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The purpose of foreign aid is to end the need for its existence. - Mark Green, USAID Administrator

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The purpose of foreign aid is to end the need for its existence. - Mark Green, USAID Administrator

What We Do

USAID is the world's premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. USAID's work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity, demonstrates American generosity, and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience.

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Development Journey

“We provide development assistance to help partner countries on their own development journey to self-reliance. We look at ways to help lift lives and build communities.”
– USAID Administrator Mark Green

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Last updated: August 08, 2018

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