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Reuniting Families Separated during Conflict in South Sudan

Violence and insecurity in South Sudan have forced more than 1 million people from their homes since mid-December. / Jacob Zocherman for Mercy Corps

Violence and insecurity in South Sudan have forced more than 1 million people from their homes since mid-December. More than 380,000 children been forced to uproot, when they should be playing in the safety of their communities. While fleeing, some get separated from their families. Helping some of these devastated families reunite may be one of the few bright spots in the midst of this horrible conflict.

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Why Free Media Matters

A minicab driver listens to a radio broadcast in a market in Abeche, Chad (2009). / Internews

Media independence has been tied to social stability, improved governance and reduced corruption, better health outcomes, faster economic growth and fewer famines. USAID’s support of open media environments in 31 countries around the world is having real impact on the lives of real people.

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The Syrian Conflict Through the Lens of Women and Girls

Credit: Odd Andersen, AFP

The crisis in Syria presents humanitarian, developmental and demographic challenges particularly for women and children, who have been exposed to serious risks while fleeing their homes, in camps, and in unfamiliar countries’ cities and towns. Two USAID leaders recently visited Jordan and Turkey and returned with stories of great adversity and but also of hope.

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Mobile Persuasion: Can mobile phones and cutting-edge behavioral science improve lives?

Farmers and community members in Morrumbala, Mozambique. Photo by Bita Rodriguez

We might not fully agree, but it has a key insight. All of us- including people living in poverty- have complicated, demanding lives. So simple availability doesn’t mean that even life-changing services like vaccines and HIV tests stay at the top of our minds.

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U.S. Global Development Lab Launches to Develop and Scale Solutions to Global Challenges

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Imagine a world in which diagnostics for diseases that are prevalent in developing countries are available at pennies per use, renewable off-grid energy services are affordable for households earning less than $2/day, and every family has enough healthy food to eat. USAID is helping to turn these ideas into realities by launching the U.S. Global Development Lab.

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USAID launches Global Development Lab

Raj Shah at the Global Development Lab

Today in New York, we launched our Global Development Lab, the new arm of our Agency that will foster science and technology-based solutions to help end extreme poverty by 2030.

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Texts Connect Midwives to Mothers in Timor-Leste

Amalia Martins Calapes is a new mother in Same, the capital of Manufahi District. Project SMS messages have encouraged her to visit her midwife regularly. Credit: Marisa Harrison, HAI

In Timor-Leste, progress against maternal deaths has been slow. USAID’s “Mobile Moms” project is using mobile phones to connect expectant mothers with with trained midwives.

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Eye in the Sky Moves Mountains in Development

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When Him Lal Shrestha wants to know what is happening on the ground affecting Nepalese farmers, he shoots a glance up—way up to an orbiting satellite. That great big white ball on the top of his building helps bring life-saving data down to earth.

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The Cost of Corruption

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Many consider corruption to be an unavoidable cost of doing business around the Middle East and North Africa. Through efforts such as our partnership with Transparency International, we are helping to lay the long-term foundations for a successful transition to democracy around the Middle East.

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Farmer-to-Farmer: The Impact You Can’t Measure

Farmers in the Farmer-to-Farmer program

The economic impact of agricultural development is not to be understated: Increasing crop yields and profits can help enhance farming families’ resilience to shocks and improve the livelihoods of entire communities. But these programs can also impact those offering assistance on a very personal level.

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