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23-07-2021

Today, the United States announced nearly $155 million in additional humanitarian assistance for people affected by crisis in Iraq. This support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State will provide lifesaving aid for Iraqis, Iraqi refugees in neighboring countries, and the communities hosting them.

22-07-2021
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On July 20, 2021, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with Republic of Korea Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-moon and discussed building on the long standing partnership and history of cooperation between USAID and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). USAID closed its Mission in Seoul back in 1980, and the Republic of Korea has become an important example of a country that was once a foreign aid recipient and is now a growing donor of development assistance and a close partner with USAID on development projects in the Indo-Pacific and around the world.

22-07-2021
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On July 21, 2021, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with Per Olsson Fridh, Minister for International Development Cooperation of Sweden. They discussed opportunities to work together to promote democracy, human rights, and independent media, especially in Eastern Europe, and expressed shared support for the Belarusian people who are standing up for democratic values and human rights. They further agreed on the importance of development and humanitarian assistance to support Sudan’s transitional democracy. They noted the recent protests in Cuba due to continued human rights violations and discussed support for independent media, activists, and opposition leaders.

22-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with World Bank Group (WBG) President David Malpass. They discussed their respective COVID-19 response and recovery priorities, and the need to mobilize global partners to scale up vaccine financing, manufacturing, and readiness in partner countries.

22-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Principal Advisor Mark Feierstein met with Albert Ramdin, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Business and Cooperation for the Republic of Suriname. Feierstein discussed our commitment to support the Government of Suriname on a wide range of mutual interests, including climate change, energy resilience, environmental conservation, citizen security, and COVID response.

21-07-2021
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On July 20, 2021, Administrator Power met with Svyatlana Tsikhanouskaya, leader of Belarus’s democratic movement, who thanked the U.S. for its longstanding support of the Belarusian people. The Administrator expressed appreciation for Tsikhanouskaya’s tireless advocacy for human rights, and she voiced grave concern over the government’s increasingly ruthless crackdown and its dangerous efforts to downplay the COVID-19 pandemic. They discussed how the United States can further hold accountable those orchestrating violent repression, while supporting those working towards an inclusive dialogue and a new election.

20-07-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development, I want to wish a joyous Eid al-Adha to all those celebrating.

20-07-2021

On Tuesday, July 20, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced new funding to create research and innovation centers in Liberia and Guatemala. Subject to availability of funds, USAID plans to provide $30 million over the next five years for this initiative. In Liberia, the center will use research and build training capacity to address health system challenges. In Guatemala, a series of centers will focus on economic growth innovations, entrepreneurship, training, and capacity building to increase livelihoods and address the root causes of migration. These two new awards add to the growing Higher Education Solutions Network portfolio at USAID focused on strengthening research systems in USAID partner countries.

19-07-2021
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Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs for the United Kingdom, Dominic Raab to discuss shared priorities, including sustained support for staff and partners in Afghanistan, as well as the urgent need for concerted diplomatic pressure and innovative humanitarian solutions in the face of the humanitarian crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia.

19-07-2021
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U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan today to discuss USAID’s commitment to its long standing partnership with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, as well as the country’s plans for an inclusive response to and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

19-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Principal Advisor to the Administrator Mark Feierstein met with Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) Ján Kubiš about the importance of political progress toward transparent, credible, and secure elections on December 24, 2021.

13-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with Jutta Urpilainen, Commissioner for International Partnerships of the European Commission, to discuss follow up from the June 15, 2021 U.S.-European Union Summit. They spoke about working together on the COVID-19 response and recovery; and on promoting democracy and fighting corruption, including by supporting countries announcing commitments at the upcoming Summit for Democracy.

09-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok to discuss USAID’s support for the people of Sudan as the country continues its democratic transformation and reintegration into the global economy following its revolution in 2019.

09-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) Secretary General Jan Egeland to discuss urgent humanitarian priorities, including the ongoing catastrophe in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. Administrator Power noted that USAID shares NRC’s concern over the need for immediate and unhindered humanitarian access and the safety and security of all humanitarian organizations operating in Tigray.

09-07-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

Ten years ago, on July 9, the world watched with hope and optimism as the people of South Sudan jubilantly celebrated the birth of their new nation. An overwhelming majority—some 99 percent—had supported independence, reflecting the shared aspirations of millions of South Sudanese to move past decades of war and build a peaceful, equitable country. A decade of political instability, mass displacement, and extreme violence has shattered this dream. For all those who support the people of South Sudan—the United States included—this tenth anniversary of independence is a moment for humble reflection about the severe challenges they face, an honest accounting of what went wrong, and a recommitment to supporting the South Sudanese in charting a new path in the coming years.

08-07-2021

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $900,000 in additional assistance to save lives, meet urgent humanitarian needs, and help affected people recover from the devastating floods in Timor-Leste. Heavy rains and strong winds associated with Tropical Cyclone Seroja lashed Timor-Leste's capital Dili and eight municipalities in April, causing extensive flooding and landslides resulting in dozens of deaths, destroyed crops, and thousands of evacuations.

06-07-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem to discuss USAID’s revitalized partnership with UNFPA.

04-07-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

On July 2, 1776, the Second Continental Congress voted to declare our nation’s independence from Great Britain. Days later, the Declaration of Independence was adopted, and each year on the Fourth of July we commemorate the proclaiming of our country’s independence and beginning our journey as a democratic nation.

02-07-2021
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The below is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala:‎

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met virtually with Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s Foreign Minister and the European Union’s Special Envoy on Ethiopia, to discuss the dire humanitarian crisis in the Tigray region of Ethiopia. This meeting follows a high-level convening of donor countries on June 9, 2021, where an agreement was reached to call collectively on the Government of Ethiopia and all parties involved to end hostilities. 

30-06-2021
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Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power met with Chairperson for the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission Shaharzad Akbar.

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Last updated: July 26, 2021

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