His appointment follows the US government’s designation of Madagascar as a target country for both the global Feed the Future initiative and USAID’s new resiliency initiative, which promises significant new investment by the American people to help Madagascar improve its food security and develop its agricultural sector.
At a recent swearing-in ceremony for Williams, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power emphasized that Madagascar needs someone who understands the country’s political, economic and cultural context; she can earn the trust and respect of those who work for her; and can be decisive, yet collaborative, informed, and curious.
“In all of those respects, Anne is the perfect person to take on this new role.”
The US Ambassador to Madagascar and the Comoros, Claire A.
Pierangelo, highlighted USAID’s work in the region: “The entire Mission has worked hard on initiatives to increase resilience, improve health outcomes, strengthen management of natural resources, promote sustainable economic development and address climate change.
.” Williams described Madagascar as “a unique and fascinating country” that, however, “faces many daunting challenges stemming from both climate-related impacts and extreme poverty.”
USAID, she added, works to implement programs “to help where we can most.”
Williams, a career member of the US Senior Foreign Service, joined USAID in 2000.
Previously, she served as Deputy Director of Mission in Mali and held assignments in Senegal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Egypt, and Washington, DC For nearly four For decades, the US Government, through USAID, has been Madagascar’s most important development partner, working side by side with the Malagasy people as “mpirahalahy mianala” to help the country achieve its development goals.
In 2021, USAID provided Madagascar with $182 million in development assistance, including $72 million to control malaria and improve maternal and child health, family planning, water and sanitation, and nutrition.