Tracing its historical genesis to the Marshall Plan, the U.S. Agency for International Devlopment (USAID), was officially established on November 3, 1961 by President John F. Kennedy. With this act, USAID became "the first U.S. foreign assistance organization whose primary emphasis was on long-range economic and social development assistance efforts." New visitors will want to begin their browsing by learning more about the organization in the About USAID section, which can be accessed from the homepage. Here individuals can read about the history of the organization, its various accomplishments, and read some of its key documents, such as the fiscal year performance overview, the strategic plan, and the complete Greenbook, which contains a complete historical record of U.S. foreign aid to the world from 1945 to 2001. The other areas of the site address such topics as the agency's work around the world, its policy statements, media information, and material about job opportunities with the organization.
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