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January 18, 2010

Today Americans across the country are honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by participating in a day of service in their communities. The response we are seeing to the devastating earthquake that just occurred 600 miles south of Florida is a great example of Dr. King's commitment to common humanity. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) salutes the extraordinary generosity and compassion of the American people who are coming together to help the Haitian people.

January 16, 2010

Washington, DC- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Bureau for Global Health is sending additional specialists to Haiti to help assist with the rising medical needs. Reports indicate that thousands of individuals in makeshift medical facilities are in dire need of medical attention following Tuesday’s earthquake.

January 13, 2010

Washington, DC- In the aftermath of the earthquake in Haiti, USAID is providing 14,550 tons of food aid which will help feed 1.2 million people for two weeks and is valued at approximately $18 million, to assist those affected by the disaster.

In order to expedite delivery, the food aid will come from the Title II prepositioned stocks in Jascinto, Texas. It will include 7,000 tons of rice, 4,550 tons of corn soy blend (CSB), and 3,000 tons of vegetable oil. The food will be distributed by the United Nations World Food Program and Private Voluntary Organizations.

January 12, 2010

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announce today the swearing in of Jeff Borns as mission director to South Africa. Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Earl Gast presided over the event and administered the oath to Borns.

January 12, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In response to the earthquake in Haiti, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is dispatching a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) and has activated its partners, the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team and the Los Angeles County Search and Rescue Team. The USAR teams will be composed of up to 72 personnel, 6 search and rescue canines and up to 48 tons of rescue equipment.

The USAR team will be accompanied by USAID disaster experts who will assist with assessments of the situation.

January 7, 2010

WASHINGTON, DC - The following is the text of the remarks from Dr. Rajiv Shah upon his swearing-in today as USAID Administrator.


Thank you very much.

When I began preparing my remarks for today, I asked my wife, Shivam, for advice.

She told me -- when you get on stage and everyone is cheering for Secretary Clinton, just pretend they're cheering for you.

Shivam, thank you for all of your good advice, but of course for so much more.

January 6, 2010

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the swearing in of Dr. Carleene Dei as its new mission director for Haiti. As director, Dei will oversee programs to promote stability and help Haitians strengthen their democratic institutions, promote economic growth and improve education and health services.

December 23, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Government released today a report on assistance to highly vulnerable children in developing countries, U.S. Government and Partners: Working Together on a Comprehensive, Coordinated and Effective Response to Highly Vulnerable Children.

Seven federal departments and agencies - Agriculture, Defense, Health and Human Services, Labor, State, Peace Corps, and USAID - provided approximately $5 billion to assist highly vulnerable children and families in FY 2008.

December 18, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Since 1984, Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), conceived and funded largely by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has collected and disseminated high quality data that provide critical insight for decision makers to plan, monitor, and evaluate population, health, and nutrition programs. The DHS project staff has helped conduct some 260 surveys in over 90 developing countries.

December 8, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) have partnered through the Water and Development Alliance (WADA) initiative to bring more than 12,000 people in Ramotshinyadi Village of South Africa access to clean drinking water.

December 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) along with alliance partners AED and Darden Restaurants, which owns Red Lobster and Olive Garden, today announced the Global FISH Alliance, a program that promotes sustainable fisheries and responsible aquaculture practices. The partnership held a reception at the AED Global Theater where a panel representing this unique public private partnership discussed the importance of a comprehensive approach to sustainable fishing practices.

December 7, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Under the framework of the U.S.-Russia Bilateral Presidential Commission, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. Forest Service, and the Russian Federal Forest Agency signed a Protocol of Intent to strengthen collaboration in the sustainable management of forests through 2013.

December 2, 2009

Janet Nkubana, Rwandan entrepreneur and co-founder of Gahaya Links, Ltd Weaving Company, a USAID recipient, will make an in-store appearance at Macy's Metro Center on Friday, December 4th at 5:30pm. Janet will demonstrate weaving techniques and discuss her compelling story.

November 30, 2009
USAID Recognizes World Aids Day

On December 1, the global community once again recognizes World AIDS Day and the 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide. This is also a time to renew our commitment to work together to fight against this epidemic and pay homage to the millions of people who have lost their lives because of it. As a major partner in the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is fully committed to continue providing prevention, care, and treatment services to those in need.

November 20, 2009

The United States and Guatemala signed a one-year, $6.75 million agreement Nov. 17 to design and implement a series of preventive anti-crime activities to address the serious security situation that threatens the stability of Guatemalan society.

November 20, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the swearing in of Kevin L. Armstrong as its new mission director for Benin. Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Earl W. Gast presided at the event and administered the oath to Armstrong.

November 19, 2009

Seeking to combat the food security crisis in Guatemala's Dry Corridor, which is located in the country's eastern region, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced plans to provide $15 million in emergency assistance Nov. 19.

November 18, 2009

BOCA CHICA, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Major League Baseball Dominican Development Alliance (MLB-DDA) teamed up with Chicago Cubs Charities Nov. 17 to donate $100,000 to support health and basic education activities at the Caobete Basic School and Education Center for Integrated Health (CESI).

November 12, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has airlifted relief supplies to El Salvador and provided an initial $100,000 for the local purchase of additional relief items and fuel for the helicopter and airplanes the government El Salvador is using to transport supplies and fly assessment missions over the areas affected by Tropical Storm Ida. In total, USAID has provided approximately $280,000 to assist those affected by Tropical Storm Ida to date.

November 10, 2009
Nomination of USAID Administrator

I am extremely pleased to inform you that President Obama has nominated Dr. Rajiv Shah as USAID Administrator. I know that everyone at USAID joins me in welcoming the nomination of Dr. Shah to lead us in carrying out our development and humanitarian mission.

Please read the White House's statement announcing the nomination, as well as Secretary Clinton's release regarding Dr. Shah's candidacy.


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