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USAID Awards a Grant of USD 23 Million to Strengthen Self-reliance and Resilience of Tibetan Communities in South Asia

SIkyong Dr Lobsang Sangay and Finance Kalon Mr Karma Yeshi at the press conference on 3 October 2016.

Press Release

3 October 2016

DHARAMSHALA: The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) awarded a grant of USD 23 Million over five years to strengthen self-reliance and resilience of Tibetan communities in South Asia. The grant will be effective from 1 October 2016 to 30 September 2021.

The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the self-reliance and resilience of Tibetans and Tibetan communities in South Asia by equipping them to thrive economically, become effective leaders; and maintaining the vitality of Tibetan communities and institutions while sustaining their unique identity and culture.

Key program areas consists of Leadership Development including institutional capacity building; establishing of a banking-like institution, and an integrated Settlement Development through community participatory process. The programs will maximize local participation and ownership of the development process and a crosscutting gender component will incorporate women’s perspective and participation in the design and implementation of all sustainable livelihoods strategies.

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) and the Tibetan community would like to deeply thank the government and people of United States for this generous development assistance. CTA will partner with the Tibet Fund and other organisations and make maximum efforts to achieve the core program goals.

Central Tibetan Administration