Spotlight on USAID Rwanda & Burundi:

U.S. Small Business Strategies for Engaging with Smaller USAID Missions

Date: July 15, 2024

Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Venue: BHA Conference Room, 555 12th St NW DC 20004, Concourse level, in conference room C10, C12.


This in-person event provides space for an open dialogue intended to break down the myths related to the ways small and medium USAID missions and small U.S. businesses engage with each other. Data indicates there is room to grow, learn from each other and craft win-win strategies. 

The speakers include Keisha Effiom, Small Business Champion of the Year (2018 and 2023), and incoming Mission Director for USAID Rwanda and Burundi, as well as Kimberly Ball, Director of the Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, and Jami Rodgers, USAID Senior Procurement Executive. 

The full agenda is available for download here

For any questions, please contact Benjamin Lawrence, Supervisory CO for USAID Rwanda and Burundi, at


Handover Ceremony:  A Gift of 480 Tablets to Rwandan Ministry of Health

To help the Ministry of Health transition to digital surveillance and monitoring of outbreaks of health threats, USAID Rwanda, through our partners WHO and UNICEF, is donating 480 tablets to RBC and RAB. The handover is scheduled for Friday, July 12, 2024.


Keisha Effiom - New USAID Mission Director for Rwanda and Burundi

Keisha Effiom will be sworn in as the new Mission Director for USAID Rwanda and Burundi in a solemn ceremony taking place on Thursday, July 18, 2024. Samantha Power, the USAID Administrator, will officiate the Oath of Office in Washington, DC. 

Ms. Effiom will be taking this prominent leadership role as Jonathan Kamin, the outgoing Mission Director for USAID Rwanda and Burundi, retires in August 2024, after 25 years of exceptional service for the United States government. 

The transition is seamless for USAID programming in Rwanda and Burundi, as Ms. Effiom has been serving here in the role of Deputy Mission Director for almost two years.