New USAID Mission Directors Sworn In: Diana Putman in DRC, R. Douglass Arbuckle in Malawi

    The U.S. Agency for International Development’s offices in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi have new leaders. Both Diana Putman and R. Douglass Arbuckle were sworn in Friday, July 29.

    In DRC, Putman will oversee a budget of $306 million, which supports activities that aim to promote peace and stability, help protect civilians, strengthen governance institutions, back economic recovery and growth, as well as improve the delivery of basic social services.

    Arbuckle, meanwhile, takes helm of USAID programs in Malawi, which focus on advancing food security as well as political and economic development, and reducing the country’s dependence on humanitarian aid.

    USAID’s sister institution, the Millennium Challenge Corp., recently put its operations in Malawi on hold following the deadly crackdown on anti-government protesters.

    >> MCC Freezes Aid to Malawi, Contemplates Termination in Light of Violence

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