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Archives for 2012

Putting People at the Heart of Resilience

Since 2000, it is estimated that floods, cyclones, tsunamis, earthquakes and other natural hazards have cost the world more than $1 trillion. These disasters have triggered significant social, ecological and economic devastation well beyond their immediate points of impact. Read more >>

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Does the New Resilience Policy Have Staying Power?

Villages that have received Mercy Corps training and initial seeds to build community gardens are faring much better than other villages in the region that have not. They have a wide variety of produce they can use to feed their families, as well as excess to sell in the local markets. Photo Credit: Cassandra Nelson, Mercy Corp

The global “resilience” agenda is exciting – and overdue. The idea that aid should invest not just in responding to crises, but also in preventing, mitigating, and helping people adapt to them, has been around for a long time. Read more >>

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Photo of the Week: “President Obama becomes the first US President to dedicate a USAID Mission”

During his visit to Burma, President Barack Obama announced a joint US-Burma partnership to advance democratic reform, and lay the groundwork for a peaceful and prosperous future for Burma. The President also announced $170 million dollars over the next two years to support this effort. The Partnership aims to strengthen democracy, human rights and rule […]

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Book Review: “No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses” by Peter Piot; Reviewed by Jennifer Albertini, USAID Africa

Jennifer (Jenny) Albertini is Senior HIV/AIDS Technical Advisor for USAID Africa's Health Team where she focuses on policy, program and technical guidance for the Agency's HIV/AIDS programs in Africa.  Jenny has worked with PEPFAR since its inception, including spending seven years in Zambia and Swaziland implementing and managing HIV/AIDS programs there.

For many, childhood is a time of wonder and ambitious dreams to travel to foreign lands and work on issues of social justice. Often times, such dreams remain unfulfilled – but, not for Peter Piot. Read more >>

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Book Review: “Tinderbox” by Daniel Halperin & Craig Timberg; Reviewed by Roxana Rogers, Paul Mahanna, David Stanton, Office of HIV/AIDS

Roxana Rogers, Director of the Office of HIV/AIDS, has a lifetime of experience working for USAID, previously supporting health offices in Zimbabwe and Burkina Faso. She has also worked as the Health & PEPFAR Office Chief at the USAID mission in South Africa.

Daniel Halperin, a medical anthropologist with a peripatetic background, including work with USAID, and Craig Timberg, a Washington Post journalist, combined impressive talent in this book, which details the unintended consequences of colonialization as it created the ideal situation for an explosive AIDS epidemic. Read more >>

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Implementation Science in Action: Turning HIV Research Into an AIDS-free Reality

I began work in USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS this past August – and, what an exciting time it’s been! With the agency-wide shift towards program efficiency, capacity building, country ownership and sustainability, a new term has risen to prominence: implementation science. Read more >>

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Young People in Bosnia Drive Economic and Social Development

A young woman from Zvornik in north-east Bosnia-Herzegovina is using a blower door and meter to measure air leakages to determine weatherization strategies in a rural house for the upcoming winter.

The release of the new USAID policy (PDF) on youth and development is an opportunity to reflect on whether our work in development is truly serving the next generation. Read more >>

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Shared Responsibility: The Catalyst for Long-Term Success in HIV & AIDS

Ariel Pablos-Mendez, PhD, is the Assistant Administrator for Global Health

This is a remarkable time to be in Global Health. The successes we are seeing now would not have been achieved without the shared responsibility and partnerships that have been forged over the years Read more >>

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16 Day Challenge: U.S. and Afghan Governments Partner to Combat Human Trafficking

Afghan children in Nuristan Province. Photo Credit: AFP Photo/Tauseef MUSTAFA

USAID is leading a U.S. government interagency process designed to help Afghanistan combat trafficking in persons. Read more >>

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Debra Messing, Actress and HIV Activist, Promotes HIV Combination Prevention in Zambia

Debra Messing, Actress and PSI Global Health Ambassador, cuts the ribbon at a US-funded New Start HIV counseling and testing center in Mongu, Zambia. Photo Credit: Zoeann Murphy

This past May I traveled to Zambia and had the chance to see my taxpayer dollars hard at work – saving and improving lives. I wanted to see, and learn, how “combination prevention” helps stop the spread of HIV. Read more >>

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