Director's Letter 
Dear Friends,
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Promoting and defending religious freedom is a major priority for the U.S. Government. To elevate the effort to ensure that everyone is able to live in accordance with the dictates of their conscience, U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo will host the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom in Washington, D.C. on July 23-27, 2018.  Research shows that countries that embrace and protect religious freedom are more economically successful, protect women's rights, and experience less instability. I n humanitarian crises, we know that members of racial, ethnic, religious, and linguistic minorities are often  among  the most marginalized communities, and their vulnerabilities are often exacerbated in situations of conflict and natural disaster. USAID looks forward to seeing many faith-based, faith-inspired and local civil society partners at both the official, as well as, the many side-events during the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom and planned follow-on regional summits.

Sincerely, 

Timothy Lavelle
Acting Director, USAID Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives
News
USAID Sign Memorandum of Understanding (MO U) with Malteser International Americas
USAID Administrator Mark Green signed an MOU with Malteser International to advance cooperation around the following objectives: fostering peace as a fundamental basis for development; crisis responsiveness; poverty reduction; human trafficking; and youth. 
 




USAID Hosts Inter faith Iftar Dinner
USAID Administrator Mark Green hosted an interfaith Iftar dinner with religious and civil society leaders. 

Human Centered Design in Global Health
At the Aspen Ideas Festival, USAID Center for Accelerating Impact and Innovation (CII)  highlighted ways in which human centered design (HCD) is being effectively applied across USAID's global health assistance. Read more.

Assistance to Persecuted Minorities in the Middle East
The U.S. Administration announced a new policy to expand assistance to religious and ethnic minority communities in the Middle East devastated by conflict. USAID is directly engaging these communities to provide   humanitarian  relief and development.  Read more.

Assistance to Syrian Civil Defense
USAID awarded additional humanitarian funding for the Syrian Civil Defense. 

Humanitarian Assistance to Nigeria and Lake Chad Region
USAID pledged an additional $112 million in funding to help ameliorate the humanitarian crisis in West Africa. 
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USAID Administrator's Remarks  at Senate Foreign Relations Committee o n Fiscal Year 2019 USAID Budget Request 
While announcing the FY 2019 budget request of $16.8 billion, Administrator Green remarked on USAID's renewed commitment to global partnerships and he highlighted the work of USAID in peacebuilding in Venezuela and Northern Iraq. 
Highlights
USAID Global Health Report: Acting on the Call 2018
USAID Global Health published the fourth Acting on the Call report which focuses on 25 countries' journeys to self reliance for preventing child and maternal deaths.  Read more.

UNHCR Global Trends Report: Forced Displacement in 2017
UNHCR released the annual report noting by the end of the year 2017 68.5 million individuals were forcibly displaced worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, or generalized violence.

U.S. Department of State: 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report
U.S. State Department released the 2018 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report which  is the U.S. Government's principal diagnostic tool to assess government efforts related to prosecuting traffickers, protecting and empowering victims, and preventing future trafficking crimes. 

Christian Connections for International Health (CCIH) Annual Conference
CCIH's annual conference is July 13-15th, 2018 where Christian global health professionals come together to share best practices, learn from each other, and forge partnerships. Featured speakers include  Ambassador Deborah Birx, OGAC and Dr.  Alma Golden, USAID. Read more.

Woodrow Wilson Event: Faith in Family Planning: Health Timing and Spacing of Pregnancies
The Woodrow Wilson center hosted an event on religious leader engagement in the healthy timing and spacing of pregnancies. Read more.

Bethlaham University School Nursing and Health Sciences.
Bethlaham Univeristy broke ground on their newest building, which will house the Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University. USAID, through the American Schools and Hospials Abroad (ASHA) program, has provided support to equip staff.  Read more.
Funding Opportunities 
Highlighted Funding Opportunities from  www.grants.gov:    
  • Orphans and Vulnerable Children II (Apply by July 30, 2018; 72052118R00016): This new four-year Activity will support Haitian children living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS to grow into healthy, educated, young adults free from violence and the ill-effects of HIV.  
  • Enabling Community-Oriented Policing in the Sahel (Apply by August 20, 2018; SFOP0005179): This program aims to help the law enforcement agencies, defined as the national police and gendarmerie, in the Sahel make progress towards the goal of more community-oriented policing. The program will begin in Senegal and Burkina Faso with potential expansion in Mali and Niger in option year periods.
  • Community-Based Activities to Build Civil Society and Youth Capacity in Mali (Apply by August 20, 2018; SML20018GR0005)
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    An open competition for organizations to submit applications to carry out a program (or programs) to help counter violent extremism through cultural events and civic dialogue. 
  • Syria Humanitarian Assistance Consortium (Apply by September 30, 2018; 720FDA18APS00002): Under this APS, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) seeks to fund one or more consortia of NGOs working in Syria to implement a program entitled "Syria Humanitarian Assistance Consortium." 


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