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Archives for September, 2011

Scaling Up Nutrition: Supporting country-led efforts to promote healthier lives

Back in June, I posted here about the negative impacts of global undernutrition as my colleagues and I prepared for Feed the Future’s agriculture and food security Research Forum in Washington, D.C. This week, as I attend two meetings for the international Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) movement during U.N. General Assembly week in New York, […]

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Eyes on UNGA: Day 1

USAID’s first day at the 66th Session of the United Nations General Assembly was packed with a range of events covering topics from U.S. Pakistan relations, to the launch of a new campaign to engage the public around the largest humanitarian emergency on earth. From the halls of respected think tanks, to the floor of […]

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Investing in Women to Change the World

In this era of slow growth, high unemployment, and fiscal woes, investing in women is an economic imperative. Fortunately, this recognition has taken hold in several quarters. At the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit on Women and the Economy last week, Secretary Clinton argued that “by increasing women’s participation in the economy and enhancing […]

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Delivering Quality, Affordable and Equitable Care to Improve Health

The U.N. High Level Meeting on Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases marks only the second time in history the UN has held a special meeting on a health issue: the first was for HIV/AIDS in 2001. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) represent an urgent and growing global public health concern. In 2008, NCDs — diseases such […]

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Administrator Shah at the Social Good Summit

You can learn more about the FWD public awareness campaign at FWD the Facts about Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa and by visiting FWD.

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FWD the Facts about Famine, War, and Drought in the Horn of Africa

As many of you know, the worst drought in 60 years has devastated communities throughout the Horn of Africa, leaving more than 13 million people in a state of crisis—greater than the population of Los Angeles and New York combined. In Somalia—where twenty years of war and violence has limited humanitarian access and destroyed the country’s […]

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USAID Impact @ UN General Assembly in New York

Every year, USAID plays an important role in the annual United Nations General Assembly in New York. This year is the 66th session of the Assembly and our USAID Impact blog is dedicated to giving you updates. This week from September 19-23, USAID Administrator Raj Shah and  other Agency leaders will participate in several events. […]

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Our Continuing Commitment to the People of Haiti

On Thursday, I had the opportunity to meet Emyl Mil, a rice farmer in Haiti, a focus country for President Obama’s Feed the Future initiative. When I spoke with Mr. Mil, he was excited about the use of a new, innovative approach called System of Rice Intensification.  This new technique has significantly increased rice yields […]

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Horn of Africa Update

Each week USAID produces a fact sheet with updates on the drought in the Horn of Africa.  These fact sheets provide background information about the crisis, key recent developments, data on U.S. humanitarian assistance to the region, and public donation information. We’ll now be featuring the key developments of the week on our blog as well.   […]

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Meeting Global Water Needs: Challenges and Solutions

I spoke today at the International Water Forum held at the United Nations. The Forum  was organized by the Energy and Waer Institute of New York and The Chronicles Group in cooperation with The World Water Organization (WWO),  and WaterAid America. The International Water Forum at the United Nations convened policy makers, academics, non-governmental organizations, […]

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