United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Government Body in Washington, D.C., USA


1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004, USA

United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the United States Government agency which is primarily responsible for administering civilian foreign aid. USAID works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.

USAID was created by President John F. Kennedy from its predecessor agencies in 1961 by executive order.

Fields of study: Agriculture & Food Security, Economic Development, Law & Human Rights, International Development, Urbanisation & Development, Disaster Response, International Health

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