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Current Weekly Wrap-Up:

Administrator Power testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee about USAID’s 2023 budget request. She shared how USAID fights corruption to support democracy, enable localization, and ensure American tax dollars land in the right hands. Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman traveled to Berlin, Germany to attend the G7 Development Ministerial Meeting. She met with world leaders to discuss collective approaches to mitigating the global food security crisis and ongoing humanitarian crises. Global Health lead Atul Gawande participated in a Washington Post Live discussion on health equity and COVID-19 vaccines. He highlighted the necessity of sustained global vaccine support to ensure everyone has equitable access to life-saving COVID-19 vaccines. The UN Security Council convened a Ministerial on Food Security in New York to address the growing crisis. Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced an additional $215 million funded by USAID to expand food security operations in several countries.


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Last updated: May 20, 2022

September 17, 2021

USAID continues to support the most vulnerable in Afghanistan through an additional $64 million for food, healthcare, and more. Administrator Power spoke with the World Food Programme's David Beasley and Tim Linderking, the U.S. Special Envoy to Yemen. They urgently called for donors to step up life-saving assistance for the people of Yemen. More than a thousand students attended USAID's Historically Black Colleges and Universities Development Conference. Congresswoman Barbara Lee joined Administrator Power to discuss USAID's priority to center racial equity in development. Nearly 8 million vaccines were delivered to help end COVID-19, arriving in Pakistan, Indonesia, Kenya, and more. 

September 10, 2021

Haiti earthquake recovery continues as USAID airlifts emergency shelter supplies to affected communities. USAID partners also provide daily distributions of food, hygeine items, and other critical supplies. Life-saving COVID-19 vaccine deliveries continued this week to Ghana, Kenya, Kosovo, Pakistan, Uganda, and more. We celebrated International Literacy Day by reading Grace in Space with Administrator Power and Astronaut Jessica Meir. This book is one of more than 6,000 books in 83 languages available through USAID's Global Digital Library. This week, we launched @USAIDGender on Twitter, dedicated to amplifying our critical work supporting women and girls around the world.

September 3, 2021

Administrator Power visited the Dulles Airport Expo Center to meet Afghans arriving with their families. She was joined by many USAID staff volunteering to welcome them to the U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris visited Vietnam last week. She announced $100 million in USAID Assistance to help fight COVID-19, bolster clean energy, and more. USAID is sending half a billion Pfizer vaccines worldwide in addition to the 120 million doses already donated by the U.S. This week, shipments arrived in Bangladesh, El Salvador, South Africa, Ukraine, and more. Administrator Power virtually toured Pfizer's vaccine facility, hearing from American workers in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They are producing half a billion Pfizer vaccines USAID is sharing with the world's poorest countries. The U.S. Government response in Haiti continues to provide critical food, water, and shelter to tens of thousands of people. Working with USAID, the U.S. military has also transported nearly 600,000 pounds of relief supplies to affected areas.

August 6, 2021

USAID continues to intensify the global COVID-19 response with vaccinations, testing, treatment, and training of health workers. Administrator Power visited Sudan to expand USAID's support for the country's democratic transition. During her trip, she announced funding for humanitarian aid and election-related assistance. In Ethiopia, Administrator Power called on leaders to stop the famine in Tigray. The U.S. is providing additional humanitarian aid to feed 5 million people for nearly two months. Administrator Power spoke to 700 Mandela Fellows at the Washington Fellowship Summit about their roles in helping Africa's success. USAID partners with the U.S. African Development Fund to support these leaders.

July 30, 2021

The White House released new strategies to address root causes of migration in Honduras, El Salvador, & Guatemala. USAID plays an integral role in this goal as we address the economic, governance, and security challenges. Administrator Power spoke at the UN Food Systems Pre-Summit. She stressed the importance of achieving Zero Hunger by 2030 and the U.S. contributions to that goal. In Somalia, food insecurity is worsening due to COVID-19 and recurring locust infestations. The U.S. is assisting with food, water, and health services, reaching more than 750,000 people. The U.S. continues to help fight COVID-19, delivering millions of vaccines globally, including to Madagascar, Paraguay, and Pakistan.