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May 21, 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $8 million in humanitarian assistance for people experiencing continuing humanitarian needs associated with Super Typhoon Rai and subsequent Tropical Storm Megi in the Philippines. Building on support provided for the initial disaster response, this new funding brings total USAID assistance for typhoon-affected people in the Philippines to more than $29 million since December 2021.

May 19, 2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Zambia Minister of Foreign Affairs Stanley Kakubo. During the meeting, Administrator Power reiterated the United States’ support to Zambia and highlighted the country’s potential to serve as a regional model of good governance, founded on inclusive democratic principles and accountability.

May 19, 2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with leaders from philanthropic organizations to discuss the evolving global food security crisis, the exacerbating impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on food security and nutrition, and the U.S. Government’s response plan.

May 19, 2022

On May 18, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman met with G7 members and invited guests on the margins of the G7 Development Ministerial in Berlin, Germany.

May 19, 2022
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On May 18, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman attended the G7 Development Ministerial in Berlin, hosted by German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze, and with the participation of development leaders from G7 countries and invited guests. Throughout the Ministerial, Deputy Administrator Coleman and other participants discussed collective approaches to mitigating the global food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s war in Ukraine, high-quality standards for infrastructure investments, climate change and a socially just energy transition, and gender equity and equality in development assistance.

May 18, 2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Svein Tore Holsether, President and Chief Executive Officer of global fertilizer company Yara International, to discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and its adverse impacts on the global fertilizer supply, crop production, and the livelihoods of millions of people who depend on agriculture. Administrator Power discussed ways in which USAID, through the U.S. government’s Feed the Future initiative, is addressing impacts on global hunger, poverty, and malnutrition.

May 18, 2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti to reaffirm USAID’s unwavering support for the country’s democratic and economic aspirations and its European and Euro-Atlantic path. Prime Minister Kurti underscored the deep friendship and partnership between the people of both countries, and Administrator Power recognized Prime Minister Kurti for Kosovo’s proactive leadership to address climate change and strengthen long-term energy security.

May 18, 2022
Media Advisory

Administrator Samantha Power will deliver remarks as part of the commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2022 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Johns Hopkins University.

May 18, 2022

At the Global Food Security Call to Action Ministerial Meeting convened by the United States today in New York, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced nearly $215 million in additional humanitarian assistance to address the global food security crisis, which has been exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine and its corresponding impact on global markets. Even before the war began, approximately 768 million people were chronically hungry. This new crisis has only made an already dire situation significantly worse, with as many as 40 million people projected to be pushed into poverty and food insecurity through the end of the year.

May 16, 2022
Media Advisory

On May 18, 2022, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman will travel to Berlin, Germany, to attend the G7 Development Ministerial Meeting.

May 16, 2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with food security experts from leading think tanks and academic institutions to discuss the impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on food security and nutrition and the U.S. government’s response efforts to the global food crisis.

May 16, 2022
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On May 14, Deputy Administrator Coleman completed her trip to Laos to deepen development cooperation with the Government of Laos and discuss shared priorities under the U.S.-Laos Comprehensive Partnership, an agreement launched by President Obama in 2016.

May 15, 2022
Press Release

On May 13, 2022, during her trip to Laos, USAID Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming Isobel Coleman announced $5.6 million to support the Government of Laos to advance their education and economic growth goals, both of which have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

May 13, 2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh to discuss strengthening development cooperation and USAID’s ongoing efforts to combat the climate crisis and environmental pollution, improve higher education, and address war legacies in Vietnam.

May 13, 2022
Remarks

Thank you so much, Vice President Harris.  Just to start by saying what an important gathering this is truly.  And to thank each of you, excellencies, for coming all of this way, to dive into these critical issues.  I feel incredibly privileged to be part of this team led by President Biden and Vice President Harris, who are driving, as you heard, unprecedented American climate ambition and progress.  

May 13, 2022
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On May 12, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman completed her trip to Thailand to advance the United States’ partnership with our longstanding treaty ally on the shared priorities of COVID-19, climate action, countering trafficking in persons, and providing humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable in the region. The visit also underscored USAID’s commitment to working with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region to promote a region that is free and open, connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient.

May 13, 2022
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On May 11, Deputy Administrator Coleman completed her trip to Bangladesh to assess the realities on the ground of the humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the genocide against the Rohingya in Burma. She visited Cox’s Bazar district and met with U.S. Government, United Nations (UN), and local non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, and Rohingya leaders to discuss the needs of the nearly one million Rohingya refugees currently living in Cox’s Bazar and on Bhasan Char island.

May 13, 2022
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On May 12, Administrator Samantha Power met with King Abdullah II of Jordan to discuss USAID’s continued strategic partnership with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and shared development priorities in promoting a stable Middle East. Administrator Power and King Abdullah discussed how USAID can help Jordan address challenges crucial to the Kingdom’s stability, such as deepening food insecurity in the region caused by Putin’s war in Ukraine, structural economic reforms, water provision, and regional tensions.

May 12, 2022
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Kenya Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Harry Kimtai, Tanzania Minister of Agriculture Hussein Mohamed Bashe, and Zambia Ministry of Agriculture Director of Policy and Planning Peggy Mulewa, to discuss the food security impacts of Russia’s war on Ukraine in their countries, plans to address these new shocks, and ways in which USAID and the international community can help.

May 12, 2022

During her trip to Bangladesh, USAID Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming Isobel Coleman launched a new five-year, up to $20.5 million USAID Ecosystems/Protibesh activity to protect critical biodiverse areas in Bangladesh from degradation. The program targets two key areas, including the Sundarbans mangrove forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site home to the Royal Bengal tiger, and forest and freshwater wetland ecosystems of the Sylhet border region in northeastern Bangladesh. The project will also help communities build long term climate resilience by adopting climate-smart agriculture approaches and learning business skills to diversify and increase their incomes, moving away from reliance on natural resources from forests for their livelihoods.

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Last updated: May 21, 2022

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