Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance

Office Of Foreign Disaster Assistance

Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance

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The Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) is an organizational unit within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) that has delegated responsible for directing and coordinating U.S. Government relief assistance overseas. Within USAID, OFDA resides within Bureau of Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA). USAID provides humanitarian assistance through mitigation and disaster response to rapid and slow onset disasters as well as complex emergencies.

USAID's Foreign Disaster Assistance Mandate

Respond to disasters and humanitarian crisis worldwide to:
  • Save Lives
  • Alleviate Human Suffering
  • Reduce the Economic and Social Impact of Humanitarian Emergencies Worldwide


USAID provides foreign disaster assistance to all types of natural disasters, including earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, cyclones, floods, droughts, fires, pest infestations, and disease outbreaks. USAID also responds when lives are threatened by accidental or human-caused catastrophes such as civil conflict, acts of terrorism, or industrial accidents. In addition to emergency assistance, USAID International Disaster Assistance funds mitigation activities to reduce the impact of recurrent natural disasters, as well as provide training activities to build a country's capacity for local disaster management and response.

Fiscal Year 2006 Response

In the United States of America Government's Fiscal Year (FY) 2006, which runs from October 1, 2005 through...
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