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The world’s prosperous nations spend hundreds of billions of dollars each year in “foreign aid.” But foreign aid can mean many things.

Most U.S. assistance, for example, falls into these categories:
• Emergency response and other forms of humanitarian assistance.
• Global health, such as programs to prevent the spread of HIV­/AIDS and other diseases.
• Peace and security.
• Good governance, by funding accountability measures, judicial reform and support for human rights.

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USAID to send Humanitarian support to Venezuela

Post Date: February 14, 2019 | Category: Around the World

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RECOGNIZING THE REGIONAL HUMANITARIAN CRISIS: Former President Nicolas Maduro's systematic economic mismanagement, corruption, and violent oppression have caused severe shortages of food and medicine and needless human suffering, resulting in an exodus of millions of Venezuelans to neighboring countries.

    • The spiraling effects of this political and man-made economic crisis have dire humanitarian consequences.
    • In what was once the richest country in Latin America, hyperinflation is estimated to have reached 1.37 million percent in 2018, according to the International Monetary Fund. Approximately one month of food for a family costs more than 100 times the monthly minimum wage. As a result, many Venezuelans cannot eat every day.

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The U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) help bolster our national security, secure our borders, and advance our economic interests across the globe. The combined budget request of $37.6 billion for Fiscal Year 2018 reflects the President’s commitment to a leaner, more efficient government, and ensures that every tax dollar spent is aligned with the Administration’s foreign policy objectives.

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How to get a job with USAID

Post Date: October 10, 2016 | Category: Around the World, General Information

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This online training series is designed to answer some of the most frequently raised questions and concerns from organizations interested in partnering with USAID. Here you will find open and transparent guidance straight from USAID staff.

Whether you’re a non-governmental organization or small business just starting out, a large university looking to expand your outreach, or somewhere in between, we value your interest in USAID and want to make it easier to work with us.

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to the central Caribbean as Hurricane Matthew brings life-threatening rains, winds and storm surges throughout the region. USAID has pre-positioned relief supplies and is preparing to ship in additional needed supplies. USAID is also providing $400,000 in initial assistance for humanitarian partners to rapidly provide critical relief to those impacted by the storm.

The DART, an elite team of disaster experts, will coordinate with governments of the affected countries and humanitarian organizations on the ground to bring vital humanitarian assistance and logistics support to those in need in the aftermath of the major hurricane.

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Overseas Contingency Operations Funding

Post Date: September 13, 2016 | Category: Around the World

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The Department of Defense (DOD) estimates that Congress has appropriated $1.6 trillion for war related operational costs of the DOD since the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

When combined with an estimated $123.2 billion in related State Department and Foreign Operations appropriations, the DOD, Department of State (DOS), and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) have received an estimated $1.7 trillion for activities and operations in support of U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks.

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According to USAID — The United States announced nearly $139 million in humanitarian assistance in response to the Yemen crisis.

The contribution will help meet the urgent humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable people in the Middle East's poorest and most food insecure country. Since the beginning of the current conflict in March 2015, approximately 2.7 million Yemenis have been displaced and over 20 million Yemenis are in need of humanitarian protection and assistance. The USAID-funded Famine Early Warning Systems Network (FEWS NET) estimates that at least 6 million people in Yemen are currently in need of life-saving food assistance.   

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According to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), it is providing nearly $68 million for emergency food assistance, to reach approximately 2.5 million Sudanese as well as refugees from South Sudan and other neighboring states. This assistance will be delivered through the World Food Program, which will help address the complex emergency arising from conflict, natural disasters and widespread displacement in Sudan, including those severely affected by the impacts of El Niño. This contribution brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for Sudan to nearly $351 million since FY 2015.

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According to the The U.S. Agency for International Development's Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) — announced $23 million in funding to U.S. organizations and their overseas partners to support construction projects and to purchase equipment for 15 hospitals and clinics, 6 secondary schools, 16 universities, and 1 library.

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"We received a record number of outstanding applications this year as we continue to grow and strengthen public-private partnerships around the world," said Director Katherine Crawford. "It is a remarkable honor to play a role in overseas institutions which advance education and health in their countries and around the world."

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According to U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) — Tetra Tech, Inc. was awarded the Company a five-year, $46 million single-award task order under Tetra Tech’s existing Rule of Law contract to support continued improvement of government and social systems in Jordan.
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“As we continue to grow our international development efforts, Tetra Tech is pleased to support USAID in Jordan in promoting reforms that improve quality of life and increase civic participation in government,” said Dan Batrack, Tetra Tech’s Chairman and CEO. “These initial steps are essential to building better infrastructure, improving access to energy resources, and locating and safeguarding high-quality water resources in developing countries.”

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USAID — The Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), Assadullah Zamir and the Mission Director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Herbie Smith, agreed today to continue collaboration supporting activities that will help improve food economic security for rural Afghans.
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“This program strengthens farmers’ knowledge and skills on improved wheat, high value crop, and livestock production techniques,” said USAID Mission Director Herbie Smith. “These activities enable farmers to better market their products and generate more income for their families.”

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According to the 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.

As case numbers continue to drop, and as response efforts continue, the U.S. has also begun to focus on helping countries in West Africa with critical recovery efforts, including improving food security, health systems and non-Ebola health services, governance and economic crisis mitigation, and innovation and communication technology.

