Statement by USAID Spokesperson Clayton M. McCleskey on Andrew M. Herscowitz and the Power Africa team Winning the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal


For Immediate Release

Wednesday, October 3, 2018
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Last night, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Coordinator for Power Africa, Andrew M. Herscowitz, and the Power Africa team received the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medal (called the "Sammy"), as the 2018 National Security and International Affairs Winner, awarded by the Partnership for Public Service. This national honor for excellence in government recognizes the unique public-private partnership model of Power Africa, and its progress in bringing electricity to the over 600 million people living in sub-Saharan Africa without power.

Power Africa supports USAID's goal to end the need for foreign assistance, and helps countries become more self-reliant. Power Africa is the world's largest partnership for development: 160 public and private organizations have committed $54 billion to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa, and helped more than 57 million people gain access to electricity for the first time.

Power Africa advances U.S. national security interests by fostering economic development and stability in Africa. Power Africa's projects have generated hundreds of millions of dollars in export opportunities for U.S. companies, and secured thousands of U.S. jobs.

The Partnership for Public Service is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose mission is to help make government more effective. The Sammy honorees are exceptional federal workers who are breaking down barriers, overcoming huge challenges through innovation, and getting results.

Last updated: November 14, 2019

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