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The USAID Weekly Wrap Up video showcases the week in photos from around the Agency.

Current Weekly Wrap-Up:

President Biden addressed the UN General Assembly to affirm the U.S.'s commitment to work with allies to tackle the world's greatest challenges. He shared the Administration's commitment to using the power of aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world. Administrator Power joined President Biden and world leaders to take bold action to save lives and end the pandemic now. Biden announced 500 million more Pfizer vaccines for countries in need, bringing our total to 1.1 billion vaccines, and $345 million additional support from USAID. USAID, with Transparency International, hosted a roundtable with leaders on the frontlines of anti-corruption efforts. USAID is committed to supporting civic actors who are essential partners in the global fight against corruption. At a meeting with Zambian President Hichilema, the Administrator announced $18.5 million to provide support to the Zambian people. Administrator Power addressed the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy to share our commitment to expand global energy access. USAID is working to end energy poverty to unlock the productivity that fuels economic growth.


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Last updated: September 24, 2021

September 24, 2021

USAID continues to support the most vulnerable in Afghanistan through an additional $64 million for food, healthcare, and more. Administrator Power spoke with the World Food Programme's David Beasley and Tim Linderking, the U.S. Special Envoy to Yemen. They urgently called for donors to step up life-saving assistance for the people of Yemen. More than a thousand students attended USAID's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Development Conference. Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined Administrator Power to discuss USAID's priority to center racial equity in development. Nearly 8 million vaccines were delivered to help end COVID-19, arriving in Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, and more. 

July 30, 2021

The White House released new strategies to address root causes of migration in Honduras, El Salvador, & Guatemala. USAID plays an integral role in this goal as we address the economic, governance, and security challenges. Administrator Power spoke at the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit. She stressed the importance of achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 and the U.S. contributions to that goal. In Somalia, food insecurity is worsening due to COVID-19 and recurring locust infestations. The U.S. is assisting with food, water, and health services, reaching more than 750,000 people. The U.S. continues to help fight COVID-19, delivering millions of vaccines globally, including to Madagascar, Paraguay, and Pakistan.

July 23, 2021

USAID announced new funding for research and innovation centers in Liberia and Guatemala. These partnerships will help strengthen health systems and promote economic development. Administrator Power and His Majesty King Abdullah II met this week, recognizing USAID's long-standing partnership with Jordan. They also discussed the deepening humanitarian crisis in Lebanon and the need for an international response. The first shipments of U.S.-donated vaccines arrived in Africa to help fight COVID-19. The United States continued to deliver additional vaccines around the world including Bangladesh, Haiti, Jordan, Ukraine and Zambia.

July 16, 2021

Administrator Power presented USAID's 2022 budget request to the Senate Foreign Relations and House Foreign Affairs Committees. As the world's premier development agency, USAID will continue to tackle the toughest challenges and help those most in need. Ongoing conflict in Afghanistan is driving rising humanitarian needs as millions lack food and food prices soar. In just one week, USAID and WFP delivered emergency food to 380,000 people across the country. The U.S. continued to deliver vaccines across the globe to help end the COVID-19 pandemic. Millions of vaccines were delivered to Afghanistan, Bhutan, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Moldova, and Nepal. This week, Administrator Power spoke at the International Religious Freedom Summit. She stressed USAID's commitment to protecting religious minorities and defending human rights. 

July 9, 2021

USAID continues to support the people of Timor-Leste who are recovering from Tropical Cyclone Seroja. Farmers are receiving seeds and tools to replant staple crops destroyed by floods. Ten years after South Sudan's independence, nearly two-thirds of the population faces hunger and one-third is displaced. Administrator Power called on the country's leaders to end the conflict and protect human rights. To help end the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. delivered millions of vaccines to Bangladesh, Pakistan, El Salvador, and Peru. Supported by Power Africa and USAID, the Kipeto Wind Farm in Kenya is now generating clean electricity to 250,000 households.