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26-04-2022
Media Advisory

On Wednesday, April 27, 2022, as part of the values-driven, high-standard, transparent, and catalytic infrastructure initiative announced by President Biden at the Carbis Bay G7 Summit last year, Administrator Samantha Power will launch USAID’s new Digital Invest program.

26-04-2022
Readout

On April 25, Administrator Samantha Power and Honduran Minister of Foreign Affairs Enrique Reina discussed shared priorities and ongoing collaboration to address the root causes of irregular migration, including by creating economic opportunities, strengthening democratic governance, and addressing violence against women.

26-04-2022

Today in Geneva, the United States announced more than $200 million in additional assistance to respond to humanitarian needs in the Horn of Africa, including from the devastating drought and to address the needs of refugees, internally displaced persons, and conflict-affected population in the region. This assistance, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State will help save lives in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia, where more than 20 million people are projected to need emergency food assistance this year following two years of inadequate rainfall in a region dependent on agriculture and livestock to survive.

26-04-2022
Readout

Yesterday, Administrator Samantha Power met with Simon Harford, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP) as well as Raj Shah, CEO of The Rockefeller Foundation, GEAPP founder and former USAID Administrator

25-04-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Dr. Rania Al-Mashat, Egyptian Minister of International Cooperation, to discuss shared priorities and discuss USAID’s strategic partnership with the Government of Egypt to pursue shared development goals.

25-04-2022
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

Malaria, one of the world’s oldest pandemics, was eliminated from the United States 70 years ago, and today, for most Americans, a mosquito bite is a mild irritation. But for nearly half of the world’s population, a mosquito bite can lead to severe illness or death. Of the 241 million malaria cases in 2020, 627,000 led to death, the majority of them young children. In fact, across the world, a child dies of malaria almost every minute.

23-04-2022
Readout

Yesterday, Administrator Samantha Power met with Ken Ofori-Atta, Ghana’s Minister of Finance, to discuss a range of USAID’s development programs in the country and the urgent need to address rising food insecurity around the world. The Administrator and the Minister spoke about the urgent need to address food insecurity as Putin’s war in Ukraine causes prices to spike and more people to go hungry. Administrator Power outlined the recent launch of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability and how USAID will work with Ghana and its regional neighbors to address the increasing pressures of violent extremist organizations.

23-04-2022
Readout

Yesterday, Administrator Samantha Power met with Ethiopian Minister of Finance Ahmed Shide to discuss a range of development and humanitarian issues in Ethiopia. The Administrator and the Minister discussed the impact of Putin’s war in Ukraine on food and fertilizer prices in Ethiopia and the cascading effects of rising food prices in East Africa. While acknowledging the recent progress towards improving humanitarian access in northern Ethiopia, Administrator Power reinforced the U.S. government’s continuing concern on access and stressed that much more can be done to facilitate significant and sustained humanitarian access to all Ethiopians in need and restore essential services to the region. The two also discussed accountability for human rights abuses. The United States remains committed to the people of Ethiopia and securing an immediate and lasting peace for the country.

23-04-2022
Readout

On April 21, Administrator Samantha Power met with International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer to discuss humanitarian emergencies and responses around the world, including in Ukraine and Afghanistan. Administrator Power thanked President Maurer for ICRC’s commitment to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in challenging contexts across the world, including in countries where it has been difficult to access people in need. The two discussed their shared concerns on the need for urgent humanitarian access in Ukraine. They also discussed ICRC’s challenges in countering disinformation and false narratives about their work in Ukraine. They further discussed ongoing humanitarian needs including health care in Afghanistan. Administrator Power specifically thanked President Mauer for ICRC’s management of hospitals and planned expansion across Afghanistan which provides critical care for the most vulnerable Afghans, especially children.

23-04-2022
Readout

Yesterday, Administrator Power met with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denis Shmyhal to discuss the United States’ ongoing support to Ukraine in the wake of the Russian Federation’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine. The Administrator emphasized that the United States remains committed to Ukraine’s long-term development priorities while also working to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of the Ukrainian people.

22-04-2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will invest $131 million to counter the impact of Russia’s brutal war on the Ukrainian people and to strengthen Ukraine’s resilience, democracy, economy, and healthcare systems.

22-04-2022
Media Advisory

On Monday, April 25, 2022, Administrator Samantha Power and Honduran Minister of Foreign Affairs Enrique Reina will commemorate their new Development Objective Grant Agreements to advance development commitments and shared priorities. Through these agreements, USAID will contribute up to $796.7 million over the next five years to improve socio-economic opportunities, democratic governance, justice, and security to address the root causes of irregular migration in Honduras.

21-04-2022
Readout

Today, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman met with Samir Saied, the Tunisian Minister of Economy and Planning, to discuss Tunisia’s economic and political reform efforts and USAID’s support to the Tunisian people.

21-04-2022
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

Nearly 60 years ago, at President John F. Kennedy’s landmark address at American University just months after the Cuban Missile Crisis, he spoke about the need for the world to recognize our shared humanity. “Our most basic common link,” he said, “is that we all inhabit this small planet. We all breathe the same air. And we are all mortal.” Those words, from the person who founded USAID, ring especially true the week of Earth Day.

21-04-2022
Press Release

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Mars Inc., and the Institute for Development Impact (I4DI) announce a joint investment of up to $7.2 million to improve the profitability and sustainability of Indonesia’s cocoa industry.

21-04-2022
Readout

On April 19, Administrator Samantha Power met with the President of Madagascar, Andry Rajoelina, to discuss the impact of climate change and COVID-19 in Madagascar, as well as ways to strengthen anti-corruption efforts in the country.

21-04-2022
Press Release

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing nearly $313 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia. Across the Afar, Amhara, and Tigray regions, continued fighting and lack of humanitarian access has left as many as 9 million people facing severe food insecurity and has forced more than 2 million people to flee their homes. In Tigray alone, more than 90 percent of people need aid, while across all three northern regions as many as 1 million people are projected to face famine-like conditions by June.

21-04-2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Canada’s Minister of International Development Harjit Sajjan to discuss humanitarian crises and development responses in Ukraine, Afghanistan, and Ethiopia, cooperation on gender equality and the care economy agenda.

20-04-2022
Readout

On April 19, Administrator Samantha Power met with Dr. Seth Berkley, the CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi). Administrator Power expressed USAID’s appreciation for our long-standing partnership with Gavi during this critical moment in time for global immunization access and equity. Administrator Power and Dr. Berkley also discussed Gavi’s core routine immunization portfolio and the procurement and delivery of COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX. The two discussed the critical importance of continuing to fund vaccine delivery so that we are able to prevent doses from going to waste and mitigate the emergence of new variants by getting shots in arms around the world.

20-04-2022
Readout

On April 19, Administrator Samantha Power was joined by President of the Republic of Moldova Maia Sandu, United States Ambassador to Moldova Kent Logsdon, and USAID/Moldova Mission Director Scott Hocklander to meet with members of the Moldovan American community.

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Last updated: July 02, 2022

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