The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is the overseas development agency of the United States Government. “U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America’s foreign policy interests in expanding democracy and free markets while improving the lives of the citizens of the developing world. Spending less than one-half of 1 percent of the federal budget, USAID works around the world to achieve these goals.” It is also one of the largest bilateral donors with a wide presence across different countries of the world. It also has offices in most of the developing countries from where bilateral projects are managed at the local level. There are three thematic areas covered by the Agency, namely,
- economic growth, agriculture and trade;
- global health; and,
- democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.
Local NGOs can contact the USAID office at the American Embassy. The contact information of USAID’s headquarters is:
U.S. Agency for International Development
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20523-XXXX