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Construction of the Ebola treatment unit (ETU)
November 10, 2014

The first Ebola treatment unit (ETU) built and staffed with U.S. Government funding is prepared to receive its first patients this week. ETU construction was overseen by the U.S. Department of Defense working with the Armed Forces of Liberia, which was a vital partner in the building process. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is funding the management and clinical care of the ETU, which will be provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) under the leadership of the Liberian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. Including this ETU, critical funding support from the United States has helped increase the number of Ebola treatment units in Liberia to eight.

November 8, 2014
USAID’s Largest Gender Program Will Build upon Afghan Progress from the Past Decade

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah today launched a five-year program in Afghanistan focusing on the education, promotion, and training of 75,000 Afghan women between 18 and 30 years of age.  The Promote program will support women’s efforts to enhance their contribution to Afghanistan’s development by strengthening women’s rights groups, boosting female participation in the economy, increasing the number of women in decision-making positions within the Afghan government, and helping women gain business and managerial skills. USAID is committing $216 million to Promote and is seeking up to $200 million in additional financial commitments from other donors. Promote is the largest women’s empowerment program supported by USAID anywhere in the world.

November 7, 2014

Acting Director of USAID’S Global Development Lab Lona Stoll will travel to California to join over 350 student innovators, faculty researchers, development experts, investors, and thought leaders who will meet this weekend in the Bay Area for the Higher Education Solutions Network’s TechCon 2014. 

November 7, 2014

On Wednesday, November 12, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will participate in a discussion on the U.S. response to the Ebola crisis in West Africa at an event hosted by the Brookings Institution. Brookings President Strobe Talbott and Administrator Shah will discuss Shah's assessment of the U.S. response after a recent trip to West Africa, as well as " Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development," USAID's effort to generate new ideas to fight Ebola.

November 6, 2014
Bipartisan legislation to support Feed the Future pending in House and Senate

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced new data today demonstrating the impact of the U.S. Government's innovative global hunger efforts, including the Feed the Future initiative led by USAID in partnership with 10 other federal agencies. Just weeks after the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced the number of chronically undernourished people in the world has fallen by more than 100 million over the last decade, new data in Zambia and Ethiopia underscore the impact of U.S. leadership in the fight against global hunger and undernutrition.

November 5, 2014

At the completion of a two-day trip to India on November 4-5, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced USAID support for three priority areas of partnership as identified in the recent summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Barak Obama in Washington: USAID will support the Government of India's efforts to strengthen water and sanitation, expand access to clean energy, and increase access to banking services for Indians. The announcements totaled up to $71 million in initial support for the initiatives. The Administrator announced the efforts after meeting with officials from the Government of India.

November 4, 2014

Today, USAID announced four new grants to winners of the joint USAID-Humanity United Tech Challenge for Atrocity Prevention. The grants of up to $50,000 will help recipients partner with an operational NGO or an established human rights group to further develop and pilot their innovations to document atrocities and facilitate communication for those at risk.

November 4, 2014

Power Africa Coordinator Herscowitz will participate in a plenary session on Power Africa and Infrastructure Opportunities at the Discover Global Markets Business Forum Series on Sub-Saharan Africa hosted by the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and the Georgia District Export Council.

November 3, 2014

On November 3-6, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality & Women’s Empowerment Susan Markham will travel to the West Bank and Israel. Her visit will focus on USAID’s development assistance to the Palestinians, specifically programs supporting gender integration and women’s empowerment, in the economic, democracy and governance, health and education sectors.

November 3, 2014
Launch of Inter-American Municipal Forum will create network of cities across Americas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To combat youth violence, gangs, and some of the highest murder rates in the world, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, and the Government of Guatemala will bring together public, private, and civil society leaders from across the Americas to examine crime and violence prevention approaches.

October 30, 2014

An impact evaluation released today shows the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) community-based crime and violence prevention programs in Central America help residents feel safer, perceive less crime and murders, and express greater trust in police. The three-year study, considered the gold standard of randomized control trials, was conducted by Vanderbilt University’s Latin American Public Opinion Project in Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Panama.

October 30, 2014

– Una evaluación de impacto dada a conocer este día muestra que los programas comunitarios de prevención del crimen y la violencia en Centroamérica, financiados por la Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (USAID), ayudan a los habitantes a sentirse más seguros, percibir menos crímenes y homicidios y expresar una mayor confianza en la policía. El estudio de tres años, considerado el mejor estudio aleatorio controlado de su tipo, estuvo a cargo del Proyecto de Opinión Pública de América Latina (LAPOP) de la Universidad deVanderbilt y se realizó en Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala y Panamá.

October 29, 2014

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to New Delhi, India, November 4-5, to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) and participate in bilateral meetings with Indian government officials.

October 29, 2014

Tomorrow, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will give the keynote remarks at the University of Notre Dame’s 2014 Global Impact Forum in Washington, D.C. Dr. Shah will discuss how USAID is embracing a new model of development--harnessing science, technology, and innovation to unlock opportunity for the world’s most vulnerable people. He will highlight how this approach is embodied in USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab, which empowers a global community of innovators to create cutting-edge development solutions. In addressing the U.S. response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, Dr. Shah will underscore the importance of seeking new and improved tools to solve significant challenges, such as how USAID is sourcing proposals for improved personal protective equipment (PPE) in the fight against Ebola through its Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development.

October 29, 2014

The World Bank Group has released Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency, the 12th in a series of annual reports benchmarking the regulations that affect private sector firms. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) supports regulatory reforms in developing countries and is proud to have partnered with several countries in successfully implementing a number of reforms highlighted in this year’s report.

October 27, 2014

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to London on Tuesday, October 28, to meet with leaders in government and business about strengthening the capacity of African governments and economies, as well as continuing to build international support for combating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

October 27, 2014
Launch reception to be hosted by the H.E. Liberata Mulamula, Ambassador of Tanzania to the U.S. at the Embassy of Tanzania

The U​.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Western Union announces the official launch of the third round of the African Diaspora Marketplace (ADM III), an initiative that promotes sustainable economic growth and job creation in Africa by supporting African diaspora entrepreneurs.

October 23, 2014

On October 24, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia Paige Alexander will participate in a panel discussion on the upcoming Ukrainian parliamentary elections at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

October 21, 2014

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah will travel to Sweden on October 22-23 to continue to build the U.S.-Sweden overall development partnership. 

October 20, 2014
Two New Basic Education Awards Will Help Provide a Pathway Out of Extreme Poverty for Children and Youth

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today two new contract mechanisms designed to provide worldwide support to basic education programs for children and youth around the world. The awards are structured to support up to $1 billion in activities over five years, subject to the availability of funds: $500 million in activities to increase access to education in crisis and conflict-affected environments for 15 million children; and $500 million in activities to improve reading skills for up to 100 million children in primary grades. USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment Charles North detailed the awards today at the Mobiles for Education Alliance Symposium in Washington, D.C.



Last updated: October 19, 2017

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