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United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) plays a vital role in promoting U.S. national security, foreign policy, and the War on Terrorism. It does so by addressing poverty fueled by lack of economic opportunity, one of the root causes of violence today. As stated in the President's National Security Strategy, USAID's work in development joins diplomacy and defense as one of three key pieces of the nation's foreign policy apparatus. USAID promotes peace and stability by fostering economic growth, protecting human health, providing emergency humanitarian assistance, and enhancing democracy in developing countries. These efforts to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide represent U.S. values and advance U.S. interests for peace and prosperity.

USAID provides assistance in sub- Saharan Africa, Asia and the Near East, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Europe and Eurasia. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength is its field offices in many regions of the world. The agency works in 100 developing countries and in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous groups, universities, American businesses, international organizations, other governments, trade and professional associations, faith-based organizations, and other U.S. government agencies. USAID has working relationships, through contracts and grant agreements, with more than 3,500 companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.

USAID is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Their Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting:

  • economic growth, agriculture and trade;
  • global health; and,
  • democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.

The joint Department of State and USAID Strategic Plan sets forth the agencies' long-term vision as expressed through strategic goals and objectives. The current plan covers the FY 2007-2012 time period and presents how the Department of State and USAID will implement US foreign policy and development assistance.

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Department/Agency Specific Prune Job Profiles:
United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and Administrator