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15-11-2021

During International Education Week, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announces its renewed commitment to international education in support of the Joint Statement of Principles in Support of International Education. USAID is proud to work in partnership with U.S. government departments and agencies, using the core principles outlined in the statement to guide the Agency’s approach to international education efforts, particularly USAID’s work in higher education.

13-11-2021
Readout

On November 12, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with United Nations World Food Programme Executive Director, David Beasley. The two discussed the urgent humanitarian crises around the world, including in Ethiopia, Afghanistan, and Syria. 

13-11-2021
Readout

On November 12, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Martin Griffiths to discuss his recent trip to help address the humanitarian crisis in northern Ethiopia.

12-11-2021
Media Advisory

On November 16-18, Administrator Power will travel to Moldova to advance the United States’ partnership with the Moldovan people and participate in engagements demonstrating USAID’s commitment to supporting the country’s reform agenda. While in Moldova, Administrator Power will launch a new program to enhance the competitiveness of the country’s growing digital and communications technology sectors. She will meet with President Maia Sandu and Prime Minister Natalia Gavrilita to discuss Moldova’s democratic progress and USAID’s efforts, in partnership with the Moldovan government, to enhance government transparency, increase economic opportunity, root out corruption, and improve the lives of Moldovan citizens. In addition, the Administrator will meet with journalists, civil society and community groups, the business community, and local government officials.

11-11-2021
Readout

On November 10, 2021, Administrator Samantha Power met with Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani where they reaffirmed the long standing partnership and bond between the United States and Kosovo. Administrator Power highlighted USAID’s commitment to support Kosovo’s Euro-Atlantic aspirations and they discussed the importance of building on years of progress on rule of law, anti-corruption, energy diversification and integration with European markets. They also discussed working together to advance women’s empowerment, including addressing gender based violence and the importance of creating economic and employment opportunities for women.

08-11-2021
Statement

Yesterday, the Ortega-Murillo regime held what the international community has recognized as sham elections, utterly lacking in credibility given that major opposition parties and a range of presidential candidates were prevented from participating. For years, the regime has sought to silence Nicaraguans through persecution, prison, or exile, and maintain power at all costs by outlawing opposition parties and arresting presidential candidates, civil society leaders, students, journalists, and business leaders. These repressive measures and yesterday’s flagrantly undemocratic vote do not represent the actions of a government that embraces democracy and the rule of law, but rather those of an authoritarian regime that fears the genuine will of the people.

08-11-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power participated in key meetings and events at COP26 to highlight USAID’s commitment and new announcements as part of the United States’ whole of government approach to addressing the climate crisis.

08-11-2021
Press Release

On November 8, USAID announced ambitious new targets to support implementation of the Global Climate Ambition Initiative, which the White House launched at the Leaders' Summit on Climate in April. The Global Climate Ambition Initiative seeks to coordinate U.S. government support to partner countries to strengthen and implement their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) under the Paris Agreement, and advance towards net-zero and newer enhanced commitments.

08-11-2021
Press Release

On November 8, USAID announced an ambitious target to mobilize $150 billion in public and private climate finance by 2030. USAID will catalyze the majority of this funding from private sector investments—as well as from public sector investments from partner country governments—through targeted programs and partnerships. USAID aims to catalyze 10 dollars of private sector financing for every one dollar of USAID public funding invested. The U.S. Government public funds that USAID invests in these programs and partnerships to catalyze outside investments will be drawn from and aligned with the anticipated $11.4 billion in annual public climate financing announced by President Biden at the UN General Assembly.

08-11-2021
Press Release

At the United Nations Conference of the Parties (COP26), Administrator Samantha Power announced a new partnership with the African Union Commission (AUC) to reach the Paris Agreement goals of  reducing carbon emissions and building long-term adaptation plans. Administrator Power announced the launch of the Comprehensive Africa Climate Change Initiative (CACCI) alongside Josefa Sacko, African Union Commissioner of the Department of Agriculture, Rural Development, Blue Economy and Sustainable Environment, and other African Union Member States representatives.

07-11-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power participated in key meetings and events at COP26 to advance the United States’ partnerships and commitments to address the climate crisis.

06-11-2021
Readout

Today, Administrator Samantha Power participated in several events at COP26 to advance the United States’ global leadership in tackling the climate crisis, highlight USAID’s work on climate equity and emphasize the inextricable link between the climate crisis and gender inequity.

06-11-2021

Administrator Samantha Power and Rockefeller Foundation Executive Vice President Elizabeth Yee signed a memorandum of understanding today forming the basis of a strategic partnership between USAID, Power Africa, and the newly launched Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP).

06-11-2021

On November 6 at COP26, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power announced a suite of programs and targets to advance Global Action for Climate Equity.

04-11-2021

In an address delivered today at Georgetown University, USAID Administrator Samantha Power presented a bold vision for USAID and the international development community—one that puts accessibility and equity at the center.

04-11-2021
Statement by Administrator Samantha Power

Today marks one year since the start of conflict in Tigray, which has engulfed northern Ethiopia and is now one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. An estimated seven million people are facing severe food insecurity in Tigray, Afar, and Amhara. In Tigray alone, 5.2 million out of 6 million people—or 90 percent of the population—are in need of aid, and up to 900,000 people are facing famine-like conditions. After going days without food, people are resorting to eating leaves. More than two million people have fled their homes.

04-11-2021

Today, Administrator Samantha Power announced a five-year, $300 million initiative to empower local organizations in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras to address the drivers of irregular migration to the United States. The announcement was made during the Administrator’s keynote address at Georgetown University where she presented her vision for USAID’s priorities under the Biden-Harris Administration.

04-11-2021

Today, during Administrator Samantha Power’s remarks at Georgetown University, she announced the launch of the new WorkwithUSAID.org website. WorkwithUSAID.org is a globally accessible website that offers a variety of innovative services and curated tools designed to connect partners to peers and experts and help prepare them to pursue USAID funding.

03-11-2021

Today, the United States Senate voted to confirm Isobel Coleman as USAID’s Deputy Administrator for Policy and Programming, a position responsible for guiding the overall direction of the Agency in development and implementation of policy across all of our Bureaus, Independent Offices and Missions.

03-11-2021

On November 3, Administrator Samantha Power announced a major new initiative to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions as part of the U.S. Government’s efforts to combat the climate crisis. USAID will support partner countries to prevent six billion metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent emissions by 2030. This cumulative amount is roughly equal to total U.S. domestic emissions for one year or the equivalent of removing more than 1 billion gasoline powered cars from the road for one year.

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Last updated: December 03, 2021

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