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Statement by USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa

On September 21, the International Day of Peace, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrates the recent Abraham Accords Peace Agreement in the Middle East, and we recognize the peacemakers everywhere who dream of, and strive for, peace within and among all nations and peoples. These dedicated men and women, some of whom work for USAID and our partners, step in where others refuse to do so, to extend a helping hand and the olive branch of peace.


USAID extends its congratulations to Mirova Natural Capital and SITAWI for winning Impact Awards from Environmental Finance for 2020. USAID is proud to have made investments to support both Mirova's Althelia Biodiversity Fund, winner of "Fund of the Year" in the category of "Multi-Asset/Other," and SITAWI's Impact Crowdlending platform, winner of "Impact Initiative of the Year - Latin America and Caribbean." Parabéns!

Statement by USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa

Last week's report by the United Nations (UN) Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela provided further evidence of what the world has long recognized: the illegitimate Maduro regime will stop at nothing as it desperately clings to power. As the world has seen time and time again, regime thugs routinely harass, exile, unjustly imprison, torture, and even kill those who oppose the kleptocracy in Caracas. Now, an impartial UN team has characterized these serious human-rights abuses with a description that many Venezuelans and outside observers have been using for some time: crimes against humanity.

Statement by USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa

During a visit to Boa Vista, Brazil, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced nearly $348 million in additional U.S. humanitarian assistance to respond to the consequences of the ongoing, regime-driven political and economic crisis in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, including $205 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development.


Today, the U.S. Government donated 200 brand-new, American-made ventilators to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to help U.S. Allies respond to the pandemic of COVID-19.


Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick will announce four new partnerships under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food-security initiative. The Deputy Administrator will make the announcement during a virtual event at which Congressional supporters and partners across the development community will celebrate the critical role of research and innovation in ending global hunger.


United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator John Barsa met today with the Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK), the Right Honourable Dominic Raab, M.P. 

Statement by Acting USAID Administrator John Barsa

September 15 is the International Day of Democracy. On this day, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) underscores the ongoing and critical need to strengthen citizen-responsive democratic governance around the world. As an Agency, we support transparent and effective governments, unalienable rights, religious freedom, protection of life, and robust civil societies that can exercise their rights; hold their governments accountable; and protect the most vulnerable, including the unborn.


Today, the United States Library of Congress announced it has selected the Pakistan Reading Project, a literacy program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), as the International Literacy Program of the Year for 2020.

Terror Attacks on September 11, 2001

Nineteen years ago, today America as we knew it was forever changed. In an act of unprecedented depravity, al-Qaeda terrorists attacked the United States of America, causing great destruction and the violent murder of nearly 3,000 souls.

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Today, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), announced more than $15 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help end the outbreak of Ebola in Équateur Province in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  Since August 2018, USAID has provided more than $365 million for activities to prepare for, and respond to, Ebola in the DRC and neighboring countries. 


America’s goal is to build friendships that are mutually beneficial and mutually respectful. We seek friends who share our values and want to be our strategic partners. Israel and India are inspiring success stories of our foreign assistance aim -- to raise our friends to self-sustaining prosperity and sovereignty.


Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $1.17 million for five BetterTogether Challenge awards to directly benefit Venezuelans in Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela.

Statement By USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa

I am pleased to announce five new awards from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in global health, higher education, youth, and women's economic empowerment under the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI).


On August 19, 2020, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), represented by Michael Harvey, Assistant Administrator for the Middle East, and the Ministry of Finance of the Republic of Iraq, represented by His Excellency Minister Ali Allawi, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The signing of this MOU showcases the commitment of the Trump Administration and USAID to see Iraq rebuild, revitalize, and become increasingly self-reliant.


Seventeen years ago today, 22 humanitarians died in a bombing in Baghdad. World Humanitarian Day commemorates their sacrifice and recognizes the courage of all humanitarians who risk their lives every day to help others. Unfortunately, attacks on humanitarians have only increased since last – since then. Last year was the most violent year on record with at least 483 aid workers that were killed, injured, or kidnapped. And in the last month alone, humanitarian staff working with USAID partners in Niger, South Sudan, Cameroon, and Nigeria lost their lives while helping people in need.


MR. BARKER: Hello. I'm Jermy Barker, director of the Religious Freedom Institute's Middle East Action Team. And it's my privilege to welcome you to today's online event. We're looking forward to a great conversation on the United States Agency for International Development's role in advancing religious liberty.


On August 19, World Humanitarian Day, we recognize the aid workers who put their lives on the line to help people affected by crises around the world. Since the deaths of 22 humanitarians in a Baghdad bombing 17 years ago, every year on this date, we pause to honor the brave women and men who risk everything to help those in need.


Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) joined the U.S. Departments of State, Defense, and Health and Human Services to release the second Review of the Implementation of the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) Policy. The Policy aims to ensure that U.S. taxpayer funding does not support foreign non-governmental organizations that perform or actively promote abortion as a method of family planning.


Women’s economic empowerment has long been a priority at USAID. We believe that in order for societies to be more peaceful and prosperous, women must be able to fully participate in the global economy. Some of the biggest returns on investment on behalf of the American people result from investments in women’s economic empowerment. Empowering women spurs broader economic growth, stymies extreme poverty, and ultimately contributes to global peace and stability. Similarly, USAID recognizes that private enterprise is the most powerful engine for lifting people out of poverty. That’s why engaging the private sector is so important. Bringing private capital to the table is the best solution to achieve sustained impact long after USAID’s support has ended.


Last updated: September 22, 2020

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