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USAID Book Club: Why Nations Fail

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If you like books that focus on the big questions of development and put today’s development challenges in a broad historical context, you’ll love Why Nations Fail.

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Moving USAID Forward in Haiti

There is a myth that when USAID enters into an agreement with a U.S.-based non-governmental organization or contractor, most of the money stays in the United States. The reality is much different. A significant amount of resources is spent locally.

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From Conflict to Coping

Tisda, Mercy Corps Program Officer, in Ethiopia

Last summer, amidst the Horn of Africa’s worst drought in generations, Mercy Corps received encouraging news from local officials in the Somali-Oromiya region of Ethiopia.  In this area – long known for conflict, scarce resources and harsh conditions – communities that had participated in USAID-supported Mercy Corps peacebuilding efforts were reportedly coping better than they […]

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Designing for Women: The Mobile Challenge

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Imagine if you picked up a smartphone and didn’t know how to use it. What must it be like to have such a powerful device in the palm of your hand and not be able to utilize it? For many technically illiterate women in the developing world, navigating a smartphone or even a more basic feature phone is a real challenge. Read more>>

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Empowerment, Not Pity: HIV Prevention Programs for People with Disabilities

Ed Scholl, of John Snow, Inc., is the AIDSTAR-One Project Director. AIDSTAR-One is funded by USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS. The project provides technical assistance to USAID and U.S. Government country teams to build effective, well-managed, and sustainable HIV and AIDS programs. The messages were familiar, but the delivery was not. The classroom was filled with […]

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USAID Swears in First Mission Director to Burma in 24 Years

August 29, 2012, was a momentous occasion for USAID as Chris Milligan, amid an overflowing crowd of friends, supporters and high-level dignitaries, including Ambassador Than Swe and Special Representative and Policy Coordinator for Burma Patrick Murphy, was sworn in as the Agency’s first mission director to Burma since 1988. “The challenge before us—and before Chris—is […]

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Video of the Week: Irrigating Market Gardens in Senegal

USAID’s Senegal mission has been working with local farmers and craftsmen in Fatick, Senegal to help increase both vegetable production and the local economy.

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A Lasting Impact on Food Security

Information Officer, Jessica Hartl, travels to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and visits USAID Food Security Programs.

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Video of the Week

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In this short video, Diego Bustamante talks about his experience working as a counterpart with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI). Diego highlights the innovative approach OTI used in Colombia from 2007 through 2011 that led to the Colombian government adopting OTI’s strategy, which helped to reduce conflict and improve government legitimacy in former guerilla […]

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Photo of the Week: Happy Baby

This year, the International AIDS Society (IAS) is hosting the 19th International AIDS Conference, which takes place in Washington, DC, from July 22–27. Learn more about USAID activities at the International AIDS Conference.

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