USAID has been working in the Dominican Republic for over 50 years to assist its journey to self-reliance. USAID programs have served to meet the basic needs of citizens, improve health and education, and strengthen the public and private sector.
Over the decades, USAID has supported public and private investment in education, public administration, tax administration, public safety, health, irrigation, agriculture and rural development, and job creation. USAID has also promoted trade through regulatory reform and market-oriented policies, and helped diversify exports, especially non-traditional crops. It proudly supported the establishment of the first free trade zones in the Dominican Republic, now home to the country's major employers, exporters, and foreign exchange producers. Other programming priorities have been supporting disaster relief, health and HIV/AIDS programming, and strengthening governance institutions.
Today, USAID is helping to build a more secure and prosperous Dominican Republic by addressing youth crime and violence prevention, helping the Dominican people become more resilient to the impact of climate change, and reducing the impact of HIV in affected populations.