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Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 4:15pm

The cohort of MujerProspera award recipients will assist women who are already doing the work in their communities.  Even before we launch this Challenge, women across the region, it is no secret we're standing up and creating environments around them that defy traditional norms.  Their leadership will address the issues in communities that are forcing so many to risk their lives and flee north. They can help save countless lives, and they can change the fortunes of women throughout Northern and Central America who have faced violence and oppression for years. 

Thursday, May 26, 2022 - 4:00pm

Shifting to a model of locally-led development means ceding power over decisionmaking to those who know their problems best. Yes this is going to require meaningful budget shifts and increased staff capacity on our part, we know that—and with the support of our allies on the Hill, we did receive staffing and budget flexibility for our locally-led development efforts last year, and are requesting more of it in this budget request for 2023. But more than anything, shifting the power structure of development will depend on shifting the cultures within our respective organizations. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 - 12:00pm

Today, Ghana remains, as it long has been, an anchor of stability in West Africa—and a valuable partner to the United States in the region. President Akufo-Addo’s vision for the country is—I love this—a Ghana Beyond Aid. He’s not singling out USAID—not a Ghana without USAID, but a Ghana Beyond Aid—a goal that aligns with USAID’s ultimate mission, which is to put ourselves out of business for sure. To collectively meet that goal, there remains much to do, and Kimberly arrives in Ghana at a critical time for the nation. With 9.6 million donated COVID-19 vaccine doses and continued U.S. support through our Global VAX effort, vaccination drives have succeeded, as the Ambassador said, in vaccinating 25 percent of the population, though work remains to protect the others who have not yet been vaccinated—particularly the most vulnerable and immunocompromised.

Monday, May 23, 2022 - 3:00pm

Your calling can be that thing you fight for. It can be that inequity you can’t live with, that emotion that overwhelms you, that circumstance that forces you to act. Or, it can be the change you make on a much more intimate scale—the fight to provide for a better life for your family or community, the difference you make by acknowledging the dignity and humanity of the people around you, the ability you have—right now, not in some abstract future—to be, as Paul Farmer put it, an antidote to someone’s despair.

Friday, May 20, 2022 - 5:00pm

You graduate today from an institution born because basic rights were questioned. And because brave, courageous people fought the unjust forces of their time and demanded a new answer. Here in America and around the world, basic rights are still being questioned. In whatever way you choose, on whichever path you take, through whichever career you pursue, it is now your turn to demand a new answer.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 1:30pm

Today, USAID is committing $20 million to launch lifesaving test-and-treat strategies targeting those at the highest risk of contracting COVID-19, while also planning to invest $200 million in a new fund to prevent future pandemics and strengthen health security. To the countries with lower vaccine coverage, the world stands ready to support you. This Summit should make that clear if it wasn’t clear before. Where you show leadership and political will, the global community will work to provide necessary doses and the support to get those doses into arms. The commitments announced here today will provide new momentum to help you accelerate your campaigns.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 - 11:45am

Today, in response to the Biden Administration’s call, USAID’s Bureau of Policy Planning and Learning is eager to share with you how we intend to tackle the development and humanitarian challenges before us, with a reinvigorated focus on the generation and application of evidence. The Agenda includes nine agency-wide learning questions that give us a framework to better align our investments in evaluation, research, analysis, and other evidence-building activities with our vision for inclusive development.

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 9:15pm

Young people’s contributions and leadership are critical to every major challenge we face today. From a global pandemic we are still living with to climate change, whose shocks to our systems, landscapes, and communities are intensifying every day to conflict around the world, which is not receding. It’s time to view young people as the leaders we know them to be.

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 2:45pm

This conference, of course, takes on special resonance as a brutal heatwave grips much of the subcontinent, with record setting average temperatures reaching 45 degrees in Delhi, not much relief at night, I gather, and water coming out of taps hot to touch. Here in the United States, we are breaking records of our own and none worth bragging about.

Thursday, May 5, 2022 - 6:30pm

I want to thank our colleagues, particularly those from the Asian Pacific American Employee Committee, the Office of the Chief Diversity Officer, and our Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning for bringing this important event to life and giving us the space to reflect on the invaluable contributions of the AANHPI community to our Agency and our country’s history, but also to hold the mirror up to ourselves and ask if we’re doing enough to confront the hatred faced by Asian American and Pacific Islanders in our own lives, communities, and yes, our workplace.

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Last updated: June 29, 2022

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