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  • Today the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced a $30 million commitment to support gender equality and women’s empowerment in Afghanistan. This funding will be programmed through the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women).

USFS activities in Central Africa focus on building the capacity of national and regional institutions to execute their mandates in sustainable forest management, climate change, and biodiversity conservation. At both the national and regional levels, USFS works principally with four Congo Basin countries – Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, and Gabon – and will explore opportunities in the Central African Republic – to help them develop the institutions and mechanisms necessary to monitor, plan, and protect the rich forest resources with which they are endowed.

USAID is supporting the innovative, technology-led initiative to reduce charcoal-related deforestation around Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in partnership with BBOXX Ltd. In the DRC, energy demand drives 94 percent of wood harvesting. Consumption of charcoal increased in cities because of population growth, lack of livelihood alternatives, high unemployment rates, and low enforcement of forest management legislation.

Less than one month after March 20, 2020, when the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced national measures to slow the spread of COVID-19, USAID began redirecting its existing budget to respond to the growing pandemic. USAID health, democracy, education and peace and security programs shifted $3.3 million to respond in the areas of risk communication, community engagement, infection prevention and control and surveillance and case investigation.

Entrusting the management of tropical forests to the people who live in and depend on them is the fairest and most effective means of protecting them. However, until recently, communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) had no possibility of securing legal rights to their rainforest home. Building on the passage of landmark community forest legislation, this project aims to lay the foundations for community-based forest management in DRC, by empowering local and indigenous communities to secure their rights and thrive through sustainable livelihoods.

Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is a human rights violation, a public health challenge, and a barrier to civic, social, political, and economic participation. Preventing and responding to SGBV is a cornerstone of the Agency’s commitment to advancing gender equality. Since 2002, the United States Government has been a major donor in the response to, and prevention of, SGBV in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Deep-seated gender discrimination, harmful cultural practices, and the low social status of women and girls in the country contribute to high rates of SGBV in the country. USAID programming integrates activities to counter SGBV through a cross-sectoral approach including health, education, peace and security, and humanitarian assistance programs, challenging gender inequality nationwide, and expanding access to services. USAID provides services in health centers within conflict- affected health zones of North Kivu and South Kivu. These programs deliver clinical management and treatment of sexual and gender-based violence cases, training for health staff on the medical management of SGBV, awareness raising and provision of psychosocial care to survivors in conflict-affected zones of North Kivu and South Kivu provinces. USAID programming also countered SGBV as part of the Mission’s COVID-19 pandemic response.

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 run by more than 700 implementing partner staff in the country. All of this helps to make Ukraine stronger, more democratic, and more prosperous, and helps Ukrainians realize the promise of the Revolution of Dignity.

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Last updated: August 04, 2022

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