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Archives for 2011

Real Results in Afghanistan

By: Louisa Bargeron and Lars Anderson During the USAID delegation to Afghanistan, Administrator Rajiv Shah, Mission Director Earl Gast, and Alex Their, head of the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan,  visited the Hesa Awal Community Development Council (CDC)—an initiative made possible through Afghanistan’s National Solidarity Programme (NSP)—located in Dakoy Payan Village, Kabul.  Also present was […]

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Midwives and Roses

By Amie Batson, Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Global Health Bureau I’ve just returned from my first ever week in Pakistan and what a week it was.  Working with my colleagues in the US embassy and USAID offices, and with their Pakistani counterparts, I came to appreciate that development work in Pakistan is exceptionally hard […]

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Providing Safe Water to Cities in India

By: USAID/India For many Indian cities and towns facing the challenges of growing populations and urban expansion, providing direct access to clean, affordable, and reliable drinking water is a significant challenge. Currently, only a fraction of the urban population has direct access to clean piped water, often because of inadequate and inefficient supply systems. The […]

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Southern Sudan Referendum Results: Independence

Submitted by: Angela Stephens, USAID Africa Bureau Today it was announced that in a landslide vote nearly 99% of southern Sudanese voters opted to secede from Sudan.  The Government of Sudan has formally accepted the outcome, an important step in preserving peace in a region that has suffered through decades of war. But just weeks […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (1/31/2011–2/4/2011) January 31 Reuters reports that at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the world’s preeminent companies announced a major plan to invest in agriculture projects in Tanzania and Vietnam. USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah championed the plan, stating “we believe it is smarter and more efficient to support agriculture than to […]

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Week 11: Working in Development

Submitted by Kimberly Ocheltree, Community Health Educator in Peace Corps Cameroon. Before joining the Peace Corps, Ms. Ocheltree worked as a Policy Fellow in USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health. I used to work at USAID and answer mission’s questions surrounding 13 various policies and statutes related to family planning assistance. My life has […]

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Picture of the Week: Secretary Clinton Chairs the Annual Meeting of the President’s Interagency Task Force To Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons

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Paving the Way for a Measles-Free Nigeria

Guest Post by: Andrea Gay, Executive Director of Children’s Health at the United Nations Foundation For the last ten years, I have seen thousands of children cry after being pricked by needle for a vaccination against measles –a deadly disease that is preventable by one quick, albeit painful, shot. I witnessed it again this week […]

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USAID Commemorates National Freedom Day and Advocates to Combat Human Trafficking

On February 1, 1865 President Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment outlawing slavery and sent it to the States for ratification.  February 1st was later established as National Freedom Day.  A very complex form of “modern slavery” currently pervades across society and affects men, women and children.  Through human trafficking, individuals and families are entrapped in […]

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Voters Chose Secession for Southern Sudan, Provisional Referendum Results Show

Provisional results announced in Juba Sunday for the referendum on self-determination for southern Sudan indicate that southern Sudanese voted overwhelmingly to secede and form a new nation. Of more than 3.8 million votes cast, nearly 99 percent chose secession, and just over 1 percent chose unity with northern Sudan.

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