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October 19, 2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Finland’s Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Ville Skinnari. They discussed the ongoing crisis in northern Ethiopia, humanitarian response priorities in Afghanistan, advancing the rights of women and girls through political participation as well as countering violence against women including in online forums. They also discussed sustainable forest management and climate change policy leading up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). The two discussed further bilateral cooperation on digital development through the use of emerging technologies and expanding digital infrastructure through private sector investments in developing countries. 

October 19, 2021

Today Dana Banks, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Africa for the White House National Security Council, announced a pioneering investment at the Financial Times Africa Summit. Caisse Régionale de Refinancement Hypothécaire (CRRH) – a West African mortgage refinancing company headquartered in Togo – is using Prosper Africa support to help raise more than $300 million to expand financing for West Africa’s homeowners. This investment will mobilize private capital into West Africa’s housing sector, significantly increasing access to affordable housing across the region—a critical intervention amidst COVID-19.

October 18, 2021
Remarks

Thank you so much.  Good morning everybody, I could not be more excited to be here. I could not be more grateful to Stephanie for presiding over this incredibly important occasion.  Thank you Senator Coons, for your warm introduction and also for your presence here.  As one of USAID and Delaware State’s foremost supporters in Congress, I'm not surprised you're here. But I gather there’s some things going on in Washington, kind of some important negotiations and you're in the thick of, and so you being here is just what you do all the time--which is you vote with your feet. You show your values with your presence. And this has been such a priority for you, and again, your presence is just reflective of that.

October 18, 2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Dover, Delaware to participate in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony between USAID and Delaware State University. The MOU should promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the international development workforce. It also outlines the two institutions' commitment to working together in the research of agriculture-led economic growth, resilience, nutrition, and water security. This partnership is the most recent action under the USAID Minority-Serving Institution Partnership Initiative. Administrator Power was joined by President Tony Allen and Senator Chris Coons at the signing ceremony where they addressed an audience of students, faculty and researchers about the importance of this new partnership, supporting HBCUs, and diversifying the international development field to better tackle global challenges like extreme food insecurity and hunger.

October 18, 2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power and Delaware State University (DSU) President Tony Allen signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the international development workforce, and to shape the research and technology agenda. The two institutions committed to working together in the research of agriculture-led economic growth, resilience, nutrition, and water security.

October 18, 2021

The United States Agency for International Development announced two awards totaling $3.5 million for the Bicycles for Growth Initiative. This program aims to improve sustainable access to affordable bicycles in sub-Saharan Africa.

October 16, 2021
Statement

The celebration of World Food Day comes at a critical time in our fight against global hunger and malnutrition. This year’s theme, Our Actions Are Our Future, highlights the pressing need to re-energize food security and nutrition efforts around the world.

October 15, 2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with the Chairman of the Syrian Civil Defence (SCD) Raed al-Saleh, and his team to discuss the vital importance of life-saving humanitarian and stabilization aid in Syria, recognizing the severe needs on the ground. 

October 15, 2021
Media Advisory

On Monday, October 18, 2021, Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Dover, Delaware to announce a new partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development and Delaware State University (DSU), one of America’s most respected Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in international development.

Wind Park Bogdanci, North Macedonia
October 14, 2021

Over the last four years USAID, in partnership with the Government of North Macedonia, the Ministry of Economy, and the Energy Regulatory Commission, implemented the long-awaited comprehensive reform of the energy sector. This partnership created the legal framework for an open, transparent, and vibrant energy market in line with the principles of competition and non-discrimination, better energy services to households and industry, and integration with regional energy markets.  

October 14, 2021
Statement by Rebecca Chalif, Spokesperson

Today, the White House released the annual report describing the U.S. Government’s efforts to implement the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in Fiscal Year 2020. The U.S. Government’s involvement in the GHSA has had a direct impact on the COVID-19 response in partner countries, while improving countries’ capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to future infectious disease threats and outbreaks. USAID has been a lead implementer of the U.S. contribution to the GHSA multilateral initiative since its launch in 2014 and continues to support the even more ambitious GHSA 2024 target. USAID's investments in this critical partnership continue to play a vital role in improving pandemic preparedness and building back better to prevent the next. These investments save lives and make us safer.

October 13, 2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) Executive Director Peter Sands to discuss coordination with the Global Fund to deliver on global targets laid out by President Biden at the Global COVID-19 Summit.

October 13, 2021

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced an additional $11.3 million in assistance for Zambia to strengthen democracy and governance and support small and medium sized agribusiness enterprises. In the two months since Zambia’s August 12 presidential election, USAID has programmed approximately $30 million in new U.S. Government funding for the Zambian people.

October 12, 2021
Statement

Today, Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, and I convened an urgent High-Level Ministerial on northern Ethiopia—where millions of civilians are currently experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. This High-Level Ministerial of G7 nations and other major donor countries to the humanitarian response included senior representatives from Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States.

October 12, 2021

The United States is airlifting relief supplies and providing more than $26 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia. The U.S. is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, providing more than $1 billion throughout the country over the last year, including more than $663 million in humanitarian assistance since the crisis began.

October 11, 2021
Statement

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) honors the extraordinary power of girls. As a mother to a nine year-old girl myself, this is a cause that is especially close to my heart. When given equal opportunities and the support they deserve, girls will lead in making our communities and world safer, more prosperous, and more equitable for all. It is a fact that when we invest in girls’ rights and girls’ education, the returns are felt not just in individual households, but in economies as a whole. But our support for girls is about much more than GDP.

October 8, 2021
Readout

Administrator Samantha Power traveled to the Dominican Republic October 7-8, to participate in a High-Level Dialogue on Institutional Reform with Dominican President Luis Abinader.

October 8, 2021
Statement By Administrator Samantha Power

PMI’s 2021-2026 strategic plan, launched this week, aims to ensure that even the most remote communities at risk for malaria have the lifesaving tools needed so that no child dies of a mosquito bite.

October 7, 2021

Today, as part of President Biden’s whole-of-government approach to confronting the climate crisis, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released its Climate Readiness Plan. The Climate Readiness Plan outlines actions USAID will implement across the Agency’s operations management functions and programs to adapt to the effects of the changing climate.

October 6, 2021
Statement

I congratulate the Gambian people on their ongoing democratic progress, which has resulted in myself and the other members of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors unanimously approving a four-year, $25 million Threshold Program between MCC and the Government of The Gambia.

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Last updated: October 20, 2021

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