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Archives for 2014

Mobilizing ‘Makers’ for a Better World

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USAID is challenging Makers around the world to create sensor technologies that can improve the lives and livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Witness to an Historic Ukrainian Election

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Ukraine recently held historic elections as the world watched. USAID provided assistance to ensure the legitimacy and transparency of the process.

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Martha Learns to Read

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The United States is making an investment in Malawi — almost $100 million dollars over five years. But how is this going to change day-to-day life for a girl like Martha? The answer: “If Martha learns to read, she will be a more informed adult. If she can’t read, she’ll stick to the old ways of doing things.”

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Extraordinary Efforts in U.S. Food Assistance Underway as Extreme Food Insecurity Stalks South Sudanese

WFP airdrops in South Sudan

The Office of Food for Peace’s Director Dina Esposito recently returned from a trip to South Sudan, where USAID is taking extraordinary steps in response to extreme food insecurity.

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Rebuilding Livelihoods in the Philippines Post-Typhoon Haiyan

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Just over six months ago Typhoon Haiyan rocked the Philippines. Billy Dec, a member of President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders traveled recently to Leyte, home to Tacloban, to see how the recovery efforts are faring.

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Ending Child Labor

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An ambitious social movement to eradicate child labor globally came together two decades ago – and has had unprecedented success. At USAID, we have learned what programs are effective, and what more needs to be done to end child labor.

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Mapping Change in the Amazon: How Satellite Images are Halting Deforestation

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In the heart of the Brazilian Amazon, a group of scientists have become unconventional crusaders in the battle to halt deforestation.

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Global Leadership, Collaboration Aligned in the Fight Against Tuberculosis

Forthcoming. / David Rochkind, WHO

The global fight against TB remains fragile. Yet, promising new tools are now available, and donors and partners are allied around a new strategy with refocused resources. We are now at a crossroads between ending the TB epidemic by 2035 and witnessing millions more TB deaths. But with continued consultation, coordination and leadership, we believe we will end the epidemic.

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Battling Climate Change’s Most Powerful Punches

A common sight in Vunisinu and Nalase villages in Fiji—worn out concrete stilts as a result of flooding in the villages

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry describes climate change as “the greatest challenge of our generation.” In the Pacific Islands, USAID is working with communities to come up with the most effective solutions to climate change.

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Why Fighting Gender Violence is Also Fighting Hunger in the DRC

Ms. Namuhindo demonstration her new writing skills. / Rachel Grant, USAID

Eastern DRC is said to be the “rape capital of the world.” But how do gender issues relate to hunger? If the DRC can alter its behavior towards women, these women can stay in their communities, increase production on their land, earn incomes, and put food on their families’ tables.

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