Recent Site Articles
Looking Down Supply Chains to Counter Human Trafficking
by Marina Colby on 30th July 2015
On World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, USAID recognizes human trafficking as a major violation of human rights. To better identify and counter human trafficking in supply chains, USAID is pioneering an initiative called Supply Unchained.
USAID Seeds Innovation: 15 Social Entrepreneurs Making a Difference
by Tahalia Barrett on 29th July 2015
With interests ranging from “Uber for tractors” to rights for the visually impaired, the innovations from this year’s Echoing Green Global Fellows are providing essential services, creating jobs and reducing poverty -- often through market-based solutions.
Subsistence to Surplus: How Gifty Went from Barely Making Ends Meet to Meeting President Obama
by Tjada McKenna on 28th July 2015
A surplus harvest seemed almost too good to be true to Gifty, a smallholder farmer in Ethiopia. But with new seeds and some help from the United States, she transformed her farm and her life. Today, she shared the story of her success with President Obama.
Equipping Africa to Support Its Own Development
by Alex Thier on 27th July 2015
The global development community is coming together to make several big decisions on how to finance the Sustainable Development Goals. One way to do this is through domestic resource mobilization, or helping countries better fund their own development.
Solar Lamps Shed Light in Rural Communities
by Rudy Gharib on 25th July 2015
President Obama’s Power Africa initiative aims to help private sector partners realize their potential in scaling affordable energy access to remote communities who live beyond the grid--a key ingredient for spurring economic growth.
The Heart of Progress: Transformation in Africa
by Eric Postel on 24th July 2015
This week, President Obama travels to Africa to see how U.S. development efforts have helped transform communities. USAID helped deliver this change, but our results aren’t just numbers. The people behind our work--more than any statistic--reflect the meaning of our progress.
First Time Loans Give Grassroots Farmers a Chance to Grow
by Claire Everhart on 22nd July 2015
USAID Mozambique and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency are helping to get needed funds into the hands of entrepreneurs so they can grow their businesses.
Healing Plants to Feed a Nation
by Miriam Otipa on 21st July 2015
Miriam Otipa was the first women in her village in Kenya to earn a science degree. She wanted to do more to ease farmers' suffering and is now providing solutions to plant diseases.
3 Myths About Women and Violent Extremism
by Russell Porter and Kristen Cordell on 20th July 2015
When it comes to terrorism, think women are just victims? Think again. USAID is dispelling this and other common myths and getting to the real story.
Sustainable Finance Key to Health Equity
by Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez on 16th July 2015
Shouldn’t a baby in Ethiopia and a baby in the U.S. have the same opportunity to be born safely? The Global Financing Facility in support of Every Woman Every Child aims to bring an end to preventable maternal, child and adolescent deaths by 2030.