USAID at 60

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On November 3, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signs the Foreign Assistance Bill creating USAID


On November 3, 1961, President John F. Kennedy established the United States Agency for International Development. Today, USAID is the world's premier international development agency and a catalytic actor driving development results. We are marking the Agency's 60th anniversary by looking at the progress made with our partner countries through the generosity of the American people.

Over the past six decades, the American people, through USAID, have been partnering with people globally to improve health, education, and economic prosperity. USAID has a long-standing history and reputation partnering with countries around the world to implement long-term development efforts and working together with individuals, communities, countries to improve everyday lives.

Our work champions American values of democratic governance, sustainable, private sector-led economic growth, and the protection of human rights. Over the long run, our goal is to have partner countries transition from being recipients, to partners, to donors.

We are proud to work with partner countries to promote a more peaceful, stable, and self-sufficient world. Our work benefits recipients around the globe, strengthens U.S. national security, and advances prosperity for all.