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Archives for 2014

Defending Civil Society Organizations in Egypt

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Over the past few years we have learned that the united voice of citizens cannot be ignored. By making citizens more aware of the important role civil society plays, we are helping our democratic transitions succeed.

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Pounds of Prevention – Focus on South Africa

Members of Rescue South Africa prepare to deploy to the Philippines in response to Typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Photo courtesy of Rescue South Africa.

USAID’s commitment to disaster risk reduction includes an extensive focus on building first responder capacity around the globe. Thirteen years ago, USAID took notice of a nascent first responder organization based in Johannesburg—Rescue South Africa.

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Video of the Week: GEO Unleashing the Power of Open Data

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Fueled by open data, GEO’s efforts are now evident in most regions of the world. The United States has been a pioneer in making satellite and other observations data freely available and is a major supporter of GEO. The U.S. delegation to the conference included representatives from multiple agencies, including NOAA, NASA, the U.S. Geological […]

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Doing Business in Mozambique Just Got Easier

Mozambique has historically struggled with the process of issuing construction permits. The slow issuing process was identified by the private sector as a major obstacle impeding businesses. However, things are starting to change for the better. The latest World Bank Doing Business 2014 report shows a substantial improvement in the country’s construction permit indicator, jumping 46 places to 77th from 123rd in the most recent rankings.

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A U.S.-African Union

Every year, heads of state and cabinet officials from across Africa gather in Addis Ababa to meet with political, civil society, and business leaders at the annual African Union Summit. Last week, I was honored to lead the USAID delegation to my first AU Summit. The AU’s role is critical to the future of Africa.

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Why support efforts to abandon Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting?

The same elements that will transform a culture from performing FGM/C on its girl children – the values, and norms that inform the expected and accepted ways that people behave in a culture – will also bring increased acceptance for the use of contraception and information on family planning.

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Partnering to Make Merit-Based College Admissions the Norm in Ukraine

Prior to 2008, if you were to have asked typical Ukrainian high school students,  university applicants or their parents to honestly explain the surest way to gain entrance to university, most would have responded that informal payments and influence-seeking provided the golden keys to admission.  This type of process benefited not the brightest and most […]

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Eliminating Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

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When communities as a whole understand the physical and psychological trauma FGM/C causes, social transformation takes place – and this has proven to be the best way to ensure lasting support and an eventual end to the practice.

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Creating an AIDS-Free Generation through Science and Technology

Women can use this ARV-based vaginal gel to protect themselves against HIV. International Partnership for Microbicides

With the commitment, innovative spirit, creativity and hard work of our partners, USAID is continuously using science and technology in unprecedented ways to make great strides toward an AIDS-free generation.

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250 Million Children In The World Cannot Read And USAID Is Doing Something About It

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Two hundred and fifty million children in the world cannot read according to the recently released Education for All Global Monitoring Report, Teaching and Learning: Achieving Quality for All; 130 million of them are in primary school. If these children do not learn to read they will have fewer opportunities and struggle with learning for the rest of their lives.

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