2021 Press Releases


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Last updated: September 17, 2021

September 17, 2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Women, Marise Payne to discuss their serious concern about the worsening humanitarian conditions and the rights of women and girls in Afghanistan.

September 17, 2021

Today, President Biden signed an Executive Order (E.O.) establishing a new sanctions regime that authorizes the United States to target any party responsible for or complicit in actions or policies that are prolonging the conflict in northern Ethiopia, and those that commit human rights abuses, or obstruct humanitarian access and a ceasefire.

September 15, 2021

On September 15-16, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is hosting a virtual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) International Development Conference. The USAID HBCU International Development Conference is part of the Agency’s commitment to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce. 

September 15, 2021

Today, as we celebrate International Day of Democracy, USAID is proud to support the defense, resilience, and renewal of democracy, alongside our government and civil society partners. In my earliest days as USAID Administrator, I met with leading activists and journalists from around the world to hear firsthand about their experiences as global headwinds gather against democratic progress. Yet, even in the face of serious democratic backsliding and rising authoritarianism, citizens around the globe are standing up to call out poor governance, corruption, and violations of their rights. Over the last 10 years, there has been a 63 percent increase in the number of mass pro-democracy protests.

USAID Senegal Democracy Office Director Mark Wilson (centre) with Cheikh Ndiaye from the office of Accounting and Public Treasury (right)
September 15, 2021

The United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has donated computer equipment to expand the automatization of municipal tax collection via YTAX.  This program is currently being piloted in Tambacounda, Kédougou, Kolda, and Sédhiou regions (south-east) to make tax collection operations more efficient and transparent.