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

Current Weekly Wrap-Up:

USAID announced new funding for research and innovation centers in Liberia and Guatemala. These partnerships will help strengthen health systems and promote economic development. Administrator Power and His Majesty King Abdullah II met this week, recognizing USAID's long-standing partnership with Jordan. They also discussed the deepening humanitarian crisis in Lebanon and the need for an international response. The first shipments of U.S.-donated vaccines arrived in Africa to help fight COVID-19. The United States continued to deliver additional vaccines around the world including Bangladesh, Haiti, Jordan, Ukraine and Zambia.


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Last updated: July 26, 2021

June 11, 2021

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.

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.