Yesterday, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced 16 new health research projects in 10 countries, which will focus on addressing some of the world’s most pressing health challenges. Through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Health competitive grants program, USAID will directly support scientists from developing countries working on research projects with NIH funded scientists. The projects are the first to be funded through an initiative designed to foster collaborative global research in critical areas of health and disease research.
On July 25, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will join former United States Secretary of Agriculture Dan Glickman, as well as Members of Congress and participants from civil society and the research community, to participate in a high-level panel discussing the 2013 Feed the Future Progress Report and continued U.S. engagement on global food security as highlighted by President Barack Obama during his recent visit to Africa.
On July 19, Larry Meserve was sworn in as Mission Director to Sudan.
We are gravely concerned by the serious escalation of the humanitarian crisis in Pibor County in South Sudan’s Jonglei State. As many as 120,000 civilians have fled their homes as a result of recent spikes in the ongoing battle between state and non-state armed actors and inter-communal clashes.
On July 22, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah and Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus will participate in a town hall discussion with USAID staff.
On July 22, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will release its report, “Twenty Years of U.S. Economic Assistance to Eastern Europe and Eurasia” at an event hosted by the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. The program will also include a discussion on U.S. economic assistance to post-communist Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union countries.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Brasserie Nationale d’Haiti S.A (BRANA), a Haitian brewery owned by Heineken, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to improve the livelihoods of Haitian farmers by sourcing locally grown sorghum.
The Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partners announced today the 53 finalists in its third global call for innovative ideas to save the lives of mothers and newborns in developing countries.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a five-year program targeting the education, promotion, and training of a new generation of Afghan women, aged 18-30. Named “Promote,” the program’s goal is to increase women’s contributions to Afghanistan’s development by strengthening women’s rights groups, boosting female participation in the economy, increasing the number of women in decision making positions within the Afghan government, and helping women gain business and management skills.
William Hammink was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development Mission Director to Afghanistan, USAID’s largest country program in the world. Hammink will direct projects to support sustainable economic growth, good governance, and support for maintaining critical development gains in health and education.
John A. Beed was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director to India. Beed assumes leadership as USAID's India program engages in a new model of development cooperation.
U.S. Agency for International Development recently released its new Strategy on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. The strategy's overarching goal is to support the establishment and strengthening of inclusive and accountable democracies to advance freedom, dignity and development around the globe.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Humanity United today announced the winners of the second round of the Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention, unveiling a new wave of promising technologies with the potential to save lives and assist communities at risk in conflict.
Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Assistant Administrator for Middle East, Alina Romanowski, announced the signing of the Tunisian-American Enterprise Fund (TAEF). The fund will invest in small and medium enterprises to promote inclusive economic growth and employment, critical to Tunisia’s transition to democracy.
United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will participate in a discussion with Center for Global Development (CGD) President Nancy Birdsall regarding President Obama’s recent trip to Africa.
On behalf of President Obama, Secretary Kerry and the American people, I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Antoinette “Toni” Beaumont Tomasek, a USAID Foreign Service Officer who died in Haiti on Saturday, June 29, 2013. Toni had been in a car accident on June 26.
The Tropical Forest Alliance 2020, a whole-of-government initiative led by U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Department of State, welcomed three global civil society groups as new partners in this public-private partnership to address tropical deforestation. At the same time, USAID announced a major new investment in a separate initiative that will support TFA 2020 goals by helping to monitor tropical deforestation.
John Mark Winfield was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development Mission Director to Liberia.
Today, USAID and the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) announced the Scaling Seeds and Technologies Partnership, a $47 million, three-year partnership intended to accelerate smallholder farmer access to transformative agricultural technologies. The Partnership will work in four countries within the G8’s New Alliance for Food Security -- Ethiopia, Ghana, Mozambique, and Tanzania -- where it will help governments strengthen their seed sectors and promote the commercialization, distribution and adoption of improved seeds and other key technologies.
I am pleased to join President Obama and Secretary Kerry in applauding the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act. Their decision is especially significant during the month of June as the President, Secretary of State and I celebrate Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month.
Last updated: July 29, 2015