Fact Sheets

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) works with the Ministry of Education to improve educational attainment in Afghanistan and provide educational services that generate measureable learning outcomes. Currently, USAID is conducting a national Early Grade Reading survey, the results of which will provide information for the Ministry of Education and the international donor community to support early grade reading reform. The survey finding will serve as a starting point for the Afghan Children Read Program for the development of technical assistance materials and for measuring the project’s progress.

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is not only a human rights violation but also a serious public health problem with physical, mental, and sexual and reproductive health consequences. The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Afghan Ministry of Public Health have developed a treatment protocol to help health workers provide better quality care to GBV survivors and to strengthen the overall health sector response toward victims.

Human trafficking is a phenomenon which remains extremely pervasive both within and between Afghanistan and neighboring countries. Afghanistan is a source, transit and destination country for men, women, and children subjected to forced labour and sex-trafficking.

On May 10, the Government of Ethiopia (GoE) and response actors released a prioritization statement, which highlighted ongoing humanitarian needs and critical funding gaps as a complement to 2016 Humanitarian Requirements Document (HRD). More than $1.5 billion is required to support the humanitarian response in Ethiopia between January and December, including nearly $703 million to address immediate needs. The GoE and international community had allocated or pledged at least $1 billion to support the humanitarian response in Ethiopia as of May 17, according to the UN.

USAID's three-year, $4 million Business Literacy Project, is part of the U.S. Government’s Feed the Future Initiative in Nepal.

USAID’s Policy Reform Initiative Project supports the Government of Nepal to achieve inclusive economic growth in the agriculture sector to enhance and improve food security.

On May 13, Acting Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (AA/DCHA) Thomas H. Staal announced nearly $128 million in additional funding for the humanitarian response in Ethiopia. The U.S. Government (USG) has provided a total of nearly $705 million in humanitarian assistance for Ethiopia in FY 2015 and to date in FY 2016.

The Strengthening Peace Building, Conflict Resolution, and Governance in Afghanistan Activity was established to support peacebuilding efforts in Afghanistan through policy research, provision of grants to Afghan civil society organizations, and technical assistance to strengthen the legitimacy of Afghan government institutions. The Activity’s three goals include: 1) preparing civil society organizations (CSOs) to advocate for conflict resolution, peacebuilding and good governance; 2) informing U.S., Afghan, and international policies and programming through research and fellowships; and 3) helping public officials to govern effectively and legitimately.

International Syria Support Group (ISSG) representatives agree to a nationwide cessation of hostilities. Relief agencies reach 778,000 people in hard-to-reach and besieged locations since January. Intensified aerial attacks in and around the city of Aleppo cause civilian casualties and damage key infrastructure, including NGO-supported health facilities.

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), is funding SERVIR-Mekong, a five-year (2014-2019) project implemented by the Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). The project supports governments, regional institutions and other key stakeholders in the Lower Mekong countries to use publicly available satellite imagery and geospatial technologies, such as mapping and related analyses, to prepare for and respond to disasters, manage natural resources and improve food security. SERVIR-Mekong is part of a network of SERVIR hubs currently in operation across the developing world.

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Last updated: May 26, 2017