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February 9, 2015

Today, the Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development partners launched their fifth call for groundbreaking, sustainable innovations to save the lives of mothers and newborns in the hardest to reach corners of the world. The latest round is part of a $50 million program expansion to build upon and accelerate Saving Lives at Birth’s investment in innovative prevention and treatment ideas and approaches that aim to reduce infant and maternal mortality and prevent stillbirth around the time of birth. 

February 6, 2015

The 2015 National Security Strategy, released today by President Obama, demonstrates that global development is a key pillar of our national security and prosperity. As the Strategy says, “the United States is safer and stronger when fewer people face destitution, when our trading partners are flourishing, and when societies are freer.”

February 3, 2015
Innovative, scalable solutions to impact children in developing countries

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with World Vision and the Australian Government, announced today 14 grantees for the second call of All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development. Innovators across the world were selected for their low-cost, technology-based solutions and programs that confront fundamental literacy issues and empower children to read.

February 2, 2015
Initiative to address high drop-out and domestic violence rates affecting communities

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today announced a partnership with Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Major League Baseball Players Association to promote education, address the needs of children with disabilities, and combat domestic violence in the Dominican Republic.

January 29, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today launched a new project to provide quality basic education to children in South Sudan who are currently not attending school.

January 28, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will deliver a keynote address at the Powering Africa Summit in Washington, D.C. Administrator Shah will discuss how President Obama's "Power Africa" initiative is helping to increase the number of people with access to power in sub-Saharan Africa.

January 27, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today that the U.S. Government will commit $1 billion over FY 2015-2018 to Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance, subject to Congressional approval. The U.S. contribution will support Gavi’s plan to immunize 300 million additional children and save at least 5 million lives by 2020. Providing new and underutilized vaccines to the world's poorest countries is a key driver in ending preventable child deaths by 2035.

January 26, 2015

President Barack Obama announced today in New Delhi a new partnership among the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Calvert Foundation and several private financial institutions in India to develop an Indian Diaspora Investment Initiative.

January 21, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 21-23 to meet with leaders from government, business, and civil society. Administrator Shah's participation in WEF will focus on how partnering can boost development outcomes.

January 15, 2015
Women, Peace and Security in the Context of Climate Change

By 2050, the number of climate change refugees could reach 150 million people, 80 percent will be women and children.  Women and girls comprise a majority of the world's 1.4 billion people who live below the poverty line, and are the most susceptible to the impact of climate change and the instability in disaster and crisis-prone countries.

January 14, 2015

Today, Deputy Assistant Administrator for African Affairs Linda Etim and Director of the Center for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Mark Brinkmoeller are in South Sudan to meet with community leaders.

January 5, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will visit Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco January 6 - 13. While in Nevada and California, Dr. Shah will participate in the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 6. He will continue on to California where he will meet with technology leaders and other innovators to discuss the use of science, technology, innovation, and partnerships to further USAID's development objectives around the world.

December 29, 2014

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the award ofPartnership for Education: Learning, USAID's flagship education project in Ghana, to FHI 360, an international human development NGO.  Through the Learning project, the American people are investing $71 million to support Ghana's educational institutions over five years to improve, expand, and sustain learning outcomes for at least 2.8 million primary students nationwide, with an emphasis on children in kindergarten through grade three.

December 23, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Development Alternatives, Inc. (DAI) have finalized a settlement this week to resolve claims pending before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals under a cost-reimbursement contract. The settlement, agreed in principle in November, calls for payment by USAID for unanticipated claims under the cost-reimbursement contract, including claims related to Mr. Alan Gross. The settlement avoids the cost, delay and risks of further proceedings, and does not constitute an admission of liability by either party.

December 22, 2014

“We are pleased with the recent enactment of the Paul Simon Water for the World Act of 2014, which will help U.S. and international efforts to provide clean water and sanitation services to 2.5 billion people who do not have access to basic sanitation and 750 million who lack access to clean water. We applaud the bipartisan leadership of Representatives Blumenauer (D-OR) and Poe (R-TX), along with Senators Durbin (D-IL) and Corker (R-TN), all long-time advocates of improving access for the world’s poor to clean water and sanitation services. 

December 22, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) announced today 34 new grants to U.S. organizations to support construction projects and the purchase of equipment for overseas institutions. The projects, spanning 24 countries, are funded through a competitive annual grant and directly support schools, libraries and medical centers outside the United States that share universal values, such as empowering women and inclusive societies, as well as promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, while advancing best practices in healthcare and education. Throughout its history ASHA’s impact has covered the globe, working in nearly 80 countries with more than 270 institutions.

Food Assistance
December 22, 2014

In an effort to combat malnutrition, the United States contributed an additional $34 million to the World Food Program (WFP), which will provide food rations for the next four months to 3.2 million Pakistanis, including 1.63 million Temporary Displaced Persons (TDPs) from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA).

December 17, 2014

I want to thank President Obama for the honor of serving our country these past five years as Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Thanks to his leadership and the extraordinary commitment of our nation’s development experts, America is the unquestioned leader in eliminating the scourges of extreme poverty, hunger, and child death worldwide. Recently, I informed President Obama and Secretary Kerry that I will step down as Administrator in mid-February 2015.

December 14, 2014

MIREBALAIS, Haiti - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah visited the Mirebalais Hospital today and announced USAID is finalizing a $2 million partnership with the Partners in Health (PIH) local affiliate Zanmi Lasante.

December 12, 2014
Innovative personal protective equipment solutions selected for funding, testing and deployment

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the first nominees for awards in the Fighting Ebola: a Grand Challenge for Development.  Following a rigorous selection process, these innovators have been identified for the solutions they presented to increase the protection and comfort of healthcare workers battling Ebola.


Last updated: October 23, 2017

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