OIG Oversight: USAID Overview

Established through the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is the principal U.S. agency responsible for extending development assistance to countries around the world. USAID programs aim to support economic growth, combat the spread of disease, promote democratic reform, and address food insecurity. The agency also provides assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to alleviate poverty, and emerging from periods of conflict. USAID undertakes broad development and foreign assistance activities while aiming to expand stable, free societies, create markets and trade partners for the United States, and foster good will abroad.

With headquarters in Washington, D.C. and missions around the world, USAID partners with private voluntary organizations, indigenous organizations, universities, the private sector, international agencies, other governments, and other U.S. Government agencies.

For more information, visit the official USAID Website.

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