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07-10-2020

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced 16 new awards through its Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) to test and scale breakthrough solutions to the world's most intractable development challenges. The successful organizations, many of which are new to working with USAID, span six sectors and nine countries.

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.
07-10-2020

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.

06-10-2020

We at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are gravely concerned about the recent allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by personnel employed by international organizations and relief agencies in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).

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.
06-10-2020
Readout

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.

06-10-2020

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.

06-10-2020
Readout

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and Birgitta Tazelaar, Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of The Netherlands, launched a Community of Practice to strengthen employment accountability, referencing, and screening to prevent the circulation of perpetrators of sexual misconduct in the aid sector. This initiative uses a practical approach based on case studies to identify best practices to prevent the sexual abuse, exploitation, and harassment of those involved in our programs.

01-10-2020
Media Advisory

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. 

01-10-2020

On October 1, 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released the third iteration of our Journey to Self-Reliance Country Roadmaps, and published additional resources related to the Journey to Self-Reliance on the public portal. The Country Roadmaps serve as USAID's flagship analytical tool for assessing self-reliance in a given country, based on 17 independent, publicly available metrics that capture the concepts of Commitment and Capacity.

30-09-2020

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Strategies to Prevent Spillover (STOP Spillover) a five-year, $100 million project to anticipate and address threats posed by the emerging zoonotic diseases that pose the greatest risk of jumping from animals to humans. STOP Spillover will play a significant role in the implementation of the U.S. Government's Global Health Security Strategy, including support for the Global Health Security Agenda.

30-09-2020

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa announced the establishment of new bilateral USAID Missions in the Republics of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan at an event hosted by the Heritage Foundation. The announcement comes just months after the public launch of the United States Strategy for Central Asia 2019-2025, and is another example of USAID's long-term commitment to the people of Central Asia.

29-09-2020

Two years ago at the United Nations General Assembly, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the Global Accelerator to End Tuberculosis (TB), our new business model for fighting the world's deadliest infectious disease. Alongside Heads of State from countries where TB is most prevalent and other partners, USAID committed to the ambitious goal of diagnosing and enrolling an additional 40 million people on TB treatment by 2022.

29-09-2020
Readout

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa today reaffirmed the support of the United States for religious freedom in Cuba. Speaking at an event titled, "Religious Groups in Cuba: An Emerging Social Force," hosted by the International Republican Institute, Acting Administrator Barsa emphasized the vital role that religious groups play in every free society. The Acting Administrator also reiterated that religious freedom is a fundamental human right and a top priority for USAID, as mandated by the Executive Order on Advancing International Religious Freedom signed by President Trump in June 2020.

29-09-2020

Today, the United States Government released, "Strengthening Health Security Across the Globe: Progress and Impact of U.S. Government Investments in the Global Health Security Agenda." This whole-of-Government report demonstrates the determination of the United States to continue to advance health security at home and abroad.

28-09-2020
Readout

Yesterday, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Bonnie Glick participated in meetings with the Government of Morocco led by the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. During these meetings, the DFC discussed opportunities to expand investment in Morocco.

25-09-2020
Virtual Event, Washington, DC

I'm pleased to welcome John Barsa, Acting Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID, for a closing conversation. Acting Administrator Barsa, it’s great to have you. Always (inaudible) the council, including even last year when we were in New York together. And although we're not physically together today, I'd like to take a moment to acknowledge your continued support for democracy and for human rights.

25-09-2020
Special Briefing via Telephone

Today we are very pleased to be joined by Richard Albright, Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, and Max Primorac, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance.  Our speakers will discuss U.S. leadership and humanitarian assistance and diplomacy in Africa as well as the U.S. commitment to addressing urgent humanitarian needs on the African continent.

25-09-2020

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced $1.2 million for 10 small and medium-sized agribusinesses to address the economic fallout in emerging markets caused by COVID-19. Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation - a USAID-led program managed by Fintrac that is responsible for building partnerships with private-sector agribusinesses-is working with past partner companies to help them cope with the impact of COVID-19 and remain resilient during and after the pandemic.

25-09-2020
Readout

Yesterday, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick participated in the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC)-led meetings with the Government of Israel (GOI) to discuss opportunities and next steps on DFC projects on areas of GOI interest.

24-09-2020
Readout

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa met with the Honorable David Beasley, Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP). Acting Administrator Barsa thanked Executive Director Beasley for WFP's dedicated partnership in responding to food crises in some of the world's most-challenging environments, including the Republic of Yemen, Sudan, and South Sudan. They also discussed growing humanitarian needs and the continued impact of COVID-19 on humanitarian programs.

24-09-2020
Statement by USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa

The United States announced nearly $152 million in new humanitarian assistance for the Central Sahel Republics of Niger, Mali, and Burkina Faso, and the Islamic Republic of Mauritania, which are dealing with mass population displacements and food-insecurity because of ongoing conflict in the region.  Today's announcement includes more than $85 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and nearly $67 million from the U.S. Department of State.

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Last updated: October 24, 2020

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