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USAID Visits U.S. Navy “Comfort” and Continues Joint Support of Disaster Response

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Visiting the Comfort provided the opportunity for a firsthand view of the capacity and capabilities of the hospital ship, knowledge that provides USAID staff with a foundation for future decisions on crisis or disaster response. Read more >>

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India’s Leadership Furthers Global Child Survival Movement

William Hammink speaks at opening press conference for India's Call to Action on February 3, 2013. Photo credit: U.S. Embassy

India’s Call to Action demonstrates leadership and commitment to both the global community and the children of India. Read more >>

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International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting

An estimated 140 million girls and women worldwide have undergone female genital mutilation/cutting. Photo credit: Panos

February 6 marks the 10th observance of the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting. Significant efforts have been made at the community, national, and international levels to address the issue. Read more >>

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Better Than Cash: Project Update

Several young Afghan men listen as a representative from M-Paisa, or mobile money, describes how mobile bill pay works. The ability to pay the electricity bill via mobile phone, rather than going to the bank, will be a great convenience for Afghans who often lack access to inexpensive transportation. Photo credit: FAIDA

To accelerate the replacement of cash with inclusive electronic payments, USAID created the Better Than Cash Alliance, a group of countries and private companies all over the world committed to solving the “messy cash” problem. Read more >>

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Trilateral Development: “We” Is Much Bigger Than “Us”

Mark Lopes is deputy assistant administrator for Latin America and Caribbean

Success for Latin America and the Caribbean means that the USAID must work itself out of a job. Read more >>

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Ten Things You Should Know About the State Department and USAID

With just over one percent of the entire federal budget, State and USAID have a huge impact on how Americans live and how the rest of the world engages with America. Read more >>

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Assistant Secretary Anne Richard and Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg Meet With Syrian Refugees

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Assistant Secretary Anne Richards and Assistant Administrator Nancy Lindborg met with Turkish partners and assistance providers to discuss the needs of Syrian refugees and ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts. Read more >>

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Photo of the Week: State and USAID Visit WFP Distribution Center in Jordan

Lindborg in Jordan

Assistant Secretary of State Richard and Assistant Administrator Lindborg visit a World Food Programme Distribution Center in Amman, Jordan. Read more >>

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President Obama Announces Additional Humanitarian Aid for the Syrian People

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President Obama announced today that he has approved a new round of humanitarian assistance, an additional $155 million to provide for the urgent and pressing needs of civilians in Syria. Read more >>

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Photo of the Week: Committed to Service

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah and daughter on the MLK National Day of Service. Photo credit: Anna Gohmann/USAID

Administrator Rajiv Shah and daughter, Amna Shah, build care packages on the National Day of Service on January 19 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Read more >>

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