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March 7, 2012
Policy Speech Emphasizes Development Reform, Direct Partnerships with Local Governments, and Investments for the American People

This afternoon, Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), delivered a major speech entitled "Transforming Foreign Aid." In addition to addressing the current state of development, Shah proposed significant efforts to elevate aid effectiveness. The address was given at the Council on Foreign Relations annual John B. Hurford Memorial Lecture.

March 6, 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), issued the following statement on the passing of U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne.

March 3, 2012

USAID's Youth Initiative, which forms part of the USAID-Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program will mark its two-year anniversary in April 2012.  Since the start of the program, loans valued at $3,625,100 have enabled 1,045 young entrepreneurs to build businesses that today employ 2,220 Iraqis.  The pace of job creation is increasing, with more than 1,000 new jobs created during the last quarter of 2011 thanks to microfinance loans totaling $1.63 million.  

February 28, 2012

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) partnered with GSMA and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to conduct research into the opportunities that mobiles provide to underserved women in emerging markets. Primary research was undertaken by TNS and GSMA released the findings last month. The research, entitled 'Portraits: A Glimpse into the Lives of Women at the Base of the Pyramid', is the first to survey the wants, needs, aspirations and mobile uses of women living at the base of the pyramid (BoP). These women are living on less than two U.S. dollars a day. The research brings the voices of BoP women to life through eight fictional, composite portraits of respondents, shown against a backdrop of the macro-level data from which the portraits were constructed.

January 24, 2012

In a demonstration of their strong partnership and joint commitment to strengthening primary health care throughout Iraq, USAID's Primary Health Care Project in Iraq (USAID/PHCPI) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) held a three-day national workshop entitled “The Development of Primary Health Care is the Optimal Investment to Improve the Health Situation in Iraq” from January 21-23, 2012. The workshop was hosted under the patronage of and presided over by the Iraqi Minister of Health.

December 27, 2011

 

BAGHDAD–Business training offered in Small Business Development Centers (SBDC), supported by the U.S. Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is helping shape a new generation of Iraqi entrepreneurs.

December 27, 2011

In his joint press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on December 12, 2011, President Barack Obama noted that “In the coming years, it’s estimated that Iraq’s economy will grow even faster than China’s or India’s.”

November 23, 2011

The U.S. government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is participating in the 4th Iraq Agro-Food Expo in Erbil, showcasing the success of the USAID-Inma Agribusiness Program and highlighting beneficiaries. The success of this program is an example of US-Iraqi cooperation, under the auspices of the Strategic Framework Agreement, in support of domestic agricultural production in Iraq.

November 16, 2011

Baghdad, Iraq (November 7, 2011)- Business is flourishing for Iraq’s strawberry farmers thanks to higher-yield varieties and new growing techniques provided by the U.S. Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The success of this program is an example of US-Iraqi cooperation, under the auspices of the Strategic Framework Agreement, to support domestic agricultural production in Iraq.

November 2, 2011

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was born out of a spirit of progress, innovation and a reflection of American’s values, character and a fundamental belief in doing the right thing. President John F. Kennedy recognized the need to unite development into a single agency to maximize expertise. In 1961, USAID was created. Since that time, USAID has been a quiet force for progress, fostering a more peaceful and secure world.

June 6, 2009

BAGHDAD--The Founding Shareholders meeting of the Iraqi Company for Financing SMEs, Ltd. (ICF-Small and Medium Enterprises) convened on June 6 at the Baghdad headquarters of the Tijara Provincial Economic Growth Program. Managing Directors of ICF-SME's nine Iraqi private commercial shareholder banks attended. They confirmed the appointment of Sherwan Mustafa to be ICF-SME's new Managing Director and reviewed the first-year business plan.

June 4, 2009

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday contributed $75 million to improve and expand children's immunization programs in developing countries.

The contribution is part of the overall U.S. commitment to global health and the new global health initiative, a 6-year, $63 billion dollar effort announced by President Obama in May.

The grant was announced by Deputy Secretary of State Jacob Lew at Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI) Board of Directors Meeting at the World Bank.

June 3, 2009
Year-Old USAID/State Department/Private Sector Initiative Unveils Initial Aid to Local Groups; Chair Carly Fiorina, USAID's Lisa Chiles, and CAFAmerica's Saxon-Harrold Report on Progress

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The One Woman Initiative (http://www.OneWomanInitiative.org), a one-year-old public/private initiative to empower women in countries with significant Muslim populations, today announced its first grants, totaling more than $500,000 to five grassroots organizations in Azerbaijan, Egypt, India, Pakistan and the Philippines.

June 2, 2009
New Business Initiative Seeks Entrepreneurial Ideas from U.S.-based African Diaspora to Spur Economic Opportunity in Homeland

DENVER, Colo., WASHINGTON, D.C. June 2, 2009 - The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Western Union, a leading global payments network, are counting on innovative thinking and entrepreneurial ideas to help alleviate poverty in Africa.

June 2, 2009

BAGHDAD -The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a workshop on June 2 to help Iraqi entrepreneurs find viable options for financial assistance to build sustainable enterprises and support Iraq's private-sector development.

June 1, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted the Honorable James R. Locher III as part of the Administrator's Forum, a speaker's series designed to inform the development dialogue within the Agency. As Executive Director of the Project on National Security Reform, Mr. Locher was invited to speak on national security reform and the role of development in a "Smart Power" approach.

May 29, 2009

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today the swearing in of Carol J. Horning as its new Director for Guyana. Acting Administrator for Latin America Deborah Kennedy-Iraheta administered the oath of office to Ms. Horning.

May 28, 2009

BAGHDAD -The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Iraq's Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs (MoLSA) today launched the Social Safety Net program nationwide aimed at providing benefits to the most vulnerable citizens of Iraq and facilitating their integration into the country's economic development.

May 28, 2009

RABAT, MOROCCO - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED) announced today a strategic partnership working to increase regional capacity and awareness in the Middle East and Northern African (MENA) region. Both organizations share a vision to promote awareness, build capacity, share best practices and develop joint approaches to address the critical water issues of the region.

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