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Aid and Development

Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy, and the Environment Catherine Novelli presents the Secretary of State's 2014 Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) to Former Vice President of Operations for Wagner Asia Equipment, LLC Bob Barrows, at t

Audio 2014 Ace Awards

U.S. honors U.S.-owned businesses that undertake responsible activities to improve lives and advance the needs of local communities around the world. More

Somali refugees organize their collected ration of food during a distribution exercise outside a United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) centre in Dagahale, one of the several refugee settlements in Dadaab, Garissa County, northeastern Kenya, October 8, 2013.

Audio Food Aid Cuts Threaten African Refugees

We welcome the important contributions the United Kingdom and Denmark announced recently for Kenya and urge other countries and entities to make further donations. More

Indian school children participate in a rally to mark World Toilet Day in Hyderabad, India, Nov.19, 2014.

Audio Improving Urban Water and Sanitation Services

USAID announces up to $20 million to support water and sanitation efforts in India. More

FILE - A group of young migrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border.

Audio A Refugee-Parole Program for Some Central American Children

In an effort to discourage these children from undertaking this very dangerous journey, some children in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras may be granted legal refugee status in the United States. More

FILE - Activists hold placards during a protest against the killing of Aung Kyaw Naing, a freelance journalist, outside the city hall in Yangon, Myanmar.

Audio End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

"On this day and every day we affirm that ending impunity is both a moral imperative and a practical necessity in creating free, open, and stable societies around the world." More

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Audio Lew Meets with Egypt's Financial Minister

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew recently met with Egypt’s Finance Minister Hany Dimian in Cairo, Egypt; and discussed the steps Egypt has taken in advancing its economic reforms.

Audio Bleak Times for Syrian Refugees

Winter is on Syria’s doorstep. For millions of the country’s civilians, this means that an already difficult existence will become much, much worse.

Audio Investing in Mothers and Newborns

One of the prime goals of the Global Health Initiative, President Barack Obama’s signature program, is to improve the quality of the lives of women and girls.

Audio Confronting Ebola a Top U.S. Priority

The U.S. is actively engaged in fighting the Ebola outbreak. It has deployed more than 750 U.S. government personnel to West Africa, making this the largest-ever U.S. response to a global health crisis.

Audio International Effort Needed to Fight Ebola

The United States calls on the international community to join us in this fight.

Audio Sustainable Energy And Expanding The Grid

The United States is collaborating on two major programs to increase sustainable energy production in sub-Saharan Africa, and to deliver power to those who presently have no access to electricity.

Audio U.S. Welcomes Techwomen 2014 Participants

Seventy-eight women from around the Middle East and Africa arrived in California’s Silicon Valley recently, where they will spend the next month working side-by-side with their American counterparts in the science, technology, engineering, and math fields.

Audio U.S. Priorities at the 69th General Assembly

Many pressing global issues are being discussed, in what Acting Assistant Secretary of State for International Organizations Dean Pittman said is a “challenging time for the United States and its partners.”

Audio U.S. Priorities For The 69th U.N. General Assembly

World leaders meet this week in the 69th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

Audio More Aid for Syria's Underfunded Crisis

The United States will provide nearly $500 million in additional aid for Syria, bringing U.S. humanitarian assistance to more than $2.9 billion.

Audio U.S. Boosts Engagement in the C.A.R.

Amid almost two years of political turmoil and inter-communal fighting, the United States has stood with the people of the Central African Republic.

Audio Helping Vulnerable Children, Improving Africa's Future

Given that half of sub-Saharan Africa’s population is under the age of 18, it is not surprising that the continent’s population is expected to exceed four billion by the year 2100.

Audio More Humanitarian Aid for Iraqis

The provision of aid to displaced Iraqi civilians is a major pillar in a comprehensive strategy to fight the terrorist organization ISIL, said U.S. President Barack Obama.

Audio A Campaign to Eradicate ISIL

President Barack Obama has laid out his strategy to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the terrorist group ISIL.

Audio U.S. Assistance to Burma

Increased U.S. assistance to Burma reflects the U.S. Government’s support for Burma’s political and economic transition.

Audio NGOs Look Beyond Millennium Development Goals

Representatives from 117 countries meet at 65th NGO Conference, to discuss post-2015, post-MDG development agenda.

Audio Food Assistance For Displaced In Pakistan

The United States contributed an additional $6 million to help the government of Pakistan meet the food and nutritional needs of the internally displaced people from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas on August 20.

Audio U.S. Promoting Criminal Justice in Somalia

The United States has agreed to provide more support for Somali government programs aimed at reforming and developing the country’s security sector.

Audio Global Resilience Partnership Will Fight Hunger

USAID, is partnering with the Rockefeller Foundation to form the Global Resilience Partnership, a public-private initiative to build local resilience to chronic shocks and stresses.

Audio More Humanitarian Aid for Syria

To help get life-saving assistance to the civilians who are victims of such barbarity, the United States is providing nearly $378 million in additional aid for those affected.