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Archives for June, 2011

From the Field

In Benin, we will hold a workshop on the Ambassadors Girls’ Scholarship Program (AGSP). USAID/Africa is undertaking a best practices review of the Ambassadors Girls’ Scholarship Program (AGSP), which has provided scholarships to more than 550,000 primary and secondary school students, predominately girls, since 2002 under the African Education Initiative (AEI). In the Ukraine, we […]

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The Power of Wheat: Honoring Borlaug’s Legacy

By Dr. Rob Bertram, Director of the USAID Bureau for Food Security’s Office of Agricultural Research and Transformation We don’t often stop to think about how much the global  food supply depends on dedicated researchers who work to ensure bountiful harvests for farmers—and indeed for everyone who eats.  Thanks to the vision and work of […]

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30 Years of HIV/AIDS: A USAID Historical Perspective

On June 5, 1981, the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reported that five seemingly healthy young gay men were diagnosed with an infection that would typically affect only individuals with substantial damage to their immune system. As similar cases cropped up, national and international attention soared, and the scientific and public health community mobilized to […]

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Interpreting the Arab Spring at DRG: 2.0

The events of the Arab Spring have had tectonic effects on Middle Eastern civil society from Tahrir Square to Benghazi. Today at 11:30am, USAID is hosting a panel of policy experts, moderated by our own Deputy Administrator, discussing how the international community can best respond to this historic opportunity to support freedom and opportunity in […]

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The Other Half of the Family Planning Equation

As Father’s Day approaches I look back to when my wife and I first decided to have children. We married fairly late, both in our early 30s, so we planned to have our first child just a couple years after we married. It was an exciting time; much thought went into planning our family. We […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (6/6/2011–6/10/2011) June 14 Numerous media outlets covered the GAVI summit that was held in London. The coverage concentrated on the fact that the international vaccine organization exceeded its fundraising goal.  The Kaiser Daily Global Health Policy Report and The UK’s Daily Mail highlighted USAID and included quotes from USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. […]

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Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance 2.0

Next week, USAID is excited to be hosting DRG 2.0: Promoting Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance in 2011, and we’d like you to participate. What is DRG 2.0? Our own David Yang, Director of our Office of Democracy & Governance, says it best. With the exciting emergence of the Arab Spring, USAID experts in Democracy, […]

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Photo blog: If countries lead will donors follow?

Originally posted on the Ministerial Leadership for Global Health (MLI) Blog All five MLI countries were represented Thursday afternoon at the MLI event, “If Countries Lead Will Donors Follow?” at the Global Health Council’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. Delegates spoke on a panel moderated by John Donnelly in The Ambassador Room, sharing stories about […]

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USAID Convenes Discussion on South Sudan Private Sector Engagement

Angela Stephens is a Development Outreach and Communications Officer in the Africa Bureau. USAID on June 14 convened a discussion in Washington with representatives of the World Bank, the Departments of Treasury and Commerce, the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, Citibank, the Corporate Council on Africa, and the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS) to discuss investment […]

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The Health Professional Crisis: A Personal Perspective

Phetogo Phoi, Lab Logistics Advisor, Supply Chain Management System (SCMS) Botswana, like many countries, struggles with a limited amount of health workers, especially personnel qualified in the area of lab management.  In Botswana, this challenge is compounded by a limited number of graduate and undergraduate health programs. Professional courses, especially in the health area, are […]

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