USAID plays a vital role in President Obama's national security strategy to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda and to prevent its capacity to threaten the United States. USAID programs in agriculture, democracy and governance, economic growth, education, energy, health, and infrastructure provide Afghans and Pakistanis with the tools, technical support, capacity building and institutions for stability, economic development and security in the region. USAID assistance to Afghanistan and Pakistan, the two largest country programs, was approximately $3 billion in 2011.
In Washington, USAID's Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA) provides technical support, analysis and resource management in effectively and efficiently implementing these programs.
The Assistant to the Administrator Division (OAPA/AA) directs, sets policy and supervises all activities of the office and its overseas operations and represents the agency in interagency discussions on Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The Program Office (OAPA/PO) provides leadership for bureau strategy, communications, and policy and oversees development, as well as program monitoring and funding operations overseas. It comprises three teams: communications; program analysis and budget; and monitoring and evaluation.
Technical Services Division (OAPA/TS) provides intellectual, technical and strategic leadership to the office on sectoral policies, priorities and budgets through analyses, strategy development, program design, technical assistance, advocacy and information dissemination. It provides technical expertise in health; education; gender; democracy and governance; economic growth; and agriculture.
The Afghanistan Desk (OAPA/AF) supports the Afghanistan program.
The Pakistan Desk (OAPA/PAK) supports the Pakistan program.
The Administrative Management Staff (OAPA/AMS) oversees management activities such as personnel assignment, organization management and administrative support.