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Archives for June, 2011

Ordinary People Make Extraordinary Contributions to Combat Trafficking

About the author: Holly Burkhalter is Vice President of Government Relations for International Justice Mission The sheer size of the State Department’s 11th Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, released this week, is a reflection of the enormity and ubiquity of the crime of modern day slavery. Yet there is much to celebrate in the document […]

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Armenian Women Set Priorities for Increasing Political Participation

As featured from the National Democratic Institute More than 300 Armenian women from different political parties, civic organizations, government agencies and geographic regions came together for a two-day conference in Yerevan last month to discuss policy solutions to the challenges they all face. Together, they called for increasing women’s political and economic participation, better access […]

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Home Coming

I’m normally not an anxious traveler but I’m experiencing some deep unresolved, existential anxiety.  As I write this, I’m headed to Vilnius, Lithuania, for the first time in my life.  Today, June 29, is the 70th anniversary of the massacre of all the remaining Jews in a village in Lithuania where my father was born. […]

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How to Make Change: Open for Questions – Youth and International Development

As featured in the White House Blog Poverty affects young people here in America, and in developing countries around the world. Political instability, and conflict pose threats to our national security.  The global economy can provide opportunities for young Americans to earn a living while advancing development objectives.  The United States has a long history […]

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A Trafficker Behind Bars: A Counter Trafficking Success Story

By: Niyama Rai, CTIP Monitoring and Evaluation Officer for The Asia Foundation Eighteen year-old Sita[1] met Prakash in Banke, a district in the far west of Nepal, where she lived with her parents. Prakash came to her village during a festival celebration, and Sita’s uncle introduced them. The two quickly fell in love and decided […]

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The Young African Women Leaders, the First Lady, and Me

Nicole Goldin is Senior Advisor in USAID’s Policy, Planning and Learning Bureau I made my way to Johannesburg along with 76 bright and dynamic young women – 44 from across South Africa and 32 from other countries in sub-Saharan Africa – for the U.S. Government-sponsored Forum for Young African Women Leaders.  Ranging in age from […]

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USAID and Intel Meeting Affirms Partnership; Expands Collaboration

By: Cecilia Brady, Alliance Advisor Earlier this month, USAID and Intel Corporation held their annual management review meeting to analyze the achievements of the longstanding collaboration between the two organizations, and to discuss expanding their cooperation. Intel, a global technology company based in California, is perhaps best known for its microprocessors that are ubiquitous in […]

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Stop Human Trafficking App Challenge

Sarah Mendelson, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance When was the last time you used your mobile phone to look up an address, stream a video clip, or play a game? Now think about the last time you used your mobile phone to support human rights, raise awareness for a cause, or […]

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Rural and Agricultural Finance in the Spotlight at Cracking the Nut Conference

By Shari Berenbach, Director of USAID’s Microenterprise Development Office Some 600 million agricultural smallholders presently earn less than $2 per day – and the press is on to develop effective service methods that both lead to increased food production and food security.  Yet, we know a lot more about what doesn’t work to reach these […]

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From the Field

In Tajikistan, the Youth Theater for Peace tour will kick-off. The USAID Youth Theater for Peace project uses an arts-based approach, which aims to advance sustainable peace promotion at the community level by encouraging changes in attitudes and behaviors among young people. In Senegal, we will participate in the 6th Annual Fight AIDS Day. In […]

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