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May 18, 2020

USAID urges UN to focus pandemic resources and policies on saving lives--not abortion

As the UN and Member States around the world work to address the pandemic of COVID-19, I urge you, your staff, and the UN’s funds, programs, and specialized and technical agencies to stay focused on life-saving interventions. The delivery of essential health care is the first priority around the globe during this time. In addition, severe food shortages could represent a second, deadly impact of the pandemic in many countries. The UN’s Global Humanitarian Response Plan (Global HRP), and its $6.71 billion coordinated appeal, must remain focused on addressing the most urgent, concrete needs that are arising out of the pandemic.

Therefore, the UN should not use this crisis as an opportunity to advance access to abortion as an “essential service.”

April 29, 2020

Statement by USAID Acting Administrator John Barsa on the New Partnerships Initiative

USAID announced three new funding opportunities as part of the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI) of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Agency's intent to develop NPI Action Plans at all of our Missions around the world.

April 23, 2020

The United States Continues Leadership in the Global COVID-19 Response with More Than $270 Million in Additional U.S. Foreign Assistance

For more than a half century, the United States has been the largest contributor to global health security and humanitarian assistance.  Through the American people’s generosity and under the leadership of President Trump, the United States continues this outstanding record in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the announcement of more than $270 million in additional foreign assistance provided by Congress in supplemental funding specifically to respond to the outbreak.

April 22, 2020

New Partnerships Initiative Global Health COVID-19 Round

The focus of the award(s) will be to support interventions that will build upon and expand USAID’s efforts to leverage the roles of communities to strengthen and adapt existing community health platforms. These efforts will:

  • Support national policies and implementation plans for COVID-19 preparedness and response (non-pharmaceutical interventions)

  • Continuity of existing primary healthcare services based on national guidelines and needs/priorities to create lasting structures for future response.

Stay up to date with the latest information on this upcoming activity on USAID's Business Forecast.

April 22, 2020

New Partnerships Initiative is at the heart of our commitment to our partner countries

Thanks to the generosity of the American people, USAID is rallying its workforce and partners at home and abroad in response to the COVID-19 pandemic – we know that this global threat requires us to act with greater speed and flexibility. The New Partnerships Initiative is at the heart of our commitment to our partner countries, most especially during this global crisis. It is transforming the way USAID does business by making it easier for partners to work with us and by enhancing our ability to connect with organizations on the ground. The reason is simple: We are seeking creative and innovative solutions to tough problems. Now more than ever, we strive to work in new ways and with new partners to make the world healthier, safer, and more prosperous for people everywhere.


Read on for the latest news and open funding opportunities from the New Partnerships Initiative. 

April 17, 2020

Release of U.S. Government Action Plan to Support the International Response to COVID-19

In collaboration with U.S. departments and agencies, the Department of State is releasing the U.S. Government Action Plan to Support the International Response to COVID-19. 

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