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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 traveled to Zambia & Malawi to see the impact Russia’s war on Ukraine is having on food security in the region. During her trip, she also underscored U.S. government support for democratic advancement in both countries. During the G7 Leaders’ Summit in Germany, President Biden pledged an additional $2.76 billion to fight the escalating global food security crisis. With this funding, USAID will provide direct food aid and combat high food, fuel, and fertilizer prices driven by Putin’s War. USAID announced nearly $55 million in humanitarian assistance to help survivors of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan. The funding will help those affected meet critical needs, providing shelter, water, sanitation & hygiene supplies, and other relief items. USAID provided an additional $1.3 billion to help the Government of Ukraine continue operations and respond to critical needs. The funding will keep gas and electricity flowing to hospitals and schools and deliver essential services like healthcare, utilities, and education.


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Previous Weekly Wrap Ups:

Last updated: July 01, 2022

June 17, 2021

In her first trip at USAID, Administrator Power traveled to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala to advance USAID’s efforts on governance, economics and security. In Honduras, she visited USAID sites that provide humanitarian support and promote economic growth and good governance. In El Salvador, Administrator Power met with youth who have gained significant economic opportunities due to USAID’s education and job-training programs. In Guatemala, Administrator Power launched the $39 million entrepreneurship and Development Innovation Initiative, an alliance with private sector partners to help young people have economic opportunities. To help address urgent needs caused by COVID-19, USAID announced $91 million for food, water and healthcare across Africa.

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. 

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