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

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May 15, 2022
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On May 13, 2022, during her trip to Laos, USAID Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming Isobel Coleman announced $5.6 million to support the Government of Laos to advance their education and economic growth goals, both of which have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

May 13, 2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Pham Minh Chinh to discuss strengthening development cooperation and USAID’s ongoing efforts to combat the climate crisis and environmental pollution, improve higher education, and address war legacies in Vietnam.

May 13, 2022
Remarks

Thank you so much, Vice President Harris.  Just to start by saying what an important gathering this is truly.  And to thank each of you, excellencies, for coming all of this way, to dive into these critical issues.  I feel incredibly privileged to be part of this team led by President Biden and Vice President Harris, who are driving, as you heard, unprecedented American climate ambition and progress.  

May 13, 2022
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On May 12, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman completed her trip to Thailand to advance the United States’ partnership with our longstanding treaty ally on the shared priorities of COVID-19, climate action, countering trafficking in persons, and providing humanitarian assistance to the most vulnerable in the region. The visit also underscored USAID’s commitment to working with allies and partners in the Indo-Pacific region to promote a region that is free and open, connected, prosperous, secure, and resilient.

May 13, 2022
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On May 11, Deputy Administrator Coleman completed her trip to Bangladesh to assess the realities on the ground of the humanitarian crisis that has resulted from the genocide against the Rohingya in Burma. She visited Cox’s Bazar district and met with U.S. Government, United Nations (UN), and local non-governmental organization (NGO) partners, and Rohingya leaders to discuss the needs of the nearly one million Rohingya refugees currently living in Cox’s Bazar and on Bhasan Char island.

May 13, 2022
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On May 12, Administrator Samantha Power met with King Abdullah II of Jordan to discuss USAID’s continued strategic partnership with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan and shared development priorities in promoting a stable Middle East. Administrator Power and King Abdullah discussed how USAID can help Jordan address challenges crucial to the Kingdom’s stability, such as deepening food insecurity in the region caused by Putin’s war in Ukraine, structural economic reforms, water provision, and regional tensions.

May 12, 2022
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Kenya Ministry of Agriculture Permanent Secretary Harry Kimtai, Tanzania Minister of Agriculture Hussein Mohamed Bashe, and Zambia Ministry of Agriculture Director of Policy and Planning Peggy Mulewa, to discuss the food security impacts of Russia’s war on Ukraine in their countries, plans to address these new shocks, and ways in which USAID and the international community can help.

May 12, 2022

During her trip to Bangladesh, USAID Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming Isobel Coleman launched a new five-year, up to $20.5 million USAID Ecosystems/Protibesh activity to protect critical biodiverse areas in Bangladesh from degradation. The program targets two key areas, including the Sundarbans mangrove forest, a UNESCO World Heritage site home to the Royal Bengal tiger, and forest and freshwater wetland ecosystems of the Sylhet border region in northeastern Bangladesh. The project will also help communities build long term climate resilience by adopting climate-smart agriculture approaches and learning business skills to diversify and increase their incomes, moving away from reliance on natural resources from forests for their livelihoods.

May 12, 2022

Today, at the second Global COVID-19 Summit, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced new efforts to prevent future pandemics and pilot a lifesaving test and treat strategy, as part of USAID’s ongoing leadership to end the acute phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and advance global health security.

May 11, 2022
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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎ Yesterday, Deputy Administrator Paloma Adams-Allen met with Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Japan for International Human Rights Issues Gen Nakatani to discuss human rights and democracy, the Indo-Pacific Strategy, the 2nd Summit for Democracy, and Ukraine.

May 10, 2022
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Today, Administrator Power spoke with Ukrainian Minister of Social Policy Maryna Lazebna to discuss the urgent needs of the Ukrainian people as a result of Russia’s brutal invasion, with a particular focus on USAID’s continued support for the Government of Ukraine’s digitalization of services. 

May 10, 2022

Today, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield announced the United States is providing nearly $808 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the Syria crisis response at the sixth Brussels Conference on “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region,” hosted by the European Union. This new funding includes nearly $446 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and is the largest USAID funding contribution for Syria this year.

May 6, 2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Mottley, in Washington, D.C. During the meeting, Administrator Power and Prime Minister Mottley discussed key areas for collaboration on issues of mutual interest, particularly the unique challenges of small island states in the Caribbean, including the limitations on concessional finance, climate change, clean energy, disaster resilience, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 6, 2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with representatives of Ukrainian civil society, who are engaged in documentation of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other atrocities against civilians in Ukraine. 

May 6, 2022
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Yesterday, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman met with Ramiz Alakbarov, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) for Afghanistan, to discuss the international community’s ongoing efforts to provide life-saving humanitarian to the Afghan people and the UN’s efforts to ensure the most vulnerable people are being reached.

May 6, 2022

Yesterday, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman spoke with United Nations Special Envoy to Burma Noeleen Heyzer to discuss the humanitarian situation in the country, including efforts to secure humanitarian access to populations in need.

May 6, 2022

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched its updated Youth in Development Policy with a vision of a world in which young people have agency, rights, influence, and opportunities to pursue their life goals, and contribute to the development of their communities. The Policy aims to improve youth access, increase youth participation, and strengthen youth collective action to bring about change. Inclusive development is at the heart of this Policy, which promotes the inclusion of all youth, especially those with intersecting marginalized identities, to fully participate in decision-making as key partners.

May 5, 2022
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Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with Ukrainian Minister of Health Viktor Liashko to discuss how Putin’s brutal war against Ukraine has put the lives of millions of people at risk by preventing Ukrainians from accessing essential healthcare. The two discussed the urgent need to get medical supplies and medication into Ukraine, especially as the health system continues to treat large numbers of wounded victims of the war. 

May 5, 2022
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Today, Administrator Power participated in a keynote conversation at the Annual Conference of the Behavioral Science and Policy Association (BSPA) with Dr. Esther Duflo, the Abdul Latif Jameel Professor of Poverty Alleviation and Development Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, co-founder and co-director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), and a 2019 Nobel laureate in Economics.

May 5, 2022
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Today, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman met with Mr. David Gressly, the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, to discuss the impacts of the ongoing truce on the humanitarian situation and the importance of continued attention and donor support to Yemen at this crucial moment.

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