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USAID Regions and Countries

Through its economic assistance programs, USAID plays an active and critical role in the promotion of U.S. foreign policy interests. The investment this agency makes in developing countries has long-term benefits for America and the American people. Development now takes its place alongside defense and diplomacy as the three essential components of American foreign policy.

We provide assistance in four regions of the world:

Sub-Saharan Africa

Today, promise, potential and opportunity exist in Africa. The hope for the future is based on current experiences in many countries on the African continent. This is good news for the United States. A more prosperous, healthy and stable Africa is in America’s best interest, and contributes to U.S. efforts to foster world-wide economic growth and increased trade, and to combat transnational security threats.

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Asia and the Near East

The Asia and Near East (ANE) region is home to 800 million impoverished people, more than Africa and Latin America combined. A robust foreign assistance program will help invigorate economic growth and opportunity; tackle illiteracy and skills development; and promote inclusive, representative, and transparent governance. USAID, by addressing priority development needs, will also work to alter the social and economic geography upon which terrorism has grown.

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Europe and Eurasia

The United States seeks cooperative relations with Europe and Eurasia (E&E) countries in fighting international terrorism, opening markets, and tackling cross-border issues such as the spread of HIV/AIDS and trafficking in persons. Regional stability in Southeast Europe and the Eurasia sub-regions remain one of the underlying principles of USAID engagement in this part of the world.

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Latin America and the Caribbean

Over the past several years, the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, encompassing Central and South America and the Caribbean, has faced increasing development challenges that threaten the national security and economy of the United States. Contracting economic growth rates, extensive poverty, unemployment, skewed income distribution, crime and lawlessness, a thriving narcotics industry and a deteriorating natural resource base continue to undermine the stability of the region.

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