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19 Dec 2018 description

Stockpiles of excess, poorly-secured, or otherwise at-risk conventional weapons continue to pose a challenge to peace and prosperity worldwide. In the wrong hands, SA/LW fuel political instability and violence, while more advanced conventional weapons, such as MANPADS, pose a serious threat to international security. Aging munitions stockpiles may also explode without warning, devastating nearby population centers. Meanwhile, landmines and ERW, including cluster munition remnants, artillery shells, and mortars, continue to kill and maim people even after conflicts end.

26 Jul 2018 description

Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security Project / Caitlin Nordehn

This post was produced as a collaborative effort of the Feed the Future Enabling Environment for Food Security project and Cultural Practice, LLC.

29 Sep 2016 description

Highlights of GAO-16-819, a report to the Chairman, Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate

Why GAO Did This Study?

02 Mar 2015 description

Sri Lanka -- Lieutenant Dave Chesson from the U.S. Embassy delivered donated equipment today to assist with demining efforts in the former war-affected areas of Sri Lanka. This particular shipment is valued at nearly 300 million Sri Lankan rupees and just a part of continuing U.S. assistance with demining efforts across the country since 2009. Major General Lasantha Wickramasuriya, Chief Field Engineer, and Brigadier Jagath Gunawardane, Commander Engineer Brigade, received the donated equipment from the U.S. Embassy.

09 Dec 2014 description

New Report Showcases U.S. Global Leadership in Landmine Clearance and Conventional Weapons Destruction

03 Nov 2014 description

To meet the urgent needs of victims of the recent landslides in Koslanda, the United States Government has provided 6.5 million Sri Lankan Rupees ($50,000) for emergency humanitarian assistance. The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working closely with Sri Lanka’s National Disaster Relief Services Center and international aid partners to coordinate the donation of most urgently-needed items.

07 May 2012 description

On May 3, 2012, in College, Conference, Outreach, by admin

How can the countries of South Asia better cooperate in the planning and response to natural disasters? This was the topic of a workshop held April 22-28 in Cambridge, Mass. The Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (APCSS), in collaboration with the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) and the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) of Government hosted the weeklong workshop on ‘U.S.-South Asia Leader Engagement Program’ at Harvard University.

31 Dec 2010 description

U.S. Ambassador Patricia A. Butenis announced a new donation from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) of $5.5 million (Rs. 610.5 million) of food aid to support the return of people displaced by the conflict in the North during a ceremony with Hon. Basil Rajapaksa, Minister of Economic Development and Special Advisor to the President.

17 Aug 2010 description

by Master Sgt. Mike Hammond

Pacific Angel 10-4 Public Affairs

8/17/2010 - PUDDALAM TOWNSHIP, Sri Lanka -- A team of more than 20 U.S., Sri Lankan, and Mongolian civil engineers started repairing a dilapidated school here Aug. 16, as part of Operation Pacific Angel-Sri Lanka.

The engineers dug trenches, laid water lines to the outdoor restroom facilities, and built classrooms at the Semandaluma Kanishta Vidyalaya school. As the mission continues, the team will also paint the buildings, repair and upgrade a shower facility, and install water faucets -- among other tasks.

02 Aug 2010 description

13th Air Force Public Affairs

8/2/2010 - JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR HICKAM, Hawaii -- Representatives from the United States Pacific Command will join Sri Lankan partners to provide humanitarian and civic assistance to civilians in central and western Sri Lanka as part of Operation Pacific Angel 2010 scheduled August 14 through 22.

Operation Pacific Angel is a joint and combined humanitarian assistance operation conducted in the Pacific area of responsibility to support U.S.

07 Dec 2009 description


28 Sep 2009 description

Colombo - September 28, 2009 - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the development agency of the U.S. Government, sponsored two training programs to strengthen the ability of local officials to deliver services to Eastern Province residents.

09 Sep 2009 description

Release no. 20090909

Colombo, September 9, 2009: The United States Pacific Command is providing training and equipment to the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) to assist its demining efforts. This training will build additional SLA capacity to clear mines in the Northern Province and expedite the safe return of displaced people to their homes and livelihoods. The training is being conducted at the Sri Lanka School of Military Engineering (SLSME) at Embilipitiya. The U.S.

19 Aug 2009 description

Release no. 20090819A

Colombo, August 19, 2009: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), is providing $2 million for short-term assistance to benefit 200,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs). This brings USAID's contribution of non-food aid assistance this year to a total of $8 million.

Rebecca Cohn, USAID Mission Director said, "USAID is supporting the work of NGOs to ensure that the needs of displaced Sri Lankans are met.

19 Aug 2009 description

Release no. 20090819

Colombo, August 19, 2009: The U.S. Government is contributing an additional $6 million for demining activities in Sri Lanka's Northern Province to help people displaced by the conflict return to their homes as quickly as possible.

This funding, through the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political and Military Affairs Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (State/PMWRA), was granted to four nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) currently working on demining activities in Sri Lanka.

19 Aug 2009 description

By Stephen Kaufman, Staff Writer

Washington - U.S.

10 Aug 2009 description

Release no. 20090810

Colombo - August 10, 2009: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced a new donation of $15 million (Rs. 1.724 billion) of food aid to support the early return of people displaced by the conflict in the North. Consisting of wheat, lentils and vegetable oil, USAID's second shipment of vital food aid this year will be consigned to the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) and will fulfill the essential food needs of 300,000 people for four months.

With this latest donation, USAID, the development agency of the U.S.

31 Jul 2009 description

Colombo, July 31, 2009: 26 containers of medical equipment and supplies donated by the United States Pacific Command and valued at $1.6 million have cleared customs and were received yesterday by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health. According to the Memorandum of Understanding signed on July 10, 2009, by the two countries, the goods will be quickly transferred to hospitals in the Northern provinces to aid those still awaiting return to their homes. Maj. Jose Orozco, Chief of the Office for Defense Cooperation at the US Embassy, Sgt. Peter Lettieri of the Defense Attache's Office, and Dr.

12 May 2009 description

Colombo, May 12, 2009: The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), has donated $6 million (Rs 720.5 million) for non-food aid assistance to provide short-term, life-saving interventions for IDPs in northern Sri Lanka.

This is in addition to USAID's recent announcement of a $15 million (Rs 1.8 billion) donation of food aid to the U.N.