2021 Press Releases


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Last updated: June 11, 2021

June 4, 2021

The Biden-Harris administration has been clear that combating corruption is a key domestic and foreign policy priority. Yesterday, in line with that commitment, President Biden released a National Security Study Memorandum (NSSM) that establishes the fight against corruption as a core national security interest of the United States. USAID applauds President Biden’s leadership in acknowledging that corruption poses a deep threat to U.S national security, shared prosperity, and democracy itself.

June 4, 2021

Belarus informed the United States yesterday that it is imposing new limits on American diplomatic and technical personnel at the U.S. Embassy in Minsk, effective June 13. Despite an increasingly restrictive environment for U.S. government programming in Belarus, USAID’s partnership with the Belarusian people continues and remains more important than ever.

June 4, 2021

Today, the United States announced it is providing more than $266 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Afghanistan, whose lives are being impacted by ongoing conflict and who now are facing extreme food insecurity. This funding includes $157.5 million through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Afghanistan is more than $543 million since Fiscal Year 2020.

June 4, 2021

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $57 million will be dedicated to urgently needed tuberculosis (TB) recovery efforts in seven high burden countries: Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Africa, Tajikistan, and Ukraine. Alongside COVID-19, TB is the leading infectious disease killer, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, sickening ten million people and taking 1.4 million lives every year. To address the COVID-19 pandemic’s devastating impact on TB services, this assistance will strengthen simultaneous testing for both TB and COVID-19, improve TB diagnosis services, and identify TB cases through contact investigations and community screenings. This commitment represents approximately 19 percent of USAID’s annual TB funding.

June 3, 2021

I am very pleased to announce the start of reforms that will improve USAID’s ability to advance U.S. interests and values and tackle the toughest challenges of our time.

USAID is creating an additional Deputy Administrator position and shifting to a two-Deputy Administrator structure.