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August 25, 2016

Today, Power Africa announced a new partnership arrangement with the Government of Japan focused on reducing energy poverty and increasing access to sustainable energy in sub-Saharan Africa. The Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) between the United States and Japan -- signed by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA) -- includes commitments to share strengths, expertise and resources in an effort to accelerate access to renewable energy in Africa.

United States Announces Nearly $138 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for South Sudan
August 22, 2016

Secretary of State John Kerry announced nearly $138 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the South Sudanese people who have suffered through almost three years of brutal fighting. This additional funding brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution to more than $1.7 billion since the conflict began in December 2013. 

August 22, 2016

 U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Marcela Escobari will travel to Central America from August 22-September 1, 2016.  On her visit to El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, she will meet with public officials, the private sector, and USAID partners on the ground to review USAID's progress in implementing the U.S. Strategy for Engagement in Central America.  

August 19, 2016

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator R. David Harden will visit Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, and Kuwait from Aug. 22 - Sept. 1, 2016.

August 19, 2016

Every year, we come together on World Humanitarian Day to honor the women and men who have given their lives in service of others, and express appreciation for the selfless dedication of those who put everything on the line to help those whose lives have been shattered by unimaginable shocks.

August 19, 2016

The United States announced nearly $35 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help the people of Ethiopia face the impacts of the worst drought in fifty years

August 15, 2016
$7.5 million competition seeks innovations to improve water and food security, gender equality, and reduce poverty to receive up to $2 million in funding and acceleration support

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Sweden through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (MFA-NL) and the government of South Africa today announced a fourth call for groundbreaking innovations under Securing Water for Food: A Grand Challenge for Development

August 10, 2016
USAID Invests Over $15 Million to Accelerate Development and Deployment of 21 Innovations to Combat the Spread of Zika

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today 21 potentially game changing solutions to mitigate the spread and impact of the Zika virus.  These award nominees underwent a rigorous review process, and have been selected for accelerated development, testing and deployment.  

August 1, 2016
International Partnership Invests $3.4 Million to Accelerate Innovations that Prevent Maternal, Newborn Deaths and Stillbirth in the Hardest to Reach Regions of the World

After fierce competition, 12 of the world's most promising ideas to save lives at birth in developing countries have edged out nearly 650 other applicants, securing millions in new funding to develop and refine their innovations.

July 25, 2016

The U.S. Agency for International Development announced $127 million in additional humanitarian and recovery assistance to people affected by severe drought in Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Madagascar, Lesotho, and Swaziland. With this announcement, the United States has provided nearly $300 million in humanitarian assistance to the region. In addition, the United States has also provided development investments to mitigate the drought's impacts and build resilience in Southern Africa.

July 20, 2016

Today's White House Summit on Global Development celebrated a milestone in the U.S. Government's commitment to ending global hunger, poverty and child malnutrition. Earlier this month, Congress passed the Global Food Security Act, important bipartisan legislation that institutionalizes Feed the Future, the Obama Administration's successful approach to increasing food security and nutrition. Through Feed the Future, the U.S. Government is working to increase the incomes, nutrition and resilience of small-scale farmers, particularly women, by expanding farmers' access to local and international markets. President Obama signed the bill into law today.

July 18, 2016

 Members of the press are invited to attend and cover the White House Summit on Global Development and President Obama's speech on July 20 in Washington, D.C. The Summit will bring together development leaders, public and private sector partners, civil society, diplomats, and entrepreneurs to discuss the progress achieved by the Administration's approach to development and chart a course forward to continue the progress in the years ahead. There will be a series of panel discussions throughout the day that highlight President Obama's global development initiatives. Strive Masiyiwa will introduce President Obama, who is expected to speak at the summit.

July 14, 2016

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator Ariel Pablos-Mendez will visit Durban, South Africa July 16 - July 17 for the 2016 International Conference on AIDS (AIDS 2016).  

July 14, 2016
The five-year, $62 million dollar project will expand and improve comprehensive and integrated HIV/AIDS care and treatment services in six districts

The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) is pleased to announce the launch of the new United States Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Providing Universal Services for HIV/AIDS (PUSH) Project in Lesotho.  This five-year, $62 million dollar program will provide resources to dramatically expand comprehensive and integrated HIV/AIDS care and treatment services to children and adults affected by HIV. Utilizing a prioritized district approach, the project aims to rapidly expand service coverage to 80 percent of people living with HIV in three scale-up districts by 2018, while sustaining services across a total of six districts in the country, further advancing Lesotho’s HIV response towards achieving universal treatment coverage.

July 7, 2016

Today at the Girls' Education Forum in London, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a commitment of $25 million through Let Girls Learn to help sustain a teacher apprenticeship program in Afghanistan for adolescent girls, as part of a new partnership with the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID) Girls Education Challenge (GEC).

July 6, 2016

Today, the United States Congress passed the Global Food Security Act of 2016, marking a historic step toward ending global hunger and malnutrition. This bold display of bipartisan leadership sends a clear message that the United States is committed to empowering smallholder farmers and strengthening communities and economies through agricultural development.

July 5, 2016

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant to the Administrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs Larry Sampler will participate in the July 7, 2016 Girls' Education Forum in London.

Scaling Off-Grid Energy: A Grand Challenge for Development
June 23, 2016

Today at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced four new investments totaling more than $38 million that will help mobilize the power of global entrepreneurs and innovators in the fight to end extreme poverty.  These investments will connect innovators around the world with investors and capital to increase access to energy and expand food security in developing countries.

June 22, 2016

As part of the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Summit, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will host a press conference on Thursday, June 23 at 12:30 p.m. PDT. USAID Administrator Gayle Smith, Assistant Administrator for Africa Linda Etim, USAID Chief Innovation Officer Ann Mei Chang and partners will announce new investments to help mobilize the power of entrepreneurs and innovators in the fight to end extreme poverty. These investments will connect innovators around the world with investors and capital to increase access to energy and expand food security in developing countries. 

June 21, 2016

Today, USAID released the third annual Acting on the Call report, which details how a renewed focus on the poorest 40% of the population can save the lives of 8 million women and children by 2020. The report also announces Burma as the twenty fifth priority country for USAID's effort to end preventable child and maternal death.

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