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Making Every Vote Count

Today we visited an innovative, biometric voter registration site designed to strengthen the electoral system ahead of the August constitutional referendum. With support from USAID, Kenya’s Interim Independent Electoral Commission (IIEC) is using the latest technology — webcams, thumbprint scanners and light-weight printers, all solar-powered so they’re not reliant on the grid — to protect […]

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Visit to Mbagathi Hospital

We’re concentrating intensely on health issues in Kenya. President Obama’s ground-breaking Global Health Initiative (GHI), which is soon to be rolled out in 10 countries, is getting under way here. Yesterday, we met with interagency colleagues and USAID mission staff from across Africa and dug into the details on important implementing issues. It was a great […]

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USAID in the News – May 14th, 2010

This week at USAID: Administrator Rajiv Shah is on his first official trip to Africa since taking the helm of USAID. Shah is visiting Kenya and Sudan and his trip is focusing on the Global Health and Food Security Initiatives. USAID, Yemeni Government officials met to discuss a new stabilization strategy. The first in a […]

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All Hands in Kenya

I just came from an energizing all-hands town hall meeting with Kenya’s USAID and State Department staff. I also had the chance to visit a small group of our dedicated Foreign Service Nationals, Kenyans employed by the Mission. These professionals comprise roughly half of our workforce. They are the core of this Agency and the key to what we do. […]

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Silicon Valley in the Savannah

We had a great start to our day in Nairobi — we met an inspiring group of Kenyan media and technology entrepreneurs who are the driving force behind Kenya’s blossoming technology community. Silicon Valley, watch out. This group of entrepreneurs is forging the next frontier in digital media and mobile based technology. From mobile banking […]

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Collaborating to Conserve Forests in Southeast Asia

At a U.S.-funded workshop on May 6, representatives from government agencies and non-governmental organizations in Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, and Vietnam convened to forge a strategy for preserving the forests of the Lower Mekong. These forests are home to more than 25 million people in Vietnam alone, and are threatened by deforestation and degradation. Participants at […]

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Packing for Africa

I’m packing for Africa; I’ve been many times before, but this will be my first trip there as head of USAID. In both Kenya and Sudan I’ll focus on the development and progress of President Obama’s Global Health Initiative and Food Security Initiative, while gaining a deeper understanding of U.S. bilateral  and regional investments in agriculture, […]

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USAID Administrator co-chairs discussions with Afghan ministers

This week President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and members of his cabinet are participating in U.S. – Afghanistan Bilateral Discussions in Washington, DC. These discussions are another step in the advancement of a very broad strategic partnership between our two countries. (Our guests have a full agenda this week including a meeting with President Obama, […]

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Administrator’s Note: Welcome to IMPACTblog!

Hi everyone! Thanks for visiting IMPACTblog, USAID’s new blog. We’re excited about this project and I hope you’ll find it interesting. Every day, I’m told of the fantastic projects USAID is working on throughout the world, and I wanted to create a space where we could share those stories with you in an interactive way. […]

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Pic of the Week – Back to School in Haiti

Back to School in Haiti–USAID plastic sheeting provides a roof for students at a Petionville Golf Course camp school in Haiti.

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