Acting Administrator Barsa Visits Kenya and Egypt

Female students at a vocational student in Hurghada, Egypt stand in front of solar panels.

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa will travel October 2-9 to the Republic of Kenya and the Arab Republic of Egypt where he will underscore the continuing commitment of the United States and the preservation of international religious freedom and inclusive development.

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Last updated: October 09, 2020

October 9, 2020

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa visited the Arab Republic of Egypt from October 6 to 8, 2020, to emphasize the commitment of the United States to international religious freedom and inclusive development. Deputy Assistant to the President (DAP) Sarah Makin and USAID Chief Advisor for International Religious Freedom Samah Norquist also joined the Acting Administrator in Egypt.

October 7, 2020

We are excited to announce that USAID, through the generosity of the Trump Administration, is contributing an additional $22.8 million to improve Egypt’s investment climate by supporting effective and transparent public institutions, increasing women’s participation in the labor force, and ensuring that all Egyptians benefit from essential services.

The United States, through USAID, is investing an additional $22.8 million into its 5-year $113 million agreement with the Egypt Ministry of International Cooperation to improve the investment environment and empower women to join in the labor force.
October 7, 2020

Today the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Arab Republic of Egypt, through the Ministry of International Cooperation, signed an addendum to their five-year bilateral assistance agreement for Inclusive Economic Governance that provides an additional $22.8 million in funding. In line with Egypt's Vision 2030, this new commitment is intended to improve the investment environment and empower women to join the labor force in Egypt.

Acting Administrator Barsa highlighted three new W-GDP activities, including the launch of a new $3 million program that invests in Kenyan women entrepreneurs and women owned businesses, increasing their access to finance and investment.
October 6, 2020

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa traveled to the Republic of Kenya October 3-6, 2020, to highlight three recent investments in Kenyan women made by the White House-led Women's Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) initiative. He also announced the donation of 200 American-made ventilators to support the Kenyan people during their response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and underscored the paramount importance of maintaining accountability and transparency with all U.S. Government assistance. During his visit, Acting Administrator Barsa also highlighted the U.S. Government's commitment to religious freedom and USAID-funded community-based conservation programs in the Maasai Mara.

October 6, 2020

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced a new, three-year Local Works program that will provide up to $7 million to support local communities in the Mara landscape and Northern and Coastal Kenya as they recover from the loss of tourism and livelihoods because of the pandemic of COVID-19. USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa and U.S. Ambassador Kyle McCarter announced the program during a visit to the Naboisho Conservancy.

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