On October 29th, the World Bank Group released Doing Business 2014: Understanding Regulations for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises. Doing Business 2014 is the 11th in a series of annual reports benchmarking the regulations that affect private sector firms, in particular small and medium-size enterprises.
Today, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan closed on its offering of a $1.25 billion sovereign bond issuance guaranteed by the United States of America. This guarantee reinforces the firm U.S. commitment to the people of Jordan by strengthening the Government of Jordan’s ability to maintain access to international financing, while enabling it to achieve its economic development and reform goals.
Today, during a speech at The George Washington University’s Feeding the Planet Summit, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced 10 new Feed the Future Innovation Labs to increase global food security and help smallholder farmers boost incomes and improve nutrition.
On October 29, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Chief Strategy Officer Carla Koppell will participate in a symposium titled Men, Peace and Security: Agents of Change, co-hosted by the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), The World Bank, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Women in International Security, and Sonke Gender Justice.
Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) swore in Jonathan Addleton as the new Mission Director to the Central Asian Republics Regional Mission based in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with Ashden, a United Kingdom-based energy charity, announced a new award for innovators who use or supply clean energy technologies to increase production in the agricultural sector. The contest is open for entries until November 5, 2013. The winner will receive an award of up to £40,000 (approximately $64,000) at a ceremony in London on May 22, 2014.
U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Maria Brewer said today that "the United States Government is proud to have contributed to this historic handover of power companies to the private sector and congratulates the Government of Nigeria (GON) on achieving a very important milestone in the liberalization of the power sector." The comments were made in response to the Presidential handover of the Licenses and Share Certificates to the new owners of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) successor generation and distribution companies.
Prime Minister H.E. Hailemariam Desalegn and Deputy Prime Minister H.E. Dr. Michael Debretsion were both in attendance today to announce the first independent power project in Ethiopia’s history. The 1000MW Corbetti geothermal plant will be built in two 500MW stages and is expected to be the largest geothermal facility in of Africa, at a cost estimated at $4 billion over an 8-10 year construction period.
USAID/Haiti launched a four-year food security program today to improve nutrition and access to locally produced foods for the most vulnerable households in Haiti. The project, the Kore Lavi Program, is part of the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiatives Feed the Future and Title II. These programs work with USAID’s partner countries around the world to develop their agriculture sectors and reduce food insecurity. It will be implemented by CARE International.
Today President Obama renewed his call to promote transparent, effective and accountable government institutions to partner with civil society during a side event at the 68th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is working to achieve this goal with Making All Voices Count: A Grand Challenge for Development.
Dozens of people died yesterday at the Westgate Shopping Mall in Nairobi in a terrorist attack that was shocking in its brutality and brazenness. Among those killed was a member of our own extended family: Ruhila Adatia-Sood, wife of Ketan Sood, a Foreign Service National at our Mission in Nairobi. Ruhila was several months pregnant with their child.
To provide a vital resource for critically ill children across Southern Africa and a learning hub for doctors and nurses in the region, today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced a partnership with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund USA and the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital Trust to support the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to New York from September 22 to 26 to participate in the 68th United Nations General Assembly. Administrator Shah will lead the USAID Delegation at the UN and participate in high level events and meetings with leaders from foreign governments, NGOs, the business community, and the media. USAID will co-host the following events at United Nations General Assembly.
On September 19, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Chief Strategy Officer Carla Koppell will participate in a panel discussion on “A Call To Action: Taking A Stand Against Gender-Based Violence” hosted by The New Republic in partnership with CARE. The event will take place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah, administered the oath of office to Senior Foreign Service Officer R. David Harden as the new USAID Mission Director to West Bank and Gaza. The USAID West Bank and Gaza Mission manages programs in the areas of democracy and governance; education; health and humanitarian assistance; private enterprise; and water resources and infrastructure.
Today, Angelique Crumbly was sworn in as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Management. USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah administered the oath.
On September 10, 2013 James A. Bever was sworn in as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Mission Director for Ghana. In this capacity he will oversee USAID’s country-specific programs in agriculture, governance, economic growth, education, and health.
Today, Sarah-Ann Lynch was sworn in as the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission Director for Iraq. As director of the mission, Ms. Lynch will have the primary responsibility for overseeing programs that work with Iraqis to strengthen their democratic institutions, improve governance, and promote civil society and private sector growth while improving the quality of primary health care services.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to Durham, N.C. on Thursday, Sept. 12 to deliver a major speech at Duke University. The speech will focus on USAID's partnership with Duke University and and the role of innovation in solving the greatest challenges in development around the world.
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Lions Clubs International (LCI) have launched their first joint in-country activity in Macedonia dedicated to improving literacy among children with disabilities.
Last updated: September 02, 2015