U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome
Media Availability with Nancy Lindborg, USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), on the Humanitarian Situations in the Sahel and Syria
Nancy Lindborg, Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) will be in Rome to attend the Sahel, One Year On - High Level Meeting of Humanitarian Community and Donors hosted by the World Food Program at their headquarters in Rome on Wednesday, February 20th.
Ms. Lindborg will be available to meet with press in Rome on Wednesday and Thursday February 20-21 to discuss the U.S. Government humanitarian and ongoing resilience-building efforts in the wake of the food crisis and conflict in the Sahel region that affected over 18 million people at its peak in 2012.
She is also available to speak about her recent visit to Syrian refugee camps in Turkey, Jordan and Kuwait and the U.S. response to the humanitarian crisis in Syria.
As part of ongoing efforts to help the Syrian people during this devastating crisis, the United States has prioritized the provision of urgent medical help, food, blankets, warm clothes, and protection to help more than 2 million people inside Syria and the growing number of refugees living in neighboring countries.
A recent UN recent pledging conference in Kuwait raised more than $1.6 billion in humanitarian assistance for the people of Syria. President Obama announced an additional $155 million in humanitarian assistance on behalf of the United States, bringing the total U.S. commitment to $365 million.
For more information about the situation in Syria, please see Ms. Lindborg’s blog for the Huffington Post here or visit www.usaid.gov/crisis/syria.
For more information on the Sahel High Level Meeting at WFP, please see their press release.
Ms. Lindborg’s bio is included below.
Media interested in interviewing Assistant Administrator Lindborg are asked to please contact:
Sharon Ketchum Public Affairs Officer U.S. Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome Tel: +39-06-4674-3521, Cell: +39-335-549-1567 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nancy Lindborg is the USAID Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and leads the efforts of more than 500 team members in nine offices focused on crisis prevention, response, recovery and transition.
Since being sworn into office in October 2010, Ms. Lindborg has led DCHA teams in response to the Arab Spring uprising and numerous other global crises. She led the USAID Horn Drought Response and continues to spearhead USAID efforts to advance resilience as a means of helping communities out of chronic disaster.
Lindborg has spent most of her career finding solutions to long-standing issues involving transition, democracy and civil society, conflict and humanitarian response. Prior to joining USAID, she was president of Mercy Corps, where she spent 14 years developing it into a globally respected organization known for its innovative programs in challenging environments.