Working in Crises and Conflict

  • 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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  • To help victims of the worst flooding in over a century, the U.S. government is providing search and rescue boats to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in addition to critical relief supplies to people affected by the flooding.

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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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Yatanar Htun and Ethan Zuckerman discuss hate speech at MIT's Build Peace Conference
Yatanar Htun and Ethan Zuckerman discuss hate speech at MIT's Build Peace Conference
USAID talks to Mahamadou at MIT's Build Peace Conference
USAID talks to Mahamadou at MIT's Build Peace Conference
USAID at MIT's Build Peace Through Technology conference
USAID at MIT's Build Peace Through Technology conference

In 2013, droughts, floods, hurricanes and other natural disasters affected nearly 97 million people. 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 or disasters.

In the fall of 2013, Typhoon Haiyan--one of the strongest stroms on record--slammed into the Philippines. More than 16 million people were affected by the storm, which washed away homes, destroyed livelihoods, and cut off entire communities. Just as we have in the Philippines, we remain committed to responding quickly and effectively to crises, even as we work to help prevent them in the first place.

With a focus on crisis 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 40 countries in response to 52 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: July 28, 2014

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