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21-07-2021
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On July 20, 2021, Administrator Power met with Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of Belarus’s democratic movement, who thanked the U.S. for its longstanding support of the Belarusian people. The Administrator expressed appreciation for Tsikhanouskaya’s tireless advocacy for human rights, and she voiced grave concern over the government’s increasingly ruthless crackdown and its dangerous efforts to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed how the United States can further hold accountable those orchestrating violent repression, while supporting those working towards an inclusive dialogue and a new election.

20-07-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, I want to wish a joyous Eid al-Adha to all those celebrating.

20-07-2021

On Tuesday, July 20, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced new funding to create research and innovation centers in Liberia and Guatemala. Subject to availability of funds, USAID plans to provide $30 million over the next five years for this initiative. In Liberia, the center will use research and build training capacity to address health system challenges. In Guatemala, a series of centers will focus on economic growth innovations, entrepreneurship, training, and capacity building to increase livelihoods and address the root causes of migration. These two new awards add to the growing Higher Education Solutions Network portfolio at USAID focused on strengthening research systems in USAID partner countries.

19-07-2021
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Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs for the United Kingdom, Dominic Raab to discuss shared priorities, including sustained support for staff and partners in Afghanistan, as well as the urgent need for concerted diplomatic pressure and innovative humanitarian solutions in the face of the humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia.

19-07-2021
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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan today to discuss USAID’s commitment to its long standing partnership with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as well as the country’s plans for an inclusive response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

19-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Principal Advisor to the Administrator Mark Feierstein met with Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ján Kubiš about the importance of political progress toward transparent, credible, and secure elections on December 24, 2021.

13-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships of the European Commission, to discuss follow up from the June 15, 2021 U.S.-European Union Summit. They spoke about working together on the COVID-19 response and recovery; and on promoting democracy and fighting corruption, including by supporting countries announcing commitments at the upcoming Summit for Democracy.

09-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to discuss USAID’s support for the people of Sudan as the country continues its democratic transformation and reintegration into the global economy following its revolution in 2019.

09-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Secretary General Jan Egeland to discuss urgent humanitarian priorities, including the ongoing catastrophe in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Administrator Power noted that USAID shares NRC’s concern over the need for immediate and unhindered humanitarian access and the safety and security of all humanitarian organizations operating in Tigray.

09-07-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

Ten years ago, on July 9, the world watched with hope and optimism as the people of South Sudan jubilantly celebrated the birth of their new nation. An overwhelming majority—some 99 percent—had supported independence, reflecting the shared aspirations of millions of South Sudanese to move past decades of war and build a peaceful, equitable country. A decade of political instability, mass displacement, and extreme violence has shattered this dream. For all those who support the people of South Sudan—the United States included—this tenth anniversary of independence is a moment for humble reflection about the severe challenges they face, an honest accounting of what went wrong, and a recommitment to supporting the South Sudanese in charting a new path in the coming years.

08-07-2021

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $900,000 in additional assistance to save lives, meet urgent humanitarian needs, and help affected people recover from the devastating floods in Timor-Leste. Heavy rains and strong winds associated with Tropical Cyclone Seroja lashed Timor-Leste's capital Dili and eight municipalities in April, causing extensive flooding and landslides resulting in dozens of deaths, destroyed crops, and thousands of evacuations.

06-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem to discuss USAID’s revitalized partnership with UNFPA.

04-07-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to declare our nation’s independence from Great Britain. Days later, the Declaration of Independence was adopted, and each year on the Fourth of July we commemorate the proclaiming of our country’s independence and beginning our journey as a democratic nation.

02-07-2021
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The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:‎

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s Foreign Minister and the European Union’s Special Envoy on Ethiopia, to discuss the dire humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. This meeting follows a high-level convening of donor countries on June 9, 2021, where an agreement was reached to call collectively on the Government of Ethiopia and all parties involved to end hostilities. 

30-06-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with Chairperson for the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission Shaharzad Akbar.

30-06-2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) took action this month to address sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment in the international aid system by instituting a new set of standards and procedures when working with the United Nations (UN) and other public international organizations. These enhanced accountability measures reflect a harmonized approach by donors to set similar standards across the aid sector. They establish clear expectations between USAID and its multilateral partners to prevent and address sexual exploitation and abuse in USAID-funded programs, and sexual harassment in their workplaces in a survivor-centered manner.

30-06-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

Today, the United States International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) in collaboration with the World Bank Group, Germany, and France, announced a joint investment to boost vaccine manufacturing capacity in Africa. As Vice Chair of DFC’s Board of Directors, I was proud to vote yes on this deal. This financing will enable a South African business to ramp up manufacturing capacity and produce more than 500 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine by the end of 2022.

28-06-2021
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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power spoke with Uzbekistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov to discuss Uzbekistan’s reform agenda and its wide-ranging economic, judicial, educational, and social implications, and to underscore the importance of human rights and freedom of speech. The Foreign Minister described Uzbekistan’s reforms including advancing economic competition and inviting OSCE involvement in the upcoming election. Administrator Power reiterated USAID's commitment to development cooperation in Uzbekistan as evidenced by the recent opening of the USAID Mission in Tashkent.

28-06-2021

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $41 million in support to help India respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and strengthen the country’s preparedness for COVID-19 and future health emergencies. 

28-06-2021

Today, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken announced more than $436 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria during a ministerial level meeting. This new funding, provided through the Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will provide additional critical aid to families in need in Syria, Syrian refugees, and host communities in neighboring countries.

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Last updated: August 03, 2021

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