American Schools and Hospitals Abroad

  • Organizational Strengthening at Tenwek Hospital

  • Public Diplomacy at Ramallah Friends School

  • Women's Empowerment at Armenian American Wellness Center

  • Community Inclusion at Fabretto Children's Foundation

  • Innovation at EARTH University

USAID’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (USAID/ASHA) provides assistance to schools, libraries, and medical centers outside the United States that serve as study and demonstration centers for American ideas and practices. USAID/ASHA awards help cultivate positive relationships between citizens of the United States and other nations.

The Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad began in 1947 and was incorporated into USAID by the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961. Since its inception, USAID/ASHA has achieved a visible legacy by providing assistance to approximately 300 institutions globally and aiding in the development of innovative and state-of-the-art schools, libraries, and medical centers in more than 80 countries. USAID/ASHA’s record of contributing to and building connections with vibrant networks of civil society institutions extends through 26 U.S. Congresses and 18 presidential administrations. USAID/ASHA currently manages a worldwide portfolio of approximately 110 awards and is an invaluable complement to USAID’s wide-ranging development work.

USAID/ASHA directly contributes to U.S. foreign policy and public diplomacy objectives by fostering strong civil society institutions and excellence in higher education and innovation. The networks of educational and medical institutions supported by USAID/ASHA offer opportunities to access quality education and health services in areas of the world where often few or none exist. USAID/ASHA partners have educated successive generations of global citizens and leaders, deepening their understanding of American ideas and practices.

Map showing countries where USAID/ASHA has worked. For a full list see the link below
Countries where USAID/ASHA has worked
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USAID/ASHA Annual Program Statement for Fiscal Year 2017 is now closed

The USAID/ASHA Annual Program Statement (APS) for FY 2017 closed on May 29, 2017 at 5 pm EST. Thank you to everyone who applied. The applications are currently being reviewed by USAID and we look forward to the opportunity to fund some of the innovative proposals that were submitted. A copy of the closed APS is available on

USAID/ASHA Announces FY 2016 Awards

USAID/ASHA is funding 35 new awards to U.S. organizations to support construction projects and the purchase of equipment for overseas institutions. The projects, spanning 22 countries and totaling approximately $25 million, are funded through a competitive annual grant and directly support schools, libraries and medical centers outside the United States that share universal values, such as empowering women and inclusive societies, as well as promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, while advancing best practices in healthcare and education. A complete list of award recipients is available here

2017 USAID/ASHA Annual Partners Conference Registration is now open

We are pleased to announce the 2017 USAID/ASHA Annual Partners Conference will be held October 30-31, 2017 (Monday - Tuesday) at the Ritz Carlton Pentagon City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Please register online here, no later than October 20, 2017.


USAID/ASHA Annual Reports

The Annual Reports below provide an overview of USAID/ASHA assistance in Africa, Asia, Eurasia, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and the Middle East.

2012 USAID/ASHA Annual Report 

2011 USAID/ASHA Annual Report 

USAID/ASHA Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2014-2018

The five-year strategy lays out a plan for USAID/ASHA to continue serving its legislative mandate and the USAID mission effectively by promoting sustainable partnerships, sharing the expertise of the United States to enhance the quality of health and education worldwide, and helping build dynamic civil society institutions abroad.

This document has been developed collaboratively, drawing on the input of peer offices within USAID, implementing partners, and legislators. Continued feedback from all of USAID/ASHA’s stakeholders is welcome as USAID/ASHA serves the American people by supporting the demonstration of the ideas and practices of the United States.

USAID/ASHA Annual Partners Conference Material 

USAID/ASHA 2015 Annual Conference Group Photo
Group Photo of USAID/ASHA Partners at the the 2015 Annual Conference

An annual USAID/ASHA Partners Conference is held every spring. The conference is an opportunity for partners to build connections, interact with USAID/ASHA staff, and discuss U.S. ideas and practices through speakers and workshops. 

2016 USAID/ASHA Annual Partners Conference Materials 

2015 USAID/ASHA Annual Partners Conference Materials 

2014 USAID/ASHA Annual Partners Conference Materials 

USAID/ASHA Newsletter

The USAID/ASHA newsletter is electronically released every other month in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The newsletter provides USAID/ASHA updates and spotlights our partner’s accomplishments. To receive announcements and updates from USAID/ASHA, subscribe to our email list.




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