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Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 1:45am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) today signed two new credit guarantee facilities that will make up to $22 million available to finance factory upgrades and safety improvements in Bangladesh’s ready-made garment industry. This landmark partnership between USAID, Prime Bank Limited, and United Commercial Bank (UCB) will make affordable, long-term credit more available to small- and medium-sized suppliers in Bangladesh to make critical safety upgrades and structural improvements to better protect their workers and meet international standards.

The first agreement will guarantee up to $18 million in bank loans to ready-made garment factories that supply brands which are members of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety (the Alliance). This guarantee partnership with Prime Bank and UCB was also made possible through a financial commitment by the Alliance of one million five-hundred thousand dollars ($1.5 million) to support the guarantee.

Image of Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and USAID Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski
Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 7:15am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) presented the achievements and lessons learned from the most recent phase of its Food for Peace program at an event widely attended by prominent members of the Government of Bangladesh, as well as development partners and practitioners, international and local NGOs, implementing partners, media, and other stakeholders. The U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat, USAID Bangladesh Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski, and Bangladesh’s Minister of Local Government, Rural Development & Cooperatives Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain attended the event.

Image of Sesame Street Bangladesh muppets with Ambassador.
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 12:45am

U.S. Ambassador Marcia Bernicat and USAID Mission Director Janina Jaruzelski officially launched the new season of popular children’s television show, Sisimpur – the Bangladesh version of Sesame Street – during a live television broadcast on local station RTV. 

Image of family at Smiling Sun health clinic in Dhaka, Bangladesh
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 6:00am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) have joined together to make quality healthcare more widely available for poor families through the Smiling Sun network of health clinics. 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 1:15pm

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the building collapse at Rana Plaza in Dhaka, Bangladesh that claimed over 1,100 lives and injured thousands more – the worst industrial disaster in the history of the garment industry. Like the Triangle Shirtwaist disaster in the United States over one hundred years ago, Rana Plaza, and the Tazreen factory fire that preceded it in November 2012, have become potent symbols of the significant and unnecessary risks that many workers are still forced to take in order to earn a living and support their families. As we mourn the victims, we are again called to action so that tragedies like Rana Plaza and Tazreen never happen again.

Photo of local girls' dance troupe in Rangpur, Bangladesh performing at gender and development fair.
Thursday, April 10, 2014 - 5:45am

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur concluded a joint three-day event dedicated to promoting women’s rights. Held from April 8-10, the Gender and Development Fair provided a platform for local leaders, university students, and the people of Rangpur to commemorate the economic and social contributions of women in Bangladesh.  

Monday, November 18, 2013 - 10:45pm

In honor of World Pneumonia Day and World Toilet Day, USAID reflects on the progress Bangladesh has made in protecting its children from pneumonia and diarrhea

By Paul Sabatine
Acting Mission Director

Sunday, September 8, 2013 - 4:00am

U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena and Syed Mahbubur Rahman, Managing Director and CEO of BRAC Bank, announced a new partnership between BRAC Bank and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to extend new credit opportunities to small and medium agricultural enterprises in 20 districts of southern Bangladesh.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 - 11:45pm

U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena visited the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) today, where he congratulated the institution for its work to save lives, conduct postgraduate medical training, and promote critical biomedical research. Accompanied by Professor Dr. Pran Gopal Datta, Vice-Chancellor, the Ambassador toured the BSMMU Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Center for Neurodevelopment and Autism in Children, the Palliative Care Unit, and the University’s proposed expansion site.

Sunday, August 25, 2013 (All day)

U.S. Ambassador Dan Mozena launched a new three-year initiative to improve Bangladesh’s response to earthquakes and other natural disasters today at the Fire Service and Civil Defense (FSCD) authority training center. The “Strengthening Earthquake Resilience” program will train hospital medical and support staff in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet to treat a high volume of victims in the aftermath of a potential earthquake.


Last updated: September 29, 2015

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