2021 Press Releases


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Last updated: June 11, 2021

June 17, 2021

Today, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced nearly $407 million in additional humanitarian assistance for people affected by the Venezuela regional crisis. Through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), nearly $251 million of this total will provide emergency food, health, water, and other urgent assistance to Venezuelan migrants and refugees, communities hosting them in neighboring countries, and the most vulnerable in Venezuela. This funding also includes more than $156 million from the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration.

June 17, 2021

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) COVID-19 Task Force Executive Director Jeremy Konyndyk announced more than $91 million to provide urgently needed food assistance, health care, water, and psychosocial support for people across Africa, in order to address urgent humanitarian needs caused by the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.

June 16, 2021

Yesterday, while on travel to Guatemala, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power formally launched the Guatemala Entrepreneurship and Development Innovation initiative, an almost $39 million alliance with international and local private sector partners to scale technology-driven, market-led solutions to critical development challenges throughout the country. The initiative was first announced by Vice President Harris on June 7, 2021, during her trip to Guatemala.

June 15, 2021

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power traveled to San Salvador, El Salvador, on June 14, 2021, to assess USAID programs that are promoting economic growth, security, and good governance in the country.

June 15, 2021

While on travel to El Salvador, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power launched the Regional Challenge to Advance Gender Equality in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, a new USAID effort to advance gender equality and increase women’s access, agency, and power. The challenge will start in the fall of 2021, and will include $5 million in USAID funding.