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Announcing USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)

Letter from USAID's new Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)

June 17, 2020


Dear Partners and Stakeholders,

While this is an uncertain period for many of our partners around the globe, we want to share one exciting bit of news.  As of June 5, we are officially the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)!  More than two years ago, former USAID Administrator Green announced his intention to transform the Agency to more effectively advance national security and support partner countries on their journeys to self-reliance. We are thrilled to let you know that we are one of the first bureaus at USAID to fully complete that process.

BHA will bring together all the resources and expertise of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP) and Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), creating one USAID bureau, and U.S. Government lead, for global humanitarian assistance.  We believe that combining our humanitarian resources and capabilities will increase our influence and effectiveness and create a strong, cohesive platform for linking humanitarian and development aid.
 
As we have mentioned in prior communication, changes -- including those affecting partners -- will be gradual and iterative.  Initially, the big impacts are internal.  For Fiscal Year 2020, everything is business as usual, with no changes to active awards or new award processes.  Our top priority at all times will be to ensure the continuity of operations that we carry out with you, our partners. We value the work that you do. 

As part of our transformation, we have started to transition our online presence. You can find more information on the new BHA bureau online at www.usaid.gov/humanitarian-assistance. We will add redirect language where appropriate and new links when available. Please note that active solicitations with FFP and OFDA remain on the current FFP and OFDA web pages. We also invite you to follow us at our new online social identity as @USAIDSavesLives (on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram).

Thank you to all of our partners for your support and collaboration along the way, to help ensure that the bureau’s transformation enables us to better accelerate and protect the progress of partner countries on their journey to self-reliance.  Now, more than ever, we must continue to focus on what we do best and not lose sight of our shared goals.  

Sincerely, 
USAID's Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance (BHA)