November 23, 2015

Asia represents more than half the world’s population and is the most dynamic and fastest-growing region in the world. Robust economic growth, rapid advances in technology and increasing interconnectivity make Asia an important market for U.S. exports and a key U.S. foreign policy priority. As a fundamental partner in U.S. security and trade priorities, the region has become a key driver of global politics and economics.

Many countries in Asia have met or exceeded several of their United Nations Millennium Development Goals. However, post-2015, much remains to be done to unlock economic prosperity and security equally across borders. USAID’s regional programs work to address key transnational issues that present critical developmental challenges to progress.


July 5, 2015

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-U.S. Partnership for Good Governance, Equitable and Sustainable Development and Security is a five-year project (2013-2018) supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United States Department of State to strengthen institutions and develop regional policies to advance ASEAN’s vision for political-security and social-cultural integration.

ASEAN seeks to promote equitable and sustainable human development in Southeast Asia through increasing good governance and regional security for its population of 600 million people.  The ASEAN Charter signed in 2008 is the guiding document to build an ASEAN Community that is peaceful, stable, and prosperous.

International Organization for Migration, Lao PDR, and US Work to Improve Disaster Preparedness
June 30, 2015

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Lao PDR, supported by the US government, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare Monday to officially commence a project to strengthen the capacity of Lao government officials to be able to manage humanitarian emergencies.

Carrie Thompson, Acting-Director, USAID Regional Development Mission for Asia (left) speakes to Maria Theresa Medialdia, Program
June 29, 2015

Today, the Mekong Institute (MI) and the United States Agency for International Development Regional Development Mission for Asia (USAID/RDMA) launched the online Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI) Food Security Donor Mapping Database to promote enhanced cooperation and coordination among donors and funding organizations.

USAID and partners Microsoft, IOM and IOMX launch a crowdfunding portal,, during the Regional Conference on ICT to C
June 24, 2015

The U.S. Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Nina Hachigian, joined Microsoft, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and UN Agencies at a conference in Bangkok on June 23 and 24 to highlight the role that technology plays in inspiring new approaches to preventing trafficking in persons, protecting the victims and prosecuting the perpetrators.

U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN, Nina Hachigian, gives keynote address at the Regional Conference on Information Communication Technolo
June 24, 2015

It is a great honor for me to be in a room full of people committed to combating trafficking in persons.  The United States Government and I, personally, care deeply about this issue.  Let me first thank Microsoft and Ms. Tony Town-Whitley for hosting this conference and the United Nations agencies for their contributions.  The United States is proud to join Microsoft and the UN in their commitment to combat human trafficking. 


Last updated: November 24, 2015

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