Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton congratulates the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on its 50th Anniversary and reaffirms her and the Department of State's support for USAID and how development programs support our national security and contribute to our economic future. Secretary Clinton said, "...I join Administrator Raj Shah in commending the development professionals at USAID for 50 years of progress...advancing American values, interests, and security."
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) was born out of a spirit of progress, innovation and a reflection of American's values, character and a fundamental belief in doing the right thing. President John F. Kennedy recognized the need to unite development into a single agency to maximize expertise. In 1961, USAID was created. Since that time, USAID has been a quiet force for progress, fostering a more peaceful, and secure world. You can learn more about USAID by visiting the 50th anniverarsy website.