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June 8, 2018

Last October, at the direction of President Donald Trump, Vice President Pence announced a new policy to expand assistance to religious and ethnic minority communities in the Middle East devastated by ISIS and other terrorist organizations. In Northern Iraq - once home to large communities of Christians and other minorities, many of whom left their homes or fled the country altogether - USAID is committed to creating the conditions so that these communities can return safely to their ancestral lands.

June 8, 2018

The U.S. Agency for International Development is proud to celebrate the contributions of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) staff and our efforts to ensure our programs and policies are inclusive of all people, regardless of their sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or bodily diversity.

June 7, 2018
Readout

USAID urges the Nicaraguan Government to end the violence, respect human rights, and implement fully the recommendations of the independent Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.

June 7, 2018

The United States announces nearly $112 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help people in Nigeria and surrounding countries in the Lake Chad region affected by the ongoing crisis.

June 6, 2018

Hello, everyone, it really is good to be here with all of you to help celebrate Pride. There's a saying, "Diversity is the one true thing we all have in common." I think that's right. And I think it should and must be celebrated. We all have unique skills, experiences, viewpoints, and life experiences. Those differences enrich us. Those differences make us stronger.

In terms of our work here at USAID, diversity is essential to what you've heard me say ad nauseam in the journey to self-reliance. As I have said before, no nation can truly be self-reliant in any meaningful sense of that term if it leaves a community of its population behind or on the sidelines, if it doesn't embrace all of its citizens and harness their unique perspectives and skills. In civil society and governance terms, no democracy is representative unless it listens to all of its voices. No nation can possibly reach its full potential unless it taps all of its people for the leadership it needs, especially during these often challenging times.

June 5, 2018
Brookings Institute Washington, DC

You know, the fact that we have gone -- my colleagues and I -- from Tidewater to the Marshall Plan is really fitting because in so many ways the work that we are doing these days and the challenges that we're taking on really do date back to some of the challenges and some of the accomplishments that were undertaken 70 years ago.

June 1, 2018

Ramadan is a time when the Muslim world stops to focus on Islamic teachings regarding not just prayer, but also compassion, community, and generosity toward the poor. It is a fitting occasion for us at USAID to do the same.

June 1, 2018

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed $8 million dollars to support the joint Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Response Plan to the outbreak (currently budgeted at $56.7 million). In addition to this funding, USAID has provided personal protective equipment, laboratory supplies, the mobilization of two existing mobile labs, and a robust presence on the ground.

June 1, 2018
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green will travel to St. Michaels, Maryland, June 3-5, to co-host the 50th Annual Tidewater Meeting with the Chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Administrator Green will join other leaders of major bilateral and multilateral aid agencies to discuss the challenges that face the international development community, and identify shared priorities for collective action, including to prevent the sexual abuse and exploitation of beneficiaries.

May 30, 2018

This week, the World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the Republic of Ghana and the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal for eliminating trachoma as a public health problem. USAID congratulates the Governments of Ghana and Nepal on this tremendous success.

May 29, 2018
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Deputy Administrator David Moore will travel to Canada May 30 - June 2, where he will attend the G7 Development and Finance Ministerial Meetings in Whistler. USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Economic Growth, Education, and Environment Michelle Bekkering will accompany him.

May 22, 2018

At USAID, we believe the purpose of international assistance must be ending its need for existence. Not because we wish to retreat from our friends, but instead, because we believe in our friends, and we believe in their -- your -- potential for the future. We believe in human dignity, in the innate desire of every person, every community, and every country to craft and lead its own bright future.

And because this spirit burns bright in the heart of every American, when leaders in places like Africa are willing to take on the tough choices and the difficult reforms that are necessary on their journey to self-reliance, we feel an obligation to walk at their side and help as we can. And there is no better story illustrating those principles and that journey than that of the Republic of Korea, a country which years ago arose from the ashes of war to achieve first, self-reliance, and then, prosperity, and is now seeking to help others on their own journeys to self-reliance.

