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Pipeline to Prosperity: Creating Sustainable Partnerships for Minority Businesses

Submitted by Mauricio Vera Today I spoke at the Congressional Black Caucus conference on a panel entitled “Pipeline to Prosperity: Creating Sustainable Partnerships for Minority Businesses”. The event was hosted by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the audience consisted primarily of small and minority business owners. I enjoy participating in these events to hear from the […]

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Why Security Matters in Developing Africa

Submitted by Sharon Cromer Today I had the opportunity to take part in a panel on Africa’s role in world security at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Conference. Security is a required precursor to development. You cannot attain economic growth, better health and education, and good governance without it. But while the number of armed […]

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The Congressional Black Caucus and Haiti’s Recovery

Submitted by Paul Weisenfeld, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator/LAC Today, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel discussion on Haiti’s path to reconstruction at the 40th Annual Congressional Black Caucus Legislative Conference, in Washington D.C.   The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was one of the champions that helped to push the Supplemental Request, which unlocked […]

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USAID’s Afghanistan Director to lead Egypt Mission

James A. Bever, formerly the Director of the Independent Office of Afghanistan-Pakistan Affairs for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was sworn in today as the Director of the Agency’s Mission to Egypt. “This is a key time for our mission in Egypt,” said USAID’s Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah.  “Our relationship with Egypt is an […]

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Countdown to MDG Summit: Conversations With America “The Obama Administration’s Work Toward Achieving the Millennium Development Goals”

Conversations With America Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator, USAID David Lane, President and CEO, ONE The Obama Administration’s Work Toward Achieving the Millennium Development Goals Conversations With America U.S. Department of State Moderator: PJ Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs September 16, 2010 On Thursday, September 16, 2010, David Lane, President and CEO of […]

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COUNTDOWN TO THE MDG SUMMIT: USAID’s Rajiv Shah: “We Need Results”

As featured in Ministerial Leadership Initiative’s blog Part two of the 8-part series In the Driver’s Seat: A Series on Country Ownership of Health Programs. Dr. Rajiv Shah was sworn in as the 16th Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on December 31, 2009. He spoke with John Donnelly earlier this […]

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USAID/Ukraine Promotes Energy Efficiency Month at National Municipal Forum

Submitted by Erin Concors At a recent municipal forum event, mayors and government officials from across Ukraine thanked USAID for its work in reforming Ukraine’s heating sector. Hundreds of local and national government workers flocked to the Sixth Ukrainian Municipal Forum on Sept. 9 and 10 in Yalta. Janina Jaruzelski, Director of the USAID Regional […]

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COUNTDOWN TO THE MDG SUMMIT: Global Investment in Malaria Prevention Could Save 3 Million Lives Over Next Five Years

By Rear Adm. Tim Ziemer, U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator This morning at the National Press Club, I joined the Roll Back Malaria Partnership (RBM) to launch the third report from the Progress & Impact Series “Saving Lives with Malaria Control: Counting Down to the Millennium Development Goals”.  The report states that the lives of almost […]

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From the Field

In Albania, we are supporting competitiveness in the fashion industry.  USAID’s business development project will hold a series of workshops in September on competitiveness-related topics following a USAID-sponsored trip in August to the Copenhagen International Fashion Fair.  The timing of these workshops also coincides with the launch of 5 websites and other communication materials supported […]

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Tragedy and Hope in Kalam

Submitted by Richard Zack Taylor Bhan, Pakistan: As the eldest of five siblings with a father working overseas, 10-year-old Olfata had a lot of responsibility helping to look after her four younger brothers and sisters, while lending a hand on her extended family’s potato farm and apple orchard in mountainous north of the country. One […]

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