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Last updated: October 22, 2020

October 22, 2020

To address the emerging needs for psychological support during the COVID-19 outbreak, USAID’s partner, UNICEF Kazakhstan joined Kazakhstan’s National Centre for Mental Health at the Ministry of Healthcare to launch a website that provides information and serves as a platform for individual online counselling services, meeting the needs of the population for psychological assistance, especially during the pandemic.

October 21, 2020

As part of the U.S. Government’s continuing support to India’s COVID-19 response, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced two new awards totaling $5 million to Catalyst Management Service’s COVID Action Collaborative (CAC) and the Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence (Wadhwani AI).

October 16, 2020

USAID is well-positioned to support and leverage the $75 billion of investment that DFC will catalyze for critical development challenges, including COVID-19 recovery. We establish the architecture for long-term, flourishing investment climates that support economic resilience and enable DFC and private sector investments to thrive. Our programs support local businesses, and we help countries create the conditions for private investment and growth. We strengthen food security among the poorest households, and we broaden economic opportunities for people in their own countries. USAID promotes good governance and accountable institutions as key building blocks for an investment climate that is attractive.

October 16, 2020

The United States Government is supporting 40 entrepreneurs in Benin to promote handwashing and affordable sanitation and hygiene products as part of its support to COVID-19 response. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the United States is working with the entrepreneurs to promote and sell their products to limit the spread of the virus. Produced locally, the products include affordable handwashing stations, hand sanitizer, toilets, disinfectants, and masks to expand access to disease prevention tools.

October 16, 2020

Today, we celebrate World Food Day-a moment to pause and recognize the ongoing need for action towards ending global poverty, hunger and malnutrition. Just last week, the Nobel Committee recognized the importance of fighting hunger in efforts to build peace. Against the backdrop of a pandemic that threatens to increase global poverty, hunger and malnutrition substantially, the message of this year's World Food Day feels more poignant and urgent than others in recent memory.