The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is a leading U.S. Government agency responsible for the U.S. foreign development assistance. USAID works in approximately 100 countries around the world delivering humanitarian assistance, supporting social sector improvements, and facilitating economic development.

The United States sees a prosperous, secure, and stable Pakistan as vital to regional peace and security. USAID assistance programs in Pakistan were launched in 1961. As part of its commitment to the Pakistani people, the U.S. Government, through USAID, has provided nearly $2 billion in assistance since 2009. U.S. support is helping strengthen Pakistan's energy sector, increase the educational and economic opportunities available to Pakistan's citizens, improve the provision of health care services, and meet critical infrastructure needs in remote mountain areas. USAID also provides substantial relief and recovery assistance, such as when floods devastated the country in 2010.

USAID programs in Pakistan are focused on five key areas: energy, economic growth, stabilization, education, and health. To ensure that programs are responsive to local needs and have a sustainable impact, USAID has adopted a government-to-government model, in which the majority of programs are implemented through national and provincial governments. USAID also works extensively with local contractors and other indigenous institutions—an approach that ensures programs are aligned with local priorities and build local capacity. Two cross-cutting themes—good governance and gender equity—inform all program design and serve as key measurements of success.

Small Grants and Ambassador's Fund Program (SGAFP)

The U.S. Ambassador's Fund and USAID's Small Grants Program are two grant programs launched by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) to help Pakistani communities implement their initiatives. USAID funds all grants and related operations under the two programs, as well as reviews and holds final approval on all grant applications.

Grants under the USAID's Small Grants Program (for projects of one to three years' time duration) support promising proposals and pilot initiatives consistent with USAID's strategic priorities. These grants may vary from $25,000 to $250,000.


This website is made possible by the support of the American people through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The contents are the sole responsibility of South Asian Federation of Exchanges (SAFE) and do not necessarily reflect the views of USAID or the United States Government.