Republic of the Congo
The Republic of the Congo is relatively rich in natural resources, including forests, oil and other mineral resources, and it has the deepest port in Africa. A civil war in 1997 led to years of unrest, but stability has now returned. However, the country continues to struggle to restore democratic governance. More than 80 percent of the population is literate, and primary education is widespread among both girls and boys.
Rwanda is a small, landlocked country with the highest population density in Africa and remains one of the world’s poorest countries. However, much has changed in Rwanda since the 1994 genocide. Today, the Government is committed to making Rwanda a middle-income country by 2020, a plan enshrined in its Vision 2020 plan. Data across sectors suggest the country is actively moving toward their goal. For example, between 2006 and 2011, poverty dropped markedly – from 56.7 percent to 44.9 percent– and GDP per capita almost doubled to $540 over the same period. The poverty rate in 2014 was calculated at 39 percent.This progress has been credited in large part to strong agriculture sector growth. Rwanda’s 2015 Demographic and Health Survey has reported similar positive trends: between 1990 and 2015, the country has reduced the under-five child mortality rate by two-thirds and achieved an extraordinary 85 percent decline in maternal mortality. The survey also reports that 93 percent of children aged 12-23 months are fully vaccinated against major childhood diseases.
Rwanda’s progress is remarkable and USAID is working closely with the government, civil society, private sector and communities to build on this progress and address remaining challenges in health, economic growth, education and democracy and governance.
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Assistance Provided to Rwanda
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West Africa’s Sahel is an arid band stretching 1.1 million square miles from Senegal to Chad with limited annual rainfall. This zone has a combustible mix of deeply rooted chronic poverty, food insecurity and recurrent drought that drive the same vulnerable communities into crisis year after year.
In the past decade, Senegal has progressed significantly both economically and politically as a moderate, democratic, predominantly Muslim country in fragile West Africa. However, poor infrastructure, longstanding underinvestment, and an inhibiting policy environment continue to challenge growth.
With the Government of Senegal, USAID improves lives by creating jobs, improving access to education and health care, strengthening democratic institutions, and developing the agriculture sector to increase production and incomes.
USAID's programs are supporting Serbia's vision to be democratic, prosperous and fully integrated into Euro-Atlantic institutions. USAID is helping Serbia enact reforms for the country to complete its economic and democratic transition into the European Union (EU) and other international institutions.
With a population of approximately 6 million, Sierra Leone is a low-income country and one of the least developed in the world. The country’s GDP per capita is only $254, leaving 73% of Sierra Leone’s rural population in poverty. Women and girls feel the impact of this poverty disproportionately, with customary laws and widely held cultural and social beliefs acting as significant ongoing barriers to women’s full integration into the decision-making sphere at the household, community and national levels.
Since 1991, Somalia has essentially been a collapsed state. The social costs of war have been enormous, leaving Somalia with some of the lowest human development indicators in the world. In 2011 and 2012, the worst drought that East Africa has seen in 60 years led to famine in southern Somalia, uprooting thousands of families and putting millions at severe risk. Food security has improved, largely driven by humanitarian assistance.
USAID is working to increase stability and reduce the appeal of extremism in Somalia through programming that fosters good governance, promotes economic recovery and growth, offers youth skills training, and works to increase social cohesion through improved community with government relationships. Our programs are planned and carried out with local partners in the context of Somali culture and values.
Almost two decades after the end of apartheid, the South African Government continues to uphold the rights of its citizens and to invest heavily in the wellbeing of its people. South Africa plays a key economic and political role on the continent, but faces many challenges, including unemployment, HIV/AIDS, crime and corruption.
Fighting that erupted in the capital of Juba in December 2013 plunged the Republic of South Sudan into its most severe crisis since it became independent in 2011, following decades of civil war. Thousands of South Sudanese have been killed and traumatized and more than 2.7 million have been displaced from their homes, including more than 1 million who are refugees in neighboring countries and approximately 200,000 who are sheltering at United Nations compounds in South Sudan.
