Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)

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USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA) provides life-saving humanitarian assistance—including food, water, shelter, emergency healthcare, sanitation and hygiene, and critical nutrition services— to the world’s most vulnerable and hardest-to-reach people.

BHA is the lead federal coordinator for international disaster assistance, harnessing the expertise and unique capacities of other U.S. government entities to effectively respond to natural disasters and complex crises around the world.

BHA takes a holistic look at humanitarian aid, providing assistance before, during and after a crisis—from readiness and response, to relief and recovery. This includes non-emergency programming that is foundational to linking humanitarian assistance to long-term development and the journey to self-reliance.

Our Legacy

In 2020, the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance was established to streamline USAID humanitarian responses, bringing together the vast expertise and resources of the former USAID Offices of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) and Food for Peace (FFP).

In Washington, D.C., the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance comprises seven offices.

  • Office of Africa
  • Office of Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean
  • Office of Middle East, North Africa, and Europe
  • Office of Global Policy, Programs, Partnerships, and Communications
  • Office of Technical and Program Quality
  • Office of Field and Response Operations
  • Office of Humanitarian Business and Management Operations


Sarah Charles
Assistant to the Administrator
Marcia Wong
Deputy Assistant to the Administrator
Matthew Nims
Deputy Assistant to the Administrator

Last updated: March 05, 2021

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