Speeches Shim

January 20, 2021

The Feed the Future East Africa Market Systems Activity is designed to strengthen regional resilience in East Africa by increasing cross-border trade in select value chains and enhancing regional integration to overcome barriers to trade. The Activity builds a more interconnected and trade-intensive region that serves as a defense against the shocks that undermine livelihoods and trap vulnerable agricultural communities in cycles of poverty.

August 31, 2020

East African countries continue to face health challenges including large numbers of maternal and child deaths and the adverse effects of infectious diseases. Each country faces challenges within their health system that hinder governments’ capacity to meet the needs of its most vulnerable people.

August 3, 2020

Despite great strides in economic growth and increased women in leadership in the region, significant gender gaps remain. Women face systematic financial, educational, legal, structural, and cultural barriers.  These barriers prevent women from reaching their full potential and fully contributing to their countries’ economies.  We design initiatives to help women access economic resources, such as, assets, credit, income, and employment. USAID also create spaces for women’s voices to be heard.

June 3, 2020

East Africa’s remarkable biodiversity and natural resources fuel national economies and improve the lives of local communities. Yet, many people are unaware of its positive impact or of the steps they could take to conserve and protect their natural capital.

June 3, 2020

East Africa is endowed with a wealth of biodiversity and natural resources, including some of the most spectacular wildlife and ecosystems in the world. When managed effectively and equitably, these vast yet fragile lands, water and wildlife resources – or natural capital – can contribute significantly to national and regional economies and improve the lives of local communities. East Africa's tourism industry, which is almost entirely dependent on wildlife and protected areas, contributes 7.5-10 percent of GDP to the region, and it is a major driver of job creation.