From Mount Sinjar in Iraq to vulnerable communities in South Sudan; battling Ebola in West Africa, and in the refugee camps on the Syrian border: This is the first time in our Agency’s history that we have been called on to manage four large-scale humanitarian responses at once—in addition to reaching other vulnerable populations worldwide and preparing communities ahead of natural disasters. We are not working alone. We are grateful to our U.N., NGO, and local partners, who have demonstrated exceptional fortitude and compassion in the face of relentless tragedy.
Tag archives for Iraq
The Syrian Conflict Through the Lens of Women and Girls
The crisis in Syria presents humanitarian, developmental and demographic challenges particularly for women and children, who have been exposed to serious risks while fleeing their homes, in camps, and in unfamiliar countries’ cities and towns. Two USAID leaders recently visited Jordan and Turkey and returned with stories of great adversity and but also of hope.
Growing More Food With Less Water
When you sit down to your next meal, take a look at your plate. How much water do you see? The obvious answer might be “little” or “none”. But the surprising truth is you are likely consuming thousands of liters of water every time you sit down for a quick bite. Estimates suggest the average […]
Food Assistance by the Numbers
A look at USAID’s food assistance programs’ impact — in numbers. Read more >>
World Humanitarian Day 2013: Honoring Those Who Serve
This World Humanitarian Day, the U.N. kicks off a campaign called “The World Needs More” to inspire governments, companies, and individuals to turn words into action and raise awareness of humanitarian needs around the world. Read more >>
Learning Law Through Practice
On April 8, lawyers from USAID’s Office of General Counsel led a roundtable dialogue with two Iraqi and two Palestinian teams that participated in the annual Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Stories From the Field: Iraq
Salah Naeem Hanna was forced to flee his home of 40 years because of the sectarian violence that gripped Baghdad in 2006. With his family of four, he moved back to his childhood hometown in the Nineveh Plains in northern Iraq.
Ensuring Iraqi Communities Benefit from Local Oil Wealth
When you arrive in Basra in southern Iraq for the first time, all you are able to see is desert and the occasional smoke plumes from the oil fields. The city of Basra has a storied history that ranges from a possible site for the Garden of Eden to being the hometown of Sinbad the […]
From the Field
In Iraq, we will be participating for the first time in the Baghdad International Trade Fair. Seventeen countries total will be in participation. We are planning a powerful social media campaign to engage with visitors about opportunities to partner with U.S. companies and USAID. We are anticipating half a million visitors to the fair. In […]
From the Field
In Batticaloa, Sri Lanka we held a friendly cricket tournament between youth from the East and South to mark International Peace Day. In Jaffna, Sri Lanka we opened a collection center and distributed “freezer trucks” to farmers as part of USAID’s public-private alliances program. This hand over of equipment, tools and grants will improve productivity […]