It was a lively week for USAID in the media as several prominent outlets featured our work in different regions of the world, showcasing the great variety of ways in which which the Agency helps bring hope to people around the globe.

National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” featured a piece on efforts to assist in building up the civil service “surge” in Afghanistan that prominently featured Mission Director Earl Gast in Kabul and AfPak Office Acting Director Alex Their.

Fox News reported on USAID’s job-creation program for Iraq and how it benefits security. The story quoted USAID’s Mission Director in Iraq, Alex Dickie, and several beneficiaries of the program.

MarkWard, Acting Director of the Office of Disaster Assistance, took part in a round-table for Pakistani media concerning the ongoing flood response, where USAID continues to play a key role.  Among those who covered it were the Associated Press of Pakistan and the widely-read English-language Daily Times.

And Nature Medicine magazine published a full-page Q&A with Administrator Shah covering food security, agriculture, science and technology, lessons learned in Haiti and the importance of the Millennium Development Goals — a particularly timely topic in the lead-up to the crucial MDG discussions to be held at the UN General Assembly later this month.