United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

U.S gives K1.85mil for eruption victims

The aid aims to address the urgent needs of affected communities and aid displaced families in their safe return home. This contribution supplements ongoing disaster preparedness programs, with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) deploying experts to assess evacuee needs.

Mount Ulawun's eruptions since November 20 have claimed five lives, impacting over 24,000 people and displacing 16,000 to evacuation centres in East New Britain and West New Britain provinces.

Aid partnership saving lives

This collaboration contributes to the provision of critical aid to communities devastated by election-related violence in Enga, the Southern Highlands, Hela, and Jiwaka.

These communities have been grappling with the aftermath of violence that has left many displaced, food gardens destroyed and shelters ruined. This situation has disproportionately affected vulnerable groups, including women, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities.

USAID provides additional funds for clean energy in PNG

USAID in partnership with a clean energy company, WEnergy Global, will connect at least 800 households and 30 businesses to electricity, thereby improving energy access for at least 4,800 people.

Administrator Power made this announcement following her visit to the Morata Settlement area, where she spoke with the community members about the benefits of this new investment.

USAID awards grants to NGO

These funds will reduce threats to biodiversity, strengthen traditional landowners’ rights, and promote women’s economic empowerment.

Eco Custodian Advocate Inc. (ECA) a NGO based in Milne Bay Province is among the few recipients of these small grants.

The signing of the grant agreement between ECA and USAIDGP took place in late April, 2023.

It is a 14 month project starting from April 20, 2023 to June 19, 2024.

$20m deal sealed for development

The funding will be utilized for development activities in Papua New Guinea to strengthen U.S.-Pacific partnerships for sustainable, prosperous, inclusive, secure, and democratically empowered societies.

At the signing event, USAID Acting Senior Developing Advisor Clay Epperson expressed gratitude for the partnership with the Papua New Guinea government and discussed ongoing projects in the country through USAID funding.

The funding will specifically support HIV/AIDS services for key populations and electrification through USAID’s PNG Electrification Partnership.

USAID and Coca-Cola Partnership

The signing took place last Friday July 1, 2022.

USAID Philippines, Pacific Islands, and Mongolia Mission Director Ryan Washburn joined Coca-Cola PNG General Manager Philippe Mondada to sign the MoU to promote women’s empowerment, safe water, and sustainable economic growth in his first official trip to PNG.

“Business is good for development, and development is good for business,” said Mission Director Washburn.

Clans Sign Deed To Protect Land

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Wildlife Conservation Society, and other organizations partnered with Miruma community-based organization Wamiufa U5 to help the Miruma community protect their forest, reforest degraded lands, understand wildlife dynamics, and develop conservation livelihood projects. 

Data Gathered On Internal Displacement

With funding from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Development Fund and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), IOM is providing technical inputs in the execution of field assessments with the Department for Provincial and Local Government Affairs (DLPGA) and provincial authorities.

They are also providing input in the drafting of a policy document for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs).

Jiwaka Women Trained In Financial Literacy

The training was delivered to 20 participants from various women’s groups, conservation groups and staff of Jiwaka provincial administration.

The training was conducted under the USAID LGP ‘Women’s Empowerment Program’ and aims to produce a pool of financial literacy trainers to specifically to support rural and remote communities in six provinces in Papua New Guinea.

USAID Celebrates 60th Anniversary

USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. In order to support these goals, President John. F. Kennedy created the United States Agency for International Development in 1961.

Ambassador to PNG, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, Erin McKee, in celebration of the anniversary, took a moment to reflect on how the United States have worked together with these three countries to empower individuals and in building self-reliant communities.