U.S. Government Convenes Innovators in Northern Thailand to Tackle Air Pollution Challenges
February 11, 2020

A team of six youth innovators called “No Grant SMOG” won the first prize at Smogathon Thailand 2020 for inventing active-learning tools to educate elementary school children about smog. To help address air pollution challenges, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State’s Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) and the Royal Thai Government’s Pollution Control Department, hosted “Smogathon Thailand 2020” in Chiang Mai from February 8 to 10.

From center left to right: Mr. Vilayphong Sysomvang, Acting Director General of the Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare’s Social Welfare Department, Mdm. Baykham Khattiya, Deputy Minister of Labor and Social Welfare, U.S. Ambassador to the Lao PDR Rena Bitter, and Dr. Xoukiet Panyanouvong, Chief of Party of the Laos CTIP program officially launched the Laos CTIP project.
January 15, 2020

Continuing the United States’ support to the Lao PDR in its mission to end human trafficking, the U.S. Government and Ministry of Labor and Social Welfare formally launched the three-year Laos Counter Trafficking in Persons (CTIP) program at a ceremony in Vientiane on January 13. Mdm. Baykham Khattiya, Deputy Minister of Labour and Social Welfare and U.S. Ambassador Rena Bitter presided over the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that marks the start of the $2.3 million program, which is funded through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

USAID Launches New Public Service Announcements to Tackle Rhino Horn Consumption
December 18, 2019

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Wildlife Asia released two Public Service Announcements (PSAs) in Hanoi, Vietnam as part of its Chi Initiative Phase III. The Chi Initiative focuses on reducing demand for rhino horn and other illegal wildlife products among Vietnamese businessmen – a key consumer population. Vietnam is a key destination and transit country for rhino horn and other illegal wildlife products. Reducing demand for rhino products in the country is integral to decreasing trade flows and combating poaching.

November 20, 2019

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Green Invest Asia project recently co-organized with Barry Callebaut, the world’s leading manufacturer of chocolate and cocoa, a half-day coconut networking event in Bangkok to advance pre-competitive collaboration on sustainable coconut supply chains and drafting of a “sustainable coconut charter” that emulates other commodities’ sustainability agreements.

USAID Announces Partnership with Rabo Foundation to Sustainably Invest in Asia’s Future
November 19, 2019

USAID is partnering with Rabo Foundation to accelerate the foundation’s ability to invest sustainably by designing and conducting carbon monitoring of the foundation’s investments. Beginning with its pilot efforts in Indonesia, this partnership will enable Rabo Foundation to make more climate-conscious investments.


Last updated: February 11, 2020

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