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03-12-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is allocating approximately $30 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help people affected by Hurricanes Iota and Eta. With today’s announcement, USAID will have allocated nearly $48 million in humanitarian aid to benefit the people of the Republics of Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Colombia. USAID has deployed a regional Disaster-Assistance Response Team (DART), on the ground since November 17, 2020, to lead the U.S. Government’s response to the storms.

03-12-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

On this day, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) underscores our enduring commitment to disability-inclusive development across all sectors of our work. USAID is committed to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, and affirms that nations that are inclusive of all of their diverse populations are more likely to be democratic, participatory, and equitable. As an Agency, we promote, respect, and support empowerment and equality for persons with disabilities, and their further inclusion in education, the economy, and society.

02-12-2020

The Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is sending 280 rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting from USAID’s warehouse in Miami to provide emergency shelter to thousands of people in the Republic of Honduras affected by Hurricanes Iota and Eta.

02-12-2020

Today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced pilot projects with the private sector in the Republic of Indonesia, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, and Caribbean countries, to advance innovative solutions to reduce the risk and impact of natural disasters. These projects are aimed at helping the humanitarian community understand how the private sector can make investments to mitigate the risk of disasters; increase businesses’ participation in community disaster-preparedness plans and policies; help reduce the social and economic impact of disasters; and support communities’ efforts to recover and rebuild after disaster strikes.\

01-12-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) commemorates World AIDS Day by highlighting the dual importance of delivering high-quality, people-centered HIV care and strengthening the capacity and resilience of communities and public and private health networks. This year, we have worked tirelessly to maintain and, in some cases accelerate, the progress of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) during the pandemic of COVID-19. USAID has been a lead implementer of PEPFAR since President George W. Bush launched the initiative in 2003, and we and our partners are active in more than 50 countries with the goal of reaching and sustaining global control of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

30-11-2020

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and the IKEA Foundation announced a joint $30 million commitment to Aceli Africa, an innovative program that incentivizes banks to lend to agribusinesses. With this commitment, Aceli Africa will unlock an additional $700 million by 2025 for 750 agribusinesses in the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republics of Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda.

25-11-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

Today, in observance of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and the accompanying 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is proud to reaffirm our commitment as a leader in defending the rights of women and girls around the world to live free from violence.

24-11-2020
Readout

The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:‎

Today, Chief Assistant to the Acting Deputy Administrator Max Primorac and the Foreign Minister of the State of Kuwait, His Excellency Sheikh Ahmed Nasser Al-Mohammed Al-Sabah, Ph.D., signed a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED).  

24-11-2020
Press Release

Today, the United States announced $600,000 in additional humanitarian assistance to respond to severe flooding in the Kingdom of Cambodia caused by multiple tropical storms and prolonged torrential rain since early October.

With this funding, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is financing the World Food Programme (WFP) to provide emergency assistance to help 3,725 affected families purchase food. 

24-11-2020

National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien announced this week that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed an additional $20 million toward the remediation of dioxin at the Biên Hòa Airbase Area, the primary site for the storage and handling of Agent Orange during the U.S.-Vietnam War and the largest remaining dioxin hotspot in Vietnam.

23-11-2020

Today, National Security Adviser (NSA) Robert C. O’Brien announced that the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing approximately $3.5 million in additional emergency assistance to support the Government of the Republic of the Philippines as it continues to respond to the after-effects of Super Typhoon Goni. As NSA O’Brien reiterated, the United States stands with the Filipino people during this difficult time.

20-11-2020
Readout

Yesterday, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa spoke with Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández to discuss USAID’s response to the back-to-back hurricanes that affected his country. Hurricane Iota caused widespread flooding and landslides in Honduras just two weeks after Hurricane Eta hit the same region. Acting Deputy Administrator Barsa reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to helping Hondurans in the aftermath of these storms, and cited our preliminary contribution of up to $8.5 million in humanitarian assistance. He also informed President Hernández that USAID has stood up a Regional Disaster-Assistance Response Team (DART) and headquartered it in Tegucigalpa. President Hernández expressed his gratitude for USAID’s support and partnership with the Honduran people.

19-11-2020

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $100,000 to support the response of the Government of Colombia to assist people affected by Hurricane Iota. On November 16, 2020, the powerful Category 5 storm passed over Colombia’s Providencia, San Andrés, and Santa Catalina islands, where heavy rainfall, flooding, and storm surges caused widespread damage.

19-11-2020

From November 18 to 20, 2020, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will be participating in the official United States Delegation to the Sixth Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial, hosted this year by the Government of the Kingdom of Thailand in a live virtual format. USAID is coming together with interagency colleagues from across the U.S. Government — including representatives from the Departments of State, Health and Human Services, and Defense, and others — as well as delegations from the governments of dozens of partner countries, non-governmental organizations, and international agencies, to discuss critical issues related to global health security.

18-11-2020
Transcript

Mr. Franco: Hi, everyone.  Great presentation by Mauricio, that was fantastic.  So I am here, I think I see Barsa; John Barsa's on, so let me quickly introduce him and we're going to do it Cuban style.  This is going to be like a [speaks Spanish] between us just to kind of see what he's doing over at USAID. 

18-11-2020

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) announced a four-year, $12 million partnership on family-centered health care for children across Ukraine. USAID will provide $6 million to support the expansion of RMHC Ukraine and the assistance it offers to families and communities. RMHC will match USAID’s funding with $6 million in direct and in-kind contributions from the private sector.

18-11-2020

Today, the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) declared an end to the epidemic of Ebola in Northwestern Équateur Province, which began on June 1, 2020. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) congratulates the Government of the DRC, its international and local partners, and the Congolese people for having stopped two outbreaks of the deadly disease in one year. National authorities declared that a previous outbreak of Ebola in the Eastern DRC – the second-largest in history – ended on June 25, 2020, after nearly two years.

18-11-2020

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is deploying a Disaster-Assistance Response Team (DART) to respond to back-to-back hurricanes in Central America, where Hurricane Iota made landfall yesterday as a powerful Category 4 storm just two weeks after Hurricane Eta hit the same region.

17-11-2020
Statement by USAID Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

Today we celebrate the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week and take a moment to recognize the powerful role entrepreneurs play in lifting lives, strengthening communities, and accelerating self-reliance through market-based solutions. At the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), we recognize the power of entrepreneurship to fuel innovation and solve global development problems. Entrepreneurs bring creativity and ingenuity to address challenges faced by their local communities. By investing in breakthrough innovations based on rigorous evidence and fueled by risk-taking entrepreneurship, USAID can improve millions of lives, at a fraction of the usual cost, while helping build capacity and self-reliance in the countries and communities where we work.

17-11-2020

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa announced a brand new, continent-wide Prosper Africa program in trade and investment. Worth up to $500 million over five years, subject to the availability of funds, this flagship program will offer new and expanded support services to increase two-way trade and investment between Africa and the United States substantially. For every $1 of public funding, Prosper Africa is expected to leverage more than $9 in private investment, which will deliver billions of dollars in exports and investments and create hundreds of thousands of African and American jobs by 2026.

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Last updated: December 04, 2020

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