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COVID-19: Learn how USAID is responding to the coronavirus.

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21-10-2021

Linda, a word about you. I think it’s really important what you're doing there at the White House, just day-in, day-out leadership to keep food security front and center in our foreign policy. You could be doing it for many reasons: because of the scale and complexity of global hunger, or just because we have the ability to make such an impact by coordinating our domestic and our global strategy. And I think Tom and I having these opportunities to come together at events like this, but also for our teams to be working together day-to-day with the backing of the White House is already producing tremendous returns.

21-10-2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power announced the updated and enhanced U.S. government Global Food Security Strategy (GFSS), at an event hosted by the White House and joined by Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. Administrator Power announced that the updated GFSS aims to contribute to reducing poverty and child stunting by 20 percent in the areas where Feed the Future works over the next five years.

21-10-2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power announced the launch of USAID’s new Africa Trade and Investment program at the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Ministerial. The continent-wide program is USAID’s flagship effort under the Prosper Africa initiative and will expand and accelerate two-way trade and investment between African nations and the United States. The program helps to fulfill the promise of the global Build Back Better World Partnership with the G7 and earlier commitments to increase two-way trade and investment. Since June 2019, USAID has supported African and U.S. businesses and investors in closing more than $2.8 billion in new exports and investments, and built a deal pipeline of more than $10 billion. The new program is expected to generate thousands of African and American jobs and deliver billions in exports and investments by 2026.

21-10-2021
Statement By Administrator Samantha Power

As of today, the United States has successfully donated and delivered 200 million COVID-19 vaccines to more than 100 countries around the world. President Biden has pledged that the U.S. will be the world’s arsenal of vaccines, and USAID continues to play a pivotal role in fulfilling the ambitious goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the eligible global population by next year. USAID, in coordination with the White House, other U.S. Government departments and agencies, and COVAX, the global vaccine access initiative, is helping get safe and effective shots in arms around the world.

20-10-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Ambassador Eynat Shlein, Head of MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation. The Administrator expressed appreciation for the close coordination between USAID and MASHAV on joint development priorities, including in Guatemala and Honduras. 

20-10-2021
Media Advisory

On Thursday, October 21, Administrator Samantha Power and USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will participate in a briefing call to discuss U.S. commitments at the UN Food Systems Summit and next steps toward reducing poverty and malnutrition and building more sustainable, resilient and inclusive food systems at home and abroad.

20-10-2021
Readout

On October 19, 2021, Administrator Samantha Power met with Indonesian Minister of Health Budi G. Sadikin and Vice Minister of Environment and Forestry Alue Dohong. Administrator Power thanked the Ministers for Indonesia’s long, strategic partnership with USAID, and affirmed the Agency’s commitment to supporting the country’s leadership in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and working together to advance global health security as Indonesia will soon assume the presidency of the G20.

20-10-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer to discuss humanitarian emergencies around the world, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic. Administrator Power thanked President Maurer for ICRC’s dedication to providing humanitarian assistance in conflict-affected areas and continued partnership on shared humanitarian priorities

19-10-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Finland’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Ville Skinnari. They discussed the ongoing crisis in northern Ethiopia, humanitarian response priorities in Afghanistan, advancing the rights of women and girls through political participation as well as countering violence against women including in online forums. They also discussed sustainable forest management and climate change policy leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). The two discussed further bilateral cooperation on digital development through the use of emerging technologies and expanding digital infrastructure through private sector investments in developing countries. 

19-10-2021

Today Dana Banks, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Africa for the White House National Security Council, announced a pioneering investment at the Financial Times Africa Summit. Caisse Régionale de Refinancement Hypothécaire (CRRH) – a West African mortgage refinancing company headquartered in Togo – is using Prosper Africa support to help raise more than $300 million to expand financing for West Africa’s homeowners. This investment will mobilize private capital into West Africa’s housing sector, significantly increasing access to affordable housing across the region—a critical intervention amidst COVID-19.

18-10-2021
Remarks

Thank you so much.  Good morning everybody, I could not be more excited to be here. I could not be more grateful to Stephanie for presiding over this incredibly important occasion.  Thank you Senator Coons, for your warm introduction and also for your presence here.  As one of USAID and Delaware State’s foremost supporters in Congress, I'm not surprised you're here. But I gather there’s some things going on in Washington, kind of some important negotiations and you're in the thick of, and so you being here is just what you do all the time--which is you vote with your feet. You show your values with your presence. And this has been such a priority for you, and again, your presence is just reflective of that.

18-10-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Dover, Delaware to participate in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between USAID and Delaware State University. The MOU should promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the international development workforce. It also outlines the two institutions' commitment to working together in the research of agriculture-led economic growth, resilience, nutrition, and water security. This partnership is the most recent action under the USAID Minority-Serving Institution Partnership Initiative. Administrator Power was joined by President Tony Allen and Senator Chris Coons at the signing ceremony where they addressed an audience of students, faculty and researchers about the importance of this new partnership, supporting HBCUs, and diversifying the international development field to better tackle global challenges like extreme food insecurity and hunger.

18-10-2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power and Delaware State University (DSU) President Tony Allen signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the international development workforce, and to shape the research and technology agenda. The two institutions committed to working together in the research of agriculture-led economic growth, resilience, nutrition, and water security.

18-10-2021

The United States Agency for International Development announced two awards totaling $3.5 million for the Bicycles for Growth Initiative. This program aims to improve sustainable access to affordable bicycles in sub-Saharan Africa.

16-10-2021
Statement

The celebration of World Food Day comes at a critical time in our fight against global hunger and malnutrition. This year’s theme, Our Actions Are Our Future, highlights the pressing need to re-energize food security and nutrition efforts around the world.

15-10-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with the Chairman of the Syrian Civil Defence (SCD) Raed al-Saleh, and his team to discuss the vital importance of life-saving humanitarian and stabilization aid in Syria, recognizing the severe needs on the ground. 

15-10-2021
Media Advisory

On Monday, October 18, 2021, Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Dover, Delaware to announce a new partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development and Delaware State University (DSU), one of America’s most respected Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in international development.

Wind Park Bogdanci, North Macedonia
14-10-2021

Over the last four years USAID, in partnership with the Government of North Macedonia, the Ministry of Economy, and the Energy Regulatory Commission, implemented the long-awaited comprehensive reform of the energy sector. This partnership created the legal framework for an open, transparent, and vibrant energy market in line with the principles of competition and non-discrimination, better energy services to households and industry, and integration with regional energy markets.  

14-10-2021
Statement by Rebecca Chalif, Spokesperson

Today, the White House released the annual report describing the U.S. Government’s efforts to implement the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in Fiscal Year 2020. The U.S. Government’s involvement in the GHSA has had a direct impact on the COVID-19 response in partner countries, while improving countries’ capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to future infectious disease threats and outbreaks. USAID has been a lead implementer of the U.S. contribution to the GHSA multilateral initiative since its launch in 2014 and continues to support the even more ambitious GHSA 2024 target. USAID's investments in this critical partnership continue to play a vital role in improving pandemic preparedness and building back better to prevent the next. These investments save lives and make us safer.

13-10-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) Executive Director Peter Sands to discuss coordination with the Global Fund to deliver on global targets laid out by President Biden at the Global COVID-19 Summit.

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Last updated: December 06, 2021

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