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Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) as Hurricane Irma - the strongest Atlantic hurricane on record - brings life-threatening rains, winds, and storm surges to the Caribbean. The DART, an elite team of disaster experts, currently has staff in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Barbados, and the Bahamas, who will coordinate with local authorities and humanitarian organizations on the ground to bring vital assistance to those affected by this hurricane and its aftermath. USAID has pre-positioned critical commodities in high-risk countries, including Haiti, to ensure relief supplies are immediately available to help communities in need.


USAID Administrator Mark Green visited the Republic of South Sudan September 1-2, and on Friday he met with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir in Juba. Administrator Green stressed the urgent need for President Kiir and his Government to both acknowledge and address the worsening humanitarian crisis in South Sudan.

Food and Agriculture Organization Director-General Jose Graziano de Silva, World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley, and International Fund for Agricultural Development President Gilbert Houngbo

There will never be enough money to do everything that we would like to do, but the challenges -- the scale of the challenges we’re facing: natural disaster, as we see here, man-made disasters, as we see in too many places, is creating unprecedented need and challenge.  Our obligation, as in all of us, is to work seamlessly, very-closely, share information all the time.  We also have an obligation, I think, to try to deal with immediate needs and also to look at some unpredictable future needs.  So, the youth that we see in refugee camps, who will grow up in a refugee camp experience, how do we help to provide some kind of education and job training so that god-willing someday there’s a normalcy there.  But all of these challenges are really profound ones.

Sheraton Hotel, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

 Thanks to all of you for making it through the rain to come here, I appreciate it.  I've had a couple of great days so far here in Ethiopia, and I'd like to begin by thanking the people of Ethiopia for their incredible hospitality.  Beautiful country -- it's not my first time here, but every time I come back I'm just -- I feel a great sense of welcome.  So, it -- my thanks go out.  This is my first trip abroad as the Administrator of USAID, and I'm glad that that first trip was to Africa.  It's a continent with which, as some of you know, I have a close personal relationship.  It


USAID Administrator Mark Green met with African Union Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat today in Addis Ababa to discuss partnering on economic growth, security, and sustainable development in Africa.

Office of the Prime Minister, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

USAID is committed to helping Ethiopia leverage its human and economic capital, and to harness the power of Ethiopian farms and entrepreneurs to create a more economically prosperous and food-secure Ethiopia. This is why, yesterday, I announced that Ethiopia will be a target country for the next phase of Feed the Future. We look forward to partnering with Ethiopia on Feed the Future venture.


USAID Administrator Mark Green met today with Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Administrator Green and Prime Minister Desalegn discussed U.S. support for Ethiopia's economic development, drought response, and food security.

Bineta Dioum Bam, the president of a local women’s group, winnows rice – a main staple in Senegal – in a newly irrigated perimeter in the country’s north.

Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green announced the selection of 12 target countries for the next phase in America's global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future: Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Kenya, Mali, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, and Uganda.

Jijiga Export Slaughter House, Jijiga, Ethiopia

I think Feed the Future itself, as an approach, is not simply humanitarian response.  Humanitarian response is important, but we’re all understanding, you want to help people protect themselves and to be strengthened against the potential for future shock and crisis, as a sad reality, Ethiopia seems to get those shocks every few years; not just once a generation.  And so, I think what we’re doing here, these sorts of facilities which create better livelihoods, but also some of the partnership for putting together, including the American business community, agribusiness community is a very smart way of tackling food and security.

Administrator Mark Green visits a Feed the Future-supported abattoir in Ethiopia/Somali region, which has leveraged $15 millon in private investment
Jijiga Export Slaughter House, Jijiga, Ethiopia

Feed the Future harnesses the power of American development leadership and innovation to partner with host governments, and community leaders and the private sector to build resilient communities with the goal of helping people stand on their own two feet, no matter what challenge may come their way.  By equipping people with the tools to feed themselves and their families over the long term, Feed the Future and our partners are addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty and bolstering their ability to meet future challenges.  Ethiopia, in particular, is a great example of the impact that the Feed the Future partnership can have.  Thanks to all of you and your hard work, Ethiopia is making strong progress.  Because of investments by the national government, and with the support of smart development assistance, Ethiopia was able to bounce back from 2015 and 2016 droughts.  And I'm confident that Ethiopia's resilience will help the country to weather the current drought as well.

Office of the Prime Minister, Khartoum, Sudan

Today, we discuss the importance of Sudan sustaining and building on its recent positive actions in multiple areas. These areas include maintaining a cessation of hostilities in the conflict areas, continuing improvement of humanitarian access throughout Sudan, and maintaining cooperation with the United States on both regional conflicts and regional counterterrorism threats.


U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to Ethiopia, August 30-31. The Administrator will visit multiple USAID-funded Feed the Future sites that contribute to strengthening community resilience and economic development in Ethiopia. Green will also visit a program supported through the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which aims to reduce the economic vulnerability of families affected by HIV/AIDS.


My visit here to North Darfur today not only demonstrates USAID's continuing concern and support for the people of Sudan, but also shows USAID's long-standing legacy of support here, dating back to the early 1960s.   The timing of this visit, during the sanctions review period, shows the importance America attaches to our relations with Sudan.  We remain committed to engaging with the Government of Sudan at a high level on all areas of our bilateral relationship and to seeing sustained positive actions, including improving humanitarian access.

Khartoum, Sudan

I think it's also clear that the U.S. Government values its relationship with Sudan. I think Sudan is a country that has enormous potential, and I think it's a country that the U.S. is hoping to have a closer and stronger relationship with. I think what we are talking about -- in terms of the five-track plan -- presents an opportunity for a new and closer relationship in the future. That's what I think makes this so very important.


U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will travel to Sudan, August 27-29.

Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson

USAID is deeply disappointed by the decision of Cambodia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation to shut down the NDI's Cambodian operations, and require its foreign staff to leave the country.


Administrator Green spoke today with Canadian Minister for International Development and La Francophonie Marie-Claude Bibeau to discuss USAID and Global Affairs Canada's (GAC) close and multifaceted partnership.


Power Africa, a U.S. Government-led initiative to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, has released its annual report. The initiative consists of more than 150 public and private sector partners, which have collectively committed more than $54 billion towards achieving Power Africa's goals. It is among the world's largest public-private partnerships in development history.

Statement by Clayton M. McCleskey, Acting Spokesperson

This Saturday, August 19, marks World Humanitarian Day, a time to recognize aid workers who risk their lives while helping millions of people affected by global crises. Since the death of 22 United Nations and relief-agency staff on August 19, 2003 in a Baghdad bombing, each year we honor the brave women and men who have died while serving others, and celebrate the selfless spirit of those who risk everything to save lives.


But basically, my philosophy and my approach at USAID is precisely what I’ve talked about before and is in my statement that I submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  And I believe philosophically the purpose of foreign assistance is to end the need for its existence.  I believe in hand-up development.  So the American taxpayers are extraordinarily generous people and we aim to mobilize compassion around the world.  But I think the most important thing is to be truly compassionate, and that’s doing what we can to help our partners, allies, and friends to lead themselves, and so we look to build the capacity of our partners – host country partners, but also civil society and all those attributes that we all know are crucial for countries to rise.  And that’s what we want to work on.


Last updated: November 30, 2020

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