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August 6, 2015

On January 26, 2015, USAID imposed a suspension on IRD and issued a press release asserting that USAID had made certain findings regarding IRD’s financial controls, management, and lack of present responsibility. On June 22, 2015 USAID lifted the suspension. On August 3, 2015, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued an Order requiring USAID to declare that USAID’s suspension of IRD is void ab initio (null and void from its commencement). USAID has nullified and vacated its suspension of IRD, and accordingly has retracted all findings on which it was based. Therefore, IRD should be considered as never having been suspended, and USAID retracts any statements asserting that the suspension of IRD was appropriate and validly imposed.

August 6, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced $600,000 in humanitarian assistance to support flood relief efforts in Burma. This funding will help provide safe drinking water, improved sanitation facilities, hygiene materials, emergency relief supplies, and other critical interventions to the people affected by the flooding caused by Cyclone Komen and monsoon rains.

August 6, 2015

Today, Secretary of State John Kerry announced the U.S. Agency for International Development's Oceans and Fisheries Partnership (USAID Oceans) project with an initial commitment of $4.3 million that will combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and seafood fraud in the Asia-Pacific region.

August 2, 2015
Press Statement from Secretary of State John Kerry

I applaud today’s successful conclusion of negotiations on an ambitious, inclusive Post-2015 Development Agenda. The goals and aspirations conveyed through these negotiations expand on the successes seen under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), established by the global community 15 years ago. Those successes include a dramatic drop in the share of the world’s people living in extreme poverty, an equally dramatic increase in the number of people with access to clean water, and long-sought parity among girls and boys in primary-school enrollment.

July 31, 2015

The United States Agency for International Development announced today a $65 million contribution through the UN World Food Program (WFP) to allow the organization to continue to reach an estimated 4 million Syrians inside the country and approximately 1.6 million refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt. This contribution will help keep WFP programs operating through November and avert an imminent shutdown.

July 31, 2015
USAID food will feed more than one million people

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the arrival of enough wheat to feed more than one million people for two months in Yemen this morning. The wheat shipment from USAID totals 35,800 tons and is valued at approximately $21 million. It will support the emergency food assistance efforts of the UN World Food Program (WFP).

July 28, 2015

President Obama today announced that Feed the Future, his signature global hunger and food security initiative, is delivering on his promise to reduce hunger and malnutrition through agricultural development. New data demonstrate that, thanks in part to Feed the Future and other U.S. Government efforts, stunting rates have declined in Ethiopia, Ghana, and parts of Kenya by between 9 and 33 percent in recent years, while areas in Uganda have seen a 16 percent drop in poverty.

July 23, 2015
Program Announces Partnership with the Korea International Cooperation Agency at Annual DevelopmentXChange

The Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development announced 17 new award nominees in its fifth global call for groundbreaking solutions to protect mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours. Between July 21- 22, 2015, the 53 finalists participated in the final stage of the competition at the annual DevelopmentXChange in Washington, D.C., which serves as a launching pad for innovators and new grantees to network, collaborate, learn and forge partnerships to help develop and scale the next transformational innovations in childbirth. The two-day DevelopmentXChange also included a pitch competition featuring 14 diverse innovations from the existing portfolio that are showing great promise for partnership and further investment.

July 21, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Eric Postel and Chief Strategy Officer Carla Koppell will deliver remarks at the "Women and Countering Violent Extremism: Strengthening Policy Responses and Ensuring Inclusivity" forum. The event is co-sponsored by USAID, the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Institute of Peace.

July 14, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt is on travel to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development July 13-16. While in Ethiopia Lenhardt will hold a series of bilateral meetings and participate in panel discussions on food security, access to electricity, and the role of science, technology, and innovation in development.

July 10, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt announced the U.S. Government's plans to provide an additional $266 million to help West African countries address critical gaps caused by the Ebola outbreak at the International Ebola Recovery Conference today at the UN Headquarters in New York City. The funds will help Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Guinea to address secondary impacts of the crisis.

July 2, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Associate Administrator Eric Postel will lead a U.S. delegation at the Oslo Summit on Education for Development, July 6-7, 2015 in Oslo, Norway. Postel will speak as part of a high-level panel on the subject of "Quality and Learning." During his visit, he will also meet with government officials, heads of state, other donors and global leaders in education. 

July 1, 2015

President Obama announced $2 million to expand the partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through Feed the Future and the Brazilian Cooperation Agency (ABC) to help Mozambique increase agricultural production, food security, and family nutrition. The investment will raise agricultural production through new science and technology and provide training for agricultural policy makers, technicians, and farmers.

June 30, 2015

Today, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan closed on its offering of a total $1.5 billion in sovereign bonds guaranteed by the United States of America. These guarantees are part of a broader U.S. commitment to support Jordanian stability, security, and economic growth. President Obama informed King Abdullah of the United States' intention to provide these guarantees during their December 5, 2014 meeting in Washington, D.C.

June 30, 2015

As USAID commemorates the conclusion of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month 2015, we celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court decision that the love two people commit to one another, whether the same or opposite gender, should be equally recognized under law and is a civil right. I join President Obama and my colleagues across the federal government in also celebrating LGBTI diversity and inclusion in our workforce, and in the work we do with the global LGBTI community.

June 29, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Associate Administrator Eric Postel will lead the U.S. delegation at the World Trade Organization's Fifth Global Review of Aid for Trade Aid Conference in Geneva, Switzerland. Postel will announce the formation of an international public-private trade alliance, designed to streamline border management in developing countries and drive economic growth.

June 26, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is extraordinarily pleased to earn an A+ on the federal government's small business scorecard. Only three agencies were granted the highest grade on the FY 2014 Federal Procurement Scorecard. USAID prioritizes collaboration with small businesses to increase innovation and provide new approaches to accomplishing development objectives.

June 16, 2015
Commitment includes up to $180 million for girls education—particularly adolescent girls— in conflict-affected areas of the DRC

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today an expanded partnership with the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development (DFID) to advance girls’ education around the world. As part of that commitment, USAID and DFID announced a new partnership of up to $180 million over five years in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) (£36M committed by DFID; up to $125M by USAID) that will enable girls who are not in school to access accelerated and alternative learning programs in conflict-affected areas (North and South Kivu and Katanga). This program will benefit more than 755,000 girls ages 10-18 over the next five years.

June 15, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt will travel to Atlanta, GA on Thursday June 18 and Friday June 19. He will be accompanied by Assistant Administrator for Global Health Ariel Pablos-Méndez.

June 9, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), World Bank Group (WBG), World Health Organization (WHO) and country partners commit to increasing the use of data in global health.  This enhanced approach will increase the use of data to identify health threats and direct resources to address them quickly and efficiently. 


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