2021 Press Releases


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Last updated: September 15, 2021

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.

September 14, 2021

This fiscal year alone, the United States has provided more than $515 million worth of humanitarian assistance of various kinds, allowing our partners to reach those in urgent need with everything from food to clean drinking water to basic services. But it is not enough. We cannot kid ourselves that it is enough. We commend the generous pledges made by other donor countries. But the fact is that much more funding is needed to keep Yemen from the brink. And we call on all parties to allow the unhindered import and distribution of fuel so that hospitals and water treatment can function, so that food prices stop rising and so that aid can continue to reach its intended recipients.

September 13, 2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Achim Steiner.

September 13, 2021

Today, the United States announced nearly $64 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan. This funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State will flow through independent organizations, such as UN agencies and NGOs, and provide life-saving support directly to Afghans facing the compounding effects of insecurity, conflict, recurring natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic. For assistance to be effective, we will need an environment conducive to the principled delivery of aid, including the ability for both female and male aid workers to operate freely. This contribution underscores the United States’ commitment to the Afghan people.