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June 14, 2012

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association signed a MOU agreement today to develop geothermal resources in East Africa. At the annual meeting of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum, USAID’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa, Michael Curtis, and Karl Gawell, Executive Director for the U.S. Geothermal Energy Association said the region’s resources have the potential to address power shortages in countries along the Rift Valley.  

June 14, 2012

Washington, D.C. – Today over 80 governments and a multitude of partners from the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations gather at the Child Survival Call to Action – a high-level forum convened by the governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States, in collaboration with UNICEF, to launch a sustained, global effort to save children’s lives. 

June 14, 2012
Partners pledge $20 million to support diarrhea treatment programs

Today, two private companies, the U.S. and Canadian governments, and multiple leading global health organizations have joined together to accelerate progress toward ending preventable child deaths from diarrhea and pneumonia in the highest burden countries. 

Announced at the Child Survival Call to Action meeting convened by the Government of Ethiopia, India and the United States in close collaboration with UNICEF, the partnership embodied by the “Declaration on Scaling Up Treatment of Childhood Diarrhea and Pneumonia” seeks to unite governments, private sector partners, donors, and non-government organizations around saving over two million children’s lives every year. 

June 14, 2012

The call for innovative solutions to save the lives of mothers and newborns around the time of birth elicited more than 500 submissions from almost 60 countries. Today, the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development Partners – U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and the U.K.’s Department for International Development (DFID) - announced that 65 finalists will advance to the final stage of competition at the DevelopmentXChange July 12th-14th.  

June 13, 2012

The Governments of the United States and Panama celebrated 50 years of collaboration and the upcoming closure of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) country office.  Due to the Government of Panama’s strong economic growth and commitment to development, USAID assistance is no longer needed.

June 13, 2012

Today, the U.S. and Panamanian governments are celebrating the scheduled September close out of the USAID office in Panama. Panama is joining Chile, Costa Rica, South Korea and Poland as countries that have successfully reached the point at which they can propel their own development without the need for significant U.S. assistance.

June 12, 2012

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Vodafone, and TechnoServe launched a new partnership to increase the productivity, incomes and resilience of smallholder farmers in Kenya, Mozambique, and Tanzania.  The Connected Farmer Alliance will leverage mobile phone-enabled solutions to improve supply chain efficiency and increase farmers’ ability to access secure, timely payments and other financial services. 

June 12, 2012
Multi-Year Initiative Will Promote Affordable, Clean Energy Solutions for Farmers and Agribusinesses in Developing Countries

Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development will be held during the Frontiers in Development Forum at Georgetown University.  The Grand Challenge is a multi-year initiative focused on increasing food security and driving economic growth in the developing world through effective and affordable energy solutions for farmers. 

June 12, 2012
Public/Private Sector Collaboration Promotes Affordable, Clean, Energy Technology for Farmers and Agribusiness in Developing Countries

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is partnering with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), Duke Energy, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), and the African Development Bank (AfDB) to address problems in the agriculture sector that stem from limited access in developing countries to modern energy services.

June 12, 2012

The U.S. Agency for international Development will hold its annual public meeting of the Annual Public Meeting of the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA) at Georgetown University to discuss the changing international framework for aid effectiveness.  Administrator Shah will make opening remarks, to be followed by panel discussions among USAID leadership and ACVFA members. 

June 12, 2012

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Citi announced a global partnership to broaden financial inclusion by fostering the rapid adoption of “mobile money” technology in developing countries. The announcement was made at USAID’s Frontiers in Development Forum at Georgetown University.

June 12, 2012

The United States and the Philippines announced a new partnership that will provide Filipinos easier access to financial services through the use of mobile phones. President Benigno Aquino III and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah agreed to implement the Scaling Innovations in Mobile Money (SIMM) initiative in the Philippines.

June 12, 2012
USAID Frontiers in Development - Georgetown University - June 12, 2012

This panel will shine a spotlight on the work of four dynamic, USAID-funded young innovators under the age of 35, who are reinventing the development frontier. From Texas to Tanzania, and California to Kabul, these young innovators have been transforming lives with fresh solutions for some of the world’s most intractable problems.

June 8, 2012

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will hold the inaugural Frontiers in Development forum on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC June 11-13, 2012.

The three day event will convene world leaders, government officials, corporate executives and international development experts to address the important issues facing the future of foreign assistance and international development.

Mohamed Tekaya, Ambassador of the Republic of Tunisia to the United States (left) and Mara Rudman, U.S. Agency for International
June 8, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. -The United States today re-affirmed its strong commitment to the people of Tunisia and their democratic transition by signing a sovereign loan guarantee agreement with the Tunisian government.

June 8, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The governments of the United States, India, and Ethiopia will be convening, in collaboration with UNICEF - Child Survival: Call to Action - in Washington, D.C. from June 14-15, 2012. Over the last 50 years, child mortality has been reduced by 70 percent. However, more than 7 million children will die this year before they reach their 5th birthday.

June 7, 2012

The United States is providing over $81 million in additional humanitarian assistance to support humanitarian needs as the lean season begins in the drought affected Sahel region of West Africa. With this additional contribution, the U.S. government is reaching more than three million vulnerable people.

June 5, 2012

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will hold the inaugural Frontiers in Development forum on the Georgetown University campus in Washington, DC June 11-13, 2012.

The three day event will convene world leaders, government officials, corporate executives and international development experts to address the important issues facing the future of foreign assistance and international development.

Nisha Biswal (left), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Asia, and Amanda Ellis (right
June 5, 2012

Nisha Biswal (left), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Asia, and Amanda Ellis (right), Deputy Secretary for the International Development Group of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, signed a partnership agreement on June 4, 2012, to support the Kiribati Solid Waste Management Initiative.

June 4, 2012

The United States is providing an additional $6.5 million in humanitarian assistance to help those most in need in Yemen. This new assistance brings the total U.S. Government humanitarian assistance to nearly $80 million in Fiscal Year 2012. This assistance includes protection, water and sanitation, emergency food aid, basic health services, and medical and other relief supplies to help over 550,000 internally displaced persons, over 215,000 refugees and migrants from the Horn of Africa, conflict victims, and other vulnerable populations.

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