U.S. Launches “Beyond the Grid” Energy Effort for Africa

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Building on the Beyond the Grid framework, the U.S. African Development Foundation has teamed up with General Electric Africa and USAID to launch the Power Africa Off-Grid Energy Challenge

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U.S. Increases Support to Conserve Forests, Ease Climate Change

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USAID announced its support for the Althelia Climate Fund to lend up to $133.8 million in commercial financing for forest conservation and sustainable land use.

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U.S. Moves Critical Relief Supplies to Central African Republic

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USAID began airlifting lifesaving relief supplies to the Central African Republic (CAR), where ongoing violence has left an estimated 2.5 million people — more than half the country’s population — in need of urgent humanitarian assistance.

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Ukraine Issues $1 Billion Bond with U.S. Guarantee

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The National Bank of Ukraine, acting on behalf of the government of Ukraine, closed on its offering of a $1 billion sovereign bond, guaranteed by the United States, acting through USAID.

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USAID Programs Seek to Reunite, Support South Sudanese Families

Violence and insecurity in South Sudan have forced more than 1 million people from their homes since mid-December.

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U.S. Increases Support for Media, Press Freedom in Ukraine

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The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is providing an additional $1.25 million to the U-MEDIA program in Ukraine.

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Science, Technology Are New Anti-Poverty Tools

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah annonces the launch of a new anti-poverty campaign (AP Images)

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and more than 30 other partners from business and development organizations are announcing a new anti-poverty effort, one that advances a science and technology–based approach to development.

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USAID and SIECA Hold Central American Workshop on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (Tegucigalpa)

The workshop was divided in two sub-regional meetings; the first one was held in San José, Costa Rica and the second will take place in Tegucigalpa, Honduras,

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USAID and SIECA Develop Central American Workshop on WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (San Salvador)

The workshop explores challenges faced by Central American countries with respect to implementing the draft Agreement on Trade Facilitation approved by World Trade Organization (WTO) members in December 2013.

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PEPFAR Countries, U.S. Working Toward AIDS-Free Generation

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Our agencies opened a new collaborative chapter by signing a memorandum of agreement to advance the sustainability of PEPFAR programs. This agreement launches a three-year partnership between the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the State Department’s Office of the Global AIDS Coordinator, which manages PEPFAR, that will tap into what we each do best.

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