USAID Announces $8 Million in Additional Humanitarian Assistance for People Affected by Super Typhoon Rai and Tropical Storm Megi in the Philippines

Source: USAID

The United States, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing an additional $8 million in humanitarian assistance for people experiencing continuing humanitarian needs associated with Super Typhoon Rai and subsequent Tropical Storm Megi in the Philippines. Building on support provided for the initial disaster response, this new funding brings total USAID assistance for typhoon-affected people in the Philippines to more than $29 million since December 2021.

Super Typhoon Rai—known locally as Odette—made landfall in the Philippines in mid-December, causing heavy rains, landslides, and widespread flooding. As the strongest storm to impact the Philippines during the year, Super Typhoon Rai affected over 12 million people, including more than 6,800 individuals who remained displaced as of May 10. Nearly four months after Super Typhoon Rai made landfall, Tropical Storm Megi—known locally as Tropical Storm Agaton—made landfall over the Philippines in mid-April, affecting many areas still recovering from the damage of Super Typhoon Rai and generating additional humanitarian needs. Damages sustained during Super Typhoon Rai and Tropical Storm Megi have further exacerbated the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, generating increased health and protection risks among vulnerable groups. The immense scale of Super Typhoon Rai’s impacts continues to require support to help communities respond to critical needs and rebuild their lives.

With this additional funding, USAID will support up to 80,000 typhoon-affected individuals by providing critical shelter assistance, increasing access to safe drinking water and sanitation facilities, restoring agricultural livelihoods, ensuring essential sexual and reproductive health services, and providing protection programs for women and children in Dinagat Islands, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Surigao del Norte provinces. This additional assistance builds upon USAID support for typhoon-affected communities since December. Through our implementing partners, USAID has provided food, emergency cash, safe drinking water, hygiene supplies, and other relief items to those affected by the typhoon, and is helping over 8,000 families rebuild their homes.

Through existing programs, USAID is supporting the Government of the Philippines to mobilize emergency response and relief supplies for people affected by Super Typhoon Rai and Tropical Storm Megi. In addition, USAID works year-round to help communities in the Philippines prepare for and be more resilient to natural disasters.

For the latest updates on USAID’s humanitarian assistance in the Philippines, visit https://www.usaid.gov/philippines/humanitarian-assistance.

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Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman Participates in G7 Development Ministerial Meeting

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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

On May 18, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman attended the G7 Development Ministerial in Berlin, hosted by German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development Svenja Schulze, and with the participation of development leaders from G7 countries and invited guests. Throughout the Ministerial, Deputy Administrator Coleman and other participants discussed collective approaches to mitigating the global food security crisis exacerbated by Russia’s war in Ukraine, high-quality standards for infrastructure investments, climate change and a socially just energy transition, and gender equity and equality in development assistance.

During the session on the development response to Russia’s war against Ukraine, the Deputy Administrator highlighted USAID’s humanitarian assistance for conflict-affected people in Ukraine and those fleeing to neighboring countries, and she called for the world’s free nations to unite and enhance our efforts to stave off the worst of the suffering and to support resilient, inclusive recovery and reconstruction in Ukraine. She noted that while supporting Ukraine, it is vital to continue to support countries around the world that are suffering the effects of the global commodities crises caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

In a session on infrastructure, Deputy Administrator Coleman commended the Government of Germany for prioritizing the G7 Partnership for Infrastructure and Investment, and underscored President Biden’s global infrastructure initiative that ensures our investments are guided by high standards to ensure sustainability, advance climate goals, and benefit communities they impact.

The following session focused on addressing the climate crisis. The Deputy Administrator provided updates on USAID’s new Climate Strategy that will support at least 80 countries to make progress toward achieving their climate change mitigation and adaptation commitments by 2024. She also encouraged the G7 to commit to strengthen early warning systems and disaster risk reduction planning, to expand coverage of national social protection programs to allow partner countries to support vulnerable populations and stabilize their lives in the face of a multitude of shocks.

Deputy Administrator Coleman also outlined the U.S. Government’s first-ever National Strategy on Gender Equity and Equality, which provides a roadmap for how the United States will work domestically and globally to ensure that all people, regardless of gender identity, have the opportunity to realize their full potential.She also highlighted the World Bank Childcare Incentive Fund, launched in April by the U.S. government, World Bank, and other government and foundation partners, which will scale up high-quality, affordable childcare in developing countries—a critical investment to build the next generation of human capital and place women at the center of an inclusive global economic recovery.

Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman Attends Bilateral Meetings at the G7 Development Ministerial

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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:‎

On May 18, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman met with G7 members and invited guests on the margins of the G7 Development Ministerial in Berlin, Germany.

The Deputy Administrator met with German State Secretary Jochen Flasbarth and thanked him for Germany’s G7 leadership, and for elevating global food security and nutrition to mitigate the impacts of Russia’s brutal war on Ukraine. They also discussed shared concerns about Afghanistan and urgency around meeting basic human needs and supporting and advancing human rights in the country. Finally, she thanked the Government of Germany for co-hosting the second Global COVID-19 Summit, and for its critical confined support of the Global Fund.

In a meeting with the United Kingdom’s Minister of State for Europe and North America James Cleverly, Minister Cleverly provided an update on the United Kingdom’s newly-released International Development Strategy. The Deputy Administrator encouraged the United Kingdom to continue its strong global health financing, especially for global health security and pandemic preparedness.

