The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the secretary of state. Its work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by encouraging:
- Economic growth, agriculture and trade
- Global health
- Democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance
USAID provides assistance in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Eurasia, and the Middle East.
With headquarters in Washington, D.C., USAID's strength is its field offices around the world. The agency works in close partnership with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, American businesses, international agencies, other governments and other U.S. government agencies.
Learn more about USAID at its web site: http://www.usaid.gov