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February 12, 2013

Today, Rebecca Black was sworn in as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Cambodia. Assistant Administrator for Asia Nisha Biswal presided over the ceremony and USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah administered the oath of office to Black.

February 8, 2013

The U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a memorandum of understanding with the Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) at a private ceremony today that will establish the first investment fund in Badakhshan, Afghanistan to invest in social development projects.

February 8, 2013

To combat deforestation in the Andean Amazon, four U.S. universities have been awarded funding by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through Higher Education for Development (HED) to partner with South American universities to enhance local biodiversity conservation and sustainability.

February 5, 2013
February 7-9th, Mahabalipuram, Chennai

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) today announced the upcoming National Summit on “Call to Action for Child Survival and Development”, scheduled to be held in Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu from February 7-9, 2013. Organized in partnership with UNICEF and USAID, the Summit is a critical platform that will strategically engage over 200 delegates including 27 international and 35 national experts, key policy makers, planners and implementers from the health sector representing all states of India, representatives and heads of UN and development agencies, global health experts and practitioners, Civil society members and private sector, to discuss and debate on Child Survival and development in India.

Assistant Administrator Mara Rudman, Mission Director Dr. Mary Ott, and Ambassador Mohamed Tawfik
January 25, 2013

Dr. Mary C. Ott was sworn in today as the new Mission Director for Egypt for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).  Assistant Administrator for the Middle East Bureau, Mara Rudman administered the oath of office.

New partnership will help smallholder maize farmers access better seeds, increase productivity
January 24, 2013
New partnership will help smallholder maize farmers access better seeds, increase productivity

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today with Ethiopia and DuPont to boost maize harvests through increased use of hybrid maize seed, improved seed distribution, and post-harvest storage.

January 22, 2013

Today, the Government of Afghanistan announced that it has joined the Better Than Cash Alliance, an initiative founded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Citi, Ford Foundation, Omidyar Network, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), U.N. Capital Development Fund and Visa Inc., by committing to transition significant volumes of cash payments to electronic payments.

Deputy Administrator Donald Steinberg and Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud
January 17, 2013

On behalf of USAID, I would like to congratulate President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud and Parliament on establishing Somalia’s first permanent government after more than 20 years and reinforce our partnership with you to build a peaceful, prosperous country.

January 17, 2013

In a ceremony at the Central Bank of Nigeria on January 17, 2013, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah, Nigerian Central Bank Governor Mallam Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, and Nigeria’s Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, represented by Honorable Minister Dr. Akinwumi Adesinathe, launched a partnership in which the parties expect to leverage up to $100 million in commercial lending for the country’s agriculture sector. 

January 16, 2013

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will travel to Nigeria from January 17-18 where he will meet with senior government officials to further USAID’s collaboration with the government of Nigeria and will meet with leaders in Nigeria’s private sector to discuss new opportunities for partnerships that can accelerate growth and development.

January 16, 2013

Today, the Government of Ethiopia convened a meeting of African Ministers of Health and global experts aimed at accelerating reductions in preventable child deaths through sharper national plans and improved monitoring and evaluation. The African Leadership for Child Survival – A Promise Renewed conference, follows last year’s Child Survival Call to Action, which was co-convened by the Governments of Ethiopia, India and the United States with UNICEF and launched a global roadmap to end preventable deaths of children under five.

January 14, 2013

Today, T. Charles Cooper was sworn in as Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

January 11, 2013

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah will visit Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. During his visit, Administrator Shah will meet with Ethiopian Minister of Health Dr. Kesetebirhan Admassu to discuss the upcoming international meeting “African Leadership on Child Survival—A Promise Renewed,” set to take place January 16-18, 2013 in Addis Ababa.

January 11, 2013

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) Science program, announced today the award of nearly $500,000 in competitive grant funding to support two research projects in India and one in Mexico.

January 11, 2013

The U.S. Department of State announced that its Rewards for Justice program has authorized rewards of up to $5 million each for information leading to the capture of Abdelbasit Alhaj Alhasan Haj Hamad and Mohamed Makawi Ibrahim Mohamed; two of five individuals convicted in Sudan for the January 1, 2008 murders in Khartoum of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) diplomat John Granville and USAID employee Abdelrahman Abbas Rahama.

December 20, 2012

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), on Wednesday began a new project in partnership with the Ministry of Education to improve the reading and math skills of thousands of primary school students in Senegal.  The Partnership to Improve Elementary Reading and Math will work directly with the Ministry as well as other partners including the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Education, and additional bilateral donors France, Canada, and Japan.  

December 20, 2012

The Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) are pleased to announce the publication of the implementation schedule for the U.S. Government’s commitment to the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) and the posting of initial data on U.S. Government foreign assistance in IATI’s common data standard, now available for download in XML format from the Foreign Assistance Dashboard (

December 20, 2012
Award to fund Xcelerator training among USAID Grantees, turning ideas into sustainable solutions that improve the lives of expectant mothers and newborns

At the Grand Challenges meeting in Ottawa, Canada, Wendy Taylor, Director, Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Carol Dahl, Executive Director of The Lemelson Foundation, announced a partnership between USAID and The Lemelson Foundation to award more than $700,000 to the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA).  The Foundation and USAID will each contribute $352,000 toward this effort. The funds will be used to enable USAID’s Saving Lives at Birth grantees the ability to avoid common pitfalls in scaling, helping them accelerate their ideas and inventions into sustainable solutions that will impact on the world’s poorest populations.

December 19, 2012
Thirty percent of the world’s children do not reach their developmental potential due to poverty, disease, conflict and disaster

Today at the White House, the U.S. Government released its first-ever Action Plan on Children in Adversity. The Plan is grounded in evidence that shows a promising future belongs to those nations that invest wisely in their children, while failure to do so undermines social and economic progress. According to the Plan, “Child development is a cornerstone for all development, and it is central to U.S. development and diplomatic efforts.” 

December 18, 2012

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and leading network operator Millicom International Cellular S.A., are pleased to launch an innovative project to bring mobile financial services to women entrepreneurs throughout Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana.


Last updated: October 17, 2017

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