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Archives for 2014

Tajikistan Transformed: Feeding the Future

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Twenty years ago Tajikistan was in civil conflict and gripped by a food crisis. Today, says USAID’s Regional Mission Director for the Central Asia Republics Ambassador Jonathan Addleton, the panorama is vastly different and more hopeful from what he once witnessed. Feed the Future is an important part of that transformation.

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10 Ways America is Helping Feed the World

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When President Obama took office, the world was mired in the midst of food, fuel, and financial turmoil that pushed millions of people back to the precipice of poverty. In 2007 and 2008, food prices hit all-time highs, sending prices for basic staples like rice and wheat beyond the reach of the world’s most vulnerable people.

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Liberia’s ‘Road’ (miles and miles) to Recovery

Liberia has 66,000 miles of roads, but less than 7 percent are paved. / USAID

Liberia has made great advancements since the end of its devastating war a decade ago. But Liberians continue to face a daunting challenge – all too often, when the “rubber meets the road,” there is quite literally no road to travel. USAID is helping solve that, bridging people, goods and helping Liberia make real strides against extreme poverty.

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Transforming Cities Today for Equitable Societies Tomorrow

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Cities are here to stay. But when it comes to how we share them, USAID believes in one fundamental principle: Growing cities can help to drive inclusive development; but local governments, organizations and communities must work together to ensure that urban growth does not overwhelm the ability to deliver basic services, and that the benefits of urbanization are felt by society’s most vulnerable.

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Reuniting Families Separated during Conflict in South Sudan

Violence and insecurity in South Sudan have forced more than 1 million people from their homes since mid-December. / Jacob Zocherman for Mercy Corps

Violence and insecurity in South Sudan have forced more than 1 million people from their homes since mid-December. More than 380,000 children been forced to uproot, when they should be playing in the safety of their communities. While fleeing, some get separated from their families. Helping some of these devastated families reunite may be one of the few bright spots in the midst of this horrible conflict.

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Why Free Media Matters

A minicab driver listens to a radio broadcast in a market in Abeche, Chad (2009). / Internews

Media independence has been tied to social stability, improved governance and reduced corruption, better health outcomes, faster economic growth and fewer famines. USAID’s support of open media environments in 31 countries around the world is having real impact on the lives of real people.

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The Syrian Conflict Through the Lens of Women and Girls

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The crisis in Syria presents humanitarian, developmental and demographic challenges particularly for women and children, who have been exposed to serious risks while fleeing their homes, in camps, and in unfamiliar countries’ cities and towns. Two USAID leaders recently visited Jordan and Turkey and returned with stories of great adversity and but also of hope.

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10 Reasons Vaccines are the Best Protector of Human Life

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To mark World Immunization Week, PATH is reporting on the lifesaving potential of vaccines against four illnesses that kill more than 2 million young children a year: malaria, pneumonia, rotavirus, and Japanese encephalitis. Here, Dr. John Boslego, director of PATH’s Vaccine Development Program, lists top 10 ways vaccines make a difference for children and for global health. This post originally appeared on PATH.

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Development Financing “Sea Change” Drives Real Change

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Read a USAID employee’s first-hand account of the difference even a small amount of credit can make in the life of an entrepreneur in the developing world. USAID is proud to scale this work through our Development Credit Authority.

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Video: Ghanaian Town Takes on Malaria

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One of the most effective methods the United States supports to fight malaria around the world is spraying homes in the areas where the mosquitos live with an insecticide – delivering a knock-out punch to the pesky population. This video shows how one community in Ghana is mobilizing against malaria.

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