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USAID and Republic of Korea Partner to Support Ukrainian Agriculture
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following news release on Sept. 29, 2023:

Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Republic of Korea announced their partnership to support Ukraine's agricultural sector through the Agriculture Resilience Initiative-Ukraine (AGRI-Ukraine).

Under AGRI-Ukraine, the United States and the Republic of Korea partnered to deliver $5 million in fertilizer donated by the Republic of Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support Ukrainian farmers and complement agricultural supplies already contributed ... Show Full Article

USAID and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia Boost Disaster Management Capacity in Indonesia
JAKARTA, Indonesia, Sept. 30 -- The U.S. Agency for International Development issued the following news:

The United States, through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and Humanitarian Forum Indonesia have launched the USAID-HFI Strengthening Disaster Management Capacity and Accompaniment of CSOs in Emergency Response, Coordination, and Advocacy (USAID-HFI STEADY) program in a significant step toward enhancing disaster management capabilities and fostering coordination among Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Indonesia.

USAID-HFI STEADY will establish humanitarian ... Show Full Article

Twenty-Seven Years Later, RFA's Incisive Brand of Journalism and Storytelling is as Essential as Ever
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The Radio Free Asia, a subsidiary of Broadcasting Board of Governors, issued the following news release on Sept. 29, 2023:

Today marks the 27th anniversary of Radio Free Asia (RFA), when our first broadcast of uncensored, accurate news reached listeners in China on the airwaves. Nearly three decades later, RFA has grown into a full-fledged, 21st century media company serving millions who lack access to a free press or are subject to authoritarian malign influence in Asia and around the world. RFA President Bay Fang highlighted RFA's unique role and the power of storytelling.

"RFA's ... Show Full Article

Smithsonian's Center for Environmental Justice at the Anacostia Community Museum Appoints Director
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The Smithsonian Institution issued the following news release:

The Smithsonian's Center for Environmental Justice at the Anacostia Community Museum has announced the appointment of Lisa McClure as its founding director. McClure began her appointment Aug. 10, following over 10 years in the environmental non-profit space.

"Environmental justice is critical to creating equitable environmental solutions," said Ellen Stofan, the Smithsonian's Under Secretary for Science and Research. "I look forward to Lisa's leadership as the Center for Environmental Justice continues the ... Show Full Article

SEC, MSRB, FINRA to Hold Virtual Compliance Outreach Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority issued the following news release on Sept. 29, 2023:

The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board (MSRB), and Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) today announced that registration is open for a virtual Compliance Outreach Program for municipal market professionals. The free webcast is open to the public and will take place on Thursday, December 7, 2023, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET.

The program will provide municipal market participants an opportunity to hear from SEC, MSRB ... Show Full Article

Railroad Retirement Board: Q&A - Dual Benefit Payments
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The Railroad Retirement Board issued the following news release dated Oct. 1, 2023:

The payment of a railroad retirement annuity can be affected by entitlement to social security benefits, as well as certain other government benefits. Such dual entitlement, if not reported to the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), can result in annuity overpayments which have to be repaid, sometimes with interest and penalties. The following questions and answers describe how the RRB adjusts the railroad retirement annuities of individuals who are also eligible for social security benefits ... Show Full Article

Inter-American Foundation: From the Barrio to the World
WASHINGTON, Sept. 30 -- The Inter-American Foundation issued the following story:

Argentina-based nonprofit organization Fundacion Futbol para el Desarrollo (FUDE) has community development at its core. But it was also designed to grow and transcend boundaries. The IAF rarely supports organizations that work in more than one country. When we do, it's because they offer possibilities for expanding and catalyzing successful grassroots models. FUDE is a great example of an organization that has taken its model across borders without losing its emphasis on grassroots leadership.

Spinning Off of ... Show Full Article