United States Agency for International Development Law and Legal Definition

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is an independent federal government agency that receives overall foreign policy guidance from the Secretary of State. The agency became independent by the Foreign Affairs and Restructuring Act of 1998. The Agency administers the United States foreign-aid programs to provide economic and humanitarian assistance to developing nations.

The Agency is the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. The Agency’s work supports long-term and equitable economic growth and advances U.S. foreign policy objectives by supporting economic growth, agriculture and trade, global health, and democracy, conflict prevention and humanitarian assistance.