2021 Press Releases


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Last updated: October 18, 2021

June 10, 2021

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced new actions at the G7 to tackle the global climate crisis by helping countries most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.  Through three important multilateral partnerships, USAID is helping countries prepare for and mitigate climate-related disasters. 

June 9, 2021

On June 9, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power held a day-long series of high-level meetings on the humanitarian catastrophe in Tigray, Ethiopia, convening humanitarian partners, diplomats, aid workers, donor countries, and U.S. Government officials for urgent discussions on fighting famine and ending ongoing atrocities, including widespread and systematic sexual violence. Administrator Power also announced more than $181 million in additional USAID humanitarian assistance to help Ethiopians affected by this spiraling crisis, and met with Ethiopian-Canadian recording artist The Weeknd to discuss raising global awareness about the scale of the need facing those impacted by the conflict.

June 9, 2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power announced that the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $181 million to deliver life-saving food, agricultural supplies, safe drinking water, shelter, health care, and essential services to protect the most vulnerable in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, where a worsening humanitarian catastrophe threatens millions of civilians.

June 9, 2021

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power is co-hosting an event with the European Union focused on the humanitarian catastrophe in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, and the need for a strong international response to meet urgent humanitarian needs and prevent further atrocities, including widespread sexual and gender-based violence. Approximately 5.2 million out of 6 million people —or some 90% of the population in Tigray—are in need of assistance because of the ongoing conflict and efforts by armed actors to delay and prevent food and other critical supplies from reaching vulnerable populations.

June 9, 2021

The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:‎

Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Samantha Power spoke with President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan to discuss USAID’s enduring partnership with the government and people of Afghanistan, especially Afghan women and girls.