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ဗုဒ္ဓဟူး, June 8, 2022 - 9:15pm

My own Agency’s founding was rooted in strengthening food security and nutrition throughout the hemisphere. One of USAID’s first ever programs began in 1962—Operation Niños—an initiative that, in its first three years, provided nutritious, daily meals for more than 15 million children across Latin America. And since then, our Feed the Future program is working in six countries in the hemisphere.

ဗုဒ္ဓဟူး, June 8, 2022 - 7:15pm

As the Inter-American Democratic Charter states, it is the right and responsibility of all citizens to participate in decisions relating to their own development. I would encourage all of you to expand your circle of allies to deliver progress for your citizens and know that USAID will be behind you.

အင်္ဂါ, June 7, 2022 - 2:15pm

When millions take the streets in Minsk, stare down the military in Khartoum, resist a coup in Yangon, or don all black in Causeway Bay, they remind us that no matter where the human heart beats, it beats for dignity. Today, just as the free world has come together in support of the people of Ukraine, we must come together to support democrats worldwide.

သောကြာ, June 3, 2022 - 1:45pm

Today, USAID is working to provide the support that Nicaragua needs to realize that future. That support includes humanitarian assistance to help Nicaragua rebuild from natural disasters and from the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes training and support for young people poised to drive change in their own communities. And it includes support for independent media and investigative journalism and widespread civic participation.

ဗုဒ္ဓဟူး, June 1, 2022 - 2:00pm

At USAID, we will use our years of experience combating water-related challenges to address this in Ukraine, this crisis, and so many other water-related crises around the world. Since 2008, our Agency has enabled nearly 60 million people to access safe drinking water and 45 million people to access sanitation.

ကြာသပတေး, May 26, 2022 - 4:15pm

The cohort of MujerProspera award recipients will assist women who are already doing the work in their communities.  Even before we launch this Challenge, women across the region, it is no secret we're standing up and creating environments around them that defy traditional norms.  Their leadership will address the issues in communities that are forcing so many to risk their lives and flee north. They can help save countless lives, and they can change the fortunes of women throughout Northern and Central America who have faced violence and oppression for years. 

ကြာသပတေး, May 26, 2022 - 4:00pm

Shifting to a model of locally-led development means ceding power over decisionmaking to those who know their problems best. Yes this is going to require meaningful budget shifts and increased staff capacity on our part, we know that—and with the support of our allies on the Hill, we did receive staffing and budget flexibility for our locally-led development efforts last year, and are requesting more of it in this budget request for 2023. But more than anything, shifting the power structure of development will depend on shifting the cultures within our respective organizations. 

အင်္ဂါ, May 24, 2022 - 12:00pm

Today, Ghana remains, as it long has been, an anchor of stability in West Africa—and a valuable partner to the United States in the region. President Akufo-Addo’s vision for the country is—I love this—a Ghana Beyond Aid. He’s not singling out USAID—not a Ghana without USAID, but a Ghana Beyond Aid—a goal that aligns with USAID’s ultimate mission, which is to put ourselves out of business for sure. To collectively meet that goal, there remains much to do, and Kimberly arrives in Ghana at a critical time for the nation. With 9.6 million donated COVID-19 vaccine doses and continued U.S. support through our Global VAX effort, vaccination drives have succeeded, as the Ambassador said, in vaccinating 25 percent of the population, though work remains to protect the others who have not yet been vaccinated—particularly the most vulnerable and immunocompromised.

တနင်္လာ, May 23, 2022 - 3:00pm

Your calling can be that thing you fight for. It can be that inequity you can’t live with, that emotion that overwhelms you, that circumstance that forces you to act. Or, it can be the change you make on a much more intimate scale—the fight to provide for a better life for your family or community, the difference you make by acknowledging the dignity and humanity of the people around you, the ability you have—right now, not in some abstract future—to be, as Paul Farmer put it, an antidote to someone’s despair.

သောကြာ, May 20, 2022 - 5:00pm

You graduate today from an institution born because basic rights were questioned. And because brave, courageous people fought the unjust forces of their time and demanded a new answer. Here in America and around the world, basic rights are still being questioned. In whatever way you choose, on whichever path you take, through whichever career you pursue, it is now your turn to demand a new answer.

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