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COVID-19: Learn how USAID is responding to the coronavirus.

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April 12, 2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), I send warm wishes to Muslims celebrating the holy month of Ramadan around the world.

April 12, 2021

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Transformational Strategies for Farm Output Risk Mitigation (TRANSFORM), a five-year, $33 million project, subject to the availability of funds, that will harness private sector-led innovation to address emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance in animal production value chains in Asia and Africa. TRANSFORM will play an important role in USAID’s ongoing global health security efforts by reducing the economic and public health impacts associated with emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance in the animal production industry.

The grant will provide assistance to youth-led and mid-stage companies working in food value chains in Nigeria
April 12, 2021
Application Opens April 12 to May 9, to youth-led and mid-stage companies

On April 12, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nigeria launched a COVID-19 Food Security Challenge that will provide $3 million in grant funding and technical assistance to youth-led and mid-stage companies working in food value chains in Nigeria.Nigeria is experiencing food insecurity compounded by the COVID-19 global pandemic and its effects on the food value chain in the country.  The pandemic has disrupted already fragile agricultural value chains, especially smallholder farmers’ ability to produce, process, and distribute food.  This disrupts agricultural productivity and markets, and negatively impacts livelihoods, especially among vulnerable households, women, and youth.

April 9, 2021

During his April 5-9, 2021, visit to India and Bangladesh, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry highlighted several new initiatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in India and Bangladesh that will help combat climate change by expanding access to clean energy, strengthening climate-resilient infrastructure, and promoting clean energy entrepreneurship.

April 9, 2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

On behalf of the worldwide USAID team, it is with great sadness that I express my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Madeline Williams, an accomplished Foreign Service Officer who passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2021 in South Africa.

April 9, 2021

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration released the President's discretionary funding request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, which invests in the core foundations of our country’s strength and will significantly advance U.S. national interests abroad.

April 8, 2021

In response to growing needs in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $152 million in additional humanitarian assistance. The United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, and this latest announcement brings the total contributed by the American people for the people in Tigray to nearly $305 million.

April 7, 2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $75 million in assistance to communities in the West Bank and Gaza to meet basic needs, re-engage Palestinian society, and support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID is also providing $10 million for peacebuilding programs, including between Israelis and Palestinians. This assistance, subject to Congressional approval, is part of a larger U.S. government effort to support a lasting and sustainable peace for the people of the region through a two-state solution. This assistance follows USAID’s earlier announcement of $15 million in humanitarian assistance funding to support the West Bank and Gaza’s vulnerable communities.

April 7, 2021
بيان من القائم بأعمال مدير الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية غلوريا ستيل

تقدم الولايات المتحدة 75 مليون دولار من خلال الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية لمساعدة المجتمعات في الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة بغرض تلبية الاحتياجات الأساسية وإعادة إشراك المجتمع الفلسطيني ودعم تعافي الاقتصاد من وباء كوفيد-19. كما تقدم الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية 10 ملايين دولار لبرامج بناء السلام، بما في ذلك بين الإسرائيليين والفلسطينيين. وتأتي هذه المساعدات الخاضعة لموافقة الكونغرس ضمن جهد أكبر للحكومة الأمريكية لدعم سلام دائم ومستدام لشعوب المنطقة من خلال حل الدولتين. هذه المساعدات تأتي بعد إعلان الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية في وقت سابق عن 15 مليون دولار من تمويل المساعدات الإنسانية لدعم المجتمعات الضعيفة في الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة.

April 7, 2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), I extend empathy and compassion to everyone observing Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — in the United States, Israel, and around the world.

April 7, 2021

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $100,000 in immediate assistance to support people affected by the devastating floods in Timor-Leste. The intense storm unleashed heavy rainfall, causing severe flooding and forced widespread evacuations.

April 7, 2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

Today, on World Health Day, I join colleagues around the world in recognizing the importance of health equity and the health workers who save lives every day. Tragically, the COVID-19 pandemic has starkly highlighted serious inequities in health care that create significant disparities.

April 6, 2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team to respond to urgent humanitarian needs in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

April 6, 2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced $2 million for the final six BetterTogether/JuntosEsMejor Challenge awards to benefit Venezuelans and their host communities in Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Guyana. 

April 2, 2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), I extend warm wishes of peace to Christian communities observing Good Friday today, and happy Easter to members of Western Churches who will celebrate this Sunday, and Eastern Churches celebrating on May 2.

March 31, 2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to recognize Transgender Day of Visibility, a day dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and diverse international transgender community while raising awareness of the discrimination that transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people face worldwide.

March 30, 2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

Today, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced more than $596 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria. The announcement, at the fifth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” co-chaired by the European Union and the United Nations, comes amid a somber milestone this month with the crisis now in its 10th year. The United States remains the single largest donor to the Syria crisis response, providing nearly $13 billion since the start of the decade-long conflict, which has left 13.4 million people in dire need of assistance and forced 13 million people from their homes.

March 30, 2021

On Tuesday, March 30, 2021, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), represented by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), represented by Telecommunication Development Bureau Director Doreen Bogdan-Martin, agreed to a Letter of Intent (LOI) to strengthen collaboration on Information Communications Technology (ICT).

March 29, 2021
Media Advisory

On Thursday, April 15, 2021, the United States will co-host with Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, the launch of the Investment Opportunity for the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment. The virtual convening will call on partners to join the United States and others in providing resources and commitments to accelerate global COVID-19 vaccinations and end the pandemic.

March 26, 2021

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $8 million in assistance to support the rapid response to the Ebola outbreaks in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Guinea, and to strengthen Ebola preparedness in seven high-risk border countries across East Africa and West Africa (République de Côte D'Ivoire, Republic of Liberia, Republic of Mali, Republic of Rwanda, Republic of Senegal, Republic of Sierra Leone, and Republic of Uganda). The additional $8 million brings USAID’s total assistance to more than $11.5 million since the outbreaks began in early February 2021.

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Last updated: July 01, 2022

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