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USAID Hosts over 130 Guests for Agency’s Iftar

By Hilda Arellano, Counselor for the U.S. Agency for International Development Last night, I was honored to stand in as host for our USAID Iftar, as our Administrator, Dr. Raj Shah, was touring the flood-affected areas of Pakistan.  An Iftar marks nightly breaking of the fast, which practicing Muslims undertake during the holy month of […]

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Update from Morocco on the Ramadan Youth Outreach Event

Submitted by Matthew Johnson The Ramadan Youth Outreach conference is in full swing. There is so much to write about, but I want to provide a few observations from the first full day of sessions. As I mentioned in my previous entry, the first day of the conference focused on Entrepreneurship, Employability, and Investment. There […]

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USAID Strengthens Malaria Control Efforts in Africa

Thanks to a little teamwork, efforts toward sustainable malaria control in Africa just received a boost. Indoor residual spraying (IRS), a mainstay of malaria eradication efforts for decades, has typically involved oversight by health specialists trained in IRS application.

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From Ideas to Projects: Kicking off Morocco’s Ramadan Youth Event

Submitted by Matthew Johnson, Outreach Coordinator, Asia & Middle East Bureaus Yesterday afternoon more than 160 youth (18 to 35) from across Morocco descended on the Capital city of Rabat. These young men and women have traveled long distances to participate in USAID’s 3rd annual Ramadan Youth Outreach event. I’ve traveled to Morocco from Washington, […]

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USAID In the News – August 14-19

USAID continues to work around the clock to provide assistance to flood-ravaged Pakistan.  Administrator Shah described the latest efforts to NPR while Mark Ward, acting director of the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, laid out the challenges in an interview with CNN.  Dr. Shah accompanied Secretary Clinton and Special Representative Holbrooke and to New York to urge […]

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Video: USAID Pakistan Flood Assistance

As USAID marks World Humanitarian Day, we continue around-the-clock efforts to support Pakistanis affected by the epic flooding in the country’s south and west. The scale of the disaster remains astounding, with millions already displaced. USAID-supplied plastic sheeting, enough to provide shelter for 7,800 families, has just arrived. Each of these families will also receive an emergency […]

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Quality Education and MDG 2

Submitted by David J. Barth, Director, Office of Education, USAID I enjoyed following a webchat today sponsored by the Brookings Institute on achieving Millennium Development Goal 2: universal primary education. While I didn’t agree with everything that my friend David Gartner said, I agreed with most and it got me thinking about the progress that […]

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Delivering Hope: One Pill At a Time

It’s shocking what two little pills can do for someone living with HIV/AIDS. Antiretroviral (ARV) drugs have been a lifesaving advance in the treatment of HIV/AIDS because they limit the virus’ power to weaken the immune system. A stronger immune system means stronger individuals. Instead of sickness and immediate death, HIV becomes a manageable disease. Mothers can continue to take care of their children, husbands can continue to support their families, and children can continue to attend school.

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USAID In the News – August 8-13

USAID’s assistance to the victims of massive flooding in Pakistan received continuing coverage with stories by NPR’s All Things Considered and Christian Science Monitor.  USAID Administrator Shah’s remarks appeared in a Reuters story on the larger effects of the disaster on August 8th and acting OFDA Director Mark Ward provided additional information at the State […]

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Improving Government Services for Palestinians

Submitted by Jan Cartwright USAID is helping the Palestinian Authority (PA) provide its constituents with more effective, efficient, and responsive services through an initiative called the PA Capacity Enhancement (PACE) project. Watch this short video to see what a difference USAID-funded renovations to the Nablus and Hebron Licensing Bureaus and the Hebron Ministry of Interior Office of Civil Affairs have […]

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