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27-05-2022
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

It is with great sorrow that we learned of the passing of a member of the USAID family. Abdulhameed Al-Ajami, a former Yemeni U.S. Embassy employee who worked for USAID was detained by Houthis in November of 2021, and perished earlier this week in their custody. I'd like to extend my sincere and deepest condolences to his family and friends and recognize his tremendous service to the United States and to Yemen.

27-05-2022

Assistant to the Administrator (AtA) of USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance Sarah Charles traveled to the Philippines and Indonesia from May 20 to 26. During the trip, AtA Charles met with USAID humanitarian partners, regional disaster management officials, and representatives of other donor governments working to develop disaster preparedness and resilience in the Indo-Pacific region and globally.

26-05-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with the Central America Donors Roundtable, a group of over 20 philanthropic organizations focused on Central America to discuss efforts to promote, protect, and defend civic space in the region.

26-05-2022

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment Hub announced $5 million in funding for awards and technical assistance to nine winners of the MujerProspera (WomanProsper) Challenge, a regional challenge to advance gender equality in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras through women’s economic security, employment, and entrepreneurship. The challenge advances the Biden-Harris Administration’s strategy to address the root causes of irregular migration from Central America. It was first announced by USAID Administrator Samantha Power during her trip to El Salvador in June 2021.

24-05-2022
Media Advisory

On May 26, 2022, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will announce the nine winners of the MujerProspera (WomanProsper) Challenge at a virtual event featuring keynote speaker USAID Administrator Samantha Power. The event will also include a panel discussion with select awardees to talk about their approach to innovation. The Challenge is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to address the root causes of irregular migration.

23-05-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power held a call with Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe to discuss how USAID is responding to the country’s political and economic crises. 

23-05-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke at the first public meeting of members of the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development (BIFAD), as the world is facing an unprecedented food security crisis. The Board was recently appointed by President Biden in January 2022. BIFAD advises USAID on agriculture and higher education issues pertinent to food insecurity in developing countries.

21-05-2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $8 million in humanitarian assistance for people experiencing continuing humanitarian needs associated with Super Typhoon Rai and subsequent Tropical Storm Megi in the Philippines. Building on support provided for the initial disaster response, this new funding brings total USAID assistance for typhoon-affected people in the Philippines to more than $29 million since December 2021.

19-05-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Zambia Minister of Foreign Affairs Stanley Kakubo. During the meeting, Administrator Power reiterated the United States’ support to Zambia and highlighted the country’s potential to serve as a regional model of good governance, founded on inclusive democratic principles and accountability.

19-05-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with leaders from philanthropic organizations to discuss the evolving global food security crisis, the exacerbating impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on food security and nutrition, and the U.S. Government’s response plan.

19-05-2022

On May 18, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman met with G7 members and invited guests on the margins of the G7 Development Ministerial in Berlin, Germany.

19-05-2022
Readout

On May 18, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman attended the G7 Development Ministerial in Berlin, hosted by German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze, and with the participation of development leaders from G7 countries and invited guests. Throughout the Ministerial, Deputy Administrator Coleman and other participants discussed collective approaches to mitigating the global food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s war in Ukraine, high-quality standards for infrastructure investments, climate change and a socially just energy transition, and gender equity and equality in development assistance.

18-05-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Executive Officer of global fertilizer company Yara International, to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its adverse impacts on the global fertilizer supply, crop production, and the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on agriculture. Administrator Power discussed ways in which USAID, through the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative, is addressing impacts on global hunger, poverty, and malnutrition.

18-05-2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti to reaffirm USAID’s unwavering support for the country’s democratic and economic aspirations and its European and Euro-Atlantic path. Prime Minister Kurti underscored the deep friendship and partnership between the people of both countries, and Administrator Power recognized Prime Minister Kurti for Kosovo’s proactive leadership to address climate change and strengthen long-term energy security.

18-05-2022
Media Advisory

Administrator Samantha Power will deliver remarks as part of the commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2022 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Johns Hopkins University.

18-05-2022

At the Global Food Security Call to Action Ministerial Meeting convened by the United States today in New York, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced nearly $215 million in additional humanitarian assistance to address the global food security crisis, which has been exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine and its corresponding impact on global markets. Even before the war began, approximately 768 million people were chronically hungry. This new crisis has only made an already dire situation significantly worse, with as many as 40 million people projected to be pushed into poverty and food insecurity through the end of the year.

16-05-2022
Media Advisory

On May 18, 2022, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman will travel to Berlin, Germany, to attend the G7 Development Ministerial Meeting.

16-05-2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with food security experts from leading think tanks and academic institutions to discuss the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on food security and nutrition and the U.S. government’s response efforts to the global food crisis.

16-05-2022
Readout

On May 14, Deputy Administrator Coleman completed her trip to Laos to deepen development cooperation with the Government of Laos and discuss shared priorities under the U.S.-Laos Comprehensive Partnership, an agreement launched by President Obama in 2016.

15-05-2022
Press Release

On May 13, 2022, during her trip to Laos, USAID Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming Isobel Coleman announced $5.6 million to support the Government of Laos to advance their education and economic growth goals, both of which have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Last updated: July 03, 2022

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