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Archives for 2014

Improving Agriculture to Help Lift Nigerian Families Out of Poverty

Alex Thier (far left) looks on as a Nigerian farmer checks the starch level of his cassava crop. (Photo Credit: USAID)

USAID/Nigeria has been investing in several agriculture activities such as Thai Farms to support local farmers. In fact, Maximizing Agricultural Revenue and Key Enterprises in Targeted Sites (MARKETS II) is the Nigeria Mission’s flagship agriculture activity. This project seeks to connect local farmers to markets, introduce new technology and partnerships, and provide training to farmers to improve production capacity.

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Building Skills and Promoting Collaboration among the Middle East and North Africa’s Budding Journalists

Journalists from Jordan, Lebanon and Morocco discuss a collaborative research project at a regional training program organized by USAID and ICFJ in Rabat, Morocco. (Photo: Frank Folwell, ICFJ)

The success of the democratic transitions underway around the Middle East and North Africa will depend on well-informed voters educated by a professional and objective media.

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Experts and Practitioners Discuss Global Trends in Civil Society

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USAID relies on local civil society organizations (CSOs) to play important roles in the development and humanitarian efforts that we support worldwide. However, current trends of governments placing restrictions on CSOs are requiring donors to find new and better ways to support civil society in difficult circumstances.

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Maintaining Women’s Potential in Yemen

Deputy Assistant Administrator Elisabeth Kvitashvili in Yemen

“The women of Yemen should never again be relegated as second class citizens.”-Attendee of the New Voices of Yemen Dinner, March 3, 2014 This was the heart of the messaging from the New Voices of Yemen: Women Leaders Dinner I attended on my second evening in the country’s capital, Sana’a. These women, a far larger […]

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Driving Progress in Asia through Science, Innovation & Partnership

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Progress — or instability — in Asia has ripple effects throughout the world and can impact us here at home. We’re forging partnerships that leverage resources and harness the science, technology and innovation that exist throughout the region to maximize impact — and reach.

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Cooking With Green Charcoal Helps to Reduce Deforestation in Haiti

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An organization in northern Haiti is promoting a cooking fuel made from agricultural waste that can save trees, help farmers increase their yields and generate additional income.

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Bringing Hope to Women in Sri Lanka’s Former Conflict Zones

Like most places that have experienced conflict throughout the world, women were deeply affected by Sri Lanka’s 26-year conflict. Several USAID initiatives continue to support these women by integrating them into society and bringing normalcy back into their lives.

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The Legends of East Africa Come to an Anthropologie Store near You

Rwandan designs and products fill the stores in Nairobi's Mille Collines store. With the help of our East Africa Trade Hub, the “legends and song” of Ethiopia, Tanzania, and Rwanda have made their way onto the shelves of Anthropologie.

In late February, U.S. based retailer Anthropologie launched the “Legend and Song Collection” to celebrate the craft and artisans of East Africa. This new collection offers traditional African textiles and beading combined with the unmistakeable Anthropologie style. Bright colors and intricate patterns adorn dresses, skirts, jewellery, and accessories for this limited time collection.

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Learning from Past Elections to Improve Current Elections

International support for elections has emphasized various dimensions during the past several decades. In an effort to promote free and genuine electoral processes, assistance has included technical support for election commissions, provision of electoral commodities, international and domestic election monitoring, political party capacity building and many other modes.

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USAID and INGOs – Traveling a New Path Together

The landscape of international development, and the architecture of aid that has traditionally underpinned it, have shifted significantly over the last decade. In 2012, official development assistance (ODA) from members of the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) of the OECD comprised less than 10 percent of the international resource flows into developing countries. Development has become […]

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