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Aid and Development

FILE - A South Korean farmer looks at packs of rice for North Korea being loaded onto a ship at Incheon port in Incheon, South Korea.

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. More

President Barack Obama, right, meets with  King Abdullah II of Jordan in the Oval Office of the White House, on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015.

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. More

FILE - North Korean women queue up to receive corn at a public distribution center. (World Food Program)

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. More

FILE - Syrian refugee children sit at a makeshift settlement in Qab Elias in the Bekaa Valley, Dec. 8, 2014.

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. More

A girl holding sugarcane at a well in Endaselassie. Ethiopia. (Photo: Water.org)

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. More


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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Audio Improving Urban Water and Sanitation Services

USAID announces up to $20 million to support water and sanitation efforts in India.
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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.
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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."
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Audio International Effort Needed to Fight Ebola

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