The Deputy Administrator also met with the European Commission’s Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen. Deputy Administrator Coleman recognized the U.S.-European Union (EU) joint statement released at the second Global COVID-19 Summit and thanked the EU for its $450 million commitment to the proposed World Bank Financial Intermediary Fund focused on global health security and pandemic preparedness. They also discussed the need for a collective donor approach to support girls’ education and women’s participation in Afghanistan, and to address other needs in the country, as well as Russia’s war in Ukraine.

Deputy Administrator Coleman met with Senegal’s Minister of Economy, Planning and International Cooperation Amadou Hott. They discussed the U.S. global infrastructure initiative, in particular potentially expanded vaccine manufacturing in West Africa.

Deputy Administrator Coleman met with the United Nations Development Programme’s Administrator Achim Steiner, and exchanged updates on the U.S. Government’s support for Ukraine and the UNDP’s assistance to Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced persons. They also discussed ongoing programs in Afghanistan and the need for careful coordination between humanitarian and development actors to support the education sector and agriculture and livelihood programs in the future.

Deputy Administrator Coleman also met with Dammu Ravi, India’s Secretary of Economic Relations. They discussed ways to improve global food security and the potential for increased cooperation within the Quad framework.

Administrator Samantha Power Meets with Leaders from Philanthropic Organizations and Foundations on Global Food Crisis

Source: USAID

The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:

Today, Administrator Samantha Power spoke with leaders from philanthropic organizations to discuss the evolving global food security crisis, the exacerbating impact of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on food security and nutrition, and the U.S. Government’s response plan.

Leaders included Catherine Bertini from the Rockefeller Foundation, Will Moore and Kim Cernak from the Eleanor Crook Foundation, Zouera Youssoufou from the Dangote Foundation, Rodger Voorhies from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; and Anna Hakobyan and Chris Hohn from the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation.

Administrator Power outlined the significant actions the U.S. Government is taking to respond to the immediate and long-term impacts on global food security and nutrition of higher food, fuel and fertilizer prices, which have resulted from compounded shocks, including Russia’s war against Ukraine. She reiterated USAID’s continued commitment to addressing immediate humanitarian needs and short-term threats to crop production and global food supply, as well as longer term food security, nutrition and resilience.

Participants discussed what their organizations are doing to strengthen food systems and safeguard nutrition outcomes, particularly for the most vulnerable. They discussed the impact of food security on children and strategies for addressing severe wasting among children, the impact of the worsening fertilizer shortage on crop yields, and ways to address longer term structural issues in getting food to the most vulnerable. The group committed to strengthen their collaboration and coordination to respond to the current crisis.

Administrator Samantha Power Meets With Zambia Minister of Foreign Affairs

Source: USAID

Today, Administrator Samantha Power met with Zambia Minister of Foreign Affairs Stanley Kakubo. During the meeting, Administrator Power reiterated the United States’ support to Zambia and highlighted the country’s potential to serve as a regional model of good governance, founded on inclusive democratic principles and accountability.

Administrator Power expressed the U.S. government’s concern about increasing challenges to global food security, resulting from Russia’s war on Ukraine, COVID-19, recurrent weather shocks, and climate change. The group discussed USAID’s partnership with Zambia to meet the needs and aspirations of its people and help alleviate food insecurity in Africa by increasing agricultural production and exports.

Administrator Samantha Power to Deliver Commencement Addresses at University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Johns Hopkins University

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Administrator Samantha Power will deliver remarks as part of the commencement ceremonies for the Class of 2022 at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Johns Hopkins University.

The ceremony for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 20, 2022. The ceremony will be livestreamed.

The ceremony for Johns Hopkins University will take place at 6:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday, May 22, 2022. The ceremony is open attendance with no tickets required and will be livestreamed.

Last updated: May 18, 2022

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The United States Announces Additional Funding to Respond to Global Food Insecurity

Source: USAID

At the UN Security Council’s Ministerial on Food Security today in New York, Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced nearly $215 million in additional humanitarian assistance to address the global food security crisis, which has been exacerbated by Russia’s war on Ukraine and its corresponding impact on global markets. Even before the war began, approximately 768 million people were chronically hungry. This new crisis has only made an already dire situation significantly worse, with as many as 40 million people projected to be pushed into poverty and food insecurity through the end of the year.

This additional support, provided through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will expand emergency food security operations in several countries already facing food insecurity as a result of conflict, drought, and other natural disasters, including Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and Yemen.

In addition to announcing new humanitarian food assistance funding, the United States will issue a Roadmap for the Global Food Security Call to Action to reflect the outcomes of the ministerial-level meeting, outlining the commitments that countries have made to address these challenges.

With today’s announcement, the United States has provided nearly $2.6 billion in emergency food assistance since Russia’s further invasion of Ukraine began on February 24. This includes nearly $1.7 billion in humanitarian assistance to respond to worsening food insecurity around the world. It also includes USAID and the U.S. Department of Agriculture taking the extraordinary step to program the full balance of the Bill Emerson Humanitarian Trust as part of an effort to provide $670 million in food assistance to six countries facing severe food insecurity: Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, and Yemen.

The United States is continuing to scale up assistance to respond to this crisis by increasing emergency food assistance in countries that have high levels of food insecurity and are vulnerable to price shocks. We are also continuing to call on other donors to increase funding to prevent this global food security crisis from getting even worse and use data analysis to project the potential impacts of the crisis on countries with existing humanitarian emergencies.