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Archives for 2012

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah Honors the Life, Memory of U.S. Rep. Donald M. Payne

A statement on the passing of a true advocate of USAID’s work, Rep. Donald M. Payne of New Jersey. “There have been few greater friends of USAID than Rep. Donald M. Payne. Mr. Payne beat the drum of dignity and civil rights for women and girls from Rwanda and Afghanistan to Colombia and Morocco. He […]

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Inclusive Development: USAID’s New Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy

As posted on the White House Blog There are moments that make you proud. Proud to work in an Administration led by President Obama and Secretary Clinton who have made gender equality a top priority.  Last week was one of those times. Last year USAID Administrator Shah and I established a task team to craft […]

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Translating Words into Action – USAID’s Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Policy

In 2002 while working at the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW), I oversaw the completion of a report for the USAID-funded WIDTech project, a five-year $10 million dollar initiative to provide technical assistance on gender integration in USAID bureaus and missions. The report outlined how successful gender integration must start with sector-specific goals […]

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Responding Early and Building Resilience in the Sahel

Originally posted at Huffington Post. In the village of Tougouri, in Burkina Faso, I stood with the four women squinting in the sun. They each held a digging tool. Between them, they had 31 children and no husbands. Safieta, wearing a bright yellow scarf, noted the rains were bad last year. No, she said, none […]

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USAID in the News

Weekly Briefing (2/27/2012 – 3/2/2012) February 27: Over the weekend, USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah visited the campus of Bethel University, in Arden Hills, Minnesota. Administrator Shah praised Bethel for their commitment to international engagement and discussed USAID’s work in the areas of global health and food security. While in Minnesota, Administrator Shah also visited General Mills headquarters and […]

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Celebrating Media’s Impact on Development on World Press Freedom Day

May 3 is World Press Freedom Day – a day established by the UN General Assembly in 1993 to celebrate the principles of press freedom and bring attention to the threats to media independence around the world.  USAID celebrates World Press Freedom Day and welcomes the opportunity to salute the professionalism and bravery of media […]

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Pounds of Prevention: Focus on Kenya

I am really happy to share with you the second installment in USAID’s Pounds of Prevention series where we take a closer look at how disaster risk reduction work helps keep people safe from harm. This particular example from Kenya is near and dear to my heart. Since I first started work at USAID twelve years ago, […]

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Video: Health Research and Development in Kenya

USAID’s  health research strategy (PDF) includes assessing health conditions in developing countries and developing, testing, adapting, and introducing appropriate products and interventions within the context of strengthening local health systems. See that strategy in action in this new video from Global Health Technologies Coalition about our health research and development work in Kenya. Watch this video on YouTube.

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Understanding the Wants and Needs of Women Living Under $2 a Day

As development practitioners, do we adequately understand our target beneficiaries before programs are implemented?  Are we doing our ‘market research’ before investing resources, to best comprehend the wants and needs of those we intend to assist?  Yes, but only to some extent.  The development community has a variety of tools at its disposal, developed and […]

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Fighting newborn infections: New evidence leads the way

As published on HNN USAID is proud to be a partner of this research and is already supporting the first national scale-up of chlorhexidine in Nepal. Exciting new evidence has bolstered our fight against one of the top three causes of newborn deaths around the world. Each year approximately 1 million newborn babies lose their […]

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