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August 5, 2011

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) swore in Melissa Williams as the mission director to Zimbabwe. As the new mission director, Williams will help Zimbabwe's democratic forces advance reforms and provide much-needed humanitarian assistance. USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg administered the oath of office at the swearing-in ceremony.

August 3, 2011

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) swore in Dana Mansuri as the mission director to Nigeria. Mansuri will oversee a program totaling over $600 million annually. In its development partnership with Nigeria, the U.S. Government seeks to strengthen social stability through improved social services, support transparent and accountable governance, promote a more market-led economy, and enhance Nigeria's capacity as a responsible regional trade partner. USAID Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg administered the oath of office at the swearing-in ceremony.

August 3, 2011

 Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez was sworn in as the new Assistant Administrator for the Global Health Bureau at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

August 2, 2011

The U.S. Agency for International Development will continue its series of weekly seminars at the National Press Club. Tomorrow, USAID will hold its fifth and final seminar, entitled "Geospatial Information Systems: More than Making Maps, It's about 'Thinking Spatially'."

July 29, 2011

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) swore in Dr. Diana Putman as the new mission director to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With major threats to the future development of a stable and democratic DRC, Putman will oversee a $306 million program that focuses on bolstering peace and stability; protecting civilians; strengthening governance institutions; and supporting economic recovery, growth, and the provision of basic social services, including health and education. USAID's Counselor, Ms. Hilda M.

July 29, 2011

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) swore in R. Douglass "Doug" Arbuckle as the new mission director to Malawi. Arbuckle will oversee programs that focus on promoting Malawi's political and economic development, improving health and education services, strengthening food security through agricultural investments, decreasing the country's dependence on humanitarian assistance, increasing its ability to make positive contributions to security in the region, and participating in the global community more broadly.

July 29, 2011

The following is the text of a joint press release by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and The World Bank.

July 28, 2011

onald Steinberg, Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), issued the following statement on behalf of the United States regarding a comprehensive review of U.S. global development efforts.

July 27, 2011

Today, at an American Foundation for AIDS Research (AmFAR) conference, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced a new initiative that could use USAID's Development Credit Authority (DCA) and the Department of State's Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator to leverage private sector financing for health facilities in Ethiopia focused on delivering quality services for people living with HIV/AIDS. Currently, HIV/AIDS is a major development challenge for Ethiopia. National projections estimate approximately 1.1 million Ethiopians are living with HIV/AIDS.

July 26, 2011

The U.S. Agency for International Development will continue its series of weekly seminars at the National Press Club. Tomorrow, USAID will hold its fourth seminar, entitled "Business & Human Rights: Emerging Issues on the Development Horizon."

July 22, 2011

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), NASA, the U.S. Department of State, and NIKE, Inc. have partnered on a unique initiative called LAUNCH. The LAUNCH: Energy Challenge, announced today, formally begins the third module of the LAUNCH program which is focused on sustainable energy challenges for the developed and developing worlds.

July 19, 2011

The U.S. Agency for International Development will continue its series of weekly seminars at the National Press Club. Tomorrow, USAID will hold its third seminar, entitled "Working in Complex Environments: What we know and what we hope to learn."

July 19, 2011

To support promising new approaches in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) sector, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with co-funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is announcing WASH for Life. Over the next four years, the $17 million partnership will use USAID's Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program to identify, test, and help scale evidence-based approaches for cost-effective and sustained services in developing countries.

July 19, 2011

On July 27th, 77 innovators from around the globe will descend on Washington DC to display their ideas in an open market place for the final stage of a competition that aims to find novel ways to deliver new technologies and services to mothers and newborns who live in rural areas of the world and don't have access to health facilities.

July 19, 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Nairobi will hold a press conference tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m. local time for Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Dr. Shah will have just returned from a one-day trip to visit crisis affected communities in Northern Kenya (Wajir and the Ifo Camp within the Dadaab complex) and will explain the U.S. response to the ongoing humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa.

July 15, 2011

A global call for innovations that have the potential to save the lives of mothers and newborns at the time of birth elicited more than 600 submissions from all over the world including the United States, Canada and low-and middle-income countries. After much review, the field has been narrowed down to 77 innovators that show the most potential to meet the call for Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development.

July 14, 2011

"Today, I congratulate the Partners PrEP and CDC TDF2 teams on their study findings demonstrating that PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) - and HIV medication when taken orally, once a day - is highly effective in preventing HIV in heterosexual men and women. Today's news is encouraging and provides clear evidence that PrEP can substantially reduce the risk of HIV infection. The next step is to determine how these scientific findings can be put to use in real world settings.

July 12, 2011

The U.S. Agency for International Development will continue its series of weekly seminars at the National Press Club. Tomorrow, USAID will hold its second seminar, entitled "A Greener Revolution: Improving Productivity and Increasing Food Security by Enhancing Ecosystem Services."

July 11, 2011

Richard Greene was sworn in last week as the new Mission Director for Bangladesh for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah administered the oath.

July 11, 2011

In response to the unfolding drought in the Horn of Africa, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will contribute approximately 19,000 metric tons (MT) of food to assist Somalis in need. This food was already strategically prepositioned in regional warehouses to ensure rapid delivery and distribution to women and children in Somalia.

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