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15-04-2021

Today, the United States announced more than $95 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of South Sudan who are affected by ongoing political conflict and are facing extreme food insecurity, including likely famine. This funding includes more than $52 million from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and nearly $43 million from the U.S. Department of State. It brings the total U.S. humanitarian assistance to more than $482 million so far in Fiscal Year 2021.

13-04-2021

The U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), supported capacity building efforts in the Federated States of Micronesia and the Republic of Palau, which in turn helped to secure $10.4 million in climate change-related grants from the Green Climate Fund (GCF). This funding will help the people of these two countries to be safer and more resilient to the impacts of climate change. Climate change is an existential threat to both nations.

13-04-2021
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USAID Provides $100,000 in Immediate Disaster Relief to People Affected by La Soufrière Volcano Eruption The U.S. Agency for International Development is providing an immediate $100,000 in disaster relief for people affected by violent eruptions of La Soufrière Volcano on the island of Saint Vincent. This assistance follows support USAID has already provided to the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines' National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) for evacuation efforts and the Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Red Cross to assess humanitarian needs.​ The eruptions sent ash tens of thousands of feet into the air, causing heavy ashfall. Up to 19,000 people are being evacuated for an undetermined period and will require humanitarian assistance.

12-04-2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is airlifting 1,500 rolls of heavy-duty plastic sheeting— to contribute to emergency shelter efforts for more than 82,500 people affected by the ongoing conflict in Ethiopia’s Tigray region. This airlift will transport durable sheeting from USAID’s warehouse in Dubai to Ethiopia.

12-04-2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), I send warm wishes to Muslims celebrating the holy month of Ramadan around the world.

12-04-2021

Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched Transformational Strategies for Farm Output Risk Mitigation (TRANSFORM), a five-year, $33 million project, subject to the availability of funds, that will harness private sector-led innovation to address emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance in animal production value chains in Asia and Africa. TRANSFORM will play an important role in USAID’s ongoing global health security efforts by reducing the economic and public health impacts associated with emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance in the animal production industry.

The grant will provide assistance to youth-led and mid-stage companies working in food value chains in Nigeria
12-04-2021
Application Opens April 12 to May 9, to youth-led and mid-stage companies

On April 12, 2021, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nigeria launched a COVID-19 Food Security Challenge that will provide $3 million in grant funding and technical assistance to youth-led and mid-stage companies working in food value chains in Nigeria.Nigeria is experiencing food insecurity compounded by the COVID-19 global pandemic and its effects on the food value chain in the country.  The pandemic has disrupted already fragile agricultural value chains, especially smallholder farmers’ ability to produce, process, and distribute food.  This disrupts agricultural productivity and markets, and negatively impacts livelihoods, especially among vulnerable households, women, and youth.

09-04-2021

During his April 5-9, 2021, visit to India and Bangladesh, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry highlighted several new initiatives from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in India and Bangladesh that will help combat climate change by expanding access to clean energy, strengthening climate-resilient infrastructure, and promoting clean energy entrepreneurship.

09-04-2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

On behalf of the worldwide USAID team, it is with great sadness that I express my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Madeline Williams, an accomplished Foreign Service Officer who passed away unexpectedly on April 3, 2021 in South Africa.

09-04-2021

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration released the President's discretionary funding request for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022, which invests in the core foundations of our country’s strength and will significantly advance U.S. national interests abroad.

08-04-2021

In response to growing needs in Ethiopia’s Tigray region, the United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing more than $152 million in additional humanitarian assistance. The United States is the largest donor of humanitarian assistance in Ethiopia, and this latest announcement brings the total contributed by the American people for the people in Tigray to nearly $305 million.

07-04-2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $75 million in assistance to communities in the West Bank and Gaza to meet basic needs, re-engage Palestinian society, and support economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID is also providing $10 million for peacebuilding programs, including between Israelis and Palestinians. This assistance, subject to Congressional approval, is part of a larger U.S. government effort to support a lasting and sustainable peace for the people of the region through a two-state solution. This assistance follows USAID’s earlier announcement of $15 million in humanitarian assistance funding to support the West Bank and Gaza’s vulnerable communities.

07-04-2021
بيان من القائم بأعمال مدير الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية غلوريا ستيل

تقدم الولايات المتحدة 75 مليون دولار من خلال الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية لمساعدة المجتمعات في الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة بغرض تلبية الاحتياجات الأساسية وإعادة إشراك المجتمع الفلسطيني ودعم تعافي الاقتصاد من وباء كوفيد-19. كما تقدم الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية 10 ملايين دولار لبرامج بناء السلام، بما في ذلك بين الإسرائيليين والفلسطينيين. وتأتي هذه المساعدات الخاضعة لموافقة الكونغرس ضمن جهد أكبر للحكومة الأمريكية لدعم سلام دائم ومستدام لشعوب المنطقة من خلال حل الدولتين. هذه المساعدات تأتي بعد إعلان الوكالة الأمريكية للتنمية الدولية في وقت سابق عن 15 مليون دولار من تمويل المساعدات الإنسانية لدعم المجتمعات الضعيفة في الضفة الغربية وقطاع غزة.

07-04-2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), I extend empathy and compassion to everyone observing Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Remembrance Day — in the United States, Israel, and around the world.

07-04-2021

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $100,000 in immediate assistance to support people affected by the devastating floods in Timor-Leste. The intense storm unleashed heavy rainfall, causing severe flooding and forced widespread evacuations.

07-04-2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

Today, on World Health Day, I join colleagues around the world in recognizing the importance of health equity and the health workers who save lives every day. Tragically, the COVID-19 pandemic has starkly highlighted serious inequities in health care that create significant disparities.

06-04-2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is deploying a Disaster Assistance Response Team to respond to urgent humanitarian needs in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.

06-04-2021

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) announced $2 million for the final six BetterTogether/JuntosEsMejor Challenge awards to benefit Venezuelans and their host communities in Brazil, Ecuador, Panama, Peru and Guyana. 

02-04-2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

On behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), I extend warm wishes of peace to Christian communities observing Good Friday today, and happy Easter to members of Western Churches who will celebrate this Sunday, and Eastern Churches celebrating on May 2.

31-03-2021
Statement by Acting Administrator Gloria Steele

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is pleased to recognize Transgender Day of Visibility, a day dedicated to celebrating the vibrant and diverse international transgender community while raising awareness of the discrimination that transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people face worldwide.

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Last updated: April 15, 2021

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