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March 20, 2019

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is activating a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to Mozambique to lead the U.S. Government's response to Cyclone Idai, which has caused catastrophic flooding, killed hundreds of people, and affected hundreds of thousands of others in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi.

March 19, 2019
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Michelle Bekkering will lead the U.S. Government Delegation to the 2019 Women 20 (W20) Summit, in Tokyo, Japan March 23-24, 2019. Bekkering concurrently serves as the Agency's Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment.

March 18, 2019

 
Today, United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green and the Brazilian Secretary of the Office of International Relations within the Ministry of the Environment, Roberto Castelo Branco, signed a Letter of Intent to work toward the launch of the first-ever biodiversity-focused impact-investment fund for the Brazilian Amazon. The fund, to be financed largely by the private sector, is intended to leverage $100 million in investments in hard-to-reach, high-risk sectors to spur successful businesses that align with forest and biodiversity conservation.

March 18, 2019
Media Advisory

United States Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green will participate in an interagency working group to discuss youth programs that align with the First Lady's "Be Best" initiative.

March 13, 2019
Readout

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with the Honorable David Beasley, Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), to discuss the strong partnership between USAID and the WFP.

March 13, 2019
Readout

Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA to discuss the long-lasting partnership between USAID and CARE, which includes humanitarian aid and work on health, economic development, governance, women's empowerment, innovation, resilience, and water programs.

March 11, 2019
On-The-Record Briefing

This budget supports USAID’s efforts to aggressively communicate the stark differences between authoritarian financing tools and the approach that we and our allied donor nations use. Our approach is true assistance. It helps partner nations build their own self-reliance and a more dynamic, private enterprise-driven future. It incentivizes reform to spur private enterprise and free markets, attract investments, and again, foster self-reliance.

We also aim to help partner countries recognize the costs of alternative models, like those of China and Russia. Their approach seeks to weaken confidence in democratic and free market systems, saddle countries with unsustainable debt, lead to the forfeiture of strategic resources, and further the militaristic ambitions of those authoritarian actors. In coming weeks, we will unveil a framework that we’ll use to help counter malign Kremlin influence, especially in Europe and Eurasia and Central Asia, and this budget supports that work.

March 11, 2019

USAID Administrator Mark Green's Meeting with The Right Honourable Penny Mordaunt, M.P., Secretary of State for International Development of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

March 11, 2019
Fact Sheet

The President’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Budget Request for USAID continues to advance our efforts to strengthen U.S. national security through strategic investments that promote the Journey to Self-Reliance. The Budget envisions the day when USAID’s development assistance is no longer needed. USAID supports governments, civil society, and the private sector in partner countries to build self-reliance, defined as the ability of a country to plan, finance, and implement solutions to its own development challenges. The FY 2020 Budget also upholds the President’s commitment to serve the needs of American citizens, ensure their safety, and defend their values, as outlined in the President’s National Security Strategy. The Budget includes significant investments to reduce the reach of conflict; prevent the spread of pandemic disease; and counteract the drivers of violence, instability, transnational crime, and other security threats.

March 11, 2019
Statement

Today, President Trump released his Budget Request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020, which includes a total of $40 billion for the U.S. Department of State and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The Budget would advance USAID’s approach to supporting governments, civil society, and the private sector in our partner countries on their journey to self-reliance through building capacity and commitment to plan, finance, and implement solutions to their own development challenges. The FY 2020 Budget maintains the principle that other donors will need to step up to and do their fair share to support economic growth and development worldwide, and to address humanitarian crises.

March 8, 2019

Today, on International Women's Day, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrates more than 50 years of promoting equality and empowerment for women. Our investments in women are vital to our mission of promoting self-reliance and resilience among our partner countries, as well as to the goals of worldwide stability and prosperity we all share. As the President's 2017 National Security Strategy notes, "Societies that empower women to participate fully in civic and economic life are more prosperous and peaceful."

March 7, 2019
U.S.-Venezuela Relations and the Path to a Democratic Transition

We'll continue to support Interim President Guaidó's effort to deliver aid to his people in Venezuela, and we will continue to support Colombia and others that are hosting Venezuelans who have fled. We all recognize that humanitarian assistance, however badly it is needed, is treatment not cure. It cannot address the root cause of the problem. So long as Maduro and his cronies continue to crush the people, their economy and their hope, this crisis will worsen. They deserve a return to democracy, rule of law, and citizen-responsive governance.

March 7, 2019

Today, the United States airlifted additional humanitarian relief supplies from Florida to Cúcuta, Colombia, intended to help people affected by the man-made political and economic crisis in Venezuela.

March 6, 2019

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with António Vitorino, Director-General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to discuss the critical partnership between USAID and IOM. Administrator Green underscored USAID’s commitment to supporting life-saving humanitarian assistance in some of the most complex and dangerous circumstances around the globe. The two reflected on how to promote coordinated and efficient delivery of assistance. Administrator Green and Director-General Vitorino also expressed the importance of addressing sexual exploitation and abuse in the humanitarian sector.

March 6, 2019
Readout

Yesterday, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green met with The Honorable Carlos Vecchio, the Ambassador of Venezuela to the United States. Administrator Green underscored the continuing resolve of the United States to help relieve the man-made suffering inside Venezuela. Administrator Green and Ambassador Vecchio discussed plans for positioning more relief supplies to meet urgent needs in Venezuela and next steps to take now that Interim President Juan Guaidó has returned to Caracas. Further, Administrator Green applauded the people of Venezuela for their courageous actions to restore peace and democracy to their country.

March 6, 2019
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick will lead a USAID delegation, which includes Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Latin America and Caribbean Steve Olive, to Miami, Florida and Cúcuta. The delegation will travel to Cúcuta, Colombia, on a U.S. military flight to preposition humanitarian aid for the people of Venezuela.

March 5, 2019

This additional assistance complements ongoing U.S.-funded humanitarian aid activities, such as food, water, nutrition, sanitation, emergency health care, psychosocial support, protection, shelter, and education for refugees in Bangladesh and affected populations within Burma. U.S. funding also supports Bangladeshi host communities affected by this crisis. 

March 1, 2019
Remarks

I want us to be true partners and not partners in the way that we have used it before. So, we're still going to be doing traditional cooperative agreements and contracts. It's bread and butter. But, what we're really interested in is collaboration; it's co-design, co-creation, co-financing. It is quite literally coming together as the -- as the public side, we'll have resources that have been generously allocated to us by members of Congress and the administration. And we want to come to you and say, "This is what the broader mission is. What are your ideas? What are your best efforts? How do you think we might be able to get there?"

February 28, 2019
Media Advisory

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will participate in a panel discussion at InterAction. The panel will focus on USAID's Transformation, and it's reshaping of policy and frameworks to focus on advancing self-reliant partner countries.

February 27, 2019
Remarks

USAID stands in solidarity with Interim President Guaidó and those in Venezuela who seek a government that represents their interests and is responsive to their needs. So long as Maduro and his cronies continue to crush the people of Venezuela, their economy, and their hope, we know this crisis will continue. The people of Venezuela, like those in Cuba and Nicaragua, who are also suffering under authoritarianism, deserve freedom and a return to rule of law. Some observers talk as though democracy is in irreversible decline, but the only way that freedom and democracy will fall is if we let them. As President Trump recently said in Miami, we can see the day ahead when all the people of Latin America will at last be free.

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