U.S. rushes humanitarian aid to Ukraine

By Leigh Hartman The U.S. government has provided more than  $688 million in humanitarian assistance  to help the people of Ukraine since Russia’s full-scale invasion began on February 24. The aid comes as Russia’s war of aggression has displaced 7.7 million people within  Ukraine  and forced more than  6 million  to flee to neighboring countries. This humanitarian assistance — through the U.S. Agency for International ...
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U.S. supports countries amid Putin’s food crisis

By Leigh Hartman Russia’s war in Ukraine has resulted in more than 5.7 million refugees fleeing Ukraine into neighboring countries while an estimated 7.7 million people are internally displaced in the country, according to the U.N. A major consequence of this war is that, while Russian President Vladimir Putin destroys farms in Ukraine, people around the world ...
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Vice President Harris calls U.S. commitment to NATO ‘ironclad’

Vice President Harris reiterated America’s steadfast commitment to the NATO alliance in the face of Russia’s unjustified and brutal  war against Ukraine . In a March 9–11 trip to Poland and Romania, the vice president also announced an additional nearly  $53 million in new U.S. humanitarian assistance to help the millions fleeing from Russia’s bombing of schools, hospitals and homes throughout Ukraine. “You are not ...
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U.S. increases emergency aid to Ukraine

In recent days, the Russian military has bombed schools, hospitals, homes and even a Holocaust memorial in Ukraine, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee their communities for safer regions. To help Ukrainians affected by Russia’s further invasion, the United States will provide nearly  $54 million in additional humanitarian assistance . The additional humanitarian assistance, through the U.S. Department of State and  the U.S. Agency for International Development , will ...
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U.S. COVID-19 vaccine donations spanned the globe in 2021

By Leigh Hartman The United States and partner organizations waged a historic vaccination campaign in 2021, delivering millions of COVID-19 vaccine doses worldwide. Working with partners, the United States distributed more than 350 million COVID-19 vaccine doses to over 110 countries, supported vaccine manufacturing abroad, and rushed lifesaving assistance to hot spots around the world. President Biden ...
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Overcoming vaccine delivery challenges

By Leigh Hartman The United States is committed to being the world’s arsenal of vaccines. The U.S. has already  donated 300 million vaccine doses  worldwide. But delivering to remote communities is no easy task. Some vaccine doses must be kept near or below freezing — even when crossing mountains in Nepal and lakes in Uganda or journeying up rivers in Peru. “The ...
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Ambassador Degnan’s Remarks to Media at USAID Christmas Fair

Q-n about the event Ambassador Kelly Degnan: I’m here at Dedaena park in Tbilisi on this beautiful day with almost a hundred entrepreneurs from all over Georgia for the USA ID holiday fair. I’ve been doing some early Christmas shopping from all of the beautiful products that are on sale here made by businesses, many ...
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How 8 U.S. diplomats fought the 2014 Ebola epidemic

During the Ebola epidemic in West Africa seven years ago, eight U.S. diplomats worked tirelessly for two years to save lives from the deadly virus. On October 13, the U.S. Department of State honored Ambassadors Deborah Malac, John Hoover, Alexander Laskaris, and Dr. Gary Penner, Kathleen FitzGibbon, Ervin Massinga, Sheila Paskman and Dr. Gregory Martin ...
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To support democracy, fight corruption

By Leigh Hartman The United States is stepping up efforts to combat corruption and support honest governance around the world. President Biden, in a  June 3 memorandum , elevated the fight against global corruption to a national security priority. Anti-corruption efforts are one of three pillars of the Summit for Democracy that Biden will host December 9-10. The other two ...
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9 ways USAID strengthens democracy [photo gallery]

The U.S. Agency for International Development works with countries and communities around the world to promote democracy and human rights, including advancing protections for the LGBTQI+ community in Georgia (above). This photo gallery captures some of the many ways USAID supports democracy. Programs in Serbia, Ukraine, Jordan, Iraq, Mongolia and Jamaica are highlighted in these ...
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World Humanitarian Day

Today we celebrate World Humanitarian Day by highlighting the great work of the Office of Defense Cooperation, which over the last two years, has administered over 30 humanitarian assistance projects with a total value of over 7 million USD. These projects were executed in seven regions of Georgia and include the following: – $500,000 in ...
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USAID and vaccines: Helping save 9.3 million children in the last 10 years

The U.S. Agency for International Development is committed to immunizing people everywhere. Immunization is cost-effective,  slows or halts preventable disease  and gives children a healthy start in life. Most importantly, it saves an estimated 2 million to 3 million lives each year, cutting child deaths globally by at least half. During the last decade, USAID’s child health programs have helped ...
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Acting Assistant Secretary Reeker discusses COVID-19 support with Think Tank Consultative Group

  This week President Biden announced that the United States will share COVID-19 vaccines with Georgia, because none of us are safe until all of us are safe. Georgia, Ukraine, and Kosovo are the first three European countries to receive vaccines from the United States, based on regional priorities and partnerships. The United States is ...
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U.S. companies pledge support for Asia’s post-pandemic recovery

The U.S. government and American clothing producers have pledged to help workers in Asia recover from the economic hardship of  the COVID-19 pandemic . U.S. Agency for International Development and industry representatives signed a memorandum of understanding October 28, pledging to explore ways to help workers who supply U.S. clothing and footwear companies. Over the next year, the ...
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USAID plans for global recovery from COVID-19

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is preparing to help international partners overcome economic and humanitarian hardship caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. USAID Acting Deputy Administrator John Barsa on October 28 announced the agency’s  Over the Horizon Strategic Review , a new initiative to plan for a world altered by COVID-19 by helping partner nations on their path to ...
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Database offers transparency on U.S. foreign aid

After a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the U.S. government gave the country $1 billion in aid, with the U.S. Department of Defense sending the most money, according to the  Foreign Aid Explorer  database. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s database can tell you which U.S. government agency spent the most on foreign aid in a given ...
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U.S. global vaccine distribution saves lives

The United States’ support for the worldwide distribution of vaccines has saved countless lives and laid the groundwork for distributing a future COVID-19 vaccine. Through international partnerships like the vaccine alliance Gavi and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. ...
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USAID supports the right of all people to participate in democratic elections and political processes

USAID supports the right of all people to participate in democratic elections and political processes. Along with our partners at the International Republican Institute, we encourage everyone to get out and vote on October 31!
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Ambassador Degnan visits Kakheti

Ambassador Degnan returned to Kakheti last week, visiting Akhmeta, Telavi, Kvareli, and Lagodekhi to see U.S. government investments that are helping farmers and small businesses expand their operations, create more jobs in their communities, and ensure Georgia’s economic prosperity and Western integration benefits all regions. In Akhmeta, dairy farmer Rati Rostomashvili gave the Ambassador a ...
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Database offers transparency on U.S. foreign aid

After a 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, the U.S. government gave the country $1 billion in aid, with the U.S. Department of Defense sending the most money, according to the  Foreign Aid Explorer  database. The U.S. Agency for International Development’s database can tell you which U.S. government agency spent the most on foreign aid in a given ...
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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media per Meeting the Auditor General

Q-n about the meeting Ambassador Kelly Degnan: This was a very informative and interesting meeting with the Auditor General, looking into the importance of accountability and transparency in the government institutions. USAID and the United States have been working with the State Auditor’s Office since 2011 on building this capacity, and it is truly inspiring ...
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U.S. continues to lead global COVID-19 response

The United States has allocated $20.5 billion in aid to the global COVID-19 fight, including $53 million in Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development foreign assistance funding. “The United States continues to lead the world in the fight against COVID-19,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said August 5 while announcing the ...
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Ambassador Kelly Degnan’s Remarks to Media at Kutaisi International Airport

Ambassador Kelly Degnan: The United States is very proud to support the Georgian Government and the United Airports of Georgia in their effort to expand the Kutaisi airport. We’ve just done a tour of the new facility that is underway right now and it’s going to increase the flow of passengers almost five times, as ...
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The United States provides $1 Million in Assistance to Georgia to respond to COVID-19 (June 18)

The United States provides $1 Million in Assistance to Georgia to respond to COVID-19 (June 18)   Tbilisi – The United States Government has committed $1 million in additional funding through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia.  The new assistance, delivered in partnership with ...
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Virtual Pacific Islands Dialogue on COVID-19 Assistance (June 4)

Virtual Pacific Islands Dialogue on COVID-19 Assistance (June 4)   The United States and Taiwan are enhancing our important cooperation to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  We want countries around the world to benefit from the generous contributions and impressive expertise that Taiwan—a vibrant democracy and a force for good—brings to the global community, and improve the health and welfare ...
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USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery (May 29)

USAID Supporting Georgia to Combat COVID, Build Resilience, and Prepare for Economic Recovery (May 29)   By Peter Wiebler, USAID/Georgia Mission Director Over nearly 30 years, the United States and Georgia have built a partnership based on shared values, common strategic interests, and the mutual benefits of cooperation. The United States Agency for International Development ...
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Handover of Field Hospital Tents to the Emergency Management Service of Georgia (May 15)

Handover of Field Hospital Tents to the Emergency Management Service of Georgia (May 15) Today, May 14th, the Disaster Risk Reduction Center of the Association Rural Development for Future Georgia (RDFG), supported by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Zrda activity, provided medical tents to the Emergency Management Service to support Georgia’s response ...
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U.S. sends coronavirus aid to Central and South America (May 8)

U.S. sends coronavirus aid to Central and South America (May 8) The U.S. government is providing millions of dollars as well as training and supplies to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to Central and South American countries, with a total of more than $73 million provided to the Western Hemisphere in response to the ...
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Brock Bierman discusses much needed COVID-19 response assistance from USAID to Georgia (May 6)

Brock Bierman discusses much needed COVID-19 response assistance from USAID to Georgia (May 6)   USAID Assistant Administrator Brock Bierman spoke to TV Imedi this week about what USAID is doing to help Georgia better respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. “We are committed to helping the people of Georgia respond to COVID-19. The United States ...
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U.S. helps Pacific island countries fight COVID-19 (May 6)

U.S. helps Pacific island countries fight COVID-19 (May 6)   The United States is  providing nearly $40 million to help Pacific Island nations  prevent and control COVID-19. “I’m especially proud of the  work that we’ve done in the Indo-Pacific region ,” Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said April 29 while discussing the  U.S. COVID-19 global response . In the Pacific islands, the U.S. funding will help pay for improvements in lab preparation, infection control, and ...
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How USAID helps mothers around the world (May 6)

How USAID helps mothers around the world (May 6)   For women around the world, pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum recovery can be life-threatening. To mitigate these risks to mothers, the U.S. Agency for International Development will increase funding for maternal and child health care in high-risk areas of selected countries through its MOMENTUM initiative. “In the ...
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USAID Statement on Development Agreement Amendments (April 24)

USAID Statement on Development Agreement Amendments (April 24) During these difficult times, we reaffirm our support for the Georgian people. This week, Georgia’s Parliament ratified amendments to our Development Assistance Agreements with the Government of Georgia. This allows USAID/Georgia to move forward with more than $64 million in funding to strengthen Georgia’s self-reliance and Euro-Atlantic ...
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USAID Partnering with Enterprise Georgia to Combat COVID-19 (April 9)

USAID Partnering with Enterprise Georgia to Combat COVID-19 (April 9)   The U.S. Government, through USAID, announced that its Economic Security Program is supporting the production of packaging for nearly one million domestically manufactured medical masks to be distributed throughout Georgia.  A partnership between USAID, Enterprise Georgia, and private sector manufacturers, this activity is helping ...
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U.S. Government helps to increase capacity at Kutaisi International Airport (February 26)

U.S. Government helps to increase capacity at Kutaisi International Airport (February 26) Today the USAID Economic Security Program signed a memorandum of understanding with United Airports of Georgia to support the expansion of Kutaisi International Airport. With workforce training and marketing support, the United States will help the airport drive economic growth in Imereti and across Georgia. ...
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How USAID helped contain the 1st Ebola case in Goma (February 24)

How USAID helped contain the 1st Ebola case in Goma (February 24) The story of the first Ebola case in Goma, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), started here, Bishop Bernard Kabamba said as he sat on his front porch. He was thinking back to the day when Pastor Kubiya showed up at ...
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Thematic Inquiry Working Group Report on Disinformation and Propaganda (February 3)

Thematic Inquiry Working Group Report on Disinformation and Propaganda (February 3) Anyone can be a target of disinformation, so all of us must build our media literacy and critical thinking skills. USAID is partnering with the government, civil society, and media to build Georgia’s resilience against disinformation. Accurate information is necessary for democracy to function. ...
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