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USAID contributed more than $308 million in additional humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan. This funding will provide food and nutrition assistance, health care, winterization programs, and more for the most vulnerable populations. USAID hosted the first Anti-Corruption Evidence and Learning Week to engage experts in dialogue to combat corruption. This week, around eight million U.S.-donated COVID-19 vaccines arrived in Bosnia, Haiti, the Philippines, Nigeria, and more. USAID helps train health workers and sets up vaccine clinics to ensure communities are well-equipped to administer doses. USAID welcomed Marcela Escobari as Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. She will lead efforts to vaccinate the region and build stronger food, health, and education systems, along with resilient economies.

 

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Last updated: January 14, 2022

November 5, 2021

On November 3, USAID celebrated 60 years of global partnerships, providing humanitarian aid, and supporting communities in need. Administrator Power delivered a speech outlining a bold, inclusive vision for the future of international development at USAID. She announced initiatives to make aid more accessible, to center equity in development, and to respond to the needs of local partners. USAID launched a new website, WorkwithUSAID.org, to facilitate more inclusive and locally led development. The website is a free resource designed for new, current, and future partners to navigate how to work with USAID. It has been one year since the start of the conflict in Ethiopia, which is now one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. We call on all parties to end the fighting, ensure innocent people receive food and supplies, and save lives. At COP26, the global climate summit, USAID announced initiatives to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions. USAID also committed to conserving global forests and investing in climate-smart agriculture research and innovation.

October 29, 2021

The head of USAID’s Humanitarian Assistance Sarah Charles traveled to Ethiopia where she witnessed a deteriorating humanitarian emergency. She called on all parties to cease violence and facilitate unhindered access to allow aid organizations to deliver life-saving assistance. Sudan’s military took control of the government, undermining the country’s transition to a civilian-led democracy. USAID stands with the Sudanese people, calling for restoration of  the transitional government and end the violence. Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia Änjali  Kaur visited India to discuss urgent development challenges. She met with women entrepreneurs to hear how USAID support  is helping them recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. USAID announced new funding, activities, and partnerships to expand Asia’s economic growth. More than $286 million in planned initiatives will expand renewable energy, enable internet access, bolster enterprises, and more.

October 22, 2021

Administrator Power visited Delaware State University to meet with President Allen, students, and faculty. She announced a partnership between USAID and the leading historically Black university to improve global food and water security. Administrator Power and USDA Secretary Vilsack spoke at a White House event on American leadership to end hunger and malnutrition at home and abroad. As of this week, the United States has donated 200 million COVID-19 vaccines to more than 100 countries with many more on the way. Power Africa awarded a new grant to provide clean power to 7 health facilities in Malawi and Uganda. This grant supports improved and expanded health services for children and pregnant women to save lives during childbirth. Administrator Power spoke at the Global Philanthropy Forum on USAID’s collaboration with the philanthropic sector to fight the pandemic. 

October 18, 2021

Administrator Power and Special Envoy Feltman convened an urgent high-level ministerial meeting on the conflict in Ethiopia. Participants underscored their deep concern over the humanitarian conditions and discussed how to end the conflict and deliver aid. USAID celebrated World Food Day by affirming our commitment to take stronger action to end global hunger. At the U.N. Food Systems Summit, President Biden pledged $5 billion for Feed the Future to expand its impact. Life-saving COVID-19 vaccine deliveries continued, arriving in Ghana, Nigeria, Pakistan, The Philippines, Vietnam, and more. USAID announced additional funding for Zambia to strengthen democracy and governance and support agribusiness. The U.S. government is committed to partnering with the government of the Republic of Zambia on its democratic process.

October 8, 2021

Administrator Power visited the Dominican Republic to meet with policy makers, community leaders, and local youth. The visit focused on strategies for U.S. support to the Dominican Republic on issues related to crime, violence, and corruption. USAID hosted the inaugural Hispanic-Serving Institutions/Latinx Conference and Career Expo. Congressman Joaquin Castro joined Administrator Power to discuss how USAID is strengthening recruitment efforts in the Latinx community. The World Health Organization recommended use of the first vaccine to fight malaria, a momentous decision that will save lives. The U.S. President's Malaria Initiative released a new five-year strategy, which aims to end malaria within a generation. The U.S. Senate voted to confirm Paloma Adams-Allen as USAID's Deputy Administrator for Management and Resources. Administrator Power spoke at the U.S.-India Business Council's India Ideas Summit. She affirmed the importance of USAID's partnership with USIBC to combat climate change by expanding renewable energy access.

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