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Election Access for Voters with Disabilities: The Good, the Bad and the Totally Bizarre

A voter casts her ballot in Aceh during the 2009 Indonesian legislative elections. / Suparta, IFES

USAID is supporting the development of a new module, entitled “Elections and Disability Rights” designed to train election stakeholders. Assessing gaps between international legal standards, and domestic law and practice is critical and affects developed and developing democracies alike.

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U.S. Opens New Ebola Clinic in Liberia

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Liberia is in the midst of a building boom to help control the spread of Ebola. In support of the Liberian Government’s Ebola response strategy, the United States is in the process of constructing 15 Ebola treatment units (ETUs) in this hard-hit nation.

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The Economic Case for LGBT Equality Worldwide

Dr. Claire Lucas, USAID’s senior adviser on partnerships, addresses the audience at the launch of the joint Williams Institute-USAID report on LGBT inclusion and economic development. Seated, left to right: Carla Koppell, chief strategy officer, USAID; M.V. Lee Badgett, report author and research director, Williams Institute; and Brad Sears, executive director, Williams Institute. Photo credit: Matthew Corso/USAID

It has long been suspected that LGBT discrimination stifles innovation, curbs economic growth and locks people into the devastating cycle of extreme poverty. A new report proves it.

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One Year Later—the Road to Resilience After Typhoon Haiyan

The United States is providing more than $47 million in humanitarian aid to help the people of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. This photo was taken in hard-hit Tacloban, Nov. 18, 2013. At least 200,000 people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippine city of Tacloban and six surrounding districts are now receiving clean water for cooking and drinking, as the first water treatment plant came back to full operating capacity / IOM/J. Lowry

USAID is taking the lessons learned from Haiyan, and scaling up the best solutions for building resilience, especially in areas of recurring shocks. USAID launched the Global Resilience Partnership, to catalyze locally driven, high-impact solutions to resilience challenges. Do you have innovative ideas for building resilience?

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Recapturing Growth in Ebola-Stricken West Africa

With funding and support from USAID, construction crews work quickly to build a new Ebola treatment unit in Monrovia, Liberia, in front of the former Ministry of Defense building, Oct. 1, 2014

USAID is working with reformers highlighted in World Bank’s Doing Business Report 2015 to partner with West African governments to tackle the economic challenges caused by the Ebola epidemic.

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“Being LGBT” in Asia

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USAID’s “Being LGBT in Asia” initiative has just released its eighth series of comprehensive country reports. They examine the LGBT experience across Asia, highlighting the various stages of social acceptance, tolerance and challenges that LGBT people experience across the continent.

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You Can’t Save Lives if you Don’t Fight Pneumonia

MCHIP immunization work in India.

Achieving Millennium Development Goal 4 – to reduce child mortality by two-thirds by 2015 – will not be realized without better addressing pneumonia, the leading killer in children under 5.

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Assistance Supports Dignity for Syrian Refugees, Markets for Jordan

Ambassador Lane observes the process of registering refugees to enable them to receive food vouchers

Despite a strong desire to help, Jordanians are understandably concerned about the resources required to support their needs.

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Moldova at a Crossroad

USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Jonathan Katz (left) shakes hands with Iurie Ciocan, the head of Moldova’s Central Election Committee.

USAID is committed to supporting Moldova’s EU integration path in the face of ongoing pressure.

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Livestock Production: Empowering Women in Ethiopia

Yeshi, a professional milkmaid, milks cows for households throughout Bishoftu twice a day—early in the morning and again at night. / CNFA

Through livestock and agricultural training, USAID is helping women farmers in Ethiopia take on leadership roles in their communities.

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