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27 Jan 2016 description

How USAID is Preparing and Responding Globally

The current El Niño event is one of the strongest in recorded history. Droughts, floods, and other extreme weather exacerbated by El Niño are driving families from their homes, hurting people’s ability to earn an income, triggering food shortages, and threatening health and nutrition.

23 Apr 2013 description

Natural disasters can quickly wipe out a community’s homes, crops, livestock, and businesses. In the aftermath, affected populations often need money—accessed through savings or loans—to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. In many disaster-prone countries, however, getting cash is not as easy as walking into a neighborhood bank. Around the world, low-income households and small business owners frequently cannot access regular banks. Rather, they rely on various types of microfinance providers, from local savings-and-credit groups to credit unions and cooperatives.

22 Mar 2013 description

Yesterday at an event hosted by AEI and the Center for American Progress, USAID Administrator Raj Shah spoke about President Obama’s vision to end extreme poverty through innovation and partnership. His remarks mentioned an important corollary goal – the end of preventable child deaths. The first audience question commended the visionary Child Survival Call to Action held in Washington last year and asked about progress at country-level. Administrator Shah responded that the movement to end preventable child deaths is nothing short of extraordinary.

10 May 2012 description


In the last 20 years, the world has saved more than 50 million children’s lives and reduced maternal mortality by one-third. These accomplishments have been the result of good science, good management, bipartisan political support, the engagement of USAID and many other U.S. Government agencies, and the participation of faith-based organizations, civil society, and the private sector.

22 Mar 2012 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) commemorates World Water Day. USAID's mission is a water secure future, free from water borne disease, where food is available and affordable and populations are less vulnerable to the risks of a changing planet.

26 Sep 2006 description

Mr. Chairman, thank you for the opportunity to join you again, this time to share with you an overview of USAID's strategy to combat hunger among children of the world. Here at the table with me are the true experts in that field, but I am glad to represent the experts at U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) who partner with the experts in these great organizations around the world.

Across the world some 10.8 million children under five years of age die every year. Most of these deaths are preventable and almost all occur in poor countries.