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Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 4:00am
The United States Embassy announces an additional contribution of $9.3 million to help the government of Pakistan meet the health, water, sanitation, and livelihood needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).  These funds will be provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  The U.S. government will provide $7 million dollars to UNICEF/Pakistan to improve health, hygiene, water, and sanitation services for IDPs with the remaining funds used to ensure the health of livestock.  This new funding brings the total U.S. contribution benefiting IDPs from North Waziristan to $17.3 million.  The United States announced $8 million in food assistance for IDPs on June 26, 2014.
 
Ambassador Olson said, "The United States stands ready to help the Government of Pakistan prepare for and respond to the considerable humanitarian needs emerging in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas.  Our additional $9.3 million contribution reiterates the importance of the partnership between the Government of Pakistan, development organizations, and the United States."
Ground Breaking Ceremony at AJK University
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 3:00am
U.S. Ambassador Richard Olson visited Muzaffarabad today to highlight the United States' support for bilateral trade opportunities, educational exchange, and development programs in Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Ambassador Olson's visit, his first to the region, was an opportunity to renew ties with the government leadership of AJK and to meet with local residents. "Today's visit is an important opportunity for me to see the enduring partnership of the United States with the people of Azad Jammu and Kashmir," Olson said.
 
Education in Pakistan
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 1:30am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Punjab Provincial Director Jeffrey Bakken and Intel Pakistan Country Manager Naveed Siraj signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today on the use of technology to support education and women’s economic empowerment in Pakistan.

IESCO’s ability to Reduce Unscheduled Load Shedding
Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 12:15am
Marking a milestone in U.S. support of Pakistan’s energy sector, Nancy Estes, Acting Mission Director for United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Yousaf Awan, Chief Executive Officer of the Islamabad Electric Supply Company (IESCO), inaugurated the Power Distribution Control Center (PDCC) at IESCO today.  
 
Director Energy, Michael Curtis taking intrest in the Linemen equipment provided by USAID
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 12:45am
The United States government is helping to save the lives of thousands of linemen who work for Pakistan's electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) through a safety training program. The most recent batch of graduate trainees was presented with certificates of completion at a ceremony in Islamabad today. The trainings are conducted under a project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
 
Agri EXPO
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 12:45am
The United States has showcased its long-standing support for Pakistan's agriculture sector with a pavilion at the Dawn Sarsabz Agri Expo. The U.S. pavilion highlights initiatives that are helping modernize the agriculture sector, improve value chains and market access, increase yields and income for farmers, and ensure the sector's sustainability. The two-day exhibition in Lahore, inaugurated today, is open to the public.
 
International Women's Day
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:30am

The  United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), recognizes the bravery and determination of the women of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) who have endured loss, but are determined to resume a normal life for themselves and their families.

Energy sector Pakistan
Friday, March 7, 2014 - 5:15am
Today the United States and Pakistan signed a $72 million project implementation agreement to refurbish and upgrade the Mangla dam located in the Mirpur district of Azad Kashmir.  The rehabilitation will improve the operating capacity of the hydroelectric plant at Mangala dam by 90 megawatts (MW), enough electricity for about 200,000 Pakistani households.  A total amount of $150 million is slated for the project, with $72 million allotted for this initial phase.
 
Pakistan Reading Project
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 1:45am

The United States and Pakistan launched the Pakistan Reading Project today, marking the beginning of a five year, $160 million investment in reading education in Pakistan. Funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the project will improve the reading skills of 3.2 million children across Pakistan, build the capacity of 94,000 primary school teachers, and provide over 6,000 scholarships to train aspiring teachers.

Pakistan’s Pioneering Mobile Agriculture Project
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 - 1:30am

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), launched a new pilot project to introduce mobile enabled advisory and financial services for peach and potato farmers and fishermen in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

As a result of this project, over 1,700 small and medium sized farms and 15,000 people in Swat will gain access to mobile banking. With information and financing more readily available, farmers can learn practices to increase their crop yields, gain increased access to markets, and conduct efficient and safe financial transactions.

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