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Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 9:30am

Good morning. On behalf of the U.S. government, I am honored to join you to commemorate the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and to help launch the annual 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence (GBV). Violence against girls and women continues to be one of the most widespread, persistent human rights violations in our world today. Whether it is intimate partner violence, sexual violence, harassment, trafficking, or child marriage, gender-based violence impacts the affected individual’s life in a myriad of ways and can limit them from reaching their full potential. Studies have shown that the current COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased violence against women in many countries around world, including countries in our region.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 2:15pm

The Kuwait Fund and USAID both have a long history in development. Although our agencies are on nearly opposite sides of the world, both were founded within a month of each other in 1961. As the Arab world’s first-ever development agency, the Kuwait Fund is a natural partner for USAID as we work to engage effectively in the region.

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 10:45am

Our commitment remains steadfast. Let me be clear: the people and Government of Afghanistan have a true partner in the United States. USAID believes that economic development, transparent institutions, and good governance are essential for peace. We are committed to working hand in hand with the government and with the private sector when it comes to human development and peacebuilding.

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 2:15pm

The U.S. Government knows how crucial our Pacific neighbors are in fostering a free and open Indo-Pacific region. And we’ve had a longstanding commitment to the Pacific Islands. Yet, the region’s stability and vitality continue to be threatened—by debilitating natural disasters, development challenges, and malign actors who engage in predatory economic activities.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 2:00pm

We must rely on women and their leadership to help build even stronger communities. And this is why it is more important than ever to invest in women, during this pandemic and beyond. USAID has a long history of investing in women. And the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative, or W-GDP, brings a whole-of-government approach to the belief that advancing women’s economic empowerment globally has the potential to create real change and resilience.

Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 1:30pm

For the very first time, Prosper Africa has brought together the services and resources of 17 participating U.S. Government agencies to help U.S. and African companies do business. By connecting U.S. and African companies with new trade and investment opportunities, the Initiative is creating jobs, driving growth, and fostering shared prosperity.

Monday, November 16, 2020 - 2:15pm

In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States strongly endorses collaboration among all of the organizations represented here today, and we welcome this discussion. Humanitarian needs are at an all-time high, and we need new partnerships and ways of doing business to rise to the challenge.

Friday, November 13, 2020 - 1:30pm


Thank you and good morning. 

I’m happy to be here to kick-off the next generation of USAID’s continued assistance programming focused on energy security and critical infrastructure protection throughout Europe and Eurasia.

Thursday, November 12, 2020 - 10:30am

More than three years since the last mass displacement of Rohingya fleeing violence in Burma, we are here today to reiterate our shared commitment to supporting Rohingya refugees and the Bangladeshi communities that generously host them. On behalf of USAID, I’m proud to announce today our additional support, alongside KSrelief, for WFP’s project on cyclone shelter rehabilitation and strengthening disaster readiness. This project is one of the many ways that USAID is strengthening resilience for all communities in Cox’s Bazar.

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 2:00pm

[As Prepared]

Good afternoon Jim, thank you very much for hosting me.

I’ll start off by addressing the elephant in the room. Yes, there was an election yesterday and no, we don’t yet know the results of all the races. But it is certainly an exciting time to be watching democracy in action!

With the focus on the election, it’s easy to forget that the vital work of the US government and its partners -- especially in the fields of national security and humanitarian assistance -- does not stop for elections.


Last updated: March 03, 2021

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