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


Today, the U.S. Government donated 200 brand-new, American-made ventilators to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to help U.S. Allies respond to the pandemic of COVID-19.


Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick will announce four new partnerships under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food-security initiative. The Deputy Administrator will make the announcement during a virtual event at which Congressional supporters and partners across the development community will celebrate the critical role of research and innovation in ending global hunger.


United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa met today with the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK), the Right Honourable Dominic Raab, M.P. 

Statement by Acting USAID Administrator John Barsa

September 15 is the International Day of Democracy. On this day, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) underscores the ongoing and critical need to strengthen citizen-responsive democratic governance around the world. As an Agency, we support transparent and effective governments, unalienable rights, religious freedom, protection of life, and robust civil societies that can exercise their rights; hold their governments accountable; and protect the most vulnerable, including the unborn.


Today, the United States Library of Congress announced it has selected the Pakistan Reading Project, a literacy program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as the International Literacy Program of the Year for 2020.

Terror Attacks on September 11, 2001

Nineteen years ago, today America as we knew it was forever changed. In an act of unprecedented depravity, al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the United States of America, causing great destruction and the violent murder of nearly 3,000 souls.

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Today, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced more than $15 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help end the outbreak of Ebola in Équateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Since August 2018, USAID has provided more than $365 million for activities to prepare for, and respond to, Ebola in the DRC and neighboring countries. 


America’s goal is to build friendships that are mutually beneficial and mutually respectful. We seek friends who share our values and want to be our strategic partners. Israel and India are inspiring success stories of our foreign assistance aim -- to raise our friends to self-sustaining prosperity and sovereignty.


Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $1.17 million for five BetterTogether Challenge awards to directly benefit Venezuelans in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Statement By USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa

I am pleased to announce five new awards from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in global health, higher education, youth, and women's economic empowerment under the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI).


On August 19, 2020, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), represented by Michael Harvey, Assistant Administrator for the Middle East, and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Iraq, represented by His Excellency Minister Ali Allawi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing of this MOU showcases the commitment of the Trump Administration and USAID to see Iraq rebuild, revitalize, and become increasingly self-reliant.


Seventeen years ago today, 22 humanitarians died in a bombing in Baghdad. World Humanitarian Day commemorates their sacrifice and recognizes the courage of all humanitarians who risk their lives every day to help others. Unfortunately, attacks on humanitarians have only increased since last – since then. Last year was the most violent year on record with at least 483 aid workers that were killed, injured, or kidnapped. And in the last month alone, humanitarian staff working with USAID partners in Niger, South Sudan, Cameroon, and Nigeria lost their lives while helping people in need.


MR. BARKER: Hello. I'm Jermy Barker, director of the Religious Freedom Institute's Middle East Action Team. And it's my privilege to welcome you to today's online event. We're looking forward to a great conversation on the United States Agency for International Development's role in advancing religious liberty.


On August 19, World Humanitarian Day, we recognize the aid workers who put their lives on the line to help people affected by crises around the world. Since the deaths of 22 humanitarians in a Baghdad bombing 17 years ago, every year on this date, we pause to honor the brave women and men who risk everything to help those in need.


Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Health and Human Services to release the second Review of the Implementation of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) Policy. The Policy aims to ensure that U.S. taxpayer funding does not support foreign non-governmental organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.


Women’s economic empowerment has long been a priority at USAID. We believe that in order for societies to be more peaceful and prosperous, women must be able to fully participate in the global economy. Some of the biggest returns on investment on behalf of the American people result from investments in women’s economic empowerment. Empowering women spurs broader economic growth, stymies extreme poverty, and ultimately contributes to global peace and stability. Similarly, USAID recognizes that private enterprise is the most powerful engine for lifting people out of poverty. That’s why engaging the private sector is so important. Bringing private capital to the table is the best solution to achieve sustained impact long after USAID’s support has ended.

Acting USAID Administrator John Barsa in Beirut

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa visited the Lebanese Republic from August 10-12, 2020, to assess the situation on the ground following the catastrophic explosion at the Port of Beirut and observe the efforts to respond to the disaster.


Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the Global Leadership and Education Advancing Development (Global LEAD) Initiative, which supports the capacity and commitment of emerging young leaders to become partners in building self-reliant communities.


Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced approximately $1.8 million for awards under the BetterTogether/JuntosEsMejor Challenge to benefit Venezuelans and their host communities in the Federative Republic of Brazil; the Republics of Colombia, Perú, and Trinidad and Tobago; and the Boliviarian Republic of Venezuela.  The awards will fund solutions that will increase access to jobs, education, and financial services, and combat exploitation and xenophobia.

Statement by USAID Acting Administrator Barsa

The launch of the Policy on Promoting the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (PRO-IP) is a historic step for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This groundbreaking policy represents the first time the Agency has laid out specific guidance for how we globally engage, work with, and empower Indigenous Peoples in a systematic way. Efforts are already under way to build institutional capacities in the Amazon Basin and in Nicaragua, support the Batwa from the Congo Basin to reduce the threat of deforestation and commercial bushmeat trade, improve livelihoods and food security across 237 Indigenous Peoples communities in Paraguay, and promote rights awareness at the government level in Uganda.


Last updated: September 18, 2020

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