India and United States Renew Agreement on Development Cooperation

The U.S.-India partnership is a significant contributor to regional and global stability and prosperity. Today the two countries reiterated their commitment, signing a five-year extension to the Statement of Guiding Principles on Triangular Cooperation for Global Development (SGP). The SGP between the United States and India leverages their combined capacities to address global development challenges facing countries in the wider region and the world, particularly in Asia and Africa.

The SGP provides a framework for promoting cooperation between the United States and India to contribute to improvements in development outcomes in partner countries. The second amendment to the SGP, signed today by Ms. Abhilasha Joshi, Joint Secretary, Development Partnership Administration-II Division, Ministry of External Affairs of India, and Ms. Karen Klimowski, Acting Mission Director for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in India, extends the SGP to September 30, 2026.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Ms. Klimowski said, “Recognizing India’s dynamic economy and growth trajectory, its status as a leader in innovation, and its diverse set of private and public sector stakeholders, USAID is enhancing its collaboration on joint development programs with India’s Development Partnership Administration to test and scale innovative development solutions worldwide. Key areas of focus include disaster risk response, clean and renewable energy, and climate-smart agriculture.”

MEA Joint Secretary Abhilasha Joshi said, “The signing of the amendment signifies strengthening India-United States cooperation and our joint commitment to work together and leverage our combined capacities to provide demand-driven solutions for global development. This India-US triangular cooperation will complement our respective ongoing and future bilateral development partnerships, capacity building, and technical assistance with countries globally.”

The U.S.-India development partnership spans more than 70 years. The two countries share priorities, including tackling the climate crisis, increasing the use of clean energy, forging open and inclusive digital ecosystems, promoting inclusive economic growth, increasing access to water, sanitation, and hygiene services, ensuring high-quality education for all, strengthening health care systems, and ending the COVID-19 pandemic.