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Aid and Development

FILE - A young boy is is helped down from the top of a freight car, as Central Americans board a northbound freight train in Ixtepec, Mexico.

Audio In Northern Triangle, Reducing Crime is the First Step

While conditions in Central America remain challenging, the region could be close to transformative change. More

This file photo shows a Red Crescent ambulance destroyed by what activists say was a barrel bomb in Syria.  Fifty Red Crescent volunteers have now lost their lives since the beginning of the conflict in Syria.

Audio Relief Workers Killed in Syria, Yemen, Mali

In recent weeks there have been numerous deadly attacks against Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aid workers in Syria, Yemen, and Mali. More

FILE - Vendors sell vegetables at a city market in Bishkek city market in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

Audio Future Course of Central Asia

From the beginning, the United States has sought to assist Central Asia’s development, promoting the ideals of democracy and free markets. More

FILE - Current President Jose Mario Vaz shows his inked finger after voting in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, April 13, 2014.

Audio Turning the Page in Guinea-Bissau

It is a hopeful sign that international donors encouraged by recent political stability pledged more than one billion euros to support a 10-year development program. More

Residents line up to receive humanitarian aid at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, in Damascus, Syria, March 11, 2015.

Audio End the Suffering of Yarmouk

The United States calls on all parties to lift their siege of Yarmouk and allow for the safe evacuation of civilians in compliance with international law. More

More Aid and Development Editorials

Audio Let Girls Learn!

For countries trying to improve their economies and pull their people out of poverty, there is no better investment than educating their youth, particularly girls.

Audio Helping the Syrian People Survive

At an international donors’ conference hosted by Kuwait, the United States pledged nearly $508 million in additional humanitarian aid to help alleviate the suffering of the Syrian people.

Audio Partnership Promoting Prosperity in Africa

Public-private partnership mobilizes the knowledge, expertise and resources of leading public and private institutions to encourage and enhance technology and innovation.

Audio Prosperous Egypt Good for Regional Stability

In an effort to make Egypt more attractive to investors, President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi launched significant reforms to kick-start the economy and improve the business climate.

Audio US Aid Helps Bring Solar Power to Rwanda

Our nation’s campaign to double the number of people in Sub-Saharan Africa with access to electrical power is starting to make real progress.

Audio Creating Lasting Impact in North Korea

The U.S. believes direct people-to-people contact, which occurs through the provision of humanitarian aid, can have a positive long term impact on advancing change in the country.

Audio Support of Jordan Is Key to Mideast Stability

Jordan is a stable, moderate presence in a turbulent part of the world, and remains a critical partner for the United States on a range of issues.

Audio Creating Lasting Impact in North Korea

The U.S. seeks to alleviate the humanitarian problems in North Korea and to end the egregious human rights violations occurring in the country.

Audio On Helping Refugees

Last year, the United States provided more than $6 billion in humanitarian assistance around the world, more than any other single donor.

Audio Helping Ethiopia Fight Child Labor

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded $10 million toward a cooperative agreement with an NGO to implement a project addressing exploitative labor among youth in Ethiopia.

Audio Five Years After Haiti Earthquake

January 12th marks the fifth anniversary of a catastrophic earthquake in Haiti that the United Nations characterized as “the largest urban disaster in modern history.”

Audio Helping Promote Growth in Mongolia

Mongolia has been selected as eligible to develop a second Millennium Challenge Corporation compact to promote the nation’s economic growth and reduce poverty.

Audio Supporting Education in Ghana

The U.S. Agency for International Development has awarded its flagship education project in Ghana, Partnership for Education: Learning, to FHI 360, an international human development NGO.

Audio U.S. Will Accept More Syrian Refugees

The United Nations Refugee Agency calls the crisis in Syria “the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era”.

Audio Indian Ocean Tsunami 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago today, a tremendous earthquake centered just off the coast of Indonesia’s Sumatra coastline, created an enormous tsunami that spread across the Indian ocean and deluged the coastal communities there.

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.

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.

Audio Improving Urban Water and Sanitation Services

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

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.

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."