May 22, 2018
Remarks

Thank you for being here to witness a historic celebration of partnership, progress, and friendship between the U.S. and the Republic of Korea. At USAID, we believe the purpose of our international assistance must be ending its very need to exist. And we say that not because we seek to retreat from our friends. All to the contrary: we say it because we believe in our friends. We believe in them, and we believe in their potential. And there is no better story illustrating those principles and that journey than Korea, a country which, years ago, rose from the very ashes of war to achieve first self-reliance and then prosperity. And now, Korea is looking to help others as they take on their own journey to self-reliance. America is proud to have played a small part in this process, building on the values that we share; values like democracy, free enterprise, and respect for human dignity.

May 22, 2018

Today, the United States announced that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is contributing up to $7 million at this stage to combat the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at this stage. This additional funding, combined with the $1 million USAID committed last week, will provide a total of up to $8 million to help prevent the spread of this deadly disease. Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar made the announcement in his address before the 71st World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

May 22, 2018

The fraudulent voting exercise that took place in Venezuela on May 20, 2018 did not reflect true democratic principles and practices. Open, transparent, democratic, citizen-responsive governance is crucial to long-term development and prosperity, and this so-called "election" pulls the Venezuelan people further from that goal. The Maduro regime barred opposition parties and leaders from running, stifled the free press, jailed those who spoke out against the regime's policies, used food as a weapon to gain the votes of the hungry and desperate, and employed the corrupt National Electoral Council to once again manipulate and intimidate the people of Venezuela.

May 22, 2018

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green and Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Strategy and Finance for the Republic of Korea (ROK) Kim Dong Yeon signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) toward pursuing our energy goals in Sub-Saharan Africa.

May 21, 2018
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Mark Green will travel to the Republic of Korea May 22-23 to attend and deliver remarks at Korea-Africa Economic Cooperation Conference, held on the margins the African Development Bank's Annual Meeting in Busan.

May 21, 2018
Readout

This weekend, USAID Administrator Mark Green visited Rakhine State in Burma, where he saw first-hand the alarming reality that faces Rohingya communities. During his visit, the Administrator met with representatives of both Rohingya and Rakhine communities supported by USAID in Northern Rakhine and Sittwe to learn about the challenges they face including, lack of basic infrastructure. He was deeply troubled to see Rohingya denied basic access to education and livelihoods, and left dependent on emergency humanitarian relief for food and medical care. Rohingya communities also face harsh restrictions on freedom of movement that run counter to the core tenets of democracy and international human-rights principles. Administrator Green called on Burma's Government to take urgent, concrete steps to fulfill its pledge to allow for the safe, voluntary and dignified returns of Rohingya refugees from Bangladesh, and to fulfill the promise of the country's democratic transition by respecting the human rights, and dignity of all ethnic peoples, regardless of membership in particular ethnic groups or minority communities.

May 20, 2018
Remarks

Well, first off, just how I felt. I mean, so much of what I've seen is quite frankly just deeply disturbing. You know, here for example, across the street, you're looking at all those very young children running around and such, and it suddenly dawned on me they were all born here. This is the only reality that they know, and I'm deeply disturbed at lack of sufficient education, the lack of access to proper healthcare, the lack of access to livelihoods, the lack of access to the rights of citizenship. One can only be disturbed.

And it's interesting, the State Counsellor has said that she supports voluntary, safe repatriation of the Muslims back to Rakhine, and what we've been urging all of us -- and I think she agrees -- the best way to encourage repatriation is to demonstrate how serious they all are in creating those conditions. Well, I would suggest in Northern Rakhine, that's obviously a great place where it could be done. So, there is an opportunity here, and where we were this morning, to show seriousness of purpose to make sure that Muslim families and their children can go to school, that they have freedom of association, that they have the right to move around, that they have access to good healthcare, and that they're not dependent upon the generosity of donors. So that, it seems to me, is vitally important. It's the best way to move forward.

May 19, 2018

First and foremost, thanks to all of you for being here. It shows that you agree with us on the importance of civil society and the importance of democracy. You have probably heard me say I believe in this country's bright future, in the unlimited potential, and that potential can best be reached, can only be reached, with a strong, vibrant civil society, strong media, and listening to the voices of the people. And so, again, I'm very grateful for your being here. It shows that you agree with that importance, that priority.

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