After years of grappling with the effects of the 2010 earthquake, measurable progress in Haiti is beginning to take shape. Legal protection for Haiti’s vulnerable populations, key advancements in health services and investments in the agriculture sector amount to real improvements in the lives of Haitian citizens. And by taking steps to hold long-overdue elections, the Government of Haiti is making important strides toward meaningful change.
In Honduras, USAID programs strengthen the participation of marginalized groups in local and national governance; increase food security for the poorest sectors of society; support renewable energy and environmental conservation; expand basic education and skills training for at-risk youth and adults; and improve decentralized health care in terms of quality and access for local citizens and civil society.
Over the past two decades, India has grown to become the world’s largest democracy and one of the world’s leading economies, lifting millions out of poverty. Yet one-third of its population still lives on less than $1.25 per day. Projected to become the world’s most populous country by 2030, India faces tremendous energy, education, health, water and sanitation challenges. India is an important U.S. partner in maintaining regional stability, deepening trade ties and addressing development challenges in India and globally.
Indonesia has the largest economy in Southeast Asia and hosts some of the world’s most diverse natural resources spread across more than 17,000 islands. Yet, almost half the population lives on less than $2 per day. Indonesia’s growing economy, young democracy and strategic location in the region make it an important trade and security partner to the United States.
USAID, alongside other U.S. government agencies, works closely with Iraqi national, provincial, and local governments, international institutions, and a network of partners including non-governmental organizations, local community groups, and Iraqi citizens.
USAID has implemented activities designed to strengthen infrastructure, stabilize communities, foster economic and agricultural growth, and help the various levels of government better represent and respond to the needs of the Iraqi people.
Jamaica embarked on its first long-term strategic plan, Vision 2030 Jamaica, in 2009. This National Development Plan is a multi-sectoral approach to making Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, do business, and raise families (Vision 2030 Jamaica). While Jamaica enjoyed significant development progress in its social, economic, and political history, the country is challenged by a persistent fiscal deficit and heavy indebtedness. These challenges are exacerbated by the global economic crisis.
Jordan, a country of 6.5 million people, is a voice for moderation, peace and reform in the Middle East. Its central geographic position – bordered by Iraq, Syria, the West Bank, Israel and Saudi Arabia – brings it into constant contact with regional turbulence that affects its political climate and its economy. Calls for greater freedoms across the Arab world have increased domestic pressure on the Government of Jordan to speed the pace of promised reforms to improve economic conditions, strengthen democratic practices and governance, and reduce public corruption.
Kazakhstan has enjoyed steady growth over the past decade, largely fueled by the development of its oil and gas resources. In spite of this growth, Kazakhstan continues to face a number of development challenges that constrain progress. The United States partners with Kazakhstan to support the country’s emergence as a regional leader, contributing to peace and prosperity within the region and beyond.
July 2015, the rest of the world realized what Kenyans already knew—Kenya is on the move. U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to Kenya shone the spotlight on his signature initiatives, including Power and Trade Africa and the Young African Leaders Initiative, as well as presidential priorities, such as wildlife conservation, gender equality and civil society.
Laos’ growing importance on the world stage is a reflection of its 2013 accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO), its membership in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), its unique position on the Mekong River, the lifeblood of mainland Southeast Asia, and its shared borders with Burma, Cambodia, China, Thailand and Vietnam. As Laos enters international markets, the United States is helping to improve the country’s economic policies and increase its integration within the global economy.
A small nation of more than 4 million people, Lebanon’s strategic location, the diversity of its citizens, and its entrepreneurial spirit have long made it a center of trade and culture and a bridge between Europe and the Middle East. Since the end of the Civil War in 1990, Lebanon has been working hard, despite continued sectarian strife—and now the crisis in neighboring Syria—to rebuild its physical, social and economic infrastructure.
Lesotho suffers from high infant mortality rates and levels of malnutrition, in addition to having a high prevalence of tuberculosis and an HIV/AIDS prevalence of 23.4 percent (UNAIDS 2014). Decreased revenues from the Southern Africa Custom’s Union, due to the recent global economic downturn, have resulted in severe budget constraints for the government. One of the U.S. Government’s top priorities in Lesotho is strengthening democratic institutions.
The United States Government is committed to working with the Libyan people to build a democratic and prosperous future.
Last year, USAID's mission in Malawi completed a five year, $700m Country Development Cooperation Strategy that promotes integrated development with the goal of “Malawians’ quality of life improved” and three objectives: Social Development Improved, Sustainable Livelihoods Increased, Citizen Rights and Responsibilities Exercised. This new strategy furthers USAID’s commitment to development partnership with the government and people of Malawi based on true accountability and collaboration.
Maldives, an archipelago of 1,200 coral islands grouped in 26 atolls, is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to global climate change with its highest point only 8 feet above sea level. After 30 years of authoritarian rule, Maldives held its first democratic election and enacted its first constitution in 2008, though its democratic transition remains fragile. Located along major shipping routes in the Indian Ocean, a peaceful and resilient Maldives is critical to maritime security and regional stability.
Last updated: November 30, 2015