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23-11-2021
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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
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

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
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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
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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
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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
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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.

17-11-2021

Today, U.S. Government officials visited Red River Foods—an American company based in Richmond, Virginia—to discuss the company’s recent $47 million investment in West Africa. With $3 million in dedicated Prosper Africa funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Red River Foods is investing an additional $44 million to expand cashew processing facilities in West Africa for export to the United States. Thanks to USAID’s work in this area, West Africa is expected to become one of the largest exporters of cashews to the United States by 2024.

17-11-2021

Today, in the heart of the Karura Forest, which the late Kenyan Nobel Peace Prize winner Wangari Maathai fought so hard to preserve, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) unveiled an exciting new partnership, announced by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, that will educate and empower future generations to take decisive action on climate change and environmental conservation.

15-11-2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced its annual list of high-priority countries for safe and resilient water, sanitation, and hygiene assistance. Aligned with the requirements in the Water for the World Act of 2014, these partner countries will be the primary focus of the U.S. government’s investments to build a more water-secure world amid ongoing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate crisis, and conflict.

15-11-2021

During International Education Week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces its renewed commitment to international education in support of the Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education. USAID is proud to work in partnership with U.S. government departments and agencies, using the core principles outlined in the statement to guide the Agency’s approach to international education efforts, particularly USAID’s work in higher education.

13-11-2021
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On November 12, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director, David Beasley. The two discussed the urgent humanitarian crises around the world, including in Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Syria. 

13-11-2021
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On November 12, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths to discuss his recent trip to help address the humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia.

12-11-2021
Media Advisory

On November 16-18, Administrator Power will travel to Moldova to advance the United States’ partnership with the Moldovan people and participate in engagements demonstrating USAID’s commitment to supporting the country’s reform agenda. While in Moldova, Administrator Power will launch a new program to enhance the competitiveness of the country’s growing digital and communications technology sectors. She will meet with President Maia Sandu and Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita to discuss Moldova’s democratic progress and USAID’s efforts, in partnership with the Moldovan government, to enhance government transparency, increase economic opportunity, root out corruption, and improve the lives of Moldovan citizens. In addition, the Administrator will meet with journalists, civil society and community groups, the business community, and local government officials.

11-11-2021
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On November 10, 2021, Administrator Samantha Power met with Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani where they reaffirmed the long standing partnership and bond between the United States and Kosovo. Administrator Power highlighted USAID’s commitment to support Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and they discussed the importance of building on years of progress on rule of law, anti-corruption, energy diversification and integration with European markets. They also discussed working together to advance women’s empowerment, including addressing gender based violence and the importance of creating economic and employment opportunities for women.

08-11-2021
Statement

Yesterday, the Ortega-Murillo regime held what the international community has recognized as sham elections, utterly lacking in credibility given that major opposition parties and a range of presidential candidates were prevented from participating. For years, the regime has sought to silence Nicaraguans through persecution, prison, or exile, and maintain power at all costs by outlawing opposition parties and arresting presidential candidates, civil society leaders, students, journalists, and business leaders. These repressive measures and yesterday’s flagrantly undemocratic vote do not represent the actions of a government that embraces democracy and the rule of law, but rather those of an authoritarian regime that fears the genuine will of the people.

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Last updated: December 08, 2021

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