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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 delivered remarks at the Society for International Development–US Annual Conference. She spoke about the importance of shifting old power structures in the development sector to open the pathway for locally led development. Deputy Administrator Paloma Adams Allen traveled to Timor-Leste to meet Mission staff and learn about their work with local actors. Executive Director of USAID's COVID-19 Task Force Jeremy Konyndyk led a delegation to two Global VAX surge countries - Tanzania & Zambia. Due to ongoing Global VAX support, vaccine uptake in the Tanzanian region of Dodoma has increased by more than 20% in just 4 months. Administrator Power testified at the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs budget hearing. She shared the importance of investing in development to enable secure, economically prosperous, and democratic global communities.


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Last updated: May 27, 2022

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.

October 1, 2021

Administrator Power addressed Global Citizen Live to honor and support those suffering from the indirect effects of the virus. USAID committed $295 million to stave off hunger, confront gender-based violence, and fight poverty as we work to end the pandemic. Administrator Power spoke with former U.S. Ambassador to India Richard Verma at the USISPF Annual Leadership Summit. USAID announced a new public-private partnership to advance women's economic empowerment in India. 75 million crisis-affected children and youth across the globe are at risk of missing vital years of education. Administrator Power announced $37 million to the UN fund, Education Cannot Wait, to help bridge the global education gap. USAID's Feed the Future announced four Innovation Lab Partnerships to continue cutting-edge research on agriculture, nutrition, and more. Administrator Power attended the High-Level Side Event on Sudan to affirm global support for the country's historic democratic transition. USAID committed $700 million in additional funding to support ongoing humanitarian needs and to help strengthen democracy.

September 24, 2021

President Biden addressed the UN General Assembly to affirm the U.S.'s commitment to work with allies to tackle the world's greatest challenges. He shared the Administration's commitment to using the power of aid to invest in new ways of lifting people up around the world. Administrator Power joined President Biden and world leaders to take bold action to save lives and end the pandemic now. Biden announced 500 million more Pfizer vaccines for countries in need, bringing our total to 1.1 billion vaccines, and $345 million additional support from USAID. USAID, with Transparency International, hosted a roundtable with leaders on the frontlines of anti-corruption efforts. USAID is committed to supporting civic actors who are essential partners in the global fight against corruption. At a meeting with Zambian President Hichilema, the Administrator announced $18.5 million to provide support to the Zambian people. Administrator Power addressed the UN High-Level Dialogue on Energy to share our commitment to expand global energy access. USAID is working to end energy poverty to unlock the productivity that fuels economic growth.