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June 30, 2022
Readout

On the third day of her trip to Zambia, Administrator Samantha Power traveled to Chibombo District where she met with community members who were engaging in a local decision-making exercise to determine the use of public resources. The Administrator observed their process of voting on which infrastructure projects are most important to them and heard from the community how this type of locally based civic engagement empowers the citizens and provides transparency into how public funds are used.

June 30, 2022

The United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced it will invest $3 million to support locally led development in Zambia through USAID’s Local Works initiative, which operates in 35 countries around the world.

June 30, 2022
Readout

On the second day of her visit to Zambia, Administrator Power visited Good Nature Agro Company (GNA), one of Zambia's largest legume seed suppliers and exporters. The Administrator toured GNA’s seed warehouse and spoke with staff and food security experts about how private-sector partnerships support Zambia’s agriculture sector and help Zambia increase their regional exports to provide food for other African nations as the world faces a severe food security crisis. 

June 29, 2022

The United States government has announced the launch of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Business Enabling Project, a five-year, $14 million initiative, subject to appropriations, designed to spur economic development in Zambia. Specifically focused on the development of rural communities, the project will generate incentives for private-sector investments in agriculture, eco-tourism, energy, sustainable natural resource management, and trade across Zambia, and expand women’s economic participation. By targeting legislation, procedures, and regulations that hinder women’s access to finance and their ability to own and expand businesses, the project seeks to unleash the power of Zambia’s greatest untapped resource—women entrepreneurs.

June 29, 2022

Today, Administrator Samantha Power launched a groundbreaking new $30 million, subject to appropriations, trade and investment program, called TradeBoost Zambia, that will advance the U.S. government’s Prosper Africa and Feed the Future initiatives. TradeBoost is among the first projects to be launched as part of USAID’s new continent-wide Africa Trade and Investment program, the Agency’s flagship effort in support of Prosper Africa. TradeBoost will amplify market intelligence, increase investment in Zambian businesses, and direct targeted trade facilitation support to Zambian businesses to reach regional and international markets. TradeBoost prioritizes locally-led development with all sub-contracts and grants going to local partners. The program will focus on businesses led by women and young people who invest in climate smart production.

June 29, 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $500,000 in humanitarian assistance to respond to the drought across Kiribati due to below normal rainfall exacerbated by the ongoing impacts of climate change. So far this year, some areas have recorded less than 2.3 inches of rainfall total. The resulting drought has affected all 123,000 people residing in Kiribati, including 94,000 people in the severely impacted Gilbert Islands, which is heavily dependent on rainwater harvesting. 

June 28, 2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power began a multi-day trip to Zambia where she will meet with government, civil society, and private sector representatives to discuss the U.S.-Zambia relationship, highlight the U.S. government’s support for Zambia’s democratic advances, and speak to Zambians about the ongoing food security crisis made worse by Russia’s war against Ukraine.

June 28, 2022
Press Release

This week, during the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Germany, President Joe Biden pledged $2.76 billion in additional U.S. government resources to protect the world’s most vulnerable populations from the escalating global food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine and the severe drought in the Horn of Africa region.

June 28, 2022

In response to the magnitude 5.9 earthquake that struck eastern Afghanistan on June 22, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, is providing nearly $55 million in immediate humanitarian assistance to meet urgent needs of people affected. To date, approximately 770 deaths and nearly 1,500 injuries have been reported. The impacts of this disaster compound the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. 

June 24, 2022
Readout

On June 23, Administrator Power participated in “Pride@USAID: Accelerating LGBTQI+ Inclusive Development,” with Senior LGBTQI+ Coordinator Jay Gilliam and advocates for LGBTQI+ equality from around the world. The event highlighted the Agency’s commitment to advancing the human rights and inclusion of all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and people of diverse genders and sexualities (LGBTQI+) around the world.

June 23, 2022
Media Advisory

Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Zambia and Malawi from June 28 to July 3. In both countries, the Administrator will meet with local farmers, agri business owners and government officials to discuss the impact of Russia’s war against Ukraine on food security and nutrition in the region. Throughout her trip, the Administrator will highlight the United States government support for the region's democratic advances and underscore how democratic governance, a strong civil society, robust anti-corruption efforts and a vibrant independent media strengthen institutional resilience and deliver tangible economic dividends for the people. 

June 23, 2022
Media Advisory

On June 24, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power will engage in a dialogue with Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Leader of the Democratic Opposition of Belarus at a plenary session of the USAID 2022 Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG) Conference. The theme of the conference, which will include the virtual participation of USAID’s global DRG officers and the DRG implementing partner community, is “Meeting the Moment: Deepening Partnerships to Stand for Democracy.” 

June 22, 2022

USAID is deeply saddened by the devastating magnitude 5.9 earthquake in eastern Afghanistan this morning, which media report has already resulted in at least 1,000 deaths and 1,500 injuries. The Afghan people, who are already in the midst of a humanitarian crisis, are showing incredible resilience in the face of this latest disaster. The United States and our humanitarian partners are already stepping up to respond, including deploying medical teams to provide immediate care to people affected in Paktika province and deploying assessment teams to rapidly determine additional needs.

June 22, 2022

Today, USAID Administrator Samantha Power announced the launch of USAID’s new flagship initiative to combat ocean plastic pollution globally—the Save Our Seas Initiative. The initiative will include $62.5 million in initial funding and will launch 14 new country and regional programs in key countries and regions that represent 40 percent of total global mismanaged plastic waste. 

June 21, 2022

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $250,000 in immediate assistance to support people affected by severe flooding and landslides in northeastern Bangladesh that have adversely affected more than 4.3 million people. To date, seasonal monsoons—the worst in more than 120 years—and floodwaters have killed at least 30 people, displaced hundreds of thousands of people, and damaged or destroyed more than 155,000 homes as well as roads and essential infrastructure.

June 21, 2022
Readout

Today, Administrator Power participated in the World Bank Group’s (WBG) “The Way Forward” series, in which WBG President David Malpass invites prominent government or development actors to discuss bold ideas and policies to address global challenges. 

June 21, 2022
Press Release

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) advanced plans for a previously-announced $50 million investment to expand global access to medical oxygen–starting with commitments to build and improve health care infrastructure to support bulk liquid oxygen in 50 facilities around the world. USAID estimates the investment will support medical oxygen at more than 20,000 beds, enabling hundreds of thousands of patients to receive life-saving oxygen each year. 

June 21, 2022
Press Release

Today, USAID announced $11.75 million in new assistance to support Sri Lankans who are enduring a food security and economic crisis. 

In collaboration with COVAX, USAID will now continue to ship pediatric doses to partner countries around the world that have requested them.
June 20, 2022

On June 18 and 19, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with COVAX, delivered the first two U.S.-facilitated shipments of Pfizer’s pediatric COVID-19 vaccines to Mongolia (302,400 doses) and Nepal (2.2 million doses). These pediatric vaccines are part of President Biden’s commitment to donate COVID-19 vaccine doses to countries around the world.

June 20, 2022
Statement

More than 70 years ago, members of the United Nations General Assembly gathered to adopt the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees. The Convention and its 1967 Protocol outline the rights of, and protections for, refugees—the right to basic standards of treatment and, critically, protection against return to persecution. A core tenet of refugee protection embedded in these instruments is non-discrimination—including that states should not restrict access to asylum on the basis of race, religion, or country of origin.  

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Last updated: August 11, 2022

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