Administrator Green Travels to Colombia

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Venezuelans get food at the Casa de Paso Divina Providencia refuge in Cucuta, Colombia on July 31, 2017. The United States, Mexico, Colombia, Peru and other nations said they did not recognize the results of the election Sunday of a new "Constituent Assembly" superseding Venezuela's legislative body, the opposition-controlled National Assembly.
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Administrator Green will travel to Colombia July 14 - July 18. The Administrator will go to the Colombian border with Venezuela to visit U.S.-supported health clinics, and meet with newly arrived Venezuelans, thousands of whom are crossing into Colombia every day. While in Colombia, he will also visit USAID-funded projects that support rural development and licit economic opportunities that promote a sustainable, inclusive peace.

The Administrator will also travel to Bogota, where he will meet with senior Colombian officials to discuss U.S.-funded development initiatives, address the Concordia Americas Summit, and speak to Members of the Colombian Congress.

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On August 8, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green will give the keynote address at a Council of the Americas event at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. The Administrator will discuss his recent trip to Colombia, and USAID's efforts in the Latin American region to promote democratic values and a "Hemisphere of Freedom." The event will include a moderated question and answer session with the audience.

July 24, 2018

Well. And, again, our money doesn't-- in most cases, flow through those governments. And we work with trusted voices and we're constantly testing and auditing what it is that we do. So I think we are making a difference. And, there's clearly more that can be done, I think more that needs to be done. But, you know, I think it's an important crossroads moment for many of these countries. There's some important decisions that need to be made. So, I think you have -- as you look at the Western hemisphere -- you have what Vice President Pence referred to as the "Hemisphere of Freedom." And you have countries like Colombia, and you have countries like Brazil, which are trying to create -- to crack down on corruption, in the case of a country like Brazil -- in the case of Colombia, trying to crack down on the problem of coca.

July 20, 2018

And so, that's why today I'm announcing the United States intends to provide an additional $6.5 million in assistance to support a prosperous, safe, and free Western Hemisphere, and this is in addition to the money that we announced just days ago, when I was in Colombia. This new funding includes $5 million in U.S. assistance we intend to provide to help Venezuelans in Colombia. This new funding brings the total of U.S. humanitarian and development assistance to help Venezuelans in the region to more than $60 million since Fiscal Year 2017.

This assistance is providing urgent food and medical assistance to Venezuelans and also helping communities in Colombia, Brazil, and Ecuador respond to the influx of migrants going into those countries, crossing the border. This assistance will also include $1.5 million to continue to support freedom and democracy in Nicaragua. The United States is the only remaining donor working on democracy and human rights in Nicaragua, and so we know and take seriously our responsibility as a lifeline for civil society organizations, human rights defenders, emerging leaders, and independent media who are currently under threat by the Ortega government.

July 20, 2018

During a meeting with members of the local Nicaraguan, Venezuelan, and Cuban communities in Miami today, USAID Administrator Mark Green announced that the U.S. Government intends to provide an additional $6.5 million in development assistance to support a more prosperous, safe, and free Western Hemisphere.