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Saturday, September 25, 2021

Administrator Samantha Power at Global Citizen Live

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 2:30pm

Since June 2019, the U.S. Government has helped to close 800 deals across 45 African countries for an estimated value of $50 billion dollars in exports and investments. With Prosper Africa as a conduit, investing in fast-growing African markets creates synergies that lead to growth here at home, as well. We are building new markets for American products, mobilizing billions of dollars in U.S. private sector investment, and supporting thousands of jobs for American and African workers.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 1:30pm

Of the $10 billion President Biden committed on Tuesday for food security, half will be invested here at home—a recognition that all countries, even those that produce a surplus of food, must take steps to improve nutrition and adapt their food systems to a changing climate. The other half of that $10 billion will be spent fighting global food insecurity, helping smallholder farmers and their families escape poverty—a recognition, as President Kennedy once said, that the well fed have an obligation to care for the hunger of others.

Thursday, September 23, 2021 - 8:15am

As renewable energy gets cheaper, batteries grow more effective, and the gains of electrification become clearer, the world can do both. In fact we know we must. And I hope this gathering becomes an inflection point in recognizing just how urgent clean electrification is in the lives of those who do not have power.

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 - 4:00pm

I know all of us find ourselves in a similar state—the scale of global need is unprecedented, and we cannot possibly commit all the resources necessary to address the strain of COVID-19 and its secondary impacts. But in a world of competing needs, the flags on the mall remind us just how urgent it is to save lives now.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 3:00pm

USAID Cambodia Green Future project is proud to continue our support for sustainable forest management through a series of behavior change communication campaigns to increase knowledge about the benefits of forest protection and wildlife conservation in Cambodia.  The first campaign launching today focuses on “demand reduction of luxury wood furniture” and will motivate youth to encourage their peers, parents, and relatives not to buy furniture made from luxury timber. The second campaign will focus on reducing bushmeat consumption while the third campaign will encourage people to stop littering. Each campaign will help young people become “Green Champions” to model successful behaviors and practices around the protection of Cambodia’s natural resources. This will be done through high quality, multi-media content distributed through social media platforms.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021 - 9:30am

We are proud of the contributions we have made to biodiversity conservation, community livelihoods, and improved governance as a result of this effort. Through this project, nearly 5,900 hectares of rice fields and 140 Community Fish Refuge ponds have been sustainably managed by local community members. Almost 300,000 people - two thirds of whom are women -  have improved economic benefits that come from sustainable natural resource management and biodiversity conservation.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 5:45pm

Courtney, thank you for all that you have already done for this Agency and all the people you seek to support, and thank you in advance for all you will do in a country very close to my heart, and very close to the hearts of President Biden and Secretary Blinken.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 5:30pm

Good morning everyone, it’s an honor to speak to you today at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s 50th Annual Legislative Conference.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021 - 11:45am

This fiscal year alone, the United States has provided more than $515 million worth of humanitarian assistance of various kinds, allowing our partners to reach those in urgent need with everything from food to clean drinking water to basic services. But it is not enough. We cannot kid ourselves that it is enough. We commend the generous pledges made by other donor countries. But the fact is that much more funding is needed to keep Yemen from the brink. And we call on all parties to allow the unhindered import and distribution of fuel so that hospitals and water treatment can function, so that food prices stop rising and so that aid can continue to reach its intended recipients.

Friday, September 10, 2021 - 5:15pm

Our new Mission Director for USAID’s Central Asia Mission is perfectly suited to build on the progress that has been made in recent years in deepening the ties between the United States and the countries of the region. Lawrence was born and raised in America’s heartland, in Kansas City, Kansas. His interest in foreign affairs was sparked early, despite not hearing much about the rest of the world in Kansas local news. Lawrence quickly decided to pursue a career in the international arena as he headed east to attend Harvard around the time of the fall of the Soviet Union. He then headed west for his MBA from the Haas School at Berkeley, where he was exposed to foreign affairs from a different perspective––trade and development in the Asia Pacific region. And in fact, it was a meeting with a USAID Mission Director that made Lawrence think that if he really wanted to make a lasting impact in a country’s path to development, he’d have to live abroad to understand the development challenges, the people, their history, and their culture. So he entered the foreign service with USAID. Somewhere along the way he also learned to speak Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, French, and Arabic.


Last updated: September 26, 2021

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