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Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a formal partnership with Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS), a national society that promotes the academic and professional advancement of historically underrepresented groups. USAID and MANRRS will partner to increase diversity in the next generation of science professionals and ensure they are set up for success throughout their careers. This partnership exemplifies USAID’s commitment to ensuring equity in USAID’s workforce, moving closer to a workforce that is reflective of the American people.

Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

Today, thanks to Congress and the generosity of the American people, President Biden announced that the United States intends to provide an initial $2 billion, out of a total planned $4 billion, to Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, to support the Gavi COVAX Advance Market Commitment (Gavi COVAX AMC) to provide COVID-19 vaccines for 92 low- and middle-income countries.


And our final panelist is Acting Administrator of USAID, Gloria Steele, who is, I gotta tell you, is one of the most highly respected, dedicated public servants for four decades has worked at USAID, literally working on every issue under the sun, but particularly an expert on what we're going to talk about today: democracy.

Statement by USAID Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

USAID has stood shoulder to shoulder with the people of Burma for decades in their struggle for peace, democracy, and freedom. They deserve nothing less. President Biden has described the Burmese military’s February 1, 2021 coup as a “direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the rule of law.” The people of Burma have struggled for too long and made too many sacrifices for the military to erase this progress in such an undemocratic manner.

Statement byb Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala

Today, on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) reaffirms our commitment to ending this human rights violation and the gender inequalities that contribute to the prevalence of FGM/C around the world. 

Statement by USAID Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

As President Biden made clear in his remarks today, it is a new day for USAID, the United States, and the world.

Statement by USAID Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

This week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is proud to join governments around the world in celebrating World Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD) Day and the launch of a new global strategy for NTDs. 

Statement by Pooja Jhunjhunwala, Acting Spokesperson

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the world’s premier development agency, fully supports and recognizes the power and innovation that lies within its workforce. The diversity of our talented colleagues is our greatest strength, and brings expertise, passion, and commitment to advancing our mission. USAID is committed to increasing the diversity of our workforce and ensuring equity, inclusion, engagement, and respect in our workplace. These are all keys to success.

Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

Today, I am proud to recognize President Biden’s commitment to improving the lives of beneficiaries, particularly women and girls, around the world by revoking the January 23, 2017 Presidential Memorandum (The Mexico City Policy), thereby rescinding the Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance (PLGHA) policy. This action means that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) will again benefit from an expanded partner base able to implement U.S. global health assistance. This includes increasing access to critical health services, such as HIV/AIDS care for key populations, family planning information and services, and effective tuberculosis diagnosis and treatment. Our efforts help promote safe motherhood, improve the health of mothers and their children, and increase educational and economic opportunities for women and girls.

TMA’s Manager for Environment & Research Ms. Sarah Osima signs off on the official handover agrometeorological supplies with FAO’s National Project Coordinator Mr. Diomedes Kalisa (right) and In Country Coordinator Ms. Rebecca Mwasyoke of Washington State University International Development Office (left). Since 2015, USAID has funded the “Building Capacity for Resilient Food Security Project,” which provides technical assistance and funding to TMA.

On Tuesday, January 19, the United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Natio­ns (FAO) handed-over weather monitoring tools to the Tanzania Meteorological Authority (TMA). Supplies include pH meters, standard rain gauges, measuring cylinders and bottles, a desktop computer, and the development of a new database server.

Meneja wa Mazingira na Utafiti wa TMA Bi Sarah Osima akisaini hati rasmi ya makabidhiano ya vifaa vya hali ya hewa na Mratibu wa Mradi wa Kitaifa wa FAO Bwana Diomedes Kalisa (kulia) na Mratibu wa Nchini Bi. Rebecca Mwasyoke wa Ofisi ya Maendeleo ya Washington State University (kushoto). Tangu 2015, USAID imefadhili mradi wa “Building Capacity for Resilient Food Security," ambao hutoa msaada wa kitaalamu na ufadhili kwa TMA.

Jumanne, Januari 19, Serikali ya Marekani, kupitia Shirika la Marekani la Maendeleo ya Kimataifa (USAID), kwa kushirikiana na Wizara ya Kilimo ya Marekani, na Shirika la Chakula na Kilimo la Umoja wa Mataifa (FAO) walikabidhi zana za ufuatiliaji wa hali ya hewa kwa Mamlaka ya Hali ya Hewa Tanzania (TMA). Vifaa vyenyewe ni pamoja na vifaa vya kupima asidi na alkali, vifaa maalumu vya kupima mvua (vipima mvua), silinda za maabara za kupima ujazo wa vimiminika , kompyuta ya mezani, na uboreshaji wa seva mpya ya hifadhidata.


The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced $2.4 million for nine new awards under the BetterTogether/JuntosEsMejor Challenge to benefit Venezuelans in the Argentine Republic; the Co-operative Republic of Guyana; the Republics of Chile, Panamá, Perú, and Trinidad and Tobago; and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.

Statement by USAID Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

On January 18, the national Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Day of Service, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) celebrates the 26th anniversary of the official commemoration of the civil-rights leader’s life and legacy. In 1994, Congress passed legislation that established MLK Day as the only Federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities — a “day on, not day off.”


This year marks the 235th anniversary of the signing of Virginia’s Statute for Religious Freedom. The statute would eventually become a foundational principle in the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which preserves an individual’s right to belief and to choose and exercise faith without government coercion or reprisal. Since 1993, every U.S President has issued a proclamation on January 16 to commemorate National Religious Freedom and celebrate America’s first freedom.


To mark National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to launch the revised Policy on Countering Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP). The updated C-TIP Policy adds new victim-centered, trauma-informed, and survivor-informed approaches, and promotes the intentional integration of efforts to end modern slavery across the Agency’s humanitarian and development programs.


Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced more than $5.8 million to fund partnerships in scientific cooperation on research projects to discover, test, and scale breakthrough solutions for critical challenges in international development. The Agency selected 26 research projects for awards through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, a collaboration with the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. The awards range in amounts from $54,000 to $300,000.


Today, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Deputy Administrator Barsa announced the launch of USAID’s updated Policy on Economic Growth at an event organized by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The Policy ensures the future of USAID’s development work will continue to be enterprise-driven. In line with the U.S. National Security Strategy, USAID plays a catalytic role in promoting economic growth led by the private sector and helps developing countries become stronger trading and security partners. The Policy draws on the latest thinking and evidence in the field of economic development, including that investments in sustained economic growth programming are mutually beneficial for partner countries and U.S. economic and national security.

Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Assistant Administrator Javier Piedra will travel to Tashkent, Uzbekistan with a delegation led by the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation.  Piedra will continue on to Almaty, Kazakhstan from January 8 through January 17, 2021.


Like all of you, I watched yesterday’s events with a mix of horror and revulsion. That some of our fellow citizens were not just physically assaulting law-enforcement officers, but also were storming and desecrating the United States Capitol - the most tangible and hallowed evidence of our government “by the people” - is unacceptable.


On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) signed two Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to increase cooperation to combat the threats to American prosperity posed by malign actors in developing countries, one with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) within the U.S. Department of Commerce and one with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).


Last updated: February 28, 2021

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