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Today, SIGAR published an inquiry into the Tarakhil Power Plant outside of Kabul. The letter inquires as to the power plant’s ability to supply Kabul with back-up power, given the $335 million investment made by USAID, and reports of electrical shortages in Kabul following avalanches in northern Afghanistan in February 2015.

The letter notes:

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WASHINGTON — U.S. military aircraft landed in Kathmandu, Nepal, yesterday to assist in recovery efforts following a magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck there April 25, Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters today.

Five U.S. Marine Corps aircraft -- a UH-1Y Huey helicopter and four MV-22 Ospreys, began arriving in Nepal yesterday morning, he said. “These aircraft will help emergency responders access [Nepal’s] remote areas, which are home to the earthquake’s poorest and most vulnerable [people],” Warren said.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American people have a proud and generous history of providing help during times of crisis. USAID remains committed to helping the people of Nepal and the region during this difficult time.

Our thoughts are with the people of Nepal, India, and Bangladesh in the aftermath of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that struck central Nepal today, affecting more than 6.6 million people and causing widespread damage and destruction.

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USAID — Engility Holdings will provide technical assistance services to the U.S. Agency for International Development for the Feed the Future program in Senegal under a four-year, $24 million contract.
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“Under this contract, we will continue to support the important work that is being done to help the farmers and agricultural programs in [Senegal],” said Tony Smeraglinolo, Engility CEO and an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 list for 2015.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House announced that the U.S. Government will make up to $800 million available to support a New Development Partnership with Afghanistan. The initiative will help Afghanistan achieve self-reliance and reinforce our commitment to results and accountability by linking funds to specific reforms in combating corruption, promoting rule of law, strengthening women’s rights, and enhancing private sector growth.
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"Building on the gains of the past 14 yrs., the New Development Partnership will harness a new approach to development--one that embraces the power of local solutions to deliver real, measurable results across Afghanistan," said USAID Acting Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt. "By holding Afghan institutions accountable for achieving results, we will continue to advance equality, unlock opportunity, and strengthen security."

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This year, our budget request for the Department of State and United States Agency for USAID totals $50.3 billion.

The funds we are requesting include a base request of $43.2 billion, which go directly toward strengthing our programs and platforms around the world to address ongoing and emerging national security priorities. It will protect our diplomatic personnel, facilities, and information. It will support the security partnerships and expand the global engagement and exchanges that serve U.S. interests across the globe.

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This past fall, the Ebola epidemic had spread through Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone—countries with fragile health and economic systems, weakened by recent episodes of civil war or political instability. Thousands of families across West Africa were at risk of infection. Recognizing the urgent need to act, President Obama directed USAID to lead an international coalition to tackle Ebola with a strategy driven by evidence, innovation, and data.

Within weeks, we mounted the largest U.S. response to a global health crisis in history. Thousands of U.S. Government personnel started working across the region, including the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team that President Obama called the “strategic and operational backbone of America’s response.” At the same time, we helped our partners recruit, train, and equip hundreds of frontline healthcare workers.

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USAID has spent roughly $17 billion on reconstruction projects across Afghanistan since the U.S. invaded in 2001 to oust the Taliban regime. USAID’s success has been mixed. There have been undeniable gains in areas such as women’s rights, education, and healthcare.

Officials with USAID point to the 2014 Afghan presidential election as a step in the right direction, though it was bitterly contested over massive voter fraud. It was only settled with U.S. intervention that helped broker a power-sharing arrangement between President Ashraf Ghani and his election rival, Abdullah Abdullah, who was named to the newly created post of chief executive officer.

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The U.S. Agency for International Development announced Monday that it has suspended one of its largest nonprofit contractors from federal work after investigators found “serious misconduct” in the nonprofit’s performance and management of taxpayer money.

For years, International Relief and Development, headquartered in Arlington, Va., served as one of USAID’s key contractors, undertaking ambitious humanitarian projects in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

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According to U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) — The U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) announced today 34 new grants to U.S. organizations to support construction projects and the purchase of equipment for overseas institutions.

The projects, spanning 24 countries, are funded through a competitive annual grant and directly support schools, libraries and medical centers outside the United States that share universal values, such as empowering women and inclusive societies, as well as promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, while advancing best practices in healthcare and education.

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A former employee of a U.S. contractor was indicted today in the Eastern District of Texas for allegedly soliciting and accepting bribes in exchange for his influence in awarding U.S. government-funded contracts in Afghanistan, announced Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney John Malcolm Bales of the Eastern District of Texas.

George E. Green, 57, of Carrollton, Texas, was charged with conspiracy to structure financial transactions to avoid currency transaction reporting requirements, wire fraud and receipt of bribes in connection with a program receiving federal funds.

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MONROVIA, LIBERIA—The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) airlifted more than 135 tons of medical equipment and supplies to Liberia as part of the Agency’s efforts to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The cargo contained 107,000 sets of personal protective equipment (PPE)—face masks, medical gloves, protective goggles, boots, and aprons—to be distributed to healthcare workers providing care to Ebola patients.

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After numerous scandals involving its attempts to undermine governments, especially in Latin America, the self-declared “aid” organization is set to roll back its involvement in certain programs, but such roles look set to be continued by other State Department agencies.

Self-proclaimed “pro-democracy” organization, the U.S. Agency for International Development, claims it will no longer undertake covert operations in hostile countries, according to a statement by the body.

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