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30-12-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

As we approach the 13th anniversary of the tragic death of our colleague, John Granville, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) welcomes key provisions in the 2021 Consolidated Appropriations Act that, at long last, will lead to compensation for Mr. Granville’s family. The adoption of this legislation is a necessary step to ensure Mr. Granville’s family and the victims of other terrorist attacks on the U.S. Embassies in the Republic of Kenya and the United Republic of Tanzania in 1998 and the USS Cole in 2000 receive $335 million in compensation from the Government of the Republic of Sudan.

30-12-2020

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $5 million in humanitarian assistance to help Nicaraguans affected by Hurricanes Iota and Eta. This brings the total U.S. humanitarian aid to respond to the storms in the Republic of Nicaragua to $6.6 million, and to nearly $53 million for the region.

29-12-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

Approximately 10 million newborns around the world need assistance after birth to breathe. Today, we celebrate the pivotal role the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has played in funding the scale-up of a simple innovation that saves the lives of newborns who struggle to breathe in their first minute following birth. In honor of the tenth anniversary of Helping Babies Breathe (HBB), USAID is looking back at the groundbreaking progress that this Global Development Alliance achieved to advance the survival of newborns and the Journey to Self-Reliance.

24-12-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

The United States is gravely concerned by the worsening food-security situation in the Republic of South Sudan, and reiterates calls for the Government of South Sudan to take urgent action to enable the humanitarian community to scale up assistance quickly. 

22-12-2020

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will designate the Kingdom of Morocco as a regional hub for the new, continent-wide Trade and Investment Program funded by USAID under Prosper Africa. This new center of operations for regional trade and investment will create jobs, drive economic growth, and foster shared prosperity in Morocco, the rest of North Africa, and countries across the African continent.

21-12-2020

The U.S. Government, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing immediate assistance to support the Government of the Republic of Fiji and civil society to respond to Tropical Cyclone Yasa, one of the most-powerful storms to ever hit the low-lying island nation.

21-12-2020

The first phase of the Transformation of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is now complete: The new Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation (DDI) is operational. As of November 16, 2020, DDI joins the new Bureaus for Asia, Resilience and Food Security (RFS), Humanitarian Assistance (BHA), and Conflict Prevention and Stabilization (CPS), which became operational earlier this year. The new field-focused structure will allow the Agency to make more effective and efficient investments to help communities in partner countries on their Journeys to Self-Reliance.

18-12-2020
On the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability

Today, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced the release of the U.S. Strategy to Prevent Conflict and Promote Stability.  This strategy sets forth a framework for U.S. Government efforts to prevent conflict, stabilize conflict-affected areas, and address global fragility in line with the Global Fragility Act of 2019. 

18-12-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

Today, I am pleased to announce that the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has fulfilled President Trump’s promise to deliver nearly 9,000 ventilators to 43 countries, plus the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.

18-12-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

The United States is gravely concerned by the worsening humanitarian situation that has resulted from the ongoing conflict in the Tigray Region of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. We strongly urge all parties to ensure full, safe, and unhindered humanitarian access into the Tigray Region for aid organizations, not only to deliver relief supplies but also to maintain a presence on the ground to provide life-saving assistance and basic social services safely to people affected and displaced by the conflict. Additionally, we call on all parties to respect human rights and international humanitarian law, including by protecting aid workers; civilians; and civilian infrastructure, such as houses, schools, and health centers.

16-12-2020

This week, 65,000 metric tons of wheat purchased through a $20 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to the World Food Programme (WFP) arrived in Sudan, fulfilling a pledge made in November. This donation will help alleviate a significant shortage of affordable wheat as the Sudanese people face growing needs because of a challenging economy, historic floods earlier this year, and the pandemic of COVID-19.

15-12-2020
Readout

Yesterday, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa attended the Nutrition for Growth Launchpad Event hosted by Global Affairs Canada, the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

15-12-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), I would like to extend warm greetings to everyone who is celebrating religious holidays this month and wish a Happy New Year to all.

14-12-2020

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a joint Final Rule with eight Federal Departments—the U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Labor, Education, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Agriculture, and Veterans Affairs—to implement President Trump’s Executive Order 13831 on the Establishment of a White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative.

14-12-2020

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the Feed the Future Partnership for Sustainable Supply Chains, a new collaboration with Root Capital, Keurig Dr. Pepper, and Ezrah Charitable Trust to help small agricultural businesses around the world stay afloat during the pandemic of COVID-19 and rebuild in its wake. The U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) will complement the partnership with a $35 million loan guarantee.

11-12-2020

Released by Results for America (RFA) on December 3, 2020, the 2020 Invest in What Works Federal Standard of Excellence report once again shows that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is a leader among Federal Departments and Agencies on data-driven decision-making. The report highlights nine U.S. Government entities for using data and evidence effectively in budgetary, policy, and management decisions, and features the significant progress USAID has made to operate efficiently, including in implementing the requirements in the Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2018 (Evidence Act). Since 2014, RFA’s Federal Standard of Excellence report has ranked USAID among the top Federal Departments and Agencies for use of evidence in programs and operations. USAID is proud of it’s consistent leadership in using data, and congratulates the other honorees.

10-12-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

Today, President Donald J. Trump signed the Executive Order to Rebrand United States Foreign Assistance. By requiring U.S. Government Departments and Agencies to use a single logo for all U.S. foreign assistance, the President has taken an important step in promoting awareness about the compassion and generosity of the American people around the world. As the institution responsible for implementing the largest amount of U.S. foreign assistance, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) commends this powerful Executive Order.

10-12-2020
Statement by Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa

Today, we celebrate International Human Rights Day. In 1948, looking to the United States’ Bill of Rights as a model, the United Nations General Assembly established the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which recognizes the “inherent dignity” and “equal and inalienable rights” of mankind.

09-12-2020
Remarks (As Prepared)

Good morning, and good evening, distinguished guests. I’d like to extend a special welcome to Deputy Director General Ali Abdulla Al-Dabbagh and to our other distinguished guests. It is my pleasure to join you all to inaugurate this new partnership.

09-12-2020
Readout

Today, Chief Assistant to the Acting Deputy Administrator Max Primorac and the Deputy Director-General for Planning of the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD), Ali Abdulla Al-Dabbagh, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and QFFD.

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Last updated: February 28, 2021

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