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04-11-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

Today marks one year since the start of conflict in Tigray, which has engulfed northern Ethiopia and is now one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. An estimated seven million people are facing severe food insecurity in Tigray, Afar, and Amhara. In Tigray alone, 5.2 million out of 6 million people—or 90 percent of the population—are in need of aid, and up to 900,000 people are facing famine-like conditions. After going days without food, people are resorting to eating leaves. More than two million people have fled their homes.

04-11-2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power announced a five-year, $300 million initiative to empower local organizations in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to address the drivers of irregular migration to the United States. The announcement was made during the Administrator’s keynote address at Georgetown University where she presented her vision for USAID’s priorities under the Biden-Harris Administration.

04-11-2021

Today, during Administrator Samantha Power’s remarks at Georgetown University, she announced the launch of the new WorkwithUSAID.org website. WorkwithUSAID.org is a globally accessible website that offers a variety of innovative services and curated tools designed to connect partners to peers and experts and help prepare them to pursue USAID funding.

03-11-2021

Today, the United States Senate voted to confirm Isobel Coleman as USAID’s Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming, a position responsible for guiding the overall direction of the Agency in development and implementation of policy across all of our Bureaus, Independent Offices and Missions.

03-11-2021

On November 3, Administrator Samantha Power announced a major new initiative to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions as part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to combat the climate crisis. USAID will support partner countries to prevent six billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 2030. This cumulative amount is roughly equal to total U.S. domestic emissions for one year or the equivalent of removing more than 1 billion gasoline powered cars from the road for one year.

03-11-2021

Administrator Samantha Power announced new USAID programs in support of the Plan to Conserve Global Forests: Critical Carbon Sinks, which President Biden announced at COP26 on November 2. The plan—the first of its kind for the U.S. Government—outlines how the U.S. will help protect the Amazon rainforest and other critical ecosystems worldwide that sequester large quantities of greenhouse gases. Conserving these ecosystems is essential for combating the climate crisis.

02-11-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, Deborah Lyons, to discuss continued coordination on the provision of critical humanitarian assistance for the Afghan people.

02-11-2021
Media Advisory

On Thursday, November 4, Administrator Samantha Power will deliver remarks outlining a bold, inclusive vision for the future of international development and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The speech takes place as USAID celebrates its 60th anniversary. The event will be co-hosted by USAID, Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and Global Human Development Program, and the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition.

02-11-2021
Media Advisory

Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Glasgow, UK from November 6-8 to participate in the 26th Conference of Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26). Administrator Power will join President Biden and more than 10 Cabinet Secretaries and senior Administration officials as part of the U.S. delegation to COP26 to demonstrate a whole-of-government approach to tackling the climate crisis.

02-11-2021

At COP26, President Biden highlighted USAID’s commitment to the Agriculture Innovation Mission for Climate (AIM for Climate) to support research and innovation in climate-smart agriculture. AIM for Climate is a pioneering initiative led by the United States and the United Arab Emirates that is focused on increasing investment and enabling greater public-private and cross-sectoral partnerships to drive climate-smart agriculture and food systems. This initiative has garnered global momentum with more than 80 partners, including 33 countries. The United States will mobilize $1 billion over five years for AIM for Climate. USAID, the premier international agency in adaptation and a global leader in agriculture research, is working in concert with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the State Department’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate on AIM for Climate.

01-11-2021

Today, President Biden announced an ambitious set of targets to advance the President’s Emergency Plan for Adaptation and Resilience (PREPARE). PREPARE will support developing countries and communities in vulnerable situations around the world in their efforts to adapt to and manage the impacts of climate change. These impacts are already being felt, and USAID brings significant experience to bear on supporting equitable, inclusive climate resilience in developing countries.

29-10-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

The Government of Belarus informed the United States on October 20 that it will force the closure of the Embassy’s Public Diplomacy and USAID offices in Minsk, effective November 20. Belarusian authorities aim to severely disrupt U.S. development assistance and public diplomacy in Belarus by forcing the closure of facilities that house key U.S. Government operations, and by ending employment of all of USAID’s local staff and Department of State public diplomacy staff.

28-10-2021
Remarks As Prepared for Delivery October 27, 2021

I want to offer a special thanks to you, Michelle, and also to Michèle Flournoy, who invited me to speak to you this evening. 

These are two women of deep integrity who have dedicated their careers to serving others. Each a force of nature in their own right, they have decades of experience marshalling the good will of the American people across sectors, deepening our relationships with allies and partners around the world, and blazing a trail for young women leaders in government and philanthropy. 

28-10-2021

Today, the United States announced more than $144 million in humanitarian assistance to the people affected by the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. This funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State brought total U.S. humanitarian aid in Afghanistan and for Afghan refugees in the region to nearly $474 million in 2021 alone.

28-10-2021

At the Indo-Pacific Business Forum hosted virtually from New Delhi, India, on October 28 and 29, 2021, on the margins of the East Asia Summit, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced new funding, activities, and partnerships to expand economic growth in Asia, in support of the United States’ vision of a free, open, secure, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

27-10-2021
Readout

USAID Assistant to the Administrator (AtA) Sarah Charles traveled to Ethiopia October 20-23 to meet with humanitarian partners providing aid to northern Ethiopia, government officials, other humanitarian donors, and Ethiopians who have been affected by the nearly one-year conflict. Accompanying U.S. Ambassador to Ethiopia Geeta Pasi, AtA Charles traveled to Addis Ababa and Bahir Dar, where she witnessed deteriorating conditions in what is one of the world's worst humanitarian emergencies due to access challenges in Tigray, and renewed fighting in Amhara, Afar, and Tigray, where hundreds of thousands have been displaced in just the last several weeks.

27-10-2021

Today, we observe International Religious Freedom Day and affirm that everyone, everywhere, is entitled to the fundamental right to conscience, to the exploration of faith and thought, and the outward expression and manifestation of religious, or non-religious, convictions so long as they do not disrupt or threaten the rights and freedoms of others.

26-10-2021
Statement

USAID welcomes the Biden-Harris Administration’s release of the U.S. government’s first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality. This historic strategy underscores what many at USAID have long understood—that in order to advance democracy, build stronger economies, and make lasting development gains globally, we must invest in the rights and opportunities of women and girls, in all their diversity, both in the United States and around the world.

25-10-2021

USAID condemns the military takeover in Sudan under the apparent direction of the head of the Sovereign Council, General Abdel Fattah Abdelrahman al-Burhan. The detention of Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok and several cabinet ministers, declaration of a state of emergency, shutting down of Internet and telecommunications services, and military takeover of state-run media are an affront to the democratic aspirations of the people of Sudan and undermine Sudan’s transition toward civilian-led democratic governance after 30 years of kleptocracy and violent dictatorship under Omar al-Bashir. 

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Last updated: December 06, 2021

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