In 1961, President John F. Kennedy saw the need for a federal agency that focused on international development and created the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). This federal agency was designed with a focus on providing assistance in the social and economic development of foreign nations. While the organization has evolved over the decades, this has remained the principal goal of the organization. This adherence to the original mission is still seen through the mission statement of the organization, which states that the focus of the institution is to demonstrate, advance, and promote U.S. democratic values internationally.

To meet this mission, USAID has several structures known as assistance management offices. These offices encompass numerous fields including, but not limited to: economic growth, democracy, environment, and ...

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