The Organization of Islamic Cooperation(OIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the US Agency for International Aid (USAID) on Thursday, 15 March 2012, at the White House in Washington, on the periphery of a visit undertaken by the OIC Secretary General, Prof. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, to the United States. The MoU was signed by Prof. Ihsanoglu for the OIC and by Mr. Rajiv Shah, for USAID. The signing of this agreement was preceded by a string of negotiations carried out by the OIC Humanitarian Affairs Department with the Agency. The Agreement in itself represents a clear framework for the advancement of cooperation between the OIC and the American Agency, bearing in mind that the United States of America is one of the major donors in terms of international assistance while the OIC, with its active involvement in humanitarian and developmental activity, can be a significant mainstay in favour of complementary roles leading to the smooth channeling of humanitarian assistance to the needy. The MoU provides for cooperation between the two parties concerned, for joint action in addressing crises and humanitarian disasters and for consolidated cooperation among the Member States, in addition to the exchange of expertise and the initiation of a strategic dialogue in the area of a humanitarian relief. It also points to the need for close cooperation and consultation between the two parties over issues of common interest, in addition to coordination, information management and emergency support mobilization in the case of natural catastrophes, all through regular and periodic meetings between the OIC and USAID. The MoU includes an item on the exchange of information in the area of humanitarian aid with a view to filling any gaps in terms of the required data on any humanitarian issue. It also calls for joint action between the two parties and for the exchange of training programs for their respective staff. Cooperation also extends to bilateral coordination during recovery stages in the disaster- stricken areas, and this would entail, according to the MoU, the need for the conclusion of another agreement to define the executive aspect in post- crisis stages, such as the requirements of anticipated projects, the allocated resources and the timelines for such programs and projects along with a review of objectives achieved at every stage.