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August 18, 2017
Statement by Clayton M. McClesky, Acting Spokesperson

This Saturday, August 19, marks World Humanitarian Day, a time to recognize aid workers who risk their lives while helping millions of people affected by global crises. Since the death of 22 United Nations and relief-agency staff on August 19, 2003 in a Baghdad bombing, each year we honor the brave women and men who have died while serving others, and celebrate the selfless spirit of those who risk everything to save lives.

August 16, 2017

But basically, my philosophy and my approach at USAID is precisely what I’ve talked about before and is in my statement that I submitted to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  And I believe philosophically the purpose of foreign assistance is to end the need for its existence.  I believe in hand-up development.  So the American taxpayers are extraordinarily generous people and we aim to mobilize compassion around the world.  But I think the most important thing is to be truly compassionate, and that’s doing what we can to help our partners, allies, and friends to lead themselves, and so we look to build the capacity of our partners – host country partners, but also civil society and all those attributes that we all know are crucial for countries to rise.  And that’s what we want to work on.

August 11, 2017

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green spoke today with United Kingdom Secretary of State for the Department of International Development (DFID) Priti Patel. The Administrator thanked the Secretary for the long and productive partnership between USAID and DFID. 

August 7, 2017

Good morning.  It's good to see all of you.  Thank you for your kind welcome.  I can't tell you what an honor and relief it is to finally be here with you.  And before we go any further, I have a debt of gratitude to a number of people that I would like to mention.  First and foremost, President Trump and Secretary Tillerson for their trust and confidence.  I must say, they are obviously open-minded.  After all, Secretary Tillerson is from Texas, and I grew up in the shadow of Lambeau Field.

Second, I want to offer my very sincere thanks to Wade Warren for his leadership, during his time as Acting Administrator, during the many months of building a transition plan, and, of course, for his many years of service to the Agency.  Wade, thank you.  You've done a fabulous job,  a really wonderful job.  I also need to thank Don Gressett, Sonali Korde, Casey Redmon and my whole LPA staff for their great work during the confirmation process.  More importantly for making me appear better and smarter than I really am.

August 3, 2017

Today, the United States Senate confirmed Mark Andrew Green to be the eighteenth Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). With Mark's unwavering commitment to strengthening USAID's effectiveness and efficiency, the Agency will continue to forge new partnerships that strengthen its role as the global face of American generosity and an asset to national security.

August 3, 2017

Today the United States announced more than $169 million in humanitarian assistance to support those in Ethiopia and Kenya who are experiencing the effects of prolonged severe drought. This additional funding, including nearly $137 million in Ethiopia and nearly $33 million in Kenya, brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution in Ethiopia and Kenya to more than $458 million in Fiscal Year 2017.

July 31, 2017

Hi everybody.  What a great crowd.  You've heard this already from a couple of the speakers but I just want to say, welcome to Washington.  I know that for many of you the last six weeks have been the first time that you have been to the United States, so I wanted to say, welcome to the United States.  Also, we're so happy to have you here with us.  When they asked me if I would be willing to come and speak at this event this morning, I jumped at the chance.  I've spent the majority of my career at USAID working in Africa and on African issues, both here in Washington and I also lived in Zimbabwe and Botswana, and traveled throughout the continent.

July 28, 2017

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Wade Warren will join the Department of State in welcoming the 2017 Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), which represents the United States' investment in the next generation of African leaders. The Summit brings together 1,000 talented young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who play important roles in enhancing peace and security, spurring economic growth, and strengthening democratic institutions in the United States and Africa.

July 13, 2017

Today, the United States announced more than $119 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Iraq. The United States Government has now provided more than $1.4 billion in humanitarian assistance for the Iraq crisis since fiscal year 2014.

July 12, 2017

This week the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $20 million in additional funding to the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF), a multi-donor fund that directly benefits the Syrian people by improving access to basic needs, such as electricity, water, and medical care.

July 11, 2017

Today we are joined by Mr. Robert Jenkins, Acting [corrected title] Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development's Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. Mr. Jenkins will discuss U.S. humanitarian aid to fight famine in Nigeria, South Sudan, Somalia, and Yemen, and in particular, the recent announcement of an additional 639 million dollars in assistance for this effort. Mr. Jenkins is speaking to us from Washington, D.C. We will begin with remarks from Mr. Jenkins, and then we will open it up to your questions.

July 8, 2017

Today, the United States announced nearly $639 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to over $1.8 billion for these four crises since the beginning of Fiscal Year 2017.

July 6, 2017

On July 5th, the United States announced its intent to provide an additional $150 million to help stabilize Iraq after liberation of areas held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The funds will be provided through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). The $150 million planned contribution brings the U.S. Government's total contribution to stabilization in Iraq to $265.3 million since FY2015.

June 30, 2017

U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Wade Warren will travel to Lisbon, Portugal July 2-4 to participate in the 49th Annual Tidewater Meeting.

June 20, 2017

We remain deeply concerned by the more than 22 million refugees forced from their homes by conflict and persecution. Tragically, half of these refugees are children. In addition, nearly 41 million people are internally displaced within their own borders. As the world faces the largest forced displacement of people since World War II, the United States is committed to ensuring life-saving humanitarian aid reaches those most in need, while also tackling the underlying causes of their flight.

June 14, 2017

U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Wade Warren will travel to Miami, Florida, to participate in the Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America, to be held June 15-16, 2017. The Conference is co-hosted by the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Government of Mexico.

June 13, 2017

U.S. Agency for International Development Counselor Thomas Staal met with President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi of Mozambique today to discuss a range of issues, including progress in public health, agriculture, education, combating wildlife trafficking, and improving the business environment in Mozambique.  

June 5, 2017

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Charles North will travel to Ottawa, Canada, June 6-7, 2017, for a board meeting of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).

June 2, 2017

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Wade Warren will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine, June 4-7; Brussels, Belgium, June 8-9; and Amman, Jordan, June 10-13.

In Ukraine, Warren will participate in a discussion with media and civil society. He will also meet with donors to discuss development challenges and with Government of Ukraine officials. 

May 24, 2017

 Acting USAID Administrator Wade Warren makes a statement on the election of the new Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

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