May 6, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - When Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development from his impoverished country last week, he complained that Washington "still has a mentality of domination and submission" in the region. It was a familiar charge for the State Department's principal foreign aid agency. In the last two years, it has been booted out of Russia, snubbed in Egypt and declared unwelcome by a bloc of left-leaning Latin American countries. USAID "threatens our sovereignty and stability," the eight-nation Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas fumed in June in a resolution that accused the United States of political interference, conspiracy and "looting our natural resources.
November 10, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - American military search-and-rescue helicopters, surveillance planes and Marines streamed toward the central Philippines on Sunday to survey the devastation and assist survivors whose homes were washed away by one of the largest Pacific storms on record. Typhoon Haiyan - called Typhoon Yolanda by Filipinos - may have killed more than 10,000 people, officials said Sunday, as it lashed the island chain with winds over 200 miles per hour and caused widespread flooding. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the U.S. Pacific Command to deploy rescue teams, helicopters for airlifts, logistics officers and cargo planes to assist in the relief efforts.
December 8, 2010 |
The U.S. government Wednesday took the unusual step of banning an American firm from being awarded new federal contracts due to evidence of "serious corporate misconduct" uncovered in an investigation of the company's work on aid programs in Pakistan and Afghanistan. The move by the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, to suspend the Academy for Educational Development, or AED, a Washington-based nonprofit corporation that does extensive federal contracting, highlights longstanding concerns about the way the United States delivers foreign aid through a network of American contractors that some critics deride as "Beltway Bandits.
August 4, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - As the U.S. military presence dwindles in Afghanistan, officials are finalizing a $200-million plan to use smartphones, GPS-enabled cameras and satellite imagery to monitor relief projects that will continue in areas deemed too remote or unsafe for Americans to visit. The proposal underscores the rapidly diminishing American footprint in Afghanistan after nearly 12 years of war, and signals that more of the massive U.S. reconstruction effort there - long plagued by waste and weak oversight - will be monitored by Afghans, with U.S. officials forced to supervise from a distance.
November 26, 2005
Your Nov. 13 editorial, "A historic opportunity," raises the specter of malaria's devastation but unfairly details efforts of the U.S. Agency for International Development. USAID has an operational presence in 100 countries and arguably has more reach than almost any international health organization in the world. Between 1998 and 2005, USAID increased its annual commitment to fighting malaria from $22 million to $89 million, most of which was targeted to African countries with the highest levels of transmission.
May 1, 2013 |
This post has been updated. Please see the notes below for details. Bolivian President Evo Morales declared Wednesday he was expelling the U.S. Agency for International Development from the country, accusing the aid agency of conspiring against his government. “Surely to think that you can still manipulate us economically, politically -- those times are past,” Morales said at May Day celebrations in La Paz, according to the Bolivian national news agency . The Bolivian leader asserted that USAID had sown divisions and destabilized the country and his government.