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Archives for September, 2011

USAID in the News: Weekly Briefing (9/12/2011 – 9/16/2011)

September 9: Last Friday, The Christian Science Monitor published a story about one of USAID’s partners that is connecting mobile phone users with aid and relief workers in the Middle East. The article explains how text messaging is enabling development workers to learn what’s happening in the region and give out information on where people can […]

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From the Field

In Serbia, we held a launch event for an environmental joint initiative to reform waste management practices and achieve a sustainable long-term solution for waste management. The initiative is designed to strengthen the work of civil society organizations who are focusing on this issue. The group consists of five core members: the Center of Modern […]

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50 Years of Stabilizing Countries and Supporting National Security

This week, we’re highlighting how in volatile regions, USAID works side-by-side with the military, playing a critical role in our nation’s effort to stabilize countries, and build responsive local governance. Development efforts can also prevent conflict from occurring and future military involvement by helping countries become more stable, prosperous and less prone to violent extremism. […]

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Photo Gallery of USAID Administrator’s Trip to Haiti

USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah traveled to Haiti on Sept. 15, 2011, to discuss USAID’s long-term strategy for helping the nation recover from its devastating January 2010 earthquake.  Check out the photo gallery.

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The Role of Honor Related Violence in Sex Trafficking

In many societies, maintaining family and personal honor is integral to upholding cultural norms.  The burden of upholding such honor codes weighs more heavily on women and girls.  In countries such as Iraq, programs designed to combat human trafficking must address severe cultural stigmas about honor in conjunction with protection and prosecution efforts. Vian* was […]

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USAID Renews Commitment to Finding a Viable HIV Vaccine

Having worked in the HIV/AIDS realm for many years, I’ve gotten my share of questions on when I think an effective vaccine will finally be discovered and the world will bear witness to an AIDS free generation. Some wonder why, after 30 years, our path towards finding a cure for HIV—a virus that has taken […]

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Picture of the Week

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On the Road with SCMS, Part 3: In South Africa, a provincial depot’s dream team mobilizes to support scale up of HIV/AIDS care and treatment

In this three part series, Jay Heavner, Director of Knowledge Sharing and Communication at Supply Chain Management System (SCMS), highlights his experiences visiting three countries in Africa to observe SCMS project sites. In March, Diane Reynolds, Supply Chain Management System (SCMS)’s country director in South Africa,wrote about President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and USAID’s […]

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Building Civil Society in Nicaragua

As the leader of an important development project in Latin America, I had the chance to document the experience through video, highlighting aid beneficiaries’ civic passion and pride that characterize the current challenges in Nicaragua. The video, USAID: Building Civil Society in Nicaragua, captured the activities in Managua while showing scenic footage of the vibrant […]

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Stopping the Spread of Polio in Central Asia

When my daughter Caitlin cried getting her polio booster, I was able to staunch the flow of her tears by describing the amazing work USAID/Central Asian Republics did in Tajikistan last spring when USAID’s rapid response and advocacy with the host governments and other donors resulted in more than 7 million children getting vaccinated (that’s […]

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