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The USAID Weekly Wrap Up video showcases the week in photos from around the Agency.

Current Weekly Wrap-Up:

Administrator Power spoke with Stephen Colbert on USAID's work to stem migration, America's pledge of 500 million COVID-19 vaccines to other countries, and more. Administrator Power raised the profile of the crisis in Tigray, Ethiopia, convening global leaders to discuss next steps, and a meeting with musical artist & activist The Weeknd. She also announced $181 million in USAID assistance to the region. USAID sent a second plane with COVID-19 supplies to Bangladesh. Administrator Power discussed USAID's continued partnership with Afghanistan with President Ashraf Ghani.


Previous Weekly Wrap Ups:

Last updated: June 11, 2021

May 28, 2021

Administrator Power testified on USAID's 2022 budget request before two committees in Congress. Administrator Power met with Colombian Vice President Ramírerz to discuss USAID-Colombian cooperation. To respond to democratic backsliding in El Salvador, USAID redirected certain funds to civil society groups. In the Democratic Republic of the Congo, USAID is providing urgent humanitarian assistance due to the eruption of the Nyiragongo volcano.

May 21, 2021

USAID airlifted emergency supplies for Nepal's deadly COVID-19 surge. In Madagascar, USAID helped set up 8 COVID-19 vaccination sites across the country. In response to the La Soufrière volcano, USAID provided $3.8 million in assistance for the people of Saint Vincent. USAID and partners developed the first-ever Filipino Sign Language curriculum, being piloted this school year.

May 14, 2021

Administrator Power met with Ayman Safad, Jordanian Minister of Foreign Affairs, on USAID's continued support for Jordanians during the pandemic and for Syrian refugees. Administrator Power held sessions with the faith-based community, addressing violations of religious freedom and human rights abuses. Administrator Power discussed U.S.-Australia cooperation in a meeting with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne. In Ukraine, USAID provided vouchers to families to purchase supplies to protect themselves from COVID-19. USAID is closely monitoring the activity in St. Vincent and Grenadines Soufrière volcano. 

May 7, 2021

USAID's 19th Administrator, Samantha Power, was sworn in by Vice President Harris on May 3, 2021. In six days, USAID sent six flights carrying emergency medical supplies to help fight COVID-19 in India. Administrator Power announced a $300M partnership with UNICEF at the G7 Foreign and Development Ministerial. As one of her first actions, Administrator Power signed a new strategy to make USAID more diverse, equitable, and inclusive.

April 30, 2021

The Senate has voted to confirm Samantha Power as the 19th Administrator of USAID. Life-saving supplies are on the ground in India, including oxygen, rapid testing kits and N95 masks. To help address the climate crisis, USAID launched two projects worth $74 million in Vietnam. USAID remembers our colleague Xulhaz Mannan, a champion of human rights, who was murdered five years ago in Bangladesh. USAID emergency supplies are en route to St. Vincent Island. The La Soufrière volcano has forced 13,000 people to evacuate.