Recent Site Articles
Why Strengthening Civil Society Matters + Co-Creating Solutions Rocks
by Claire Ehmann on 19th December 2014
The DRG Center is using the Global Development Lab's new Development Innovation Accelerator to do better, more innovative programming. In September 2014, President Obama charged USAID with developing six networked regional civil society innovation centers all over the world. USAID used the DIA to have a huge co-creation meeting with over 60 stakeholders to co-design the initiative.
A Spotlight on the World’s ‘Invisible’ Workers
by Bama Athreya and Marina Colby on 18th December 2014
The world’s 232 million migrant workers bring wealth, infrastructure and services to a globalizing world. But they also fall outside of human rights norms and are often victims of exploitation. Read how USAID has elevated the profile of some of the world’s most invisible workers.
A Look into the Hot Zone of Sierra Leone’s New Ebola Clinic
by Carol Han on 16th December 2014
“Death is always difficult,” said Elizabeth Stevens, a nurse from Freetown, Sierra Leone. At her new job, Stevens is forced to confront this stark reality every day, and in a way that she never has before.
South Sudan’s People Deserve Peace
by Nancy Lindborg and Anne C. Richard on 15th December 2014
As leaders of U.S. humanitarian efforts, we contend with a long list of global disasters, conflicts and disease outbreaks. Yet none fills us with as much frustration and despair as the crisis in South Sudan. Why? Because this crisis should never have happened.
Delivering More Bang for Development Bucks: Cost-Benefit Analysis and Feed the Future
by Gregory Gangelhoff and Sally Rey on 15th December 2014
USAID’s renewed focus on data-driven analysis, particularly cost-benefit analysis, and the resulting collaboration with Feed the Future are bearing fruit for USAID beneficiaries.
Ending Extreme Poverty in Asia through Universal Health Coverage
by Kristina Yarrow and Caroline Ly on 12th December 2014
Despite the region’s robust economic growth, over 60 percent of those in extreme poverty still live in Asia. Partnering with countries to invest in Universal Health Coverage will boost the critical economic growth and social safety nets needed to eliminate extreme poverty.
Breaking Invisible Barriers in the West Bank and Gaza
by Susan Markham on 12th December 2014
USAID gender chief Susan Markham shares stories of her recent trip to the West Bank and why improving opportunities for women and girls is the key for a brighter future for all.
South Sudan: The Threat of Worsening Hunger
by Dina Esposito on 11th December 2014
Last week, 21,000 metric tons of American-grown sorghum were offloaded in Port Sudan to respond to the ongoing hunger crisis in South Sudan. While USAID is taking every measure to respond to the crisis, the best way to avert a future famine is for the combatants to stop fighting.
A ‘Daily’ Struggle for Human Rights
by Nicole Widdersheim on 10th December 2014
December 10 marks International Human Rights Day and the 66th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. USAID joins the world and all those who struggle for the realization and protection of their human rights.
Teaching Tolerance: A Lesson for Kosovo’s Educators in LGBT Awareness
by Bridget Nurre on 10th December 2014
USAID-sponsored LGBT sensitivity training for school principals “tickles” a few minds and opens a dialogue in Kosovo’s most traditional communities about the school’s role in setting the societal standard for inclusiveness.