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15-10-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with the Chairman of the Syrian Civil Defence (SCD) Raed al-Saleh, and his team to discuss the vital importance of life-saving humanitarian and stabilization aid in Syria, recognizing the severe needs on the ground. 

15-10-2021
Media Advisory

On Monday, October 18, 2021, Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Dover, Delaware to announce a new partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development and Delaware State University (DSU), one of America’s most respected Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in international development.

Wind Park Bogdanci, North Macedonia
14-10-2021

Over the last four years USAID, in partnership with the Government of North Macedonia, the Ministry of Economy, and the Energy Regulatory Commission, implemented the long-awaited comprehensive reform of the energy sector. This partnership created the legal framework for an open, transparent, and vibrant energy market in line with the principles of competition and non-discrimination, better energy services to households and industry, and integration with regional energy markets.  

14-10-2021
Statement by Rebecca Chalif, Spokesperson

Today, the White House released the annual report describing the U.S. Government’s efforts to implement the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in Fiscal Year 2020. The U.S. Government’s involvement in the GHSA has had a direct impact on the COVID-19 response in partner countries, while improving countries’ capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to future infectious disease threats and outbreaks. USAID has been a lead implementer of the U.S. contribution to the GHSA multilateral initiative since its launch in 2014 and continues to support the even more ambitious GHSA 2024 target. USAID's investments in this critical partnership continue to play a vital role in improving pandemic preparedness and building back better to prevent the next. These investments save lives and make us safer.

13-10-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund) Executive Director Peter Sands to discuss coordination with the Global Fund to deliver on global targets laid out by President Biden at the Global COVID-19 Summit.

13-10-2021

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced an additional $11.3 million in assistance for Zambia to strengthen democracy and governance and support small and medium sized agribusiness enterprises. In the two months since Zambia’s August 12 presidential election, USAID has programmed approximately $30 million in new U.S. Government funding for the Zambian people.

12-10-2021
Statement

Today, Ambassador Jeffrey Feltman, U.S. Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa, and I convened an urgent High-Level Ministerial on northern Ethiopia—where millions of civilians are currently experiencing one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. This High-Level Ministerial of G7 nations and other major donor countries to the humanitarian response included senior representatives from Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and the United Kingdom, as well as the United States.

12-10-2021

The United States is airlifting relief supplies and providing more than $26 million in additional humanitarian assistance to help people affected by the ongoing conflict in northern Ethiopia. The U.S. is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, providing more than $1 billion throughout the country over the last year, including more than $663 million in humanitarian assistance since the crisis began.

11-10-2021
Statement

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) honors the extraordinary power of girls. As a mother to a nine year-old girl myself, this is a cause that is especially close to my heart. When given equal opportunities and the support they deserve, girls will lead in making our communities and world safer, more prosperous, and more equitable for all. It is a fact that when we invest in girls’ rights and girls’ education, the returns are felt not just in individual households, but in economies as a whole. But our support for girls is about much more than GDP.

08-10-2021
Readout

Administrator Samantha Power traveled to the Dominican Republic October 7-8, to participate in a High-Level Dialogue on Institutional Reform with Dominican President Luis Abinader.

08-10-2021
Statement By Administrator Samantha Power

PMI’s 2021-2026 strategic plan, launched this week, aims to ensure that even the most remote communities at risk for malaria have the lifesaving tools needed so that no child dies of a mosquito bite.

07-10-2021

Today, as part of President Biden’s whole-of-government approach to confronting the climate crisis, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released its Climate Readiness Plan. The Climate Readiness Plan outlines actions USAID will implement across the Agency’s operations management functions and programs to adapt to the effects of the changing climate.

06-10-2021
Statement

I congratulate the Gambian people on their ongoing democratic progress, which has resulted in myself and the other members of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) Board of Directors unanimously approving a four-year, $25 million Threshold Program between MCC and the Government of The Gambia.

06-10-2021

Today, the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI) released a new five-year strategy, “End Malaria Faster,” which aims to end malaria within a generation, contribute to the global goals of saving more than 4 million lives, and avert 1 billion cases by 2025. PMI, led by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has helped save 7.6 million lives and prevent 1.5 billion malaria infections in the last two decades.

05-10-2021

On October 5, the United States Senate voted to confirm Paloma Adams-Allen as USAID’s Deputy Administrator for Management and Resources, a position responsible for assisting in the overall direction of the Agency in its budget, finance, management and institutional policy, operations, and external relations. USAID looks forward to benefiting from her decades of leadership and development expertise to maximize the Agency’s impact and enhance the sustainability of our investments.

05-10-2021

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is launching an ambitious new project that will work with partner countries and the global community to build better preparedness for future global health threats. Discovery & Exploration of Emerging Pathogens - Viral Zoonoses (DEEP VZN), a five-year, approximately $125 million project (pending availability of funds), will strengthen global capacity to detect and understand the risks of viral spillover from wildlife to humans that could cause another pandemic.

05-10-2021
Media Advisory

On October 7-8, Administrator Samantha Power will travel to Santo Domingo to advance the United States’ partnership with the people and government of the Dominican Republic. The Administrator will lead U.S. participation in a U.S.-Dominican Republic High-Level Dialogue on Institutional Reform and meet with Dominican President Luis Abinader.

04-10-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Mexican Ambassador to the United States Esteban Montezuma to address shared economic, environmental, and migration challenges. During their meeting, Administrator Power and Ambassador Montezuma discussed regional development cooperation.

01-10-2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power launched the U.S.-India Alliance for Women’s Economic Empowerment during the Fourth Annual Leadership Summit of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). The Alliance, a public-private partnership between USAID, the U.S Department of State, USISPF, and George Washington University, aims to catalyze business, philanthropic, and civil society commitments to advance women’s entrepreneurship and workforce participation in India.

01-10-2021
Statement from Administrator Samantha Power

I condemn in the strongest possible terms the Government of Ethiopia’s expulsion of UN officials from the country. This action is absolutely unacceptable and undermines international efforts to deliver humanitarian assistance to millions of people whose lives depend on it. We call on the Government of Ethiopia to reverse this decision so that this vital work can continue across all the impacted regions in northern Ethiopia.

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Last updated: October 16, 2021

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