2021 Speeches

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Last updated: September 17, 2021

September 15, 2021

On September 15-16, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is hosting a virtual Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) International Development Conference. The USAID HBCU International Development Conference is part of the Agency’s commitment to building a diverse, inclusive, and equitable workforce. 

September 14, 2021

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.

September 14, 2021

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

September 14, 2021

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.

September 10, 2021

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.

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