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Archives for 2012

Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons

(Special Rapporteur Beyani is participating in a roundtable hosted by USAID Deputy Administrator Steinberg on March 22.  USAID supports the work of the Special Rapporteur through the Brookings-London School of Economics (LSE) Project on Internal Displacement.) As a reader of this blog, I invite and challenge you to do more in a personal capacity to […]

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In TB Fight, a Call for More Teamwork

Guest blogger Joanna Breitstein is the Director of Communications at the TB Alliance. At an event heralding the launch of a new clinical trial that tests tuberculosis drugs in combination, Robert Clay, Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Global Health Bureau, said that he wants researchers and those who oversee programs in countries to work more closely […]

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Fighting for Justice in Colombia – One Courageous Woman’s Story

As a 26-year-old junior reporter with the Colombian newspaper El Espectador, Jineth Bedoya Lima sought out tough assignments, despite knowing the risks it could entail.  Through painstaking investigative journalism, she began to uncover an arms smuggling network between government security forces and imprisoned paramilitaries in the maximum security La Modelo prison in Bogotá. On May 25, […]

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Pounds of Prevention: Focus on Mozambique

In this next edition of “Pounds of Prevention,” we travel to the country of Mozambique. Over the past decade, Mozambique has set up a cyclone early warning system that combines technology with community organization and mobilization. Every year when the cyclone season arrives, and flooding threatens the countryside, the people in Mozambique are better prepared […]

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Small, but Perfectly Formed: Coffee Drives Development in Timor-Leste

The road south out of Dili climbs steadily, winding back and forth with spectacular switchbacks on a paved but narrow road, one of the few that crosses Timor-Leste, ultimately reaching the country’s south coast.  I am told Timor-Leste is about the size of Connecticut – a state I have traversed many times in just a […]

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Peace, Recovery, and Development in Northern Uganda

Northern Uganda experienced one of Africa’s longest running conflicts from 1987 through 2007. The Lord’s Resistance Army terrorized communities, and abducted tens of thousands of children to train as child soldiers. The conflict exacted severe economic losses, leading to mass displacement of people, a breakdown in infrastructure, and severely weakened governance and social structures. In the […]

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USAID In the News

Weekly Briefing (3/12/2012 – 3/16/2012) March 14: A recent study highlighted in Federal Computer Week magazine showed that USAID was one of three federal agencies currently in full compliance with the White House transparency recommendations issued in March 2011. Under the Administration’s Open Government Directive released in December 2009, agencies developed open government plans in April 2010. Many […]

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USAID and OIC: Working Together to Save Lives

Originally posted to the White House Blog. The United States has always been committed to providing assistance to those around the world in the midst of crisis. Last year alone, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) dispatched aid in the aftermath of 67 disasters in 54 countries, saving countless lives and bringing much needed […]

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My 2012 Annual Letter: Elevating Development within America’s Foreign Policy

About a year ago, I decided to write an annual letter to share some of the work our Agency does saving lives and improving human welfare around the world. I also wanted to describe some of the priorities we’ve set and tough choices we’ve made in order to deliver meaningful results for and on behalf […]

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Discussing the Crisis in Sudan and South Sudan with the Senate and George Clooney

Yesterday I had the opportunity to testify on the rising humanitarian crises in Sudan and South Sudan before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.   It’s been just eight months since we celebrated the peaceful separation of South Sudan from Sudan, marking a turning point for a people who have endured war for the greater part of […]

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