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September 1, 2015
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Thomas H. Staal is in Kuwait August 30-September 2. During his visit, he will meet with the United Nations and top donors to discuss the worsening humanitarian crises in Syria and Iraq.

USAID and NASA Launch Technology for Development Project in Lower Mekong
August 31, 2015

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) today launched “SERVIR-Mekong,” a project to promote the use of satellite imagery to help Asia’s Lower Mekong region better predict and cope with floods and other natural disasters and increase resilience to the negative effects of climate change.

August 28, 2015

The U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) U.S. Global Development Lab today announced $10 million for 45 new research projects that will address evidence gaps and advance technical capacity in critical areas of development. Spanning 23 USAID partner countries, the 45 new projects are funded through the Partnerships for Enhanced Engagement in Research (PEER) program, an initiative designed to foster collaborative global research. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine implements the program.

August 26, 2015

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment Susan Markham will travel to Japan August 26-September 1. Her visit will focus on USAID's development assistance to improve the lives of women and girls and solidify a shared commitment with the Government of Japan to gender equality and women's empowerment.

The Honourable Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi, joins Heads of Delegations from around the world at the inaugural se
August 26, 2015
USAID Sets New Goal to Reach Additional 38 Million Women With Increased Access to Care During Childbirth

The United States Agency for International Development today released a new report showing that its maternal and child survival efforts have resulted in nearly two-and-a-half million more children surviving and 200,000 maternal deaths averted since 2008 in USAID’s 24 priority countries. In addition, the USAID report details how to reach 38 million of the most vulnerable women around the world with increased access to health care during delivery by 2020.

August 25, 2015

The U.S. Government today announced an additional $6 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to UNICEF to provide education to children and youth affected by conflict. The additional contribution brings USAID's total grant to UNICEF for emergency education in South Sudan over two years to $23.5 million.

August 24, 2015
Media Advisory

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt will travel to India and Bangladesh August 24 to September 1. While in Mumbai, India, Lenhardt will launch the India premier of the new girl's education film 'Girl Rising: Woh Padhegi, Woh Udegi', and tour a Tata lab as part of the Agency's focus on innovation. In New Delhi, India, Lenhardt will join Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Third Global Call to Action Summit 2015, a confluence of health ministers, practitioners and global leaders meeting to share best practices and reaffirm their commitment for ending preventable child and maternal deaths.

August 21, 2015

Today, USAID Assistant Administrator for Asia Jonathan Stivers announced the launch of a new development effort in the Philippines - with property rights as a focal point - that aims to spark inclusive economic growth outside the national capital region and aid poverty alleviation efforts. The five-year mechanism will support up to $48 million in programming, subject to the availability of funds, with up to $10.6 million dedicated during the first year, and includes a focus on tackling insecure property rights - which have been recognized as a key constraint to inclusive economic growth in the Philippines, where one in five people live in extreme poverty.

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. 

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