Southern Africa Regional
While Southern Africa has seen significant economic growth, the number of people living in poverty has grown over the last two decades. This region has some of the highest levels of income inequality in the world. Since 1995, USAID has maintained a program in Southern Africa that addresses the changing development challenges of the sub-region. Our programs increase trade and strengthens regional economic ties, address the HIV/AIDS crisis, mitigate food insecurity and support democratic processes.
Sri Lanka, an island nation located along major maritime trade routes in the Indian Ocean, is entering a new chapter following democratic elections in 2015, the end of 26 years of internal conflict in 2009 and a decade of recovery from a devastating tsunami in 2004. With Sri Lanka’s focus now on the development of democratic institutions, the reconciliation of multi-ethnic and religious communities, and sustainable economic growth, USAID works with the Government and people of Sri Lanka to accelerate progress in these areas to ensure all Sri Lankans benefit from nationwide progress.
Sudan was the largest country in Africa and the Arab world until 2011, when South Sudan became an independent country. It sits at the crossroads of sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East, with fertile lands, abundant livestock and natural resources. Since independence in 1956, Sudan has faced highly complex development challenges, but is key to stability of the region.
USAID Provides Additional Emergency Food Assistance to Millions of Sudanese People
Swaziland is a small country almost completely surrounded by South Africa. Due in large part to its geographic position, the economy is heavily dependent upon trade with South Africa. The country has a relatively high per capita income, but nearly 70 percent of the population lives in poverty. Most high-level economic activity is conducted by non-Africans living in Swaziland. Primary education is widespread among boys and girls.
According to the U.N., the conflict in Syria had resulted in more than 400,000 deaths as of April 2016—more than double the figure reported the previous year by the U.N. Nearly 13.5 million people are in need of aid inside Syria and face threats, displacement, hunger, injury and death due to the appalling tactics of the Asad regime and extremist groups such as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
Bordering Afghanistan, Tajikistan is a linchpin for stability and security in Central Asia. It is also key to developing trade and energy linkages between South and Central Asia. The United States partners with Tajikistan to assist the country to play a constructive role in regional prosperity, connectivity, stability and security.
Tanzania's political stability, sound economic management and considerable resources all contribute to the country’s great potential for sustained growth. Driven by tourism, mining, trade and communications, the private sector has grown considerably, with economic growth averaging seven percent since 2000.
U.S. assistance supports Tanzania’s national development goal to build public and private capacity to foster a healthier, prosperous and secure nation through accountable, democratic government that responds effectively to the needs of its citizens.
Thailand graduated from USAID assistance in 1995 and in 2003, USAID opened a regional mission in Bangkok that serves the Asia-Pacific. Drawing upon Thai expertise, USAID works on cross-border issues of concern to Thailand and the region.
Lokaliza entre Indonesia no Australia, Timor-Leste nudar nasaun foun ida iha mundu. Hetan ninia independénsia iha 2002 depois de iha konflitu dékada nia laran, nasaun agora servisu hodi harii demokrasia foun ho instituisaun ne’ebé foin mak harii, kapitál umana limitadu, no signifikativu ekonomia no dezafiu de saúde. Estadus Unidus komitiva hodi ajuda Timor-Leste realiza ninia meta dezenvolvimentu no forte, parseria rejionál.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) strongly supports Tunisia’s democratic and economic transition as the Tunisian people consolidate the gains of the 2011 Jasmine Revolution to lay the foundation for an inclusive, accountable political system and dynamic, private sector-led economic growth that promotes prosperous and resilient communities across the country. Since 2011, USAID has provided approximately $300 million to support Tunisia’s economic growth and democracy.
Туркменистан, имеющий протяженную границу с Афганистаном и Ираном в Центральной Азии и служит связующим звеном с Южно-Азиатским субконтинентом, играет ключевую роль в обеспечении стабильности и интеграции стран региона. Кроме того, значительные запасы нефти и газа делают Туркменистан основным поставщиком на региональный и мировой рынок. По мере того, как Туркменистан, бывшая советская республика, оставляет в прошлом десятилетия изоляции, Соединённые Штаты оказывают стране поддержку в создании благоприятных условий для формирования более открытого и интегрированного общества.
Last updated: October 27, 2016