December 27: The Digital Journal reported that the European Union contributed 36 million euros to help fund phase two of the Philippines’ Heath Sector Policy Support Program. The money will be used to improve the health of the poor and disadvantaged people in the country. USAID is a supporter and donor of the program.
December 29: The Australian published a report that an Australian man accused of soliciting a $190,000 bribe over a building contract in Afghanistan will be extradited to the U.S. to face trial. The man was caught in an undercover sting conducted by USAID and involved contracts dealing with the construction of schools and hospitals.