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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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USAID Responds: Pakistan Flood Relief

Submitted by Ryan Cherlin A tragedy of epic proportions, the floods in Pakistan have already affected more than 12 million people. Rain continues to fall, water levels are still rising, and the country’s dams are already operating at high capacity. An estimated 1,500 have perished, millions are left vulnerable without access to healthcare, and more […]

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NBA and WNBA Bring Nets to Senegal but Grab Mosquitoes, not Baskets

Submitted by: Susan Telingator On Friday, August 6, USAID/Senegal was pleased to be a part of the effort to distribute long-lasting, insecticide-treated mosquito nets with the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets Campaign and NBA Cares programs in Rufisque, a suburb of Dakar. Teams of NBA (National Basketball Association) and WNBA (Women’s National Basketball Association) […]

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Jordan Celebrates International Youth Day

More than 650 youth from across the Kingdom of Jordan gathered at a mountain top over looking Petra last week to celebrate International Youth Day.  The day long celebration included Jordanian music and folk dances, contests, sketches, and workshops. During his remarks to the participants, USAID|Jordan Mission Director Jay Knott quoted King Abdullah II saying […]

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Great Gains for Tiny Timor-Leste – Reflections from the Road Part 2

Development Half a World Away: Field Visit Day Two and Departure By Frank Young, USAID’s Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia It was the second day of our field trip to visit USAID projects in rural Timor-Leste.  That morning, we headed down the mountain to participate in a harvest ceremony of high-value horticulture crops being […]

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Great Gains for Tiny Timor-Leste – Reflections from the Road

Development Half a World Away: Arrival and Field Visit Day One Submitted by Frank Young, USAID Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Asia I touched down at the one-building international airport in Dili, Timor-Leste, on July 24 and was met by Mission Director Mark White. As we dashed to his car, he told me that he […]

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