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02-07-2022
Readout

On July 1, Administrator Samantha Power arrived in Lilongwe, Malawi. She began her visit by holding a town hall with U.S. Embassy colleagues alongside U.S. Ambassador to Malawi David Young and Acting USAID Mission Director in Malawi Melissa Francis. Administrator Power thanked U.S. Embassy personnel for continuing to strengthen the U.S.-Malawi bilateral relationship, despite challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis exacerbated by Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified war against Ukraine. Administrator Power also met separately with USAID’s Malawian staff to thank them for their dedication and commitment to strengthening the U.S.-Malawi relationship.

02-07-2022

Today, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced $35 million, subject to appropriations, in additional support for Malawi’s economic recovery. This five-year project will focus on empowering women and youth, expanding agricultural commercialization, increasing household and community resilience, and addressing the impacts from a changing climate. The new project will generate jobs and incomes for smallholder farmers and increase agricultural and food exports for the country, and is designed to complement the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s efforts in Malawi to reduce poverty through economic growth. USAID expects to award the new activity in the coming months as part of its support for Malawi 2063, Malawi’s vision to become a self-reliant, upper-middle income country over the next four decades.

02-07-2022

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is supporting Malawi’s vision for early grade literacy through the new Next Generation (NextGen) early grade reading project. This investment of $74 million over the next five years, subject to appropriations, will improve the delivery of high-quality early grade reading instruction in all of Malawi’s over 5,700 public primary schools nationwide. Since 2015, the U.S. government has invested more than $136 million in Malawi’s early grade reading efforts. 

02-07-2022

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced the launch of Let Them Grow Healthy (Tiwalere) in Malawi today. Tiwalere is a five-year, $46 million initiative, subject to appropriations, in support of the Government of Malawi’s National Multi-Sector Nutrition Policy. It is anticipated that USAID will invest $23 million and that the private sector will match this by also contributing $23 million. 

02-07-2022

Today the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced additional support to strengthen democratic institutions in Malawi. Today’s announcement includes $11.7 million to strengthen Malawi’s Parliament and a planned $15 million project to strengthen local governance to improve the delivery of government services to citizens in eight districts in Malawi. 

01-07-2022
Interview

Power began her career as a war correspondent in Bosnia and went on to report from places including Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan, and Zimbabwe. She was the founding executive director of the Carter Center for Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School and has been recognized as one of the Time’s 100 Most Influential People, one of Foreign Policy’s top 100 global thinkers, and by Forbes as one of the world's 100 most powerful women. Power is an author and an editor of multiple books and recipient of the 2003 Pulitzer for nonfiction. Samantha Power was sworn into office as the 19th Administrator of USAID on May 3, 2021. Welcome to this interview. I am your host. My name is Kelvin Tabula Chifokolo, and my guest is Samantha Power. Samantha, thank you so much for affording prime television an opportunity to interview you.  

30-06-2022
INTERVIEW

Just to start with, let's look at the relationship that you share with Zambia - the U.S. sharing that relationship with Zambia. The United States and Zambia and Zambia have a long standing relationship. And Zambia is currently considered a bright spot on the continental and global stage. Please share with our listeners that are ready to listen to you, what specifically stands out about Zambia?

30-06-2022
Interview

Well, right now, on Planet Earth, Zambia is one of very few places that is moving in a more democratic direction. And I just got to witness that at the local level with citizens gathering and prioritizing among all the needs in the community themselves, being able to put forward ideas about what should receive local government funding. There's more funding now available at the local level than has been true in the past.

30-06-2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provided $1.3 billion in direct budget support to the Government of Ukraine, facilitated by the World Bank, in alignment with President Biden’s commitment to President Zelenskyy that the United States intends to provide the Ukrainian government with direct budgetary aid. This contribution was made possible with generous bipartisan support from Congress

30-06-2022
Readout

On the third day of her trip to Zambia, Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Chibombo District where she met with community members who were engaging in a local decision-making exercise to determine the use of public resources. The Administrator observed their process of voting on which infrastructure projects are most important to them and heard from the community how this type of locally based civic engagement empowers the citizens and provides transparency into how public funds are used.

30-06-2022

The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced it will invest $3 million to support locally led development in Zambia through USAID’s Local Works initiative, which operates in 35 countries around the world.

30-06-2022
Readout

On the second day of her visit to Zambia, Administrator Power visited Good Nature Agro Company (GNA), one of Zambia's largest legume seed suppliers and exporters. The Administrator toured GNA’s seed warehouse and spoke with staff and food security experts about how private-sector partnerships support Zambia’s agriculture sector and help Zambia increase their regional exports to provide food for other African nations as the world faces a severe food security crisis. 

29-06-2022

The United States government has announced the launch of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Business Enabling Project, a five-year, $14 million initiative, subject to appropriations, designed to spur economic development in Zambia. Specifically focused on the development of rural communities, the project will generate incentives for private-sector investments in agriculture, eco-tourism, energy, sustainable natural resource management, and trade across Zambia, and expand women’s economic participation. By targeting legislation, procedures, and regulations that hinder women’s access to finance and their ability to own and expand businesses, the project seeks to unleash the power of Zambia’s greatest untapped resource—women entrepreneurs.

29-06-2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power launched a groundbreaking new $30 million, subject to appropriations, trade and investment program, called TradeBoost Zambia, that will advance the U.S. government’s Prosper Africa and Feed the Future initiatives. TradeBoost is among the first projects to be launched as part of USAID’s new continent-wide Africa Trade and Investment program, the Agency’s flagship effort in support of Prosper Africa. TradeBoost will amplify market intelligence, increase investment in Zambian businesses, and direct targeted trade facilitation support to Zambian businesses to reach regional and international markets. TradeBoost prioritizes locally-led development with all sub-contracts and grants going to local partners. The program will focus on businesses led by women and young people who invest in climate smart production.

29-06-2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across Kiribati due to below normal rainfall exacerbated by the ongoing impacts of climate change. So far this year, some areas have recorded less than 2.3 inches of rainfall total. The resulting drought has affected all 123,000 people residing in Kiribati, including 94,000 people in the severely impacted Gilbert Islands, which is heavily dependent on rainwater harvesting. 

28-06-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power began a multi-day trip to Zambia where she will meet with government, civil society, and private sector representatives to discuss the U.S.-Zambia relationship, highlight the U.S. government’s support for Zambia’s democratic advances, and speak to Zambians about the ongoing food security crisis made worse by Russia’s war against Ukraine.

28-06-2022
Press Release

This week, during the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Germany, President Joe Biden pledged $2.76 billion in additional U.S. government resources to protect the world’s most vulnerable populations from the escalating global food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine and the severe drought in the Horn of Africa region.

28-06-2022

In response to the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan on June 22, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, is providing nearly $55 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to meet urgent needs of people affected. To date, approximately 770 deaths and nearly 1,500 injuries have been reported. The impacts of this disaster compound the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. 

24-06-2022
Readout

On June 23, Administrator Power participated in “Pride@USAID: Accelerating LGBTQI+ Inclusive Development,” with Senior LGBTQI+ Coordinator Jay Gilliam and advocates for LGBTQI+ equality from around the world. The event highlighted the Agency’s commitment to advancing the human rights and inclusion of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and people of diverse genders and sexualities (LGBTQI+) around the world.

23-06-2022
Media Advisory

Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Zambia and Malawi from June 28 to July 3. In both countries, the Administrator will meet with local farmers, agri business owners and government officials to discuss the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on food security and nutrition in the region. Throughout her trip, the Administrator will highlight the United States government support for the region's democratic advances and underscore how democratic governance, a strong civil society, robust anti-corruption efforts and a vibrant independent media strengthen institutional resilience and deliver tangible economic dividends for the people. 

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Last updated: July 03, 2022

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