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USAID Announces New Mission Director for Sudan

Contact: USAID Press Office, 202-712-4320; Public Information, 202-712-4810


WASHINGTON, July 12 /Standard Newswire/ -- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Acting Deputy Administrator James Kunder swore Patrick Fleuret in as the new USAID Mission Director for Sudan. Fleuret, until recently, was the Director of the USAID Mission in Nigeria.


"Patrick has been focused on Africa for over 20 years and is one of our true experts. His taking charge of this challenging mission will benefit both the U.S. effort in Sudan and the people of Sudan," said Kunder at the Washington, D.C. ceremonies today.


Fleuret will manage the largest USAID program in Sub-Saharan Africa totaling over $700 million in fiscal year 2006. The complex program provides extensive humanitarian and food aid to vulnerable people in southern and eastern Sudan and Darfur, as well as extensive reconstruction assistance in the war-affected south and areas of Abyei, Blue Nile, and Southern Kordofan.


USAID also provides life-saving assistance to more than 3 million people affected by conflict in Sudan. The United States is the largest international donor of food aid to Sudan, and provided two-thirds of all contributions received by the UN World Food Program for its 2006 Sudan operations, which serve 2.9 million people in Darfur and 3.2 million in the rest of the country.


At this critical time, USAID will not only continue to provide extensive, life-saving assistance to Sudan's most vulnerable people in Darfur, but also assist the Sudanese in their transition to a stable, secure country that serves its citizens equitably and ably.


Prior to this assignment, Fleuret was the Director of the Office of Southern Africa Affairs at USAID headquarters in Washington, D. C., Deputy Mission Director for the USAID Mission in Uganda, a Project Development Supervisor in Tanzania and a Behavioral Science Officer in Kenya.


Fleuret has both a Bachelor's degree and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


For more information on USAID, including its programs in Sudan, visit