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Parent organizationUS/Department of State
HeadquartersRonald Reagan Building, Washington DC
SubgroupsOffice of Public Safety
Interestseconomic development
Founder ofBetter Than Cash Alliance
Sponsor ofBetter Than Cash Alliance, Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, B92

USAID is an agency of the US State Department intended to provide "international development".

Office of Public Safety

Full article: Stub class article Office of Public Safety

The Office of Public Safety, nominally under USAID, was shut down in 1974 after James Abourezk revealed that it had been training torture techniques to foreign police.[citation needed]


In 2008, the US State Department, through its "foreign assistance" agency USAID, set up a fake social network in Cuba. Supposedly concerned with public health and civics, its operatives actively targeted likely dissidents. The site came complete with hashtags, dummy advertisements and a database of users' "political tendencies".[1]

In 2016, Wikileaks termed the Panama Papers leak a "Putin attack" and that it "was produced by OCCRP which targets Russia & former USSR and was funded by USAID & Soros".[2]


Related Quotation

DFID“The blind eye turned by USAID and DFID to the human rights violations and forced evictions that accompany the so-called development strategy of Ethiopia is shocking. These agencies give virtually unconditional financial, political, and moral support to the Ethiopian government and DFID currently spends a larger proportion of its overseas aid budget on Ethiopia than any other country.<a href="#cite_note-1">[1]</a>

During their investigation, the DFID and USAID representatives were given first-hand accounts of human rights abuses but the agencies have subsequently claimed, and still claim, that these accounts have not been substantiated.”
Will HurdJuly 2013
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