Recent Site Articles
The Power of Scientific Research Investment in Africa
by Andy Sisson on 21st August 2014
Earlier this month, the New York Times published an op-ed arguing persuasively that scientific and technological progress is the key to African development. We are pleased to say that this vision is one that USAID fully supports and has already taken significant steps to catalyze. Today, Africans are the architects of their development, not just beneficiaries.
Making for a Stronger Africa
by Eric King, Stephanie Santoso and Kate Gage on 19th August 2014
The Maker Movement is transforming the way we design and produce things – both here at home and overseas. With young African leaders having recently converged on Washington, we got a first hand look at how makers are shaking up the continent
Providing Humanitarian Assistance During Unprecedented Times
by Jeremy Konyndyk on 19th August 2014
Today is World Humanitarian Day, a day to commemorate the fallen relief workers who died in the 2003 bombing of the UN headquarters in Baghdad, as well as the thousands of others who have given their lives to help those in need. Last year marked the most violent year for aid organizations in the past decade: 155 relief staff were killed, 168 were injured, and 132 were kidnapped. This is always a sobering day, but is all the more so this year as we mourn the six aid workers just recently murdered in South Sudan and the many health care staff in West Africa who have sacrificed their lives treating those with Ebola.
On the Frontlines of the Ebola Response: an Inside Look at a Program to Help the Grieving
by Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) on 18th August 2014
In Liberia, a country gripped by Ebola, the outbreak has not only taken its toll on health care workers but also on the professionals who comfort the grieving.
How Gender Analyses Shaped the Future of Microbicides
by Celia Karp on 15th August 2014
Three key takeaways: USAID-supported gender analyses in South Africa and Kenya zero in on the best ways to effectively introduce microbicides, an HIV prevention method that women can control.
Crises on Four Fronts: Rising to the Call
by Rajiv Shah on 12th August 2014
From Mount Sinjar in Iraq to vulnerable communities in South Sudan; battling Ebola in West Africa, and in the refugee camps on the Syrian border: This is the first time in our Agency’s history that we have been called on to manage four large-scale humanitarian responses at once—in addition to reaching other vulnerable populations worldwide and preparing communities ahead of natural disasters. We are not working alone. We are grateful to our U.N., NGO, and local partners, who have demonstrated exceptional fortitude and compassion in the face of relentless tragedy.
The Power of the Classroom
by Susan Markham on 12th August 2014
Girls in many parts of Africa face extraordinary obstacles to get an education. However, Senior Gender Coordinator for USAID, Susan Markham, explains the almost immeasurable value that such an opportunity can provide.
Sharing Agricultural Success with President Obama: One Year Later
by Impact Blog Team on 8th August 2014
It’s been a year since Nimna Diayte met President Obama in Senegal when he stopped by for a chat at her booth at the Feed the Future Agricultural Technology Marketplace. The president was impressed by Nimna’s can-do attitude and the way she had become a community leader and entrepreneur. Nimna made quite the impression! In fact, President Obama even mentioned her last week during a discussion at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum in Washington, DC.
Mobile Agriculture: A Lifeline for Pakistan’s Farmers
by Shehla Rizwan on 6th August 2014
USAID is boosting rural incomes through “mobile agriculture,” a promising technology that sends crucial information and financial services directly to farmers’ mobile phones.
Haiti’s High-Tech Revolution: The ‘New Model’ in Action
by Alex Thier on 5th August 2014
USAID is providing crucial support to an innovative tech startup in Haiti. Surtab, a tablet manufacturer, produces high quality products while investing in their workers through training and competitive wages.
Five Takeaways from AIDS 2014
by David Stanton on 4th August 2014
USAID Office of HIV/AIDS Director David Stanton on his five takeaways from AIDS 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.
Will Our Generation be Responsible for Killing Off the Tiger?
by Mary Melnyk on 29th July 2014
In honor of International Tiger Day, USAID has committed nearly $900,000 to multilateral conservation efforts designed to protect big cats from some of their most dangerous enemies. Environmental conservation is a key component of USAID’s mission to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies.