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The United States is committed to preventing and responding to all forms of gender-based violence globally, including conflict-related sexual violence. During the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Based Violence (GBV), the United States elevated its global commitments through the Presidential Memorandum on Promoting Accountability for Conflict-Related Sexual Violence and the U.S. government’s participation in the U.K.-hosted Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative (PSVI) International Conference this week. 

Accra, Ghana, November 1, 2022: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in collaboration with NASA, implementing partner ICRISAT and scientific partners launched the second phase of the SERVIR West Africa program, known as SERVIR West Africa 2.

A joint initiative between USAID and NASA as well as leading geospatial organizations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, SERVIR connects space to the village by using satellite data to address critical development challenges which affect communities on the ground.

The lead of NASA Earth Science’s Applied Sciences Program, Lawrence Friedl, said the agency is excited about all the many innovations and achievements this new phase will achieve.

“Together with people and institutions in the region, SERVIR West Africa 2 will lead to bigger and better ways geospatial and Earth science information benefits the region, building on the successes of the first phase,” Director Friedl noted.

In this second phase, USAID has committed nearly $16 million over the next five years to help West African countries use satellite data to address development challenges in food security and agriculture; water and hydro-climatic disasters; weather and climate; land cover and land use change; ecosystems services; and a newly introduced financial service.

During the SERVIR WA 2 launch event, USAID West Africa Mission Director Jo Lesser-Oltheten highlighted the unique contributions of SERVIR to achieving development goals.

“Geospatial technology is essential for providing evidence to shape development progress, address climate change and deliver lifesaving humanitarian assistance,” Mission Director Lesser-Oltheten added.

Director General at ICRISAT, Dr. Jacqueline Hughes applauded USAID, NASA and regional partners for launching SERVIR West Africa 2 and the commitment it represents to the governments and people of the region.

“Through geospatial technology, we will continue to generate critical knowledge that informs good governance and public policy for better nutrition, food security, climate resilience and a host of other outcomes that we collectively seek for dryland communities in West Africa and beyond,” said Dr. Jacqueline.

This year’s GEO Week convened government institutions, academic and research institutions, data providers, businesses, engineers, scientists, and experts to create innovative solutions to global challenges at a time of exponential data growth, human development, and climate change that transcend national and disciplinary boundaries. 

The first phase of SERVIR WA was launched in 2016. This second phase will be implemented in collaboration with several West African institutions as well as universities and international organizations including the Regional Center for Agrometeorology, Hydrology and Meteorology, the African Regional Institute for Geospatial Information Science and Technology, the Centre de Suivi Écologique, the Center for Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Services, the Institut supérieur d'études spatiales et des télécommunications, the African Institute of Mathematical Science (AIMS), the University of Florida, and Columbia University.


Colaborando para entregar energía limpia, confiable y asequible a Colombia.

O projeto Comunidades em Acção pela Paz e Inclusão (CAPI) da USAID visa melhorar as habilidades de construção da paz e resolução de conflitos entre jovens e adultos na província de Benguela, permitindo que sejam cidadãos mais engajados. 

USAID’s Communities in Action for Peace and Inclusion (CAPI) project aims to enhance peacebuilding and conflict resolution skills among youth and adults in Benguela, allowing them to be more engaged citizens. The CAPI project works with high-risk populations to build trust, solidarity, and reconciliation through community engagement.

The USAID Mission in Ukraine continues to transform its programming to meet the urgent needs of the Ukrainian people following Russia’s full-scale invasion. All USAID/Ukraine programs remain active and we continue to invest in more than 40 activities implemented by more than 700 implementing partner staff in the country. This responds to immediate, evolving needs and advances Ukraine’s long-term development as an independent, democratic, and prosperous society.

هذا هو العقد الحاسم لكوكبنا ومستقبلنا. تُعدّ مصر من الدول شديدة التأثر بالآثار الضارة لتغير المناخ، بما في ذلك ندرة المياه والجفاف والحرارة الشديدة وارتفاع منسوب مياه البحر وانعدام الأمن الغذائي. لهذا السبب تلتزم حكومة الولايات المتحدة بالعمل مع الحكومة المصرية والقطاع الخاص للاستجابة لأزمة المناخ.

ويهدف دعم مبادرة التحول الأخضر في مصر، تساعد الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية الحكومة المصرية على التكيف مع تغير المناخ، والتخفيف من حدة آثاره السلبية، والحصول على التمويل لتنفيذ الحلول المناخية. يعتمد عملنا اليوم على عقود طويلة من الشراكة بين مصر والولايات المتحدة لحماية الموارد الطبيعية في مصر. من خلال برامجنا المناخية ، تعمل الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية على تمكين الشباب - وخاصة الفتيات – وصقلهم بالمهارات والمعارف والفرص لتطوير وقيادة الحلول المناخية.

The Indo-Pacific region is one of the most biodiverse on earth and its fisheries are critical to supporting global food security. Climate change and unsustainable and illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices are devastating the fisheries and marine resources that sustain communities across the region.

The world is facing a food security crisis of historic proportions. Countries already reeling from increased poverty, hunger, and malnutrition as a result of COVID-19, climate shocks, and protracted conflict now face further suffering from Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine. The United States is urgently responding to this global crisis to meet growing needs to avert a catastrophe right now and build stronger, more resilient food systems to prevent the next crisis.

The USAID Mission in Ukraine continues to transform its programming to meet the urgent needs of the Ukrainian people following Russia’s full-scale invasion. All USAID/Ukraine programs remain active and we continue to invest in more than 40 activities implemented by more than 700 implementing partner staff in the country. This responds to immediate, evolving needs and advances Ukraine’s long-term development as an independent, democratic, and prosperous society.


Last updated: December 06, 2022

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