U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. We partner to end extreme poverty and to promote resilient, democratic societies while advancing our security and prosperity.

U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress at the same time it expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad.

Spending less than 1 percent of the total federal budget, USAID works in over 100 countries to:

Adaptation work

USAID’s adaptation work reaches field missions in Africa, Asia and Latin America with projects that support science, governance, and action for adaptation.

Activities build the resilience of countries, communities, individuals, and natural assets to climate change and variability from sudden events such as floods, storms as well as droughts and slower onset impacts such as hotter temperatures and sea-level rise. USAID activities enhance delivery of weather and climate information and tools and pilot new approaches to building resilience.