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Administrator Shah and Secretary Duncan on International Literacy Day

Check out USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan discussing education on International Literacy Day. Visit our Education page for more information and updates on USAID’s literacy and education programs around the world.

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Celebrating Literacy in Liberia

Submitted by Justin Prudhomme – USAID/Liberia How do you celebrate International Literacy Day in a country where half the population cannot read and literacy is often viewed with suspicion? This was what the staff of USAID’s mission in Liberia wrestled with as we prepared to acknowledge International Literacy Day on September 8th. During the civil […]

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‘The First Step to Rebuilding Our Lives’ USAID supports shelter for displaced Swat families

Submitted by Zack Taylor Girlagan,

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A Word from Representative Lowey on Education

Submitted by Congresswoman Nita Lowey (NY-18) As we recognize the vital role education plays worldwide during Education Week at USAID, we must commit to redouble our efforts to ensure a quality education for all children. Basic education is not a luxury we can afford to do without in tough times, but rather an essential part […]

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Focus on Literacy and Learning: The Global Community’s Failing Grade

Submitted by: Rebecca Winthrop Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution On the occasion of International Literacy Day and USAID’s Education Week, I wanted to address the fact that so many school children in developing countries are not learning to read in the vital first few years of primary school.  Failing […]

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Our First “Evidence Summit”: Tackling Tough Challenges of Counterinsurgency and Counterterrorism

Submitted by Ruth Levine, Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning Today is the launch of USAID’s first “Evidence Summit,” where scholars and practitioners will put their heads together to ensure that state-of-the-art research and evaluations are used in what we do as an Agency every day.  During the next day and a […]

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USAID Macedonia Education Week Highlights

Submitted by  Lela Jakovlevski and Alexander Woods, USAID/Macedonia Roma Education Project The five Roma Education Centers in Skopje, Kumanovo, and Prilep are always buzzing with activity. Each day, four groups of children arrive for two hours at a time for after-school lessons, educational games, and important socializing. The younger children focus on literacy, numeracy, and Macedonian practice […]

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From the Field

In Liberia, to celebrate International Literacy Day, USAID’s Core Educational Skills for Liberian Youth (CESLY) is launching a writing contest across all 266 schools they support. Students will compete to write short, original stories built around a positive, inspiring, and unifying theme, and the winning stories will be published and distributed to students across the […]

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Building Business Opportunities in Haiti

Submitted by Paul Weisenfeld As the U.S. Government works closely with the Government and people of Haiti to rebuild their country, we’re seeing encouraging signs of progress that reflect the resilience of the Haitian people.  For example, together with the Haitian Government and the international community, we’ve removed over 881,000 cubic meters of rubble through […]

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USAID in the News – August 30-September 3

USAID partnered with the Uganda Electoral Commission to post Uganda’s voter registry online.  The system is designed to make the process more accessible and transparent. East African Business Week reports the program was supported through a USAID grant to the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). In an interview with the Washington Post Peace Corps Director […]

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