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Partnership Plans Announced at Southern Sudan Agriculture Conference

Submitted by Angela Stephens Despite enormous potential for Southern Sudan’s agriculture sector, decades of conflict and the legacies of war—including poor transport, limited storage capacity and processing facilities, and a poor investment climate—have hindered agriculture development.  As a result, most southern Sudanese farmers produce for subsistence rather than profit, and consumers suffer from high prices […]

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Saving Mothers and Newborns in Afghanistan

Every 27 minutes, a woman in Afghanistan dies from complications due to pregnancy or birth. Across the country, midwives are the frontline health care providers working day and night to save these women. Educated with USAID support, Sadiqa Husseini, 24, is among the more than 2,000 new midwives who are helping to significantly reduce Afghanistan’s maternal mortality rate, which is among the highest in the world.

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USAID In the News — August 21 – 27

Dr. Shah’s trip to flood-ravage Pakistan received extensive coverage in regional and international media, helping to show that United States is in the forefront of the international effort to help the people of Pakistan in their hour of need. CNN  aired a detailed piece with compelling scenes of the devastation, as well as Dr. Shah’s message of the […]

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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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