Conflict Toolkit.

Dr. Raj Shah voices USAID's support for innovative new technology working to dramatically reduce tropical deforestation
February 21, 2014
From the Impact Blog

Global Forest Watch unites more than 40 government, business and civil society partners to curb forest destruction by putting free and transparent information in the hands of people who care most about forests.

February 18, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) intends to award 40 grants to U.S. organizations during the second quarter of fiscal year 2014, totaling just over $20 million. Individual grants range from approximately $120,000 to $1,800,000 and support organizations that embody ASHA’s legislative mandate to promote civil society, foster exchange, mutual understanding and cultivate deeper relationships with the United States.

February 13, 2014

This week, U.S. Agency for International Development Assistant Administrator Eric Postel will represent USAID at the London Conference on Illegal Wildlife Trade, which brings together more than 35 heads of state, foreign ministers, and other high-level government officials to bring global attention to the crisis of wildlife trafficking and discuss solutions for combating this pernicious illegal trade.  

February 12, 2014

Yesterday, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)  awarded the Support Which Implements Fast Transitions IV (SWIFT) indefinite quantity contract. SWIFT is a five-year agreement with a potential of up to $2.5 billion. The contract will help advance peace and democracy in countries that are in transition. This is the fourth iteration of the SWIFT contract.

February 3, 2014

Jason Fraser was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director to Angola.  Fraser assumes leadership over a portfolio of programs that support democracy and governance, the electoral process, economic growth, and the President's Malaria Initiative.

February 3, 2014

Today, at the high-level launch of the United Nations’ Sahel Humanitarian Response Plan in Rome, Italy, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg announced USAID’s RISE (Resilience in the Sahel-Enhanced) Initiative.

January 28, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and GE, in conjunction with Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), today announced a new partnership that will make up to $10 million in local financing available to small and medium enterprises for the development of private health facilities, including small clinics, diagnostic centers, and hospitals in Kenya.

January 24, 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY

On Monday, January 27th, USAID will launch its new framework for integrated environment and development programs, entitled "Nature, Wealth, and Power 2.0: Leveraging Natural and Social Capital for Resilient Development".

USAID and DuPont Announce Commitment to Increase Farmer Productivity and Food and Nutrition Security
January 23, 2014
Efforts will include increasing access to technology, crop biofortification and capacity building

On the margins of the World Economic Forum at Davos, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and DuPont formally announced a joint agreement to deepen efforts to reduce global hunger and poverty by enabling smallholder farmers access to proven, safe, and transformative agricultural innovations. 

January 20, 2014

On the heels of a two-day visit to the Central African Republic (CAR), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance Nancy Lindborg announced today in Brussels that the United States is providing nearly $30 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to address urgent needs resulting from the crisis in CAR, for a total commitment of nearly $45 million in humanitarian assistance since increased hositilities in December.

January 18, 2014

Since its independence, South Sudan has made modest but important steps on the path to development. But today, fighting between government and rebel forces puts that progress at risk, wreaking havoc on a people who have faced more than their share of suffering and denial. Recent violence in South Sudan has left thousands dead and has driven nearly half a million people from their homes.

January 17, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), and the African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) have entered into a memorandum of understanding to expand trade and investment linkages between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa in the cotton textile and apparel sectors.

January 10, 2014

Today, Donald “Larry” Sampler Jr., was sworn in as Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs.  In this role, Sampler will oversee the two countries with the largest USAID budgets in a region critical to U.S. national security.  USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah administered the oath.

January 9, 2014
Partnership reveals improved maternal health outcomes in Uganda and Zambia pilot districts

The number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth declined sharply over one year in eight pilot districts in Uganda and Zambia where Saving Mothers, Giving Life has deployed a battery of life-saving interventions, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-led public-private partnership announced today. The first annual report, a comprehensive evaluation of the initiative’s efforts to strengthen health systems and reduce the number of preventable maternal deaths, revealed a 30 percent decrease in the maternal mortality ratio in target districts of Uganda and a 35 percent reduction in target facilities in Zambia in its first year.

January 6, 2014

Taking one more step toward improving maternal health globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and its institutional partner, the Population Council. 

January 3, 2014

The United States announced $49.8 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help victims of conflict in South Sudan.  With this new assistance, the United States has provided more than $300 million in humanitarian assistance in Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 to assist South Sudanese victims of conflict as well as refugees seeking asylum in South Sudan.

December 23, 2013

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Thursday five new awards totaling more than $6 million to help protect and empower women in countries affected by crisis, conflict, and transition.

December 20, 2013

Janina Jaruzelski was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director to Bangladesh. USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein administered the oath and Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia Denise Rollins delivered remarks.

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