Recent Site Articles
United with Ukraine: Hope, Progress, and the Challenging Road Ahead
by Paige Alexander on 30th September 2014
From the resilience on display at the Dnipropetrovsk center for internally displaced persons, to the packed halls where civil society representatives work for a better Ukraine, Paige Alexander observes U.S. assistance at work and reiterates the U.S. Government’s commitment to a stable, democratic and resilient Ukraine.
Diaspora Businesses Find Success in Africa and Beyond
by Romi Bhatia and Jeffrey Jackson on 29th September 2014
Want to build a global business? Start it in Africa. A partnership between USAID and Western Union is helping promising entrepreneurs with roots on the continent to build high-impact businesses.
A Grand Challenge to Help Health Care Workers Fight Ebola
by USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah on 26th September 2014
Today, West Africa faces the largest Ebola epidemic in history. A new Grand Challenge for Development is calling on innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs to design better protective solutions for the health care workers leading the battle against Ebola from the front lines.
Obama Administration Launches Global Alliance for Climate Smart Agriculture
by John Kerry, Tom Vilsack and Dr. Rajiv Shah on 26th September 2014
From record droughts in Kansas to deadly wildfires in California, the United States is feeling the effects of climate change. These same conditions have a dire impact across the developing world, especially for poor, rural smallholder farmers whose very lives are threatened every time the rains arrive late, the floods rush in, or the temperature soars.
Five Promising Innovations in Contraception
by Ellen Starbird on 26th September 2014
USAID is developing innovative new contraceptive methods to meet the needs of millions of women across the globe. Enabling women to decide whether, when and how many children to have is vital to safe motherhood and healthy families.
René Van Slate: “I’ve pretty much done everything that terrifies me… except for Ebola”
by Morgana Wingard on 25th September 2014
This is the first blog in our Profiles in Courage series in which photojournalist Morgana Wingard compiles snapshots and sound bites from our USAID and Disaster Assistance Response Team staff on the front lines of the Ebola response. Here she talks to a veteran in humanitarian disaster assistance, René Van Slate, who serves as a liaison between the military on the ground and the U.S. civilian team.
Liberia Gripped By Ebola’s Many Tentacles
by Morgana Wingard on 24th September 2014
This is the second blog in our Daily Dispatches series in which we've teamed up with photojournalist Morgana Wingard, who is on the ground with USAID staff in Liberia documenting the fight on Ebola. These photos were taken in mid September and show the many ways that Ebola is impacting the lives and livelihoods of ordinary Liberians. They were provided courtesy of the United Nations Development Program.
Powering The Ebola Response: Monrovia’s Island Clinic
by Morgana Wingard on 23rd September 2014
This is the first blog in our Daily Dispatches series in which we've teamed up with photojournalist Morgana Wingard, who is on the ground with USAID staff in Liberia documenting the fight against Ebola. Here she visits the newly opened Island Clinic, in Monrovia, where health care workers respond to the surge of patients needing care, and where USAID is helping “power” the response by providing much-needed generators to the operation.
The U.N. World Conference on Indigenous People: An Opportunity for Real Change
by Brian Keane on 22nd September 2014
Although they make up less than 5 percent of the global population, indigenous peoples are guardians of nearly two thirds of the world’s languages, over 80 percent of its biodiversity, and most of the genetic diversity of the planet’s seed crops. As we struggle to find solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges, the importance of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge cannot be overestimated.
Millennium Development Goals: Interconnected Web of Individual Goals
by Carla Koppell on 22nd September 2014
In 465 days we will see which Millennium Development Goals we achieved and where we fell short. As the focus sharpens on progress and impediments to reaching our objectives, the clearer it becomes that the eight MDGs are fundamentally interdependent. So, how do we manage the connections to maximize progress?
Water, Food and Extreme Poverty
by Christian Holmes on 19th September 2014
USAID is harnessing the power of innovation to address one of the most pressing challenges in the developing world -- securing water for food. Learn more about the most exciting ideas we’ve received!
An Unprecedented Response to the Ebola Crisis
by Nancy Lindborg on 17th September 2014
Today the world is facing the largest and most-protracted Ebola epidemic in history. Yesterday, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, President Obama declared the Ebola epidemic in West Africa a top national security priority and announced a clear, comprehensive, and global strategy to stop the outbreak.