On Friday, March 8, USAID joined in celebrating International Women’s Day here in Washington, D.C., Ghana and around the world. At the Duffor R. A Primary School in Ghana, USAID, in-collaboration with the Ghana Education Service, celebrated International Women’s Day with students, teachers, and assembly members under the theme “A Promise is a Promise: Time for Action to End Gender Based Violence in School,” Business Ghana reports.

USAID celebrates International Women’s Day. Photo credit: USAID

In response to the March 5 front page story in the Washington Post, “Project’s Key Step is Left to Afghans,” Alex Thier, assistant to the administrator for the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, wrote a letter to the editor which appeared in Sunday’s paper. The letter challenges the article’s claim that USAID is “walking away” or “scaling back” efforts to complete the Kajaki Dam, but in fact USAID is tapping into the “increased capacity of the Afghans to take on responsibility for their own economic and social development.”