Working in Crises and Conflict

  • USAID marks milestone in providing humanitarian assistance

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  • The ongoing Ebola outbreak in West Africa is the largest and most-protracted ever recorded and it shows no signs of waning as the affected countries have been unable to control the outbreak on their own.

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  • USAID is working with a wide variety of partners to respond to the humanitarian needs of the South Sudanese people.

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  • More than 5 million children have been affected by the ongoing crisis in Syria.

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  • Conflict in the Central African Republic has left an estimated 2.5 million people--more than half the country's population--in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Promoting Peace and Tolerance through Soccer
International Soccer Competition Unites Côte d’Ivoire
Women get the message out through fashion shows
Fashion Shows Promote Peace in Côte d’Ivoire
USAID/OTI rehabilitated the tribunal judge's residence to support the restoration of justice services in Timbuktu.
Restoring Mali's Damaged Government Buildings and Services

Every year, droughts, floods, hurricanes, and other natural disasters affect approximately 100 million people and cause more than $100 billion dollars in economic damage. Today, nearly 53 million people worldwide are in need of emergency food aid. And authoritarian leaders still govern nearly 50 countries, while the same number of countries are affected by conflict or potential instability.

Poverty and conflict are inextricably linked to authoritarianism and poor governance, with the consequences for citizens only worsening during times of crisis.

In 2014, conflict in South Sudan left millions in need of assistance while Syria entered the fourth year of a brutal civil war that has destroyed entire communities and affected far too many lives. Just as we have in South Sudan and Syria, USAID remains committed to responding to crises around the world, to help the people and places most in need.

With a focus on disaster prevention, response, recovery and transition, we are working to:

Providing humanitarian assistance in times of need is the fundamental reflection of our core American values.

Over the last year, we have:

  • Provided emergency assistance to tens of millions of people in 42 countries in response to 49 disasters.
  • Provided food assistance in the form of food, value transfers and vouchers to more than 53 million people in 47 countries.
  • Helped prevent conflict and mitigate the impact of unanticipated complex crises with targeted programs in five countries.

Last updated: March 13, 2015

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