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U.S. Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, re-visited the Victoria Mxenge housing project after USAID introduced her to the women being empowered with employable skills 12 years earlier.

Welcome to USAID/Southern Africa - two missions working together to strengthen South Africa's strategic partnership with the U.S. and improve the lives of Southern Africans.

The staff of USAID/ Southern Africa manage both bilateral programs in South Africa and regional programs that span across 10 countries in the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) region. We are dedicated to improving the livelihood, health, and freedoms of people throughout the region.

Programs in South Africa focus on assisting the country in completing the transformation from its apartheid past into a healthy, economically vibrant, fully inclusive democracy. To assist the South African Government in building capacity to address critical issues, USAID/Southern Africa works in the areas of health, economic growth, gender equality, education, and trilateral assistance.

There are many development issues that are not restricted by national borders and which are more appropriately addressed through a regional response. Through its regional programs, USAID/Southern Africa works in the areas of health, economic growth, agriculture, democracy, environment, and humanitarian assistance.

We also provide financial, contracting, and management support services to USAID missions in other countries in the region. Improving and maintaining the quality of life for Southern Africans can best be done through close partnerships. USAID works closely with the people, governments, and institutions of Southern Africa to achieve this common purpose.

This website provides a brief description of our activities and services, in addition to regular updates of our program's successes and events. Please take time to learn about both our activities in South Africa and throughout the Southern Africa region. I welcome your interest in our programs and encourage you to contact us with any questions or comments.

Thank you,

Jeff Borns

Mission Director
USAID/Southern Africa

Last updated: November 05, 2013

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