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COVID-19: Learn how USAID is responding to the coronavirus.


On July 14, 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $15 million to support a partnership between Arizona State University and the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in the Republic of Ghana to create an innovative research and training center to improve African supply-chains.


Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $575,000 for the first set of BetterTogether Challenge / JuntosEsMejor innovation awards in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Republic of Colombia.


This July 5, Venezuelans commemorated the 209th anniversary of their independence. The United States stands in unwavering solidarity with all those who are seeking a truly free and democratic Venezuela.


Since the founding of our Nation, Americans have cherished our liberty and honored those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend it. As we celebrate and honor Independence Day, we remember all those who have upheld freedom for our country against tyranny. At the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), we have the extraordinary privilege of working to advance democracy and freedom worldwide, on behalf of the American people.


Today, the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) declared an end to the Ebola epidemic that has affected the Eastern part of the country since August 2018. The epidemic was the second-largest outbreak of Ebola in history: it caused more than 3,460 total confirmed and probable cases and 2,280 deaths. This declaration comes after 42 days-double the 21-day incubation period of the disease without a new confirmed or probable Ebola case in DRC's North Kivu, South Kivu, and Ituri Provinces.


The United States is providing $356.2 million to support the democratic transition in the Republic of Sudan following a peaceful revolution in 2019. The Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), John Barsa, announced this commitment today at the Sudan Partnership Conference, a virtual event co-hosted by the European Union, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Transitional Government of Sudan, and the United Nations.


At the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), a set of core values informs how we behave towards colleagues, partners, and those we serve. Each is indispensable to our approach. Collectively, they represent USAID’s culture.


On Wednesday, June 24, 2020, Publish What You Fund (PWYF) released its Aid Transparency Index (ATI), the only independent assessment of how the world’s major donors perform in letting the public know where they invest taxpayer resources.  PWYF is a non-profit organization based in the United Kingdom that compares information donors make available and ranks the transparency of their aid over time.  

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The United States is providing additional humanitarian support in the Republic of El Salvador in response to Tropical Storm Amanda, which brought historic rainfall to the country at rates that exceeded four inches per hour.  The rainfall, flooding, and landslides from Tropical Storm Amanda affected approximately 150,000 people. 


José Daniel Ferrer's reception of the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation's prestigious Truman-Reagan Medal of Freedom award is well-deserved.  On behalf of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), I offer him sincere congratulations. 


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recently announced the selection of five winners of the Resilient, Inclusive, and Sustainable Environments (RISE) Challenge. All five activities are designed to address gender-based violence (GBV) in environmental programs and generate evidence on promising interventions. The winners will receive a total of $1.2 million in grants from USAID to implement and test solutions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republics of Colombia, Fiji, and Uganda.


Today, I am announcing a new award from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) under the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) to the Americares Foundation and new NPI funding opportunities in global health for local partners in five countries.


The U.S. Strategy on Women, Peace, and Security (WPS Strategy) guides our efforts to advance women's leadership in preventing and resolving conflict, countering violent extremism, and supporting post-conflict recovery around the world. Today, I am pleased to release USAID's Women, Peace, and Security Implementation Plan, which describes concrete actions the Agency will take to support the empowerment of women and girls in countries affected by crisis and conflict. These efforts are critical for the success of USAID's mission to support communities in our partner nations on their own Journey to Self-Reliance.


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) congratulates this year's winner of the World Food Prize, Rattan Lal, Ph.D., whose research in the management of soil resources has helped feed a growing and hungry world sustainably.


Political appointees are appointed at the discretion of the White House to carry out the President’s foreign policy agenda at USAID. I have full confidence that each political appointee at USAID has and will continue to implement the President’s policies and agenda to the best of his or her ability.


On May 22, 2020, the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the third in a series of new global health awards to accelerate reductions in maternal, newborn, and child mortality and morbidity in high-burden countries. This award, valued at up to $200 million and subject to annual appropriations, is part of the MOMENTUM suite of projects, which aims to increase the capacity of host-government institutions and local non-governmental organizations to introduce, deliver, scale-up, and sustain the use of evidence-based, high-quality maternal, reproductive, newborn, and childhealth care and voluntary family planning.

Special Briefing Via Telephone

To date, we have committed more than $1 billion to benefit the global COVID response and we want to assure everyone that we’ll continue to ensure that funding and scientific efforts on this front will remain a central and coordinated part of the USG’s response. Since the outbreak began, the Department of State and USAID have provided almost $400 million throughout Africa, and that’s devoted to emergency health, humanitarian, economic, and development assistance specifically aimed at helping governments, international organizations, and NGOs fight the COVID-19 pandemic.


Every year, June is celebrated as LGBTI Pride Month. During this month, we honor the contributions LGBTI people have made to the world as we know it today, and raise awareness of the injustices LGBTI people continue to face due to their sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.


Fulfilling the President’s Generous Commitment to Provide Critical Medical Supplies Across the Globe

Today, the United States is announcing more than $194 million in new assistance, including nearly $180 million to support the purchase of ventilators.


We are grateful for the President's leadership in advancing religious freedom around the world, and we are honored USAID will play a critical role in the implementation of the Executive Order he signed earlier today. Americans have always believed our first freedom is the freedom of religion, and it is a key component of our national security strategy. Whether in response to genocide committed against Christians and Yazidis in Northern Iraq, or the ethnic cleansing of the Muslim Rohingya in Burma, the institutional culture regarding international religious freedom has become a top priority at USAID.


Last updated: August 15, 2020

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