American Schools and Hospitals Abroad

As authorized in the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, as amended, USAID’s American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) program provides assistance to schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States that serve as study and demonstration centers for American ideas and practices. ASHA’s grants help these institutions train future leaders in a wide variety of disciplines, support local and regional infrastructure to foster development, and cultivate positive relationships and mutual understanding among citizens of the United States and other nations.

Since its inception in 1947, ASHA has assisted more than 250 institutions in over 70 countries. ASHA currently manages a worldwide portfolio of over 100 awards, making 30-40 new awards each year. These awards support construction, renovation, and the procurement of scientific, medical, and educational equipment. As the use of ASHA funds is strictly limited, benefiting overseas institutions complement ASHA investments with support from additional sources. This allows ASHA to engage in sustainable partnerships that build capacity and catalyze innovation.

ASHA directly contributes to U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy objectives by fostering democracy, tolerance, and innovation. The networks of educational and medical institutions supported by ASHA offer opportunities to access quality education and health services in areas of the world where often few or none exist. ASHA’s partners have educated successive generations of global citizens, deepening their understanding of American values and their commitment to democracy and critical thinking.


2014 ASHA Annual Conference Materials 

Thank you to all who participated in the 2014 ASHA Annual Conference.  We are delighted to have had the opportunity to host this third annual conference,  which has continued to grow and help expose individuals to diverse ideas and practices. Materials from the Annual Conference have been made publicly available and are accessible here.

ASHA Strategy: Comment Period Closed

As of June 9th, the formal period for comment on ASHA's draft strategy has closed. The ASHA team is now in the process of reviewing the comments received and integrating them as appropriate. ASHA extends its thanks to all those who provided feedback. 

A draft of the strategy is available for download on this site for informational purposes. When completed, the final strategy will be available for download on this site as well. Please direct any questions to Brian Cognato, Program Operations Specialist, at                                                                                                         


Contact Information:

Senior Program Analyst: Kerrin Goodspeed,

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Last updated: June 11, 2014

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