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January 18, 2014

Since its independence, South Sudan has made modest but important steps on the path to development. But today, fighting between government and rebel forces puts that progress at risk, wreaking havoc on a people who have faced more than their share of suffering and denial. Recent violence in South Sudan has left thousands dead and has driven nearly half a million people from their homes.

January 17, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), and the African Cotton & Textile Industries Federation (ACTIF) have entered into a memorandum of understanding to expand trade and investment linkages between the United States and sub-Saharan Africa in the cotton textile and apparel sectors.

January 10, 2014

Today, Donald “Larry” Sampler Jr., was sworn in as Assistant to the Administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs.  In this role, Sampler will oversee the two countries with the largest USAID budgets in a region critical to U.S. national security.  USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah administered the oath.

January 9, 2014
Partnership reveals improved maternal health outcomes in Uganda and Zambia pilot districts

The number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth declined sharply over one year in eight pilot districts in Uganda and Zambia where Saving Mothers, Giving Life has deployed a battery of life-saving interventions, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-led public-private partnership announced today. The first annual report, a comprehensive evaluation of the initiative’s efforts to strengthen health systems and reduce the number of preventable maternal deaths, revealed a 30 percent decrease in the maternal mortality ratio in target districts of Uganda and a 35 percent reduction in target facilities in Zambia in its first year.

January 6, 2014

Taking one more step toward improving maternal health globally, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces the award of the Fistula Care Plus Project to EngenderHealth and its institutional partner, the Population Council. 

January 3, 2014

The United States announced $49.8 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help victims of conflict in South Sudan.  With this new assistance, the United States has provided more than $300 million in humanitarian assistance in Fiscal Years 2013 and 2014 to assist South Sudanese victims of conflict as well as refugees seeking asylum in South Sudan.

December 23, 2013

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced Thursday five new awards totaling more than $6 million to help protect and empower women in countries affected by crisis, conflict, and transition.

December 20, 2013

Janina Jaruzelski was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director to Bangladesh. USAID Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein administered the oath and Acting Assistant Administrator for Asia Denise Rollins delivered remarks.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announces $25 million in fresh U.S. recovery aid for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan.
December 19, 2013

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) signed Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Coca-Cola to support the revival of economic activity and livelihoods in Leyte, the province worst-hit by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan).

December 18, 2013

John Seong was sworn in today as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director to Timor-Leste. USAID Associate Administrator Dr. Mark Feierstein administered the oath.

December 17, 2013
Two Firms to Receive Support to Expand Agricultural Productivity and Improve Food Security

The African Development Banks’s Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT), a new multi-donor trust fund created to increase agricultural productivity and reduce poverty, recently announced the recipients of the Fund’s first two project preparation grants. The project preparation grants will help attract investment in agricultural infrastructure projects in Cote d’Ivoire and Tanzania while strengthening links from farmers to markets to tables across Africa.

December 17, 2013

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah and Dr. John Clarke, President and CEO of the Banro Corporation, announced a $4 million partnership today to help formalize legal, conflict-free artisanal gold mining at the Banro mining site in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  The partnership will increase transparency and sustainability while also supporting economic opportunities for community residents and informal miners.

December 16, 2013

On December 17, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Mark Feierstein will deliver opening remarks at the Atlantic Council Headquarters to announce the book launch of USAID “The Future Can’t Wait.” This event is organized by the Atlantic Council and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

December 13, 2013

United States Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) from December 14-19.

December 11, 2013

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Swedish Government, Duke Energy Corporation, the German Government, and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, announced the 12 organizations that will collectively receive $13 million in funding under Powering Agriculture: An Energy Grand Challenge for Development.  The awards will support innovative projects aimed at integrating clean energy technology into the agriculture sectors of developing countries.   

December 9, 2013

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced seven new awards worth nearly eight million dollars to address gender-based violence. USAID Chief Scientist Dr. Alex Dehgan announced the awards at an event at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars where participants discussed how innovative technology can address violence.

December 9, 2013

This week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), with General Atlantic, Newman’s Own Foundation, The Pershing Square Foundation, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and Echoing Green announced a three-year partnership which will invest in young entrepreneurs who are pioneering innovative new models to address global development challenges.

December 9, 2013

Today, the Governments of Ethiopia, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, and the Federal Republic of Germany, announced a partnership to improve rural land governance for economic growth and to protect the land rights of local citizens in Ethiopia.

December 6, 2013

On December 11, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will host an event to announce the 13 winners of Powering Agriculture: A Grand Challenge for Development in Washington, D.C.  USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah will deliver remarks.

December 6, 2013

On December 9, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will co-sponsor an event along with the Interagency Gender Working Group (IGWG) and the Environmental Change and Security Program/Woodrow Wilson Center entitled,  “Gender-Based Violence and Innovative Technologies: Opportunities, Challenges, and Ethical Considerations” at the Woodrow Wilson Center.


Last updated: October 20, 2017

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