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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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Education + Health = Opportunity

Submitted by Wendy Coursen This is Education Week at USAID. We work across the globe from Dhaka to Dakar; and Kabul to Kinshasa to promote development and save lives by helping people and societies recover from disaster, escape poverty, and improve health and education.  All efforts are conducted on behalf of the American people – […]

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USAID in the News

It was a lively week for USAID in the media as several prominent outlets featured our work in different regions of the world, showcasing the great variety of ways in which which the Agency helps bring hope to people around the globe. National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” featured a piece on efforts to assist in building up the civil […]

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Early Grade Reading Assessment (EGRA) Plus: Liberia

Submitted by Justin Prud’homme In 2008, at the start of the Early Grade Reading Assessment program, a study was conducted in Liberia to assess the reading fluency of students in grades 2 and 3. The study was conducted in 47 randomly chosen schools throughout the country. What the study showed was that Liberian students in […]

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Zimbabwe’s Students Get the Tools to Learn

Zimbabwe’s primary school students will soon be able to get a better education, thanks to an influx of new materials and support provided in part by USAID. Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai launched the program on September 8. Zimbabwe’s 5,300 primary schools will receive over 13 million new textbooks, dramatically improving the current situation of one […]

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The Reading Crisis among the World’s Poorest Schoolchildren

Crossposted from The Brookings Institution. Written by: David Barth, Director of the Office of Education for the United States Agency for International Development, and Rebecca Winthrop, Senior Fellow and Director, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution Editor’s note: On September 8, the Brookings Institution and International Reading Association co-sponsored an event entitled, “Early Reading: […]

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