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U.S. Agency for International Development


U.S. Agency for International Development

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States.

Location: Headquarters in Washington DC
Members: 14
Latest Activity: Oct 11, 2012

The United States has a long history of extending a helping hand to those people overseas struggling to make a better life, recover from a disaster or striving to live in a free and democratic country. It is this caring that stands as a hallmark of the United States around the world -- and shows the world our true character as a nation.

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.

USAID's history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration's Point Four Program. In 1961, the Foreign Assistance Act was signed into law and USAID was created by executive order.

Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.


USAID receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. Our Work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting:

  • economic growth, agriculture and trade;
  • global health; and,
  • democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.

We provide assistance in five regions of the world:

With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength is its field offices around the world. We work in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. government agencies. USAID has working relationships with more than 3,500 American companies and over 300 U.S.-based private voluntary organizations.

For more information on our business and procurement opportunities, please visit our Business section. If you would like to know more about employment opportunities with USAID, please visit our Careers section of our web site.



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Started by Smruti Desai. Last reply by Smruti Desai Jan 31, 2011. 1 Reply

Are non-citizens eligible for Federal employment?

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Comment by Smruti Desai on May 18, 2011 at 1:51pm
Want more USAID, sign up for FrontLines, the news publication of the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Comment by Smruti Desai on March 9, 2011 at 2:31pm
Women’s Veterans Employment Workshop
To honor the women who have served our country and in celebration of Women’s History Month, USAID will be conducting a Women’s Veterans Employment Workshop on March 21, 2011 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm. As part of this event, a résumé writing class will be conducted. To register go to
Comment by Smruti Desai on February 2, 2011 at 1:36pm

VETERANS: On February 15th USAID is holding a Federal Employment Workshop for transitioning service members and their spouses with detailed information on the federal hiring process and applying for Veterans Preference. For more information on registering go to

Comment by Smruti Desai on January 31, 2011 at 11:14am
Currently our most urgent hiring needs are for positions in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Our minimum requirements for these positions are a master’s degree and at least 3 years of experience working overseas, or a Bachelor’s degree and 8 years of work experience.
Comment by Smruti Desai on January 24, 2011 at 1:51pm
FrontLines features articles about USAID; international development and humanitarian assistance efforts around the world; and the people who are dedicated to these efforts. It is produced monthly and distributed electronically and in print to over 32,000 subscribers. 
Comment by Smruti Desai on January 11, 2011 at 2:42pm
Comment by Smruti Desai on January 11, 2011 at 2:41pm

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