July 18, 2008

USAID Launches Community Connector With Sister Cities International

KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Henrietta Fore, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), formally launched Community Connector at the Sister Cities International (SCI) annual conference today in Kansas City. Senator Sam Brownback and SCI Executive Director Patrick Madden helped to kick-off this new, international community partnership program.

"Community Connector exemplifies the great work that can be achieved when government partners with the private sector," said Administrator Fore. "This type of collaboration is essential to sustainable development."

Community Connector is a web-based platform that will focus on pairing U.S. non-governmental organizations (NGOs), communities of faith, and businesses interested in delivering development assistance with reputable organizations abroad. Community Connector will allow organizations to form effective partnerships, exchanging knowledge and resources, to meet specific needs abroad, and will help to build long-term relationships for sustainable development at a grassroots level. The program will be funded by USAID and will be an extension of SCI's already well-known, global network of citizens.

Through the program, international partner organizations will be able to register in an SCI online database. U.S. organizations will then be able to search the database by location, type of need, amount of funding, and many other variables to determine which group or program abroad will best match with their available resources and skills.

For more information about USAID and its programs, visit http://www.usaid.gov/.

The American people, through the U.S. Agency for International Development, have provided economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide for nearly 50 years.

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