Fact Sheets

BACKGROUND

The USAID Rule of Law (ROL) project is a four-year, $9.8 million project supporting justice sector reforms that enhance the timely delivery of justice for Serbian citizens.  The project works with the courts, public enforcement agents and the State Attorney’s Office to increase increased judicial efficiency, transparency and access to justice.

BACKGROUND

The USAID Competitive Economy Project is a four-year, $11.95 million activity to strengthen the competiveness of the Serbian food processing industry, particularly fruit and vegetable value chains, with the goal to increase sales and exports of Serbian food products on domestic and international markets.

BACKGROUND

The Serbia Government Accountability Initiative (GAI) is a four-year, $8.5 million activity that works with key Serbian stakeholders to increase government accountability at the national and local levels.

ACTIVITIES

The project is structured around three components: Local Government Accountability, Independent Oversight Institutions, and Adjudication of Corruption Cases:

On May 21, the Syrian Arab Republic Government (SARG) regained control of southern Damascus’ Al Hajar al-Aswad neighborhood and the adjoining unofficial Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp—the last two areas of Damascus held by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)—bringing Damascus under complete SARG control for the first time since 2011. The UN reports that SARG military operations resulted in at least 60 civilian deaths and widespread destruction of Yarmouk’s infrastructure.

USAID promotes the growth of enterprises that can serve as buyers and suppliers for U.S. businesses, creating jobs that give rise to real economic growth and political stability for both the United States and our African partners. As USAID supports African countries on their journey to prosperity and self-reliance, we also create new opportunities for U.S. businesses, investments, and transatlantic trade.

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has contributed $8 million dollars to support the joint Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Response Plan to the outbreak (currently budgeted at $56.7 million). In addition to this funding, USAID has provided personal protective equipment, laboratory supplies, the mobilization of two existing mobile labs, and a robust presence on the ground.

In just a few years, USAID’s RISE initiative is making promising progress on strengthening the resilience of chronically vulnerable households and communities in Niger and Burkina Faso. A recent mid-term analysis indicates that households in communities reached by RISE programs experienced a wide-range of shocks in 2017, including droughts, price spikes, disease and illnesses. As a result, their overall shock exposure was significantly higher in 2017 (midterm) than in 2015 (baseline).

USAID recognizes the importance of a regional approach to effectively solve transnational problems. As such, across all sectors, we partner with regional institutions, including the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its constituent bodies, multilateral organizations that are firmly established in the region, and other organizations that are regional technical leaders.

WHAT IS THE DEVELOPMENT OF REGIONAL ENERGY MARKETS PROJECT?

Private sector engagement is essential to realizing USAID’s objectives of fostering sustainable solutions to the most vexing development challenges today. USAID proactively collaborates with the private sector across nearly every field sector and industry to find new solutions to global challenges. Our private sector engagement efforts may focus on achieving shared goals related to encouraging and supporting business growth in developing countries, increasing investment into areas sectors that are critical to development, or promoting adoption of sustainable and inclusive business practices. Ultimately, development needs to be enterprise-driven and align with the private sector as co-creators of market-oriented solutions.

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Last updated: June 21, 2018

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