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17-09-2021
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Marise Payne to discuss their serious concern about the worsening humanitarian conditions and the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.

17-09-2021
Statement by USAID Administrator Samantha Power

Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order (E.O.) establishing a new sanctions regime that authorizes the United States to target any party responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that are prolonging the conflict in northern Ethiopia, and those that commit human rights abuses, or obstruct humanitarian access and a ceasefire.

15-09-2021

On September 15-16, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is hosting a virtual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) International Development Conference. The USAID HBCU International Development Conference is part of the Agency’s commitment to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce. 

15-09-2021
Statement by USAID Administrator Samantha Power

Today, as we celebrate International Day of Democracy, USAID is proud to support the defense, resilience, and renewal of democracy, alongside our government and civil society partners. In my earliest days as USAID Administrator, I met with leading activists and journalists from around the world to hear firsthand about their experiences as global headwinds gather against democratic progress. Yet, even in the face of serious democratic backsliding and rising authoritarianism, citizens around the globe are standing up to call out poor governance, corruption, and violations of their rights. Over the last 10 years, there has been a 63 percent increase in the number of mass pro-democracy protests.

13-09-2021
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner.

13-09-2021

Today, the United States announced nearly $64 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan. This funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State will flow through independent organizations, such as UN agencies and NGOs, and provide life-saving support directly to Afghans facing the compounding effects of insecurity, conflict, recurring natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic. For assistance to be effective, we will need an environment conducive to the principled delivery of aid, including the ability for both female and male aid workers to operate freely. This contribution underscores the United States’ commitment to the Afghan people.

10-09-2021
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Secretary General Jagan Chapagain of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). They discussed IFRC’s tremendous contributions to tackling global health and humanitarian challenges around the world, including their work responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

10-09-2021
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The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $100,000 in immediate assistance to support people affected by ongoing drought in Kazakhstan. Severe drought has left pastures in affected regions unable to support livestock, resulting in the deaths of thousands of cows and horses. The drought has also devastated crops and depleted already scarce freshwater resources. Between increasing food prices and the loss of livestock, the drought has affected tens of thousands of people. 

09-09-2021

Today, the U.S. government—through USAID—announced an additional $11.3 million in COVID-19 assistance for the Philippines to support the country’s vaccine rollout efforts, as well as the Philippines’ national response plan to detect, manage, and treat COVID-19, especially among its most vulnerable populations. This support brings the total USAID, U.S. Department of State, and U.S. Department of Defense COVID-19 assistance to the Philippines to more than $39 million since the start of the pandemic.

09-09-2021
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

On September 8, 2021, Administrator Samantha Power met with Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs Teodoro L. Locsin Jr. They discussed USAID’s 60 years of partnership with the Philippines, and ongoing efforts to combat COVID-19 and strengthen communities’ ability to recover from health and economic shocks caused by the pandemic.

08-09-2021

Today, on International Literacy Day, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recognizes the vital importance of equitable access to literacy and education. 

06-09-2021

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), I am wishing L’Shana Tova to our Jewish friends in communities here and around the world as they celebrate the high holy days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

03-09-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

During the three weeks since a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck Haiti, USAID and the Department of Defense U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) have been urgently working to deliver aid to hard-to-reach areas as quickly as possible. Today, because access to affected communities by land and sea has improved and civilian transportation options—including the UN’s air, truck, and barge services—have become available, we have jointly determined that U.S. military assets are no longer required for air transport and logistic support to the U.S. government humanitarian response. USAID requests for JTF-Haiti to transport relief supplies and personnel to affected areas steadily declined in the last week, and all outstanding requests were completed as of September 2. USAID will continue to lead the U.S. response to the earthquake to deliver food, shelter, health and other urgent assistance to hard-hit communities.

02-09-2021
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Director of International Telecommunication Union, Telecommunication Development Bureau (ITU-D) Doreen Bogdan-Martin. They discussed USAID’s support for Director Bogdan-Martin’s work at ITU-D to expand access to a free and open internet, bridge the gender digital divide, and help developing countries build cybersecurity capacity. 

02-09-2021
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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Principal Advisor to the Administrator Mark Feierstein, National Security Council Senior Director for the Western Hemisphere Juan Gonzalez, and Special Envoy for Haiti Dan Foote spoke with members of the National Haitian American Elected Officials Network (NHAEON) on September 1, 2021.

01-09-2021

Today, in a meeting with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. announced more than $45 million in additional humanitarian assistance for Ukraine. This U.S. government support will help people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as those impacted by the ongoing conflict in eastern Ukraine. 

01-09-2021
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Administrator Power discussed her recent visit to Ethiopia and the urgent need to work together to press the Government of Ethiopia to remove bureaucratic obstruction to humanitarian operations so that aid—including desperately needed food assistance—can reach Tigray. The Administrator and Minister Haavisto also discussed the humanitarian impact of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) offensives in Amhara and Afar regions, and Administrator Power emphasized that USAID is providing humanitarian support to newly displaced Ethiopians in those regions.

01-09-2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is continuing to get critical aid to Haitians impacted by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that struck southwestern Haiti on August 14 by transporting additional relief items and medical supplies to Haiti.

31-08-2021
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On August 31, 2021, USAID Administrator Samantha Power met with Pfizer President of Global Supply Mike McDermott who gave her a virtual tour of the Pfizer’s vaccine manufacturing plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This facility is producing COVID-19 vaccines, helping fulfill the U.S. Government’s commitment to donate half a billion vaccines to the poorest countries around the world. 

31-08-2021
Guilty Verdict in Murder Case of Xulhaz Mannan

On April 25, 2016, our hearts were broken when we learned of the brutal murder of our friend and colleague Xulhaz Mannan, a native of Bangladesh and beloved locally-employed member of USAID’s mission in Dhaka. Xulhaz was a vibrant, selfless, and loving person, a fierce champion of human rights, and a courageous advocate for equality, pluralism, and inclusion for all people—including ethnic, religious, gender, and sexual minorities.

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Last updated: September 19, 2021

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