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Archives for 2014

The U.N. World Conference on Indigenous People: An Opportunity for Real Change

Supported by USAID, the Cofan indigenous people of Ecuador are working to become more united and stronger to continue conserving biodiversity within their territories.

Although they make up less than 5 percent of the global population, indigenous peoples are guardians of nearly two thirds of the world’s languages, over 80 percent of its biodiversity, and most of the genetic diversity of the planet’s seed crops. As we struggle to find solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges, the importance of indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge cannot be overestimated.

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Millennium Development Goals: Interconnected Web of Individual Goals

The World Bank finds that when a girl completes her primary education, she will earn more over her lifetime. These young girls are taking part of a school feeding program in the commune of Mbao, near Dakar, Senegal..

In 465 days we will see which Millennium Development Goals we achieved and where we fell short. As the focus sharpens on progress and impediments to reaching our objectives, the clearer it becomes that the eight MDGs are fundamentally interdependent. So, how do we manage the connections to maximize progress?

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Water, Food and Extreme Poverty

A farmer ploughs his field in a village in West Bengal, India. The Securing Water for Food Grand Challenge for Development is helping harness ideas that have the potential to enable developing world farmers to grow more food with less water, or to make more water available for agriculture.

USAID is harnessing the power of innovation to address one of the most pressing challenges in the developing world — securing water for food. Learn more about the most exciting ideas we’ve received!

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An Unprecedented Response to the Ebola Crisis

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Today the world is facing the largest and most-protracted Ebola epidemic in history. Yesterday, at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, President Obama declared the Ebola epidemic in West Africa a top national security priority and announced a clear, comprehensive, and global strategy to stop the outbreak.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Female Condoms

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In honor of Global Female Condom Day, read and share these five facts about female condoms, and help ensure that we continue celebrating successes in advancing sexual and reproductive health for all.

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International Day of Democracy: Engaging Young People on Democracy

Alumni of the 4th edition of the Certificate in Leadership and Political Management course, Matagalpa, Nicaragua. / Corina Fuentes

Young people play a vital role in our efforts to promote resilient, democratic societies. Youth are not only the “leaders of tomorrow,” but a driving force for change today. They often are more willing to take risks and push for democratic change when others have become apathetic, subservient to undemocratic regimes, or are risk averse.

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Ending Extreme Poverty: Frontiers in Development Photo Contest Top 5

Photo by: Kevin Ouma/TechnoServe. Submitted by Natalya Podgorny

USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning is proud to share the top 5 photos from their Frontiers in Development photo competition. Which are your favorites?

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A Thank You to our Partners in Literacy

Students using tablets during a lesson at a classroom in the Ban San Kong school of Mae Chan, a town located in Thailand's northern province of Chiang Rai. / AFP, Christophe Archambault

More and more, through our Agency’s ambitious reform agenda, USAID Forward, we create innovative partnerships with the private sector and work in tandem with governments and ministries to identify barriers to education and to remove them.

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The $1 Trillion Market Opportunity: Taking Innovations to the Next Level

BioLite conducts a nighttime training on its low-cost biomass Homestove

Meet 11 exciting innovators from around the world who will attend next week’s Social Capital Markets Conference in San Francisco with a delegation from the U.S. Global Development Lab. Joining 2000 entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and investors, these innovators will seek to connect with impact investors and take their game-changing ideas to the next level.

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An Opportunity of 300,000 Lifetimes

A baby receives life-saving drugs. / Anna Zeminski, AFP / Getty Images

A new $200 million initiative by PEPFAR and CIFF will double the total number of children receiving life-saving ART across 10 priority African countries over the next two years, bringing us closer to achieving an AIDS-Free Generation.

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