The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) works on the behalf of American people to improve the lives of people throughout the world. USAID was created by the U.S. Government in 1961 to provide U.S. foreign economic and social assistance. Currently, USAID works in more than 100 countries around the world.
USAID promotes peace and stability by:
- fostering economic growth, agriculture, and trade;
- protecting human health;
- providing emergency humanitarian assistance;
- preventing conflicts; and
- enhancing democracy in developing countries.
These efforts to improve the lives of millions of people worldwide represent U.S. values and advance U.S. interests for peace and prosperity.
USAID began providing assistance to Turkmenistan in 1992, soon after the country became independent. Since that time, the American people through USAID support programs that help:
- improve social services and strengthen governance structures,
- expand access to information, and
- increase the development of open markets and agriculture.
USAID programs cooperate with ministries, governmental organizations, businesses, and communities to create jobs, increase incomes, improve professional knowledge, and better manage available resources.
USAID operates under a bilateral agreement with the Government of Turkmenistan and is a leading bilateral donor organization in the country. USAID programs in Turkmenistan are implemented through contracts and cooperative agreements by various local and international organizations.