From the American People
Regional Program Summary
USAID/East Africa was established in 1972 to provide technical and support services to USAID Missions and African partners in the East and Southern Africa region. The Mission, which is co-located with USAID/Kenya at the American Embassy in Nairobi, serves over a dozen countries in the region. Its purpose is to provide assistance across borders, helping countries to improve their capacity to achieve food security and boost economic growth, to better contain and prevent conflict and to improve health systems, with a special emphasis on fighting HIV/AIDS. The regional program provides technical support to bilateral missions, ensuring that lessons learned in one country are shared. USAID/East Africa also manages programs in countries in the region where there are no bilateral USAID Missions, providing substantial amounts of development, humanitarian and emergency assistance. The Mission also plays a key role in carrying out activities under the new Presidential Initiatives in the region and supports USAID priorities reflecting hunger alleviation and increasing global competitiveness, along with curbing corruption and building public-private alliances.
Some of the world’s poorest nations are situated in the Horn of Africa and Great Lakes Region. Economic growth suffers from a lack of competitiveness, poor infrastructure and management of natural resources, and depressed agricultural productivity. USAID/East Africa helps promote regional economic growth and integration, and raise incomes by removing barriers to trade, improving transit facilitation, linking producers to markets, encouraging free competition, and promoting improved agricultural policies, standards and practices. Innovative programs seek to improve resilience of vulnerable farmers and pastoralists to better withstand droughts and other emergencies and to improve food security in the region. Other programs promote biodiversity and improve watershed management, water and sanitation practices in key transboundary areas.
USAID/East Africa is a regional leader in health and HIV/AIDS programs. The programs have a number of aims, including increasing the sharing of information and the transfer of technology, building African capacity to manage and treat health-related problems, and providing state of the art technical assistance. In addition, USAID/East Africa is focused on promoting best practices in health and collaborating with donors and others to deliver and monitor health and HIV/AIDS programs. Health activities deal with HIV/AIDS and infectious diseases, child health and nutrition, maternal/neonatal health and nutrition, combating Avian Influenza and other health vulnerabilities. For the foreseeable future, the HIV/AIDS pandemic will continue to have a major and devastating impact on development - across all sectors - throughout the region. USAID/East Africa has contributed to worldwide efforts to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS by developing an innovative, multi-sectoral approach to reducing the impact of the pandemic in the region. This approach directly supports the achievement of the goals and objectives articulated in President Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS relief. Because urgent health problems such as Avian Influenza and HIV/AIDS do not respect borders, USAID’S regional Health and HIV/AIDS activities assist countries to tackle challenges that bilateral programs alone cannot.
USAID/East Africa’s activities focus on the pressing problems of peace keeping in the Great Lakes region of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi and in the Horn of Africa region which includes Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Djibouti and Somalia. USAID works systematically through regional, national and local partners to address distinctly different external factors that lead to conflict in the resource rich (Great Lakes) and resource poor (Horn of Africa) cross-border environments and corruption-prone corridors. Special focus is placed on remote areas where government presence is minimal and other areas that are under threat from militant and violent extremism. USAID provides technical assistance, training and community infrastructure, helping to accelerate peace processes, promote reconciliation and alleviate points of cross-border tensions. Innovative local level peace-building initiatives address the major sources of fragility in the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa.
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Last updated2 May 2013
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