Fact Sheets

Vulnerable populations in Somalia, southeastern Ethiopia, and northern Kenya continue to face life-threatening acute food insecurity, following delayed and erratic seasonal rains across the Horn of Africa, according to the USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET). As of early May, April-to-June gu rains had begun in parts of Somalia’s semiautonomous regions of Puntland and Somaliland, while Lower Juba, Lower Shabelle, and coastal areas of Galgadud and Mudug regions had not yet received rains, according to the UN. In addition, central and eastern Ethiopia remained dry due to below-average February-to-June belg rainfall, and the delayed onset of March-to-May long rains had exacerbated dry conditions in agricultural and pastoral areas of Kenya, according to FEWS NET.

In Morocco, 30 percent of the population is between 15 and 29 years old and the number of people reaching working age is increasing. But despite that fact, companies struggle to find employees. This is due to the severe deficit of marketable skills, which affects the whole region and plagues the operation and productivity of industrial sectors. In order to maintain economic growth, security, and stability, it is of paramount importance to respond to this problem and to close the skills gap, thereby creating employment for the youth, reducing poverty, and fostering wealth creation. 

Our program, Enhancing and Advancing Basic Learning and Education (ENABLE), develops key science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational competencies in BiH. Strengthening key STEM competencies among students and their teachers is central to improving the system as a whole. The ENABLE program will improve teacher training, the development hypothesis being that if teachers are better trained, particularly in STEM-based curricula, then their teaching will improve – the ultimate result being that student learning outcomes are increased. A solid educational system will foster a knowledge-based economy and ultimately advance economic growth.

USAID is partnered with the BiH Gender Equality Agency to improve institutional services for survivors of gender-based violence and strengthen prevention efforts. It directly contributes to implementation of the Istanbul Convention and the ability of BiH to protect and provide better services to victims of GBV.

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) offensive to retake the city of Ar Raqqah from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) continues to drive displacement in Ar Raqqah Governorate. As of April 8, the offensive had displaced more than 50,000 people in the governorate since the offensive began in November 2016, according to the UN. In recent days, an estimated 39,000 people arrived to the informal Job Ash Sheer camp in Ar Raqqah, and the UN estimates an additional 21,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) may arrive at the camp in the coming days.

Through its Central America and Mexico (CAM) Regional Program, USAID works with the governments of the region, the private sector and local organizations towards the shared goal of a prosperous, transparent and safe Central America region.

International donors participate in high-level pledging event for Yemen crisis on April 25. US Government agencies commit an additional $94 million in humanitarian funding for the Yemen response. UN officials warn parties to conflict against launching a military offensive in the vicinity of Al Hudaydah Port, noting humanitarian concerns.

The Macedonia Media Program is a $6 million program to increase pluralism and transparency in the Macedonian media market.

Enhanced Parliamentary and Party Capacity for Public Engagement Component
Start date: April 1, 2012 Duration: September 2020
Implementer: CEPPS/National Democratic Institute (NDI)

Funded through the Consortium for Electoral and Political Process Strengthening (CEPPS), this eight-year, $9.7 million project is implemented in cooperation with the International Republican Institute (IRI), the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) to promote political competition and accountability in Macedonia.

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Last updated: February 20, 2018

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