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Unloading of the Second Shipment of USAID COVID-19 Supplies
May 6, 2021

Through a massive mobilization effort, the U.S. Government is delivering on its commitment to stand with the people of India as they fight a devastating second wave of COVID-19. Over the past week, the U.S. government rapidly deployed six planeloads of life-saving supplies to New Delhi in six days and mobilized its partners in India to immediately stand up surge support. Together, U.S. Government assistance to combat the current crisis is about $100 million. The United States is continuing to work closely with Indian officials and health experts to identify and respond to emerging trends in this ongoing crisis.

May 6, 2021

In response to the devastating violence in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado region, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing vital humanitarian relief supplies in a series of shipments to help meet the urgent needs of people forcibly displaced from their homes. 

May 5, 2021
Readout

On May 5, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power represented the United States virtually at the G7 Foreign and Development Ministerial. The annual G7 Summit has over the years developed into the leading platform for making bold commitments to the world’s greatest challenges.

May 5, 2021

Today, at the G7 Foreign and Development Ministers Meeting, Administrator Samantha Power announced the renewal of USAID’s long-standing and successful partnership with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to improve the health and well-being of mothers, children, families, and communities around the world.

May 4, 2021

On Day 2, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power held several sessions aimed at addressing the root causes of irregular migration in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

May 3, 2021
The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:‎
 
Today, Samantha Power was sworn into office as the 19th Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development by Vice President Kamala Harris. Afterwards, the Administrator provided remarks to the Agency’s workforce, in which she thanked the USAID workforce for their dedication to the mission and commitment to individual dignity. 
May 3, 2021
Statement by USAID Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has been a steadfast partner of El Salvador in advancing economic growth, promoting citizen security, and strengthening democracy. A fair, impartial and independent judiciary is essential to the democratic governance USAID supports in El Salvador and around the world, and a necessary precondition for combating corruption and attracting investment.

May 1, 2021

The United States continues to deliver on its promise to stand with the people of India amidst the COVID-19 surge. Two air shipments have arrived in India to date, with more on the way. 

April 30, 2021
Media Advisory

On Monday, May 3, 2021 at 3:00 p.m., USAID will welcome Samantha Power to be the nineteenth Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Administrator Power will deliver her first remarks to USAID employees around the world, as well as lay out priorities during her tenure in the Biden-Harris Administration.

April 28, 2021

As President Joe Biden pledged on April 26, 2021, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is rapidly mobilizing assistance to save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19, and meet the urgent health needs of the Indian people. 

April 28, 2021
Statement by Pooja Jhunjhunwala, Acting Spokesperson

Today, the Senate voted to confirm Ambassador Samantha Power as the nineteenth Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). USAID looks forward to her ceremonial swearing-in, scheduled to occur Monday, and the vast experience she will bring to the role as Administrator.

April 28, 2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is shipping emergency humanitarian supplies from its Miami warehouse to help people on the island of Saint Vincent affected by the eruption of La Soufrière volcano. La Soufrière has erupted repeatedly since April 9, forcing large-scale evacuations, covering Saint Vincent island with ashfall, and polluting air and water sources. More than 13,000 people have had to evacuate their homes.

April 27, 2021

Yesterday, Vice President Harris announced that the United States is providing $310 million in increased assistance to the Northern Triangle, including $255 million in assistance to meet immediate and urgent humanitarian needs for people in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, refugees, other displaced people, and vulnerable migrants in the region. The assistance includes approximately $104 million from the Department of State, $125 million provided by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and $26 million through the Department of Defense.

April 26, 2021
Statement By Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is proud to recognize World Immunization Week, a week that highlights the lifesaving importance of vaccines. Routine immunizations represent one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions, saving millions of lives each year and protecting children, pregnant women, and people of all ages from emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

April 26, 2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching two new projects worth $74 million over five years, subject to the availability of funds, to help Vietnam contribute to addressing the global climate crisis. These new projects will help conserve a forest area nearly the size of Delaware and Rhode Island combined. Healthier, fuller forests, coupled with strong biodiversity, is critical to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

April 25, 2021

Five years ago, on April 25, 2016, USAID experienced one of its darkest days. We awoke to horrific news: Xulhaz Mannan, a dedicated USAID/Bangladesh employee, had been brutally murdered in his Dhaka home by extremists. 

April 23, 2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

This Sunday, World Malaria Day, we recognize how American generosity and compassion can change lives. Fifteen years ago, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) sparked hope around the world that, together, we could end this suffering. The results have been truly incredible. Thanks to PMI, at least 1 billion people have received nets to keep them safe from deadly mosquito bites. More than 700 million people have received life-saving treatment. Dedicated and caring health workers have advanced their skills with 2 million trainings. Hundreds of labs have been equipped to track mosquito and parasite mutations that threaten health security. Today, scientists believe we can end malaria in our lifetimes.

April 23, 2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to recognize World Book and Copyright Day. Celebrated each year on April 23, the day pays tribute to books, authors, and the joy of reading.

April 22, 2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

On April 22, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) commemorates Earth Day. In line with this year’s theme, “Restore our Earth,” USAID recognizes the need for global progress in environmental protection and reiterate our commitment to meet the urgent environmental challenges we face.

April 20, 2021

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $100,000 in immediate assistance to support people affected by Typhoon Surigae in Palau. Typhoon Surigae is the first typhoon of the season in the western Pacific ocean, and has severely impacted people in Palau’s outer islands and the main island. The slow moving typhoon brought significant rain and heavy winds, causing inundating floods and resulting in damage to homes and properties.

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Last updated: May 08, 2021

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