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USAID Mission Director to Democratic Republic of Congo Sworn In

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 1, 2007 WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) swore in Stephen Haykin as its new Mission Director to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Acting USAID Deputy Administrator James Kunder presided over the ceremony and administered the oath of office....

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) swore in Stephen Haykin as its new Mission Director to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Acting USAID Deputy Administrator James Kunder presided over the ceremony and administered the oath of office.

As Mission Director for DRC, Haykin will be responsible for managing health, economic growth, democracy and governance, peace and security, and humanitarian assistance programs worth more than $90 million. The goal of the USAID program in the DRC is to help establish a more stable democracy with a healthier, better educated population benefiting from improved lives.

"It is a very hopeful time now for the Congo in the wake of democratic elections," stated Acting Deputy Administrator Kunder. "Steve possesses the qualifications, experience and technical expertise to effectively lead our Mission in Kinshasa."

Most recently, Haykin served as Mission Director for Kenya. During his tenure in Kenya, which began in August 2005, USAID's country program grew from $120 million per year to over $300 million. In 2005 and 2006, Haykin managed a program of over $100 million in emergency assistance for victims of persistent drought. He also oversaw growing programs under the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and helped secure funding for a $13 million Millennium Challenge Account Threshold Program to improve public procurement as part of a broader program of financial management reforms in Kenya.

Haykin began his career at USAID in 1986 through the International Development Intern program, and served as a Program Economist in the Africa Bureau, Kenya, DRC, Guinea, Ghana, and the Asia and Near East Bureau. From July 2004 to June 2005, Haykin served as Mission Director for Madagascar. Arriving as a Supervisory Project Development Officer in 2000, Haykin led the mission through Madagascar's political, economic and humanitarian crisis of 2002, for which he was recognized with a Distinguished Honor Award.

Haykin, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, has a bachelor's degree from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and master's degrees in Economics and Foreign Service from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He is married to the former Constantine Ikete of Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, and has three children. He speaks French fluently.

For more information about USAID's programs in DRC and around the world, visit www.usaid.gov.

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