The United States Agency of International Development, also known as USAID, is an independent agency of the United States government that handles foreign and humanitarian aid. USAID is one of the largest aid agencies in the world, with a budget of over $27 billion USD and operations in over 100 countries. Although independent, it is still an official component of United States foreign policy. Because of this, USAID has faced criticism around the world of using humanitarian aid as a means of furthering the United States’ interests.
USAID interacts with numerous global issues and crises around the globe, including anything from disease outbreaks to natural disasters and peacebuilding operations. As a committee, delegates will need to be able to address and adapt to the global challenges of our time. Whether through addressing issues of global health, gender inequality, or post-conflict reconstruction, delegates will need to be able to act with speed and precision in order to deliver aid to some of the most vulnerable places in the world.