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03-12-2021
Media Advisory

Administrator Samantha Power is hosting a Summit for Democracy event, “All Hands on Deck: Innovating Together to Combat Transnational Corruption,” to highlight innovations and collaboration to tackle corruption from a wide range of partners and problem-solvers, including civil society, the philanthropic community, businesses, and donor governments. Administrator Power will also announce concrete ways to partner with USAID in tackling transnational corruption during the Summit for Democracy year of action and beyond.

03-12-2021
Statement by USAID Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif

On December 3, the White House released the updated National Action Plan (NAP) to Combat Human Trafficking, an integrated federal response to address this global crime that affects an estimated 25 million people around the world, including adults and children coerced into sex trafficking or forced labor. 

03-12-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

Today, USAID commemorates International Day of Persons with Disabilities and joins our partners in recognizing the dignity, achievements, and essential contributions of the world’s one billion persons with disabilities. With an estimated 15 percent of the global population living with some form of disability, USAID has a particularly important role to play in empowering them to be the drivers of development and leaders in tackling the range of challenges our Agency is addressing around the world. 

02-12-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with the Director General of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Bruno Oberle. The two discussed partnership opportunities to advance conservation efforts to address the global crises of biodiversity loss and climate change while ensuring a focus on equity and the promotion of human rights. They also discussed opportunities to strengthen efforts to improve transparency and effective management in the natural resource sector and create enabling environments for climate action.

01-12-2021
Statement

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development commemorates World AIDS Day. For eighteen years, USAID has played a critical role in implementing the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which has helped save more than 21 million lives, and we are currently supporting life-saving HIV treatment for nearly seven million people around the world. We are committed to ending the global HIV epidemic through equitable and inclusive access to services for all in need.

01-12-2021
Readout

Today, USAID Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming Isobel Coleman met with United Nations World Food Program (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley. They discussed the urgent humanitarian crises around the world, including in Ethiopia and Afghanistan.

01-12-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Mr. Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman of Econet Global, Special Envoy to the African Union (AU) on COVID-19, and coordinator of the Africa Vaccine Acquisition Task Team. They were joined by Vera Songwe, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and Dr. John Nkengasong, the Director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and President Biden’s nominee for Ambassador-at-Large and Coordinator of U.S. Government Activities to Combat HIV/AIDS Globally.

01-12-2021

Today, the United States and Mexico are announcing Sembrando Oportunidades, a new framework for development cooperation to address the root causes of irregular migration from northern Central America. Under this framework, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Mexican Agency for International Development and Cooperation (AMEXCID) plan to coordinate our development resources and expertise to help citizens of northern Central America build prosperous futures in their home communities.

24-11-2021
Statement

November 25 marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the beginning of an important global advocacy campaign, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

23-11-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with President Faustin-Archange Touadéra of the Central African Republic (CAR) to discuss the growing humanitarian emergency in CAR. Administrator Power expressed concern with the severe deterioration of the food security situation in the country, where an estimated 2.6 million people—approximately 60 percent of the country’s population—are now experiencing acute food insecurity, and she highlighted the urgent need to remove barriers to reaching populations in need. She raised concerns with the worsening security conditions, as well as reports of grave human rights violations, and expressed the United States’ commitment to supporting inclusive peace in CAR.

23-11-2021
Remarks

Good morning everybody, thank you for gathering. Thank you Karen for your heartfelt introduction which we can always count on. Such a deep relationship with all the people we get to send out into the world. It’s a great pleasure to have the chance to swear in our next Mission Director to Indonesia: proud Michigan State alum, passionate fan of the band Phish, and Detroit Tiger devotee, Jeff Cohen

23-11-2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $8.9 million in humanitarian assistance for the people of the Central African Republic (CAR). The announcement follows Administrator Samantha Power’s call today with Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadéra.

22-11-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs Nanaia Mahuta. The Administrator thanked Hon. Mahuta for New Zealand’s role as a valuable development partner and reaffirmed a mutual commitment to cooperate on development progress across the Pacific Islands. The two discussed ongoing collaboration to respond to COVID-19 and climate change threats throughout the Pacific Islands, as well as broader engagement in infrastructure development that is focused on climate resilience. They also spoke about empowering women and girls in the Pacific, supporting the region’s renewable energy transformation and continuing to protect its coastal fisheries and work to foster good governance

20-11-2021
Statement

On a June evening earlier this year, Andrea González, a torch bearer of Guatemala’s LGBTQI+ movement and a leader in the transgender women’s organization Otrans Reinas de la Noche, “Queens of the Night,” was shot dead in the street near her home in Guatemala City. Just 28-years-old, Andrea was a State Department Leadership Fellow and Otrans was a partner of USAID, working to advocate for the right to gender identity as a human right in Guatemala.

20-11-2021
Statement

USAID staff began working in Yemen in 1959. We condemn the Houthis’ recent detention of U.S.-employed Yemenis and breach of a compound used by the U.S. Embassy prior to 2015 which are an affront to the entire international community.

We call on the Houthis to immediately release unharmed all locally-employed staff who remain detained, cease this campaign of harassment and intimidation, return their property, and hold accountable the perpetrators of this outrage.

19-11-2021
Readout

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Brussels, Belgium on November 19 to reaffirm the United States’ commitment to the transatlantic partnership and participate in the Foreign Affairs Council Development (FAC-DEV) Ministerial.  She met with key leaders of the European Union (EU) and EU member states to discuss working together to address common challenges. 

19-11-2021
Readout

Today, Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming Isobel Coleman met with United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths to reinforce USAID’s long-standing support for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in responding to humanitarian crises, including in Afghanistan and Ethiopia.

19-11-2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing $2 million to support the UN World Food Program (WFP) East Africa Innovation Hub to find innovative solutions to strengthen food security by moving beyond traditional food assistance towards long-term resilience.

18-11-2021
Readout

Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Moldova on November 16-18 to advance the United States’ partnership with the Moldovan people, and participate in engagements demonstrating the United States’ commitment to supporting the country’s ambitious democratic reform agenda. The Administrator met with government leaders to discuss Moldova’s democratic progress and efforts to enhance government transparency, increase economic opportunity, root out corruption, and improve the lives of Moldovan citizens. The Administrator also launched a new program to enhance the competitiveness of key Moldovan industries through digital and technological innovation, and met with journalists, civil society and community groups, the business community, and local government officials.

17-11-2021

On November 17, Administrator Power launched the Future Technologies Activity, the next generation of USAID’s support for digital innovation in Moldova, while visiting Digital Park in Chisinau.

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Last updated: December 05, 2021

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