Bureau of the Comptroller and Global Financial Services
February 15, 2013

Public Benefit

Photo showing homes in the Philippines that were destroyed by Typhoon Bopha. Emergency shelter supplies were provided by USAID/OFDA to help communities get back on their feet.

The Philippine government estimates that Typhoon Bopha damaged or destroyed nearly 70,000 houses. Emergency shelter supplies flown into the region by USAID/OFDA are helping communities get back on their feet. USAID

The Department of State and USAID are the lead U.S. Government Agencies that respond to complex humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters overseas. The United States gives more to those in crises than any other country in the world. Humanitarian assistance is provided on the basis of need, according to principles of universality, impartiality and human dignity. In addition to providing emergency relief in response to natural and man-made disasters, the State Department and USAID also focus on building host nation capacity to prepare for, respond to, and mitigate the consequences of disasters on their own. In tandem with non-profit partners and international organizations such as the World Food Program and UNICEF, the Department and USAID help those affected by disaster to cope and then begin again by converting crisis situations into opportunities to promote peace, democracy, and economic growth. Where appropriate, humanitarian assistance and longer-term development planning and programming are linked to effectively reduce the long-term cost of conflict and natural disaster and cyclical need for humanitarian assistance and facilitate a country's ability to transition away from relief assistance to developmental solutions.

Summary of Performance and Resources

Pie chart summarizing the FY 2012 resources invested for Strategic Goal 5. Values are as follows: State Operations: $0.075 billion. Foreign Operations: $4.068 billion. Total resources invested: $4.413 billion.The Department and USAID allocated $4.143 billion toward this Strategic Goal in FY 2012, which is eight percent of the total State-USAID budget for all strategic goals. The performance of the illustrative indicators is provided in the following section.

Key Selected Achievements

  • The Department of State and USAID have provided more than $200 million in humanitarian assistance to conflict affected people in Syria and neighboring countries in the form of critical medical supplies, emergency health care, food, and relief supplies.
  • The U.S. Government provided more than $1.5 billion in emergency food assistance in 36 countries in FY 2012, reaching 97 percent of its planned beneficiaries.
  • In an effort to build disaster risk reduction capacity to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, the USG trained more than 6,872 representatives of local disaster preparedness and response organizations in FY